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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...

  • Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno. The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is confident it has more than enough reserves in a string of reservoirs...

  • 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...

  • Hearing set in Nevada dog torture, killing case Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Animal rights activists rallied outside a Nevada courthouse Thursday before a judge set another hearing next month for a 24- year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs. They waved signs that said "Accountability for Animal Cruelty" at passing traffic in downtown Reno. Brown was arrested in July after detectives say they found a...

  • New Jersey will OK real-money skill gambling Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you do it for real money. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says it is seeking game developers' proposals to conduct real-money gambling on skill-based games, which would make New Jersey a nationwide laboratory for a betting phenomenon many have predicted will become the next big thing.

  • Tesla's USA Parkway gets OK from Nevada agency Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada transportation officials are expediting plans to connect Interstate 80 east of Reno to U.S. Highway 50 with the USA Parkway that was part of the deal that landed Tesla's $5 billion battery plant for the area. The Department of Transportation's board of directors approved $43 million for the right-of-way, easements and existing road...

  • 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..

  • LONDON, Oct 14- Banks are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn't making the fight any easier. Personal details from sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also being used by fraudsters to scam customers, including to help in...

  • Ex-casino executive to head Orange County Register Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    SANTA ANA, Calif.— The Orange County Register has hired former casino executive Richard Mirman to be its interim publisher and chief executive, the newspaper said Monday night. Mirman will take over for Aaron Kushner, who will remain principal owner and CEO of the Register's parent company, Freedom Communications Inc. Kushner's co-owner, Eric Spitz, will also...

  • 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;...