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Wynn show fuses fire, water for $3 million

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wynn Las Vegas is pouring $3 million into a four-minute fire and water display at its nearly 10-year-old Le Reve - The Dream show.

Officials said they plan to debut the new features to show-goers Monday.

Those features include fountains resembling a miniature version of the iconic display outside the Bellagio except inside the show's theater and in color.

Performers now dance through a mix of fire and water erupting from below and walls of water rain down from the tall ceiling displaying projected images.

The show has always featured water elements, synchronized swimming and acrobatics.

Officials say the company spent some 18 months working on the new elements designed by Wet Design, the same California-based company that developed the Bellagio fountain display and Mirage volcano show.

ID of woman shot, killed near Circus Circus released

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office said 27-year-old Cassandra Rosete was the woman shot and killed early Saturday morning near Circus Circus.
 

Metro Police said a man allegedly walked up to Rosete and shot her in the head around 5:23 a.m. at Industrial Road and Circus Circus Drive.  The suspect then took off on foot and fled the scene, according to officers.


The 27-year-old victim died at the scene.  Metro Police said they had to close the area for hours as homicide detectives investigated.

Metro hasn't released any details as to why it happened. 

This is the 114th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction.



VIDEO: Incredible time-lapse of the Strip, Fremont St.

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Strip was captured in all of its glory in an incredible time-lapse video. 

The creator, Eddie Peter Hobson of “Capture the World,” also caught the bright lights of Fremont Street in his "Made in Las Vegas" video.

For more of Hobson's time-lapse videos from around the world go here.

Mirage set the Strip standard 25 years ago

LAS VEGAS -- More than two decades ago, Las Vegas launched its first "mega-resort" and it forever changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip. 

The Mirage marketed itself as fantasy and looked different than other casinos, where the emphasis was totally on gaming. Some believed the Mirage was doomed to fail. Critics of the property said it was "overbuilt" and would never make the money needed to be successful.

Prior to the Mirage, the majority of Strip resort revenue came from the casinos.



Bill Cosby show at Treasure Island canceled

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they've mutually agreed with comedian Bill Cosby to cancel his upcoming performance there amid a growing number of sexual assault allegations.

The cancellation was announced Friday, a day after a Florida woman came forward to say Cosby drugged and raped her after a Las Vegas show in 1976. She's the fourth woman in recent weeks to make similar allegations.

Treasure Island spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said "it wasn't a good time" for the Nov. 28 performance. She added that ticketholders will be given refunds.

Other companies have recently distanced themselves from the comedian, including Netflix and NBC.

Cosby's lawyer has said the charges are false and outlandish.

Major backlog for U.S. Immigration Court in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Obama will be in a familiar place in the valley Friday. The president is expected to be at Del Sol High School, the same place where he laid out his blue print for immigration changes nearly two years ago.

That plan never got out of Congress, but Thursday night, President Obama laid out new expansive executive actions on immigration. The new plan will spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

In the meantime, Nevada is definitely high on the list of states that have illegal immigrants. Pew Researchers did a study which revealed Nevada has the highest share of undocumented immigrants of any state. The study also found one in six Nevadan children have at least one parent who is in the country illegally.

Wynn official disputes investigation claim

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver disputes a report the company is under investigation for breaking money-laundering laws.

Weaver issued a statement Thursday after The Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources reported multiple agencies including the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating the company.

A spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's Las Vegas office declined to comment.

The report references an IRS letter sent to a Wynn attorney asking for personal details about the casino's high-rollers between 2011 and 2013 and the company's policies to prevent money laundering.

Weaver says an agency's request for information in no way implies wrongdoing.

He says the company is not aware of being under any investigation and is in constant dialogue with regulators on a variety of matters.