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A Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Fontainebleau Bonuses

A federal bankruptcy judge in Miami has rejected a request to pay a total of about $1 million in bonuses to employees at the stalled Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino-resort.

Fontainebleau says the bonuses would keep workers focused on selling the resort and stabilizing the building structure as opposed to looking for other jobs. Judge A. Jay Cristol says lenders and construction lien holders shouldn't be obligated to pay the bonuses. Creditors are owed more than $2 billion in the case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Plans to Ring in 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Las Vegas will ring in 2010 with a massive fireworks show from seven hotel rooftops along the Strip and live concerts on Fremont Street.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Fireworks by Grucci revealed details of their plans for what they are calling America's Party: A Vegas Celebration that have distinctive music and colors associated with the theme.

There will be a 7 minute fireworks show in which the fireworks will be fired from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere. This is a major change from last year when the fireworks were fired from the ground level as a safety precaution.

"We're going to have fireworks second to none," said Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Sahara Hotel Closes Towers Due to Low Demand

LAS VEGAS -- Officials say the Sahara hotel-casino has closed two of its hotel towers for the holiday season due to low demand.

Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment owns the Las Vegas Strip property. No word yet how many of its 1,720 rooms remain open and how many people were laid off. Hotel representatives tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal the rooms will be made available again based on demand.

The Sahara's decision to darken two of its three hotel towers for the holidays may not be as temporary as they hope, according to at least one local gaming analyst.

Police Search for Suspects in Armored Truck Heist

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Police are searching for at least two suspects in the daring robbery of an armored truck in front of the Palace Station Hotel & Casino Monday morning.

Station Casinos reports that the suspects made of with more than $1 million but only about  $36,000 was in cash. The rest was in cashed checks and receipts.

According to Lt. Clint Nichols with Metro Robbery, the robbery happened around 9 a.m. in front of the casino door on Sahara Ave. Police say the Garda armored truck had one driver and one guard and when the guard returned to the truck from the casino, he was robbed at gun point.

Steve Wyrick: Show is Not Closed

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Magician Steve Wyrick says there is misinformation circulating about his show at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

In a news released, he said the show is temporarily dark, not closed and he expects to re-open at the end of the month.

"The unannounced closure was due to unexpected circumstances.  Our goal and intent is to retain our current staff and continue to provide live entertainment," Wyrick said.

Woman Killed Crossing I-15 near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was struck by a pickup truck and killed on Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas Strip.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chelita Rojas says it wasn't immediately clear why the woman was in the southbound freeway lanes when she was struck just after 6 a.m. Monday near Russell Road. The woman's identity wasn't immediately made public. Witnesses told troopers the woman was hit while crossing the road.

Rojas says the driver of the pickup remained at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation. Travel lanes of the busy freeway were shut down for more than three hours during the morning commute while authorities investigated.

 (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Strip Gets New Fire Station

LAS VEGAS -- A new fire station is now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

MGM Mirage paid for the construction and will also pay the salaries of three fire inspectors. The goal is to help cut emergency response times on the Strip. The station is located at CityCenter but will serve all the surrounding areas as well.