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Riviera items for sale, everything must go

LAS VEGAS -- You now have the chance to own a piece of the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

The 60-year-old property has been closed for a little more than a week and workers are in the process of tagging everything that will be sold.

You can buy anything from a baby grand piano to a vacuum. 

For some buyers, it's about nostalgia.

SLIDESHOW: Look at some of the items for sale

"There are people that have been coming to this casino for 60 years," said Donald Hayes, National Content Liquidators. "They just want a piece of it."

Dishes, fake floral arrangements and even the kitchen sinks are up for grabs.

"There's virtually something here for everyone," Hayes said.

The liquidation company says the general public accounts for about 70 percent of the sales.

Caesars Palace could face up to $20 million in federal fines

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. says its flagship Las Vegas Strip property faces paying between $12 million and $20 million worth of fines from the U.S. Treasury.

The casino giant said in a quarterly financial filing Monday that the possible fines stem from a federal investigation into Caesars' anti-money laundering policies and procedures.

Caesars says it was first made aware of investigations by the agency's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and a grand jury in October 2013 and has cooperated fully since.

The casino company says its representatives met with government officials April 29 when settlements were discussed. Caesars says it's still considering the proposals and will meet with federal officials again next month.

The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions including casinos to assist federal agencies in detecting and preventing money laundering.

John Legend replaces Sam Smith at Rock in Rio

LAS VEGAS — Rock in Rio announced Monday that singer John Legend will replace Sam Smith on the main stage on Saturday.

Smith had to cancel the show for a medical condition, the festival announced.

Nine-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend's most recent album, Love in the Future, was released in September 2013 and features the hit single “All of Me,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100. 

Legend most recently won both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for “Glory,” his collaboration with Common for the film "Selma."

Wynn, Sands resorts file to cut ties with NV Energy

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands have become the first resort companies to make a formal step toward cutting the cord with NV Energy and are attempting to purchase their own power.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the two companies filed applications of exit with the Public Utilities Commission and more companies are expected to follow suit.

Handfuls of resort and gaming companies have tried to cut ties with NV energy after a 2001 law allowed companies that consume more than 1 megawatt per year to purchase power from other producers.

Some estimate that a departure of Nevada's largest data storage company, Switch, and the gaming companies could mean a 10 percent reduction in NV Energy's demand.

Valet union protests SLS Las Vegas casino-hotel on Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The union representing Las Vegas valet workers are protesting what they say is unfair treatment at the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino on the Strip.

Teamsters Local 986 said the group and supporters protested outside SLS Monday.

The union wants to organize the casino-hotel's 50 valet employees.

An SLS statement says the casino-hotel will partner with any union employees choose to represent them and notes a majority of hourly employees are members of unions.

Local 986 has three complaints pending with the National Labor Relations Board against SLS saying management has questioned workers about union efforts, threatened to outsource valet services and reduce wages.

The union says the company fired three workers for their unionizing efforts.

An SLS representative didn't respond to specific questions about the union's allegations.

Hooters Casino Hotel sold for $70 million

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A real estate broker representing the owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel says the near-Strip property has sold for about $70 million to a New York-based hotel investment company.

Michael Parks with CBRE Group in Las Vegas confirmed Monday the casino-hotel off Tropicana Avenue was sold May 1 to Trinity Hotel Investors LLC.

Parks says he represented the seller, Canyon Capital Advisors.

Parks says the purchase price for the nearly 700-room hotel includes the $53.8 million paid for real estate in addition to the personal property attached to it including furniture and fixtures inside.

It isn't clear what Trinity Hotel Investors plans to do with the property. A call Monday to the firm's chief investment officer was not returned.

Canyon Capital Advisors has owned the casino-hotel since 2012.

Rock in Rio welcomes 82,000 in first weekend on the Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Rock in Rio USA welcomed 82,000 guest when it made its official U.S. debut in Las Vegas Friday through Saturday. The legendary music festival, which was celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, brought out some of the biggest names in music like No Doubt, Metallica, Maná and Linkin Park.

“It has always been our dream to bring Rock in Rio to the U.S., and it is truly amazing to see this dream become a reality,” said Roberto Medina, founder of Rock in Rio. “We've felt so welcomed during the process of creating the Las Vegas edition of the festival and are grateful to have celebrated the debut with such a great crowd. We look forward to doing it all over again next weekend.”

The City of Rock, an open-air concert venue, is located on the Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue. It spread out over 40 acres and includes a Ferris wheel and a 64-foot high zip line that stretches 600 feet across in front of the Main Stage.