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Opening arguments in Harmon tower trial postponed until Tuesday

LAS VEGAS -- The Harmon Hotel tower was supposed to be the showpiece of MGM Resorts International city center complex, but after inspectors found structural flaws, a judge ruled that it had to be taken down piece by piece.

Since the dismantling of the tower, there have been court battles over what went wrong. Attorneys for Tutor Perini said MGM failed to pay its bills, while MGM pointed the finger at the construction company saying Perini was responsible for the flaws in the building.

In the beginning of the jury selection, 6,000 prospective jurors were surveyed over whether or not they would be able to commit to a year long trial, but that list quickly dwindled down to 407.

On Wednesday the court seated eight civil trial jurors and 12 alternates to hear the case. Opening arguments start Tuesday, Dec. 16.

More than 3 million evidence exhibits were logged for the trial, and most of them will be presented in electronic form.

New details released in police shooting at Rio

Anthony Moore

LAS VEGAS — New information was released about the officer-involved shooting that killed accused casino robber Anthony Moore.

The 31-year-old was shot and killed by officers Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Two shots were fired during this incident — one by Metro Det. Sean Beck, and the other by Moore, according to authorities.

Police had Moore under surveillance for several days and said when they confronted him at the Rio, he refused to listen to the officer's commands, and that's when another officer, Thomas Fowler, used a stun gun on him.

Police said that wasn't enough to stop Moore. That's when Moore reached towards his waist and officer's fired a shot. A gun was later found by police.

I-Team: 5 to plead guilty in World Cup betting scheme

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua

LAS VEGAS -- Five of eight people charged in an illegal World Cup betting scheme appeared in court Tuesday to plead guilty. Three entered their pleas, two are expected to do the same on Wednesday.

The I-Team was the first to report the story of this international bookmaking case.

The five people are considered by the government to be minor players and they're all admitting to what amounts to aiding and abetting. It stems from a raid by FBI agents at several high-roller suites in Caesars Palace last summer. 

The agents initially gained access to the hotel rooms by posing as technicians who were there to fix an Internet problem. The government says the occupants of the suites were booking illegal, international bets on the World Cup soccer finals.

Eight people were originally arrested -- but after the pleas -- only two defendants will remain.







Suspected casino robber skipped parole in Oregon

Anthony Moore

LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW has learned that suspected casino robber Anthony Moore should not have been allowed into Nevada because he was still on parole in Oregon. It was also illegal for him to be carrying a gun.

Moore, was killed by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer on Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Moore's parole officer in Oregon said Moore never met with her and she had limited access to track him down. The 31-year-old had a long criminal history of violence and drug offenses.



CEO of The Cosmopolitan resort to leave before end of year

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Cosmopolitan's CEO says he's leaving the Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino at the end of the year as ownership moves from Deutsche Bank to Blackstone.

John Unwin said in a statement Tuesday that he's leaving for a new venture, which he didn't name.

Deutsche Bank tapped Unwin to be The Cosmopolitan's CEO in 2009 before the $3.9 billion high-rise opened in 2010.

Deutsche Bank, which built the hotel after the original developer defaulted, announced in May that it would sell The Cosmopolitan to an affiliate of the Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion.

The deal is expected to close later this month.

Blackstone's real estate chief Jon Gray said in a statement that Unwin did a great job and the company would build upon his success moving forward.

Olivia Newton-John to stay at Flamingo through 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John is keeping her "Summer Nights" show at the Flamingo Las Vegas casino-hotel through September.

Flamingo owner Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that the performer's residency had been extended.

The 66-year-old singer and actress is adding 70 performance dates to her calendar starting March 3 through Sept. 12, 2015.

The show features hits from her 1978 starring turn in "Grease" the musical such as, "You're the one that I want," as well as songs from "Xanadu" and her solo pop career, including "Physical."

Tickets go on sale Friday starting at $70.

Suspect sought in killing of private investigator

LAS VEGAS -- Police have named a suspect in connection with the death of a longtime high-profile Las Vegas private investigator. 

Dikran Dourian is responsible for a deadly punch that killed Mike Wysocki at the Bellagio Hotel, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, Dourian is accused of murder and battery with substantial bodily arm. 8 News NOW has learned Dourian lives in the Washington, D.C. area, possibly Maryland. As of Monday evening, no arrest has been made.

Last week, Dale Wysocki learned Dourian is accused of murder in his brother's death. Mike Wysocki worked as a private investigator in Las Vegas for about 30 years.

“I want retribution, and I'm going to be there to see that it's done,” Dale Wysocki said.