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Las Vegas land once eyed for Clooney-backed resort is for sale

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sixty acres of land off the Las Vegas Strip that at one time promised a George Clooney-backed resort is for sale again and for a third of its pre-recession price.

Broker CBRE said Monday the land in-between the Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock hotels and casinos is on the market.

There's no price tag but brokers are using the Riviera Hotel and Casino's $7 million-an-acre sale as a guide discounting that by half since the 60 acres is off-Strip. That could bring the total to $210 million.

The land fetched high pre-recession prices. George Clooney and development partners sold 25 acres for $202 million in 2006. A subsidiary of Africa Israel Group bought all 60 acres for $625 million in 2007. Lenders paid $150 million when it foreclosed in 2014.

Celine Dion will dedicate return to Caesars in August to husband

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Celine Dion is heading back to the Las Vegas stage after a year off caring for her ailing husband and says he will be there as she dedicates his return to him.

Dion was passionate backstage at the Billboard Music Awards when she spoke about resuming her series of shows on Aug. 27 and preparing to pay tribute to Rene Angelil, who has been recovering after having a cancerous tumor removed last year.

"He wants me back. He wants me strong. He wants to see me again because I'm his favorite singer," Dion said of her husband Sunday. "So he wants me out there, and I have to say that I'm ready. It's hard, but we're ready."

Dion, 47, is returning to The Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace after a yearlong hiatus to care for her husband, give her inflamed throat muscles a chance to heal and spend time with her three children. The singer's residency will resume with 40 performances between August and January.

U.S. debut of Rock in Rio draws 172,000 festivalgoers

LAS VEGAS -- Officials of Rock in Rio said the two weekend music festival welcomed more than 172,000 attendees.

The four day event featured a rock heavy lineup in its first weekend with acts that included No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park and Foster the People.

Weekend two included pop powerhouse acts Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, with Bruno Mars closing out the festivities.

Rock in Rio officials say around 82,000 people attended the festival on May 8 and 9, while around 90,000 people attended May 15 and 16.

Riviera liquidation sale kicks off Thursday

LAS VEGAS - The Riviera is re-opening its doors to the public Thursday for its liquidation sale. The sale kicks off at 9 a.m.

Former employees received the first chance Wednesday to buy some of the items.

Organizers of the liquidation say everything – from gaming tables to bar stools to marquee signs – has a price tag on it.


Barbara Kindt worked inside the hotel for 21 years. She says she came to the sale, so she owns something from the place she called home for so many years.

“I'm going to look around and see what else there might be. I'm sure there's something here I have to have, because I'm a shopper. That's my deal,” she said.

Only 1 week in, Mariah Carey cancels a show

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LAS VEGAS — Mariah Carey has only been performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a week and she's already canceled one of her shows.

Wednesday night's show was canceled, and according to a report in Page Six, it won't be rescheduled.

The singer took to her Instagram account to say she's been battling bronchitis.

"Hey guys.. I've been fighting bronchitis for the past few days.. almost better but on mandatory vocal rest per doctor's orders. I'm so sorry to cancel tonight's show but I promise to make it up to you!!! Love you always, MC," the post said.

Traffic restrictions for Rock in Rio, lane closures until 3 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Starting at 1 p.m. traffic restrictions for the Rock In Rio will go into effect.

The two week long event runs May 15 and 16.  It's happening at the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

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Each day around 1 p.m., Las Vegas Boulevard will be restricted to one southbound lane from Saint Louis Avenue to Convention Center Drive. It will only be open to residents and hotel guests, including the SLS Las Vegas, Hilton, and SKY properties, police said.

The lane closures will last until 3 a.m., police said.

In addition, Industrial Road will have one northbound lane closed from Desert Inn to Sahara Avenue.

Circus Circus Drive will be also closed to all traffic between Industrial and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Jennifer Lopez announces Las Vegas residency

LAS VEGAS -- Jennifer Lopez is the latest performer to announce a residency in Las Vegas.

After months of speculation, Lopez confirmed the news Tuesday evening on Twitter.

"So excited!!!" she said. "This is going to be the show I always dreamed of creating."

It begins Jan. 20, 2016 at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater, which is also the home to Britney Spears.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday to the public. Tickets range from $59 to $219.

For more information on the show and to buy tickets, visit its website.