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Las Vegas airport passenger traffic on pace for 41M

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say nearly 3.4 million passengers used McCarran International Airport in November, up a robust 2.3 percent from the same month a year earlier.

Figures released Tuesday show that 39.5 million passengers used the airport in the first 11 months of the year, putting it on pace to handle more than 41 million travelers again in 2014.

Passenger traffic is 2.5 percent ahead of 2013, when McCarran handled almost 41.9 million passengers.

The airport handled more than 41.5 million passengers in 2012.

The record was 47.7 million passengers in 2007.

Southwest Airlines remained the busiest carrier in November, followed by United, Delta, American and Spirit.

McCarran is the sixth-busiest airport in the U.S., and the Airports Council International ranked it 24th busiest in the world in 2013.

Jennifer Lopez to perform at Caesars Palace on NYE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. officials say pop star Jennifer Lopez will perform one night only -- New Year's Eve night -- at The Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip.

The company's Monday announcement said the musical star will perform her greatest hits and feature 25 musicians on stage.

Tickets to the 10:30 p.m. New Year's Eve show dubbed "The Best is Yet to Come" go on sale Tuesday and cost $175.

The news follows reports in October that Lopez was in talks behind-the-scenes to perform at Planet Hollywood, another Caesars Entertainment Corp. casino-hotel. A Caesars spokeswoman said at the time that the company hadn't made an offer to Lopez despite reports to the contrary.

Donny, Marie Osmond extend show dates

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond aren't going anywhere, at least through the end of 2015.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced Monday that the duo has signed on to keep performing at the Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of next year.

The pair is still performing more than six years after they committed to six weeks worth of shows starting in September 2008.

The 90-minute variety show is scheduled for performance dates every month in 2015 except for March, July, August and December.

Tickets cost $95 to $260, not counting taxes and fees.

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.