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  • The market is taking a breather, "said Jim Farrell, head of Omaha, Nebraska- based Farmers National, the largest U.S. farm management company. There hasn't been a high number of transactions, "said Randal Fransen, incoming president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. "There still isn't much land on the market," said Randy Hertz,...

  • Avis Budget buying licensee for $210M Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    PASIPPANY, N.J.— The Avis Budget Group is acquiring a Budget Car Rental licensee for southern California and Las Vegas for approximately $210 million, plus the cost of its vehicle fleet. The acquisition of the licensee, which Avis Budget said Friday is Budget Car Rental's largest in North America, is expected to increase earnings and add $100 million in revenue.

  • Nevada puts stop to ridesharing Uber for now Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— It didn't take long for Uber to come to a screeching halt in Nevada. District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City has blocked Uber from offering any rides in the state through at least Nov. 7. Uber launched its service in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday after months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic...

  • Britney Spears to get Vegas key, 'Britney Day' Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Caesars Entertainment says pop star Britney Spears will get a key to the Las Vegas Strip and celebrate with her own dedicated day. The Las Vegas- based casino giant announced Thursday that it would host "Britney Day" at The LINQ Promenade starting at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Caesars says that starting at 8 a.m., the first 100 people who prove that they, too, are named...

  • California startup unveils gun technology for cops Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    WATSONVILLE, Calif.— A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose agency is among two testing the technology, said it will allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble and unable to ask for assistance.

  • Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble. Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard says flight 580 took off for Bellingham, Washington, about 9 a.m. PDT Thursday and landed safely less than 15 minutes later, after the crew reported unusual...

  • Feds to gather 'nuisance' mustangs in Nevada Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Federal wranglers plan an unusual wild horse roundup near the Nevada- Utah line, where ranchers and rural residents say protected mustangs are knocking down fences and impregnating domesticated mares. The Bureau of Land Management intends to conduct what it describes as a public safety and nuisance gather of about 120 wild horses beginning next...

  • 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...

  • HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— HealthCare.gov' s simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. "The whole idea was that HealthCare.gov was going to be a seamless and easy process, but that doesn't seem to be the case for immigrants," said Alvaro Huerta, an attorney at the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles. The White House wants more Latinos to sign...

  • Monarch Casino tops Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    RENO, Nev. _ Monarch Casino& Resort Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $4.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Analysts expected $47.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • 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...