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  • TOPEKA, Kan.— All three investor groups interested in developing a southeast Kansas casino have met the minimum financial and management requirements to move on in the selection process. Under a Kansas law adopted in 2007, four gaming zones were created for casinos, with only one casino allowed in each region. The three proposals for a casino in southeast Kansas...

  • LAS VEGAS— Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd.— the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn— a development that ended a feud over the issue. Shareholders who had to decide between re-electing Elaine Wynn or agreeing with a company recommendation to re-elect two other sitting board members...

  • Pinnacle Entertainment tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $27.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Pinnacle Entertainment shares have increased 62 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson said he knew what question was coming: when would the steady and steep decline in the world's most lucrative gambling market hit bottom? A corruption crackdown that has shaken up the up-until-recently skyrocketing gambling business in Macau, China has sped swift drops in revenue and activity there.

  • Allegiant Travel beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Allegiant Travel Co. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $64.9 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.59 per share. Allegiant Travel shares have risen 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PITTSBURGH— A former Pennsylvania casino worker and a Nevada high school student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a Uganda- based scheme that produced more than $1.5 million in high-quality counterfeit U.S. bills. Michael Lin, 20, of Bethlehem, and Zackary Ruiz, 28, of Las Vegas, appeared before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh.

  • Warner Bros. previews chilling Johnny Depp film, others Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:34 AM ET

    Theater owners at the annual conference for exhibitors got a first look at a trailer for the film as a part of Warner Bros. massive presentation of their film slate through 2016. Paramount presented their lineup earlier in the day and the other major studios have demonstrations scheduled for later in the week. Warner Bros. pummeled exhibitors at CinemaCon with...

  • LAS VEGAS— The woman who designed the neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday. She was "a wonderful woman and a good mom," her daughter Marjorie Holland said Tuesday by phone,.

  • Cruise wows CinemaCon with look at 'Mission' stunts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 2:55 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Tom Cruise revealed Tuesday at a surprise appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that he actually hung off the side of an airplane in the film "Mission: Impossible— Rogue Nation." The first shows Cruise escaping from captivity with skillful martial arts moves alongside Rebecca Ferguson. The second is a comedic car chase with co-star Simon Pegg in the...

  • Despite "Furious 7' s" continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. However, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" could not match the $31.8 million debut of the first film in the Blart chronicles. With a modest $30 million production budget, the sequel will be profitable, Sony execs said.

  • Despite the blockbuster's continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. However, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" could not match the $31.8 million debut of the first film in the Blart chronicles. With a modest $30 million production budget, the sequel will be profitable, Sony execs said.

  • LAS VEGAS— The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under about $18 billion in debt. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. lawyers filed a motion this week asking a bankruptcy judge in Chicago to allow the company six more months to file its own plan exclusively.

  • LAS VEGAS— Elaine Wynn said Thursday she has her ex-husband Steve Wynn's endorsement in her battle to remain on the board of the casino-hotel company they co-founded. Elaine Wynn cited statements the Wynn Resorts Ltd. CEO made on Charlie Rose's interview show this week that he didn't agree with the board's decision not to re-nominate her.

  • Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. The Oath Keepers' website said the group was not trying to confront the Bureau of Land Management, and Emerick said the group was vetting everyone who showed up. Bureau of Land Management spokesman...

  • LOS ANGELES— Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was hospitalized again on Thursday after a judge ordered him to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges filed after he ran over two men in a parking lot. The latest trip came after Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen rejected Knight's argument that he acted in self-defense when he was viciously...

  • April 15- A consortium of private equity firm TPG Capital LP and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Cirque du Soleil, according to people familiar with the matter. The price that TPG and Fosun were negotiating with Laliberté could not be learned, but sources close to the process had previously stated...

  • ST. LOUIS, April 15- The U.S. Treasury Department's anti-money laundering unit may soon issue a civil penalty to Caesars Entertainment Corp over anti-money laundering lapses unearthed during a probe underway for roughly two years, two sources familiar with the matter. The sources added that the Justice Department, which had also been probing the casino...

  • McDonald's relations with franchisees hit new low-survey Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 15- McDonald's Corp's relations with its U.S. franchisees have hit a fresh low as the fast-food giant's new chief executive fights to turn around its domestic business amid fierce competition, according to a survey released Wednesday. said one of the 32 franchisees participating in the monthly survey, published by Janney Capital Markets...

  • Bills would allocate $9.5M for technology job training Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— There's a small issue with large technology companies like Tesla and Switch expanding to Nevada— the state doesn't have nearly enough qualified and trained workers to meet the expected demand. The shortage has led Nevada lawmakers to consider bills that would allocate nearly $10 million toward high-tech workforce development at state...

  • LAS VEGAS— The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45- year-old married people making $40,000 or more, with one-third of them coming from neighboring California. They came in pairs and left the kids— if any— at home, spending $281.88 on food and drinks, $149.77 to shop and budgeting $530.11...