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  • Las Vegas New Year's Eve prep takes year effort Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226 million are expected to crowd the Strip and downtown Fremont Street all looking to be wowed— and for that reason, Las Vegas casino operators, event planners, tourism agencies...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • More 'Help Wanted' signs up at small businesses Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners. Revenue is up 40 percent this year at the New York- based company with more customers paying $60 to $85— three or four times what a supermarket cake costs— for confections made of paper-thin pastry dough and flavored with...

  • DEALTALK-Dealmakers turn their sights to U.S. billboards Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 24- Billboards, which trace their roots to ancient Egypt, are set to generate a boom in U.S. deal activity as the biggest operators seek to expand in regional markets, investment banking sources said. The four biggest publicly traded outdoor ad companies- Lamar Advertising REIT Co, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc, Outfront Media Inc and France's J.C...

  • In its complaint, the commission charges that Arizona- based LeapLab bought the payday loan applications of people strapped for money and then sold that data to third-parties who most often weren't lenders at all. LeapLab, the commission says, knew some of the third-party marketers were not online lenders and that in many cases unauthorized withdrawals were...

  • Landscaper trapped by fronds dies in palm tree Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.— A North Las Vegas fire official says a landscaper who became unconscious after being trapped by cut palm tree fronds high above the ground was pronounced dead when firefighters reached him. Cedric Williams says a high-angle team removed the man's body from the 25- to 30- foot tree about 6:40 p.m. Monday in a residential area southeast of...

  • Caesars Entertainment to buy affiliate Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Caesars Entertainment Corporation says it will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load. The Las Vegas casino giant says the merger with Caesars Acquisition Company will give it $1.7 billion in cash it needs to guarantee loans in a proposed bankruptcy deal it's pitched to creditors...

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The Washington state- based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons. Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores...

  • Dec 19- Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday. Cirque du Soleil will appeal to both private equity firms and large media companies that are looking to increase their exposure to live...

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BOULDER CITY, Nev.— An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. Company and FAA officials said the drone wasn't damaged. "Protocol is to troubleshoot the problem," said Bruce...

  • Thousands respond to black rhino import request Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    Shire said the agency will examine the public comments "for substantive information" as it weighs whether the hunt in Namibia— where 1,800 of the remaining 4,880 black rhinos live— is a form of conservation. The hunter, Corey Knowlton, bid $350,000 at an auction last January that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the species.

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...

  • Judge to rule on FBI ruse in case against Malaysians Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A federal judge said Thursday she'll rule soon on whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son. They also didn't have the permission of Caesars Palace employees, although a casino technical contractor...

  • SD Supreme Court says gambling promos not taxable Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— Gambling boosters lauded this week's South Dakota Supreme Court decision that Deadwood casinos will no longer have to pay gambling taxes on promotional programs that give patrons free credits to play slot machines, saying Thursday that it'll save operators big money. Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman said the...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada's regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny. He said Thursday he had sought the medical help of a Las Vegas doctor to determine if he has a substance abuse problem.

  • Nightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons. "What he has run into is history," said Michael Green, a...

  • Existing gambling sites in New York state Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    A New York panel decided to recommend only three sites for upstate gambling casinos instead of four amid an increasingly saturated gambling market. Here's a look at the other sites where gamblers already can go in New York. —Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers;.

  • Xi's visit to Macau deals cold deck to VIP gamblers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...