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Former NBA player proposes new arena on Las Vegas Strip; similar sports centre already planned

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A former National Basketball Association player wants to build a $1.3 billion arena and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Jackie Robinson, a former UNLV player-turned Las Vegas businessman, said this week he expects to begin construction in the spring on the privately funded project near the renovated SLS Las Vegas hotel-casino and the idle Fontainebleau tower. It would open at the end of 2016.

911 tapes: Nevada hospital gunman told patients to leave before killing doctor

RENO, Nev. - Newly released 911 tapes paint a scene of panic and terror inside a Reno medical building where dozens of callers hid in bathrooms and exam rooms from a suicidal gunman who killed one doctor and shot another at a urology clinic where he said he'd had a vasectomy that ruined his life. Callers included a woman hiding under a desk in an exam room and another who whispered "Oh, my God" and "he's going to ... kill us" as apparent gunshots can be heard in the background on the tapes released Tuesday.

Vegas casinos turn to elaborate Christmas exhibits to lure tourists during slow winter months

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas has mostly shelved its attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland. But there's one exception: the dreaded holiday season, when visitor numbers crater and room vacancies soar. In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events. The Bellagio has again transformed its conservatory into a faux winter wonderland featuring a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree, a life-sized candy house, a walk-through snow globe and topiary polar bears, all a few paces from the gambling floor.

Vegas casinos turn to elaborate Christmas exhibits to lure tourists during slow winter months

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas has mostly shelved its attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland. But there's one exception: the dreaded holiday season, when visitor numbers crater and room vacancies soar. In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events. The Bellagio has again transformed its conservatory into a faux winter wonderland featuring a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree, a life-sized candy house, a walk-through snow globe and topiary polar bears, all a few paces from the gambling floor.

Gunman kills one, then himself at Nevada medical building

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Tim Gaynor (Reuters) - A man opened fire on Tuesday in a Reno, Nevada, medical building, killing one person and injuring two others before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly U.S. gun violence at public venues in the United States this year, occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said.

Las Vegas Sands abandons Spanish mega-casino project

US casino operator Las Vegas Sands said Friday it has dropped plans to invest over $30 billion in a mega-resort scheme that promised 260,000 direct and indirect jobs for crisis-hit Spain. The company, owned by US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, said it would "continue aggressive pursuit of opportunities in Asia" where it already operates properties in Singapore and Macao. "Developing integrated resorts in Europe has been a vision of mine for years, but there is a time and place for everything," Adelson said in a statement.

Couple, four children missing in Nevada found safe in canyon

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - A Nevada couple and four young children reported missing on Sunday in a remote mountain range northeast of Reno were found safe by rescue workers on Tuesday huddled in a canyon, a dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office said. The couple had taken the children, who range in age from 3 to 10, on an outing to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada on Sunday to play in the snow, authorities said.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas opens new glass factory-themed concert and meeting space

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas appears to have a winner when it comes to hyper-specific themes. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has opened a concert venue intended to evoke a 1930s-era theatre dropped into an Eastern European glass factory. The Strip's newest event space will celebrate a grand opening just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars. It technically opened its doors on Sunday, hosting an IBM meeting.

Construction starts on Las Vegas mall modeled after Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas, where the only design rule seems to be that everything must mirror something else, is getting a new mall modeled on Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Construction began this week on the Grand Bazaar Shops outside of Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The 2-acre outdoor mall is expected to open next fall on the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, in the heart of the Strip. Developer Larry Siegel describes the project as a sanitized, glitzed-out version of a traditional Middle Eastern market.

Missouri 83, Nevada 70

Missouri 83, Nevada 70: Earnest Ross scored a career-high 28 points as the Tigers defeated the Wolf Pack to finish 2-0 in the Las Vegas Invitational. Jabari Brown added 24 points and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 21, marking the first time Missouri (7-0) has had three 20-plus point scorers since last year’s win over Ole Miss on Feb. 9. Brown and Ross also narrowly missed double-doubles with nine rebounds each.
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