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USA Basketball ticket refunds over long lines at Las Vegas arena

T-Mobile Arena is apologizing to fans and has refunded about 500 people their tickets to a USA Basketball game last week.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the months-old facility, on Tuesday called Friday's incident an "unacceptable situation."

Officials said thousands of people bought their tickets to the 6 p.m. exhibition game against Argentina from third-party vendors, including a large number of Groupon sales.

A bottleneck resulted when they all had to pick up their tickets to the sold-out event on site, creating long lines that lasted well past tip-off.

MGM spokeswoman Mary Hynes said that many of those customers were inside the game or had been offered refunds by the second quarter.

The company said it's reviewing the "unusual" circumstances that created the bottleneck to prevent it from happening again... Read More

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Metro investigating homicide at Hampton Courts Apartments

Metro Police are investigating a homicide at the Hampton Court Apartments early Sunday morning.

Authorities say the death was reported at 7:05 a.m.

Hampton Court Apartments is located on the 3900 block of Swenson Street, near Flamingo Road. O ne person was shot in the parking lot and died at the scene, police said. Witnesses tell police there was a verbal altercation before the gunshots were heard.

Metro Police have detained one person and are looking for two persons of interest.

This is the 101st homicide in Metro's jurisdiction this year. ... Read More

Hundreds left outside after arena snafu

A massive failure with the ticketing process at T-Mobile Arena Friday evening angered thousands of fans who waited to get into the USA vs. Argentina basketball game, even after the game started. It created a chaotic situation.

"I have no idea where I'm at right now. I don't think anyone else does. It's crazy," one fan said.

Some say they waited nearly two hours in the will-call line to try and get tickets for the game. The line appeared to stretch a long distance.

"It was absolutely horrible. It was hot outside. It was all musty," fan Tim Russell said.

Others never made it inside.

"I was just disappointed. I almost cried," a fan named Franklin said. "I was disappointed. I was just trying to see Kyrie (Irving), and, you know, they just had a long line."... Read More

Hundreds left outside after arena snafu

A massive failure with the ticketing process at T-Mobile Arena Friday evening angered thousands of fans who waited to get into the USA vs. Argentina basketball game, even after the game started. It created a chaotic situation.

"I have no idea where I'm at right now. I don't think anyone else does. It's crazy," one fan said.

Some say they waited nearly two hours in the will-call line to try and get tickets for the game. The line appeared to stretch a long distance.

"It was absolutely horrible. It was hot outside. It was all musty," fan Tim Russell said.

Others never made it inside.

"I was just disappointed. I almost cried," a fan named Franklin said. "I was disappointed. I was just trying to see Kyrie (Irving), and, you know, they just had a long line."... Read More

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Driving selfies becoming increasingly prevalent

Las Vegas is a city of sights and spectacles, but some drivers are getting distracted while behind the wheel. The driving selfie is putting people at risk, particularly in Nevada.

The Silver State ranks second in the nation for most driving selfies; many of them happen on the Strip.

Many drivers have probably seen others behind the wheel, looking at their cell phone cameras instead of at the road. More people are doing it than you might think.

Mesh Tims says she knows the right way to take a selfie.

"You got to get the right angle. That's how you do it. You got to turn your head with the phone," she said.

She admits she has done it behind the wheel.

"I can't snitch on myself, but I do. I do. I do. I take videos and selfies," she said.

The dangerous habit is on the rise, according to the Auto Insurance Center. Hashtags like #DrivingSelfie and #HopeIDon'tCrash are prevalent, especially among people in their 20's... Read More

Unions to rally outside Trump hotel in ongoing labor dispute

Members of two large unions are planning to rally outside of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel as part of an ongoing labor dispute.

Organizers say they expect thousands of people to participate in the event on Wednesday afternoon, including hospitality workers who are members of the Culinary Union. The rally is also an official event for the international convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The National Labor Relations Board recently certified a December election that showed a majority of workers at the Las Vegas luxury hotel wanted union representation. Trump's company asked for a review challenging that decision.

Workers want talks to start now, but it could be difficult to compel Trump management to come to the bargaining table anytime soon... Read More

Black Lives Matter protesters take to the Strip

A few dozen protesters united Friday for a Black Lives Matter event on the Strip. They gathered in between the Flamingo and the Cromwell casinos.

Protesters say they joined the protest to raise awareness. Many passers-by stopped and spoke with the group. Organizers say it was a positive, peaceful experience.

Attendees say it's important for people around the world to know that Las Vegas supports them. They say they were extremely happy to see that same support reciprocated from those walking along the Strip.

Representatives from the Lawyers Matter movement also participated in the protest. The group aims to ensure that legal rules of protesting are followed and to act as guides and observers.

Protesters say events like these are important, so people can promote a message of unity, equality and justice... Read More