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  • Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to recreational marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Colorado casinos are helping fund $5.7...

  • Allegiant Travel misses 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Allegiant Travel Co. on Wednesday reported net income of $14.2 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 88 cents per share. Allegiant Travel shares have climbed 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Casino owner Full House Resorts looks for buyer Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Full House Resorts Inc., the casino and hotel operator, said Wednesday that it is putting itself up for sale. The company, based in Las Vegas, evaluated strategic alternatives and decided that a sale was the best move. Full House, headquartered in Las Vegas, owns the Rising Star Riverboat Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana; the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock...

  • Taxi rates in Las Vegas area will top New York's Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among U.S. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies. A report commissioned by a coalition of cab companies shows rates will be higher than those in New York or San Francisco, but lower than Atlantic City's.

  • Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according to government data provided to The Associated Press by...

  • Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a "dog house" fight that was supposed to last until someone quit. Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and...

  • Casino firms spend heavily to fight repeal of law Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    BOSTON— Casino companies that have been awarded licenses in Massachusetts donated $4.5 million this month to a group fighting repeal of the state's casino gambling law, according to campaign finance records. Wynn Resorts plans a $1.6 billion resort casino in Everett, and the company, led by Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn, was awarded the coveted eastern...

  • US regulator: Fannie, Freddie in deal with banks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal regulator says government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached an agreement with major banks that could expand lending. The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the deal Monday at a conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Las Vegas.

  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. John Kasich says he doesn't think there will be a repeal in Washington, even if Republicans win a Senate majority and consolidate their hold on the House in next month's election. Kasich called The...

  • Owner pleads guilty in Vegas puppy store fire case Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A 35- year-old former Las Vegas pet shop owner pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges that could get her up to 24 years in state prison for setting fire to the business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued earlier this year, a court official said. Store security video shows Lee and a man who prosecutors identify as co-defendant Kirk Bills setting...

  • As debt mounts, Caesars in talks with lenders Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Caesars Entertainment said Friday it is prepared to start formal discussions with some of its bank lenders as it works to reduce its debt and stave off what some see as near certain bankruptcy. In recent years the company has spun off multiple divisions in an attempt to shape up its finances, including Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties and...

  • MGM to sell Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— MGM Resorts International officials announced Thursday that the company plans to sell the Gold Strike Hotel& Gambling Hall to a company owned by members of the Herbst family. Dan D'Arrigo, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of MGM Resorts, said in a statement the purchase agreement is in line with the company's continued...

  • Lottery officials launch new multi-state game Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A new lottery game that features more but smaller jackpots will start this weekend in some U.S. states. The Monopoly Millionaires' Club game has $5 tickets that will be sold starting Sunday in 23 states. The game will have a niche audience that won't compete with Powerball and Mega Millions, the two other national games, according to Rebecca...

  • NRC: Yucca closure plans meet safety objectives Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Permanent closure plans for a high-level nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain met all the necessary objectives based on safety evaluations completed before the Obama administration pulled the plug on the proposed Nevada dump, federal nuclear regulators said in a long-awaited staff report on Thursday. The assessments are among those the U.S....

  • Vegas pub expects to break longest-concert record Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    The concert began Oct. 1 in the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, and it is expected to surpass the previous record at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Numerous bands planned to fly in to keep the music going, including Irish musician Dave Browne and Liam Reilly of the Irish rock band Bagatelle. Bands began playing at a Michigan cafe on March 19, 2011 and ended April 3, 2011.

  • Court battle over giant emerald nears resolution Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An incredible hulk of an emerald weighing 840 pounds was hauled out of a Brazilian mine more than a decade ago and began a global odyssey that ended in Los Angeles Superior Court, where a fight over its ownership is nearing resolution. Downie was the second claimant to be eliminated from consideration by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge...

  • Las Vegas Sands 3Q revenue drops, profit grows Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— International gambling destination Macau continued to pose a challenge for casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. in the third quarter. Sheldon Adelson, the company's CEO and chairman, remained bullish on Macau and expansions into other Asian gambling markets during a conference call with investors and analysts Wednesday. But the win-rate at the Las...

  • Las Vegas Sands meets 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Las Vegas Sands Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $671.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 84 cents per share. Analysts expected $3.67 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Oct 14- A Las Vegas company, seeking to capitalize on the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record, is looking to sell the domain name Ebola.com for $150,000, a partner with the firm said on Tuesday. Hood acknowledged that Blue String Ventures has been criticized for looking to profit off Ebola.com since the Ebola virus has killed at least 4,447 people, mostly in...

  • Newly renovated Vegas Strip hotel lays off workers Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— One of the newest names on the Las Vegas Strip has laid off staff and cut restaurant hours less than two months after opening. SBE Group, the Los Angeles- based company that owns the hotel, said at the time the hotel opened Aug. 23 that it had hired for about 3,400 jobs. SLS Las Vegas replaced the Sahara casino, shuttered in 2011..