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  • 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..

  • List of new cities for Dallas flights Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    Southwest Airlines and Virgin America began long-haul flying from Dallas Love Field on Monday, as soon as a federal law restricting such flights expired. —Southwest: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington. Starting Nov. 2, Southwest will add Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California;...

  • Southwest poised will increase flights in Dallas Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    Some facts and figures about Southwest Airlines' expansion at Dallas Love Field:. —New destinations: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington starting Monday; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California; Nashville; New York; and Phoenix, starting Nov. 2. —Southwest expects to operate about 160...

  • *U.S. war funds finally approved to fight Ebola in West Africa. Oct 10- A commercial plane was briefly quarantined on a Las Vegas airport tarmac on Friday, sending airline shares down as worldwide fears increased that Ebola could spread outside West Africa, where it has killed more than 4,000 people. Airline and hospital officials said a Delta Air Lines plane was...

  • WRAPUP 2-Fed officials keep eyes on mid-2015 rate rise Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS, Oct 9- The Federal Reserve will probably start raising interest rates around the middle of next year, two top officials at the U.S. central bank said on Thursday, although both said the exact timing will depend on the economy. "What we think now is that the capital markets have it more or less right but we don't ourselves know when we're going to do it," Fed Vice...

  • WRAPUP 1-Fed officials keep eye on mid-2015 rate rise Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS, Oct 9- The Federal Reserve will probably start raising interest rates around the middle of next year, two top officials at the U.S. central bank said on Thursday, although both said the exact timing will depend on the economy. "What we think now is that the capital markets have it more or less right but we don't ourselves know when we're going to do it," Fed Vice...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Oct 22 Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives welcome remarks before the 39th Annual Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Fall Conference- 1345 GMT. WASHINGTON- Peterson Institute/ Moody Investors Service host panel on "The EU financial system on the eve of the single supervisory mechanism." WASHINGTON- 2014 Bretton Woods Committee...

  • Tesla factory boosts Nevada population forecast Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada will have nearly 35,000 more residents in the year 2032 than it would have if the state hadn't landed the Tesla Motors battery factory and another out-of-state business, according to new projections released Wednesday. Drone maker Ashima Devices' move from California to Washoe County and an Amazon.com warehouse's move from Lyon County to...