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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.

Suspect in Strip gun battle near Paris hotel-casino ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- Gunfire rang out on the Las Vegas Strip in the early morning hours Monday leaving one man dead and another with serious injuries. 

Late Monday afternoon, the Clark County coroner  identified the dead man as 35-year-old Christopher Gene Boudinot of Las Vegas.

The exchange of gunfire happened just before 2 a.m. between a security guard and a passenger who had just been kicked off of the bus. Tourists and people who work along the Strip near the Paris Hotel say the violence unfold. 

The amateur video shows two men on the ground. One is dead, the other is fighting for his life. Jebadia Nutting shot the footage after leaving work at a night club when police cars raced past him.

"You can see the Paris balloon and I had been in the Cromwell," he said.

FBI agent grilled on Caesars gambling case search

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An FBI agent is facing tough questions about whether investigators intentionally deceived a federal magistrate to obtain a search warrant and arrest a Malaysian businessman, his son and six others last summer in Las Vegas.

FBI Special Agent Minh Pham on Monday has repeatedly had to acknowledge inaccuracies in documents filed to gain the arrest last July of Wei Seng "Paul" Phua and Darren Wai Kit Phua.

Prosecutors say they headed an international Internet sports gambling operation.

A judge wasn't told that agents had Internet service intentionally disabled to suites at Caesars Palace, then posed as repair technicians to gain entry.

Defense attorneys Thomas Goldstein and David Chesnoff want U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen to throw out evidence against the Phuas as the tainted result of an unconstitutional search.

Hotel guest wins $1.3M on slot machine

 LAS VEGAS -- A guest at the Cosmopolitan Hotel won $1.3 million Thursday night becoming the second winner in less than two months to hit a jackpot worth more than $1 million.

The player won the money around 5 p.m. on IGT's Wheel of Fortune video slot. Nearly two months ago, a guest from Illinois won $1.6 million on the same kind of machine.

Coroner IDs armed, suicidal man who died at MGM

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified Scott Allan Williams of Greenville, Texas as the person who committed suicide at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Wednesday.

Officials with the coroner's office said the 57-year-old died from a gun shot to the head.  Williams' threats of suicide Wednesday morning caused numerous police units and a SWAT team to respond to the hotel at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.  

Police said it started unfolding around 6:30 a.m., and several nearby rooms had to be evacuated.  The situation ended a few hours later when Williams took his life, officers said.