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websites of Las Vegas Sands casinos hacked, including Venetian, Palazzo on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Hackers breached the websites of all Las Vegas Sands Corp. websites Tuesday morning, and the home pages of some of the world's largest casinos remained down through the day. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board was investigating the breach, and the FBI was also aware of the matter.

Bill's Gamblin' Hall in Vegas to reopen as Cromwell in spring; was to be called Gansevoort

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it plans to replace Las Vegas' shuttered Bill's Gamblin' Hall The Old West-style casino closed last year and was to open as the Gansevoort, but Caesars ended its relationship with the Gansevoort Hotel Group in the fall after Massachusetts questioned the partnership. The Cromwell, located in the heart of the Strip, is expected to have a subtle Parisian theme. It will include a rooftop pool and Drai's day and nightclubs. Caesars is calling it Las Vegas' first "luxury lifestyle boutique hotel."

Senate leader says he's seeking votes for new jobless benefits deal, may hold debate next week

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he is seeking votes for a new measure that would extend jobless benefits for three more months for people out of work the longest. Reid, D-Nev., said he still lacks the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure. But he told reporters that he has 58 or 59 votes and hopes his chamber will debate the package next week.

U.S. casino magnate Wynn's ex-wife bought $142 million Bacon triptych: report

(Reuters) - The billionaire ex-wife of U.S. casino magnate Steve Wynn was the mystery buyer of the triptych by Francis Bacon that became the world's most expensive painting sold at auction last November, a newspaper reported. Elaine Wynn - who divorced the Wynn Resorts Ltd Chairman in 2010 - paid $142.4 million for "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" at Christie's in New York after a dramatic 10-minute sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources.

Suit says fireworks pollution at Lake Tahoe could be subject to $75M in Clean Water Act fines

RENO, Nev. - A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines. Joseph and Joan Truxler of Zephyr Cove, Nev., on the lake's southeast shore, insist their suit is not intended to halt the spectacular, boat-launched displays that have wowed tens of thousands of visitors for three decades.

Suit says fireworks pollution at Lake Tahoe could be subject to $75M in Clean Water Act fines

RENO, Nev. - A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines. Joseph and Joan Truxler of Zephyr Cove on the lake's southeast shore insist their suit is not intended to halt the spectacular, boat-launched displays that have wowed tens of thousands of visitors for three decades.

Lavish parties, uninhibited tourists rule New Year's Eve in Vegas, where party started early

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas held one its biggest ever New Year's Eve celebrations, with sold-out concerts and an eight-minute long fireworks show that was billed as the largest in the country. Big-ticket musical acts Bruno Mars, John Legend and Maroon 5 helped lure 335,000 visitors to Las Vegas by nightfall on Tuesday — 5,000 more than last year, tourism officials said.

Bruno Mars, John Legend, Paris Hilton among celebrities ringing in 2014 on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation's largest. John Legend is performing at Haze nightclub at Aria, Ne-Yo is welcoming the new year at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace and Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay. Pop star Bruno Mars is christening the Cosmopolitan's new Chelsea Ballroom. The show will be broadcast live on the casino's 65-foot marquee to ice skaters at a rooftop rink and partiers on the Strip below.

Bruno Mars, John Legend, Paris Hilton among celebrities ringing in 2014 on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation's largest. Pop star Bruno Mars is christening the Cosmopolitan's new Chelsea Ballroom, John Legend is performing at Aria, and Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay. Other casinos are touting pricey nightclub bashes hosted by reality-TV and music celebrities, including the original celebutante, Paris Hilton.

Japanese-owned plantation in Egypt to supply vegetables to Japan

Japanese food retailer Kobe Bussan Co. said Thursday its vegetable plantation under development in southern Egypt for exports to Japan will be operational next February. The operator of Gyomu Super discount supermarkets expects shipments to Japan to commence in a few years. In the first agribusiness project by a Japanese company in Egypt, Kobe Bussan is developing 3,000 hectare of land outside Luxor, southern Egypt.
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