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Las Vegas welcome sign to go solar by New Year's; fake trees won't show up in tourist photos

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign will soon light up the night with help from the sun. On Tuesday, Clark County commissioners approved a plan from non-profit organization Green Chips to hook up the sign to fake trees equipped with solar panels. Groundbreaking is set for this fall, and the project should be complete by Jan. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal (

Manhunt underway for suspects in fatal Las Vegas strip shooting

By Dan Whitcomb Feb 22 (Reuters) - A multi-state manhunt was under way on Friday for the men who shot dead an aspiring rapper as he drove on the Las Vegas Strip in a Maserati, touching off a fiery crash that killed a cab driver and his passenger. Las Vegas police have not named any suspects in the dramatic pre-dawn shooting in the heart of the desert resort city on Thursday, but said they were still hunting for a black Range Rover used in the incident.

UPDATE 4-Three die in shooting, fiery crash on Las Vegas Strip

By Tim Pratt LAS VEGAS, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Three people died in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip early on Thursday when one or more gunmen in a Range Rover sport utility vehicle opened fire on a Maserati, killing the driver and touching off a fiery multi-car crash. The driver of the Maserati died in the pre-dawn shooting, and his car veered out of control and smashed into a taxi carrying two people, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Officer Jose Hernandez said.

Saudi Air Force sergeant accused of child rape in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A Saudi Air Force sergeant in the United States for training has been arrested on child sexual assault charges over accusations he raped a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas hotel, and bail was set on Friday at just over $1.2 million, authorities said. Mazen Alotaibi is accused of raping the boy on New Year's Eve at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where both Alotaibi and the boy were guests, according to a criminal complaint.
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