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PD: Bus pass fight leads to deadly shooting outside Paris

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released surveillance video on Thursday of a shootout that happened on Dec. 15 at a bus stop in front of the Paris hotel-casino.

In a news conference, Metro said the security guard, identified by friends as Craig Dobson, acted in self defense when he shot and killed 35-year-old Christopher Boudinot.

“It does appear, after what our investigation has unveiled, that this is truly an act of self-defense,” said Lt. Ray Steiber of Metro Police.

Officers said Boudinot was escorted off the RTC bus after he got into an argument over an invalid bus pass. Police said when Boudinot exited, he led the guard to believe he was going to apologize, but instead he pulled out his gun and began shooting.

Judge to decide evidence issue in gambling case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's now up to a federal judge to decide whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino in an illegal gambling investigation involving a Malaysian businessman and his son.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen said Thursday she'll make a ruling soon.

Leen spent three days hearing how undercover state and federal agents carried out a scheme to disconnect Internet service to several exclusive Caesars Palace villas then posed as repairmen to get inside.

Testimony showed the agents had no warrant but used the ruse to collect evidence to obtain one.

They also didn't have the permission of Caesars Palace, although a casino technical contractor cooperated.

Defense attorneys say the ruse constituted an illegal, warrantless search of private property. They want the federal criminal case thrown out.

Judge to decide evidence issue in gambling case

LAS VEGAS -- It's now up to a federal judge to decide whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino in an illegal gambling investigation involving a Malaysian businessman and his son.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen said Thursday she'll make a ruling soon.

Leen spent three days hearing how undercover state and federal agents carried out a scheme to disconnect Internet service to several exclusive Caesars Palace villas then posed as repairmen to get inside.

Testimony showed the agents had no warrant but used the ruse to collect evidence to obtain one.

They also didn't have the permission of Caesars Palace, although a casino technical contractor cooperated.

Defense attorneys say the ruse constituted an illegal, warrantless search of private property. They want the federal criminal case thrown out.

Las Vegas breaks own record with 40 million visitors

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas tourism officials say 40 million people have visited the destination in 2014, breaking an all-time record for the gambling and entertainment hub.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Wednesday that the record number of visitors had been reached that day.

The agency's spokeswoman Courtney Fitzgerald says the number includes overnight stays -- not day-trippers -- so the group's research team works hand in hand with the destination's hotels to tabulate the monthly and annual visitor counts.

Tourism officials say the destination got close in 2012 with more than 39.7 million visitors that year.

In each month from January to October, the destination has had more visitors than the year prior.

Convention attendance and the number of airline passengers is also exceeding 2013 figures.

Nightclub developer Hakkasan to buy The Light Group

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Popular nightclub and restaurant operator Hakkasan Group is buying a majority stake in another company in a $36 million deal that could make it one of the largest non-gambling entertainment enterprises on the Las Vegas Strip.

New York-based Morgans Hotel Group officials announced Tuesday that the company is selling Hakkasan its 90 percent stake in The Light Group in a deal expected to close next month.

Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt said in a statement that the deal will add 22 nightclubs, dayclubs and restaurants to his company's portfolio. Hakkasan owns and operates a five-story nightclub at the MGM Grand, as well as other restaurants and clubs worldwide.

Morgans Hotel Group says it will maintain its lease interests in three Mandalay Bay restaurants.

MGM Resorts, Perini settle Harmon Tower case

LAS VEGAS - MGM Resorts and Perini Building Company have settled Perini's lawsuit against the gaming company regarding construction defects in the Harmon Tower at CityCenter.

The judge has dismissed the jurors in the case. Terms of the settlement are confidental.

Openings were scheduled to happen Tuesday in the $500 million civil damages trial that pitted MGM Resorts International against the contractors at the never-opened Las Vegas Strip hotel tower.

The trial was expected to take at least a year in Clark County District Court.



Judge Jennifer Togliatti served as a mediator between the two sides. She says a long trial would have been difficult on everyone involved.









Harmon Tower to disappear from skyline piece by piece

LAS VEGAS -- The lawsuit over the construction defects of the Harmon Tower were settled Tuesday morning, but the building still stands on the Las Vegas Strip.The demolition process started months ago, but experts say it's going to take time and a lot of money to completely bring the tower down.

When it comes to making way for new projects in Las Vegas, implosions are often the visually dramatic solution.