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  • Advanstar is working with investment banks Goldman Sachs Group and Moelis& Co to assist with efforts to find a buyer, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. Advanstar is controlled by hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group and private equity firms Ares Management LP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

  • Abraxas Discala, the chief executive officer of merchant banking firm OmniView Capital Advisors and former husband of Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow Soprano on the hit HBO series, was charged in an indictment unsealed in Brooklyn, New York, with 10 criminal counts including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel& Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

  • Abraxas Discala, the chief executive officer of merchant banking firm OmniView Capital Advisors and former husband of Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow Soprano on the hit HBO series, was charged in an indictment unsealed in Brooklyn, New York, with 10 criminal counts including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

  • Route 91 Harvest country music fest set for Vegas Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Concert producer Live Nation and casino company MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that they're collaborating on the inaugural, three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, set to take place Oct. 3-5 in an empty lot near the Mandalay Bay resort.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- Foreclosure activity in the United States dropped last month to the lowest level since July 2006, before the housing bubble burst, and likely will continue to drop through the first half of next year, an industry group said on Thursday.

  • Las Vegas Sands 2Q profit rises 27 percent Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its second-quarter profit rose 27 percent due to continued growth in Macau, but earnings missed analysts' expectations and suffered in June as bettors focused more on their World Cup wagers than on the casino tables.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- U.S. precious metals dealer Anthem Vault Inc said on Wednesday it has launched the first digital currency backed by physical gold, with an aim to increase the use of bullion as an accepted form of electronic money.

  • *New company will list on NYSE, delist from Milan. MILAN, July 16- Italy's GTECH will buy U.S. slot machine maker International Game Technology for $4.7 billion, shifting the lottery operator away from its struggling domestic market and making it a major player in the casino business.

  • Italy's Gtech buying IGT for $4.7B Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— The Italian lottery operator Gtech is buying slot machine maker International Game Technology for $4.7 billion in cash and stock. Gtech said last month that it was in talks with the Las Vegas company and IGT said at the time that it was weighing its options.

  • MILAN- July 16- Italy's GTECH will buy U.S. slot machine maker International Game Technology for $6.4 billion including debt, shifting the lottery operator's centre of gravity away from its struggling domestic market.

  • Anti-casino group launches Springfield campaign Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    BOSTON— Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts' first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state's casino law. They said Springfield represents a key battleground since it would be home to a proposed $800 million MGM resort.

  • Senate Republicans block bill on contraception Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. But Democrats hope the issue has enough life to energize female voters in the fall, when Republicans are threatening to take control of the Senate.

  • July 16- Italian lottery operator GTECH SpA said it will buy Las Vegas- based slot machine maker International Game Technology for $4.7 billion in cash and stock to increase its scale and offerings in the global gaming market. The company has received binding commitments of $10.7 billion from Credit Suisse, Barclays and Citigroup to finance the deal.

  • Boston refuses arbitration with Wynn Resorts Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    BOSTON— State gambling regulators are weighing how to respond to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's refusal to participate in arbitration with Wynn Resorts for a financial compensation deal. The Las Vegas- based casino giant proposes a $1.6 billion resort in neighboring Everett as it competes with Mohegan Sun for the sole state gambling license for the Boston area.

  • Correction: Connecting Online Poker Sites story Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story July 10 about an online poker room network, The Associated Press reported erroneously the owner of the Treasure Island resort casino. Gaming Control Board officials said Wednesday that the network, which would be operated by Gibraltar- based 888 Holdings PLC, could be a model for a system connecting players in Nevada and Delaware.

  • Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    HORONOBE, Japan— Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

  • Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it will close Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Atlantic City's crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September. Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino.

  • HONG KONG, July 11- A former Macau business partner of Las Vegas Sands Corp accused the casino operator of misappropriating trade secrets and is suing Sands for at least $5 billion in profits that it says are owed via their joint ownership of copyright related to a casino license bid.