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Liquid pastime: U Bottle It owner Gary Hails wants you to discover the joys of making your own beer and wine.
You learn it, you make it, you bottle it, you drink it
April 13, 2014
People who like craft beer and quality wine will love the Henderson business that teaches customers how to make and bottle their own libations. The owner says it’s fun, it wills save money and it’s a nice hobby or even date night activity.
George Strait, Entertainer of the Year, greets Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the photo room during the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 6, 2014. The 2015 ACMA show will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
Cowboys’ stadium is big, but it’s not Vegas
April 13, 2014
The Academy of Country Music Awards couldn’t resist the lure of Jerry Jones’ giant TV screen for one year, but they’ll be back.
The open sign is off at El Sombrero restaurant located on Main Street, which has been open since 1950, during its last day of operation Saturday, April 12, 2014.
El Sombrero restaurant says farewell to Las Vegas after 64 years
April 12, 2014
The restaurant wasn't packed on its last day, but the only empty tables available were on reserve and the patrons who were already enjoying their dinner looked like regulars ...
Two actors are shown in a screenshot from "The Check Out," a new advertisement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The ad, according to LVCVA officials, is the first national mainstream tourism television commercial that celebrates same-sex relationships.
Las Vegas’ big bet on gay tourism
April 11, 2014
Natalie Young and Elyse Martin.
Joe Downtown: New management at The Ogden’s Wild eyes healthier business model
April 10, 2014
The Downtown Project has taken over Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant on the first floor of The Ogden, and has employed a former chef to help ...
An IGT video slot machine promotes Power Bucks during the G2E convention at the Sands Expo Center Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.  Power Bucks is a "bolt-on" progressive, meaning casinos can digitally connect it to any IGT slot machine to make it a progressive. When Power Bucks is enabled, a progressive tracker appears at the top of the screen.
Boyd Gaming, IGT team on progressive jackpot network in Nevada, New Jersey
April 10, 2014
Las Vegas-based slot maker IGT this afternoon announced it was rolling out the nation’s first multistate progressive jackpot network. Powerbucks is being released at Boyd Gaming properties in Nevada and New Jersey. It will be expanded …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ducks as an object is thrown onstage during an address to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Hillary Clinton ducks object thrown at her during Las Vegas speech
April 10, 2014
Hillary Clinton ducked an object thrown at her while speaking today to a Las Vegas convention crowd, but she was uninjured and laughed off the incident. "Good thing she didn't play softball like I did," Clinton quipped. The crowd...
A sign is posted outside a vacant HUD home in North Las Vegas April 2, 2013. A neighbor said that it has been vacant for a bout two years. (1524 Gaber Court, North Las Vegas)
Lenders are repossessing fewer Nevada homes as foreclosures dip
April 9, 2014
Nevada’s foreclosure rate was sixth highest in the country last month, after Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. One in every 701 housing units statewide received ...
Four lower lines of Slotzilla were tested with plastic, weighted 175-pound dummies Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Joe Downtown: Slotzilla zip lines tested with dummies as attraction sets to open
April 9, 2014
No one is saying exactly when Slotzilla will open, but project managers and engineers are this week testing 175-pound dummies on each of the four lower lines of the zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience. Lonnie Reed, principal of Themed Development Management, categorized the ride’s testing as some of the most ...
Water agencies laying off 101 workers in reorganization
April 9, 2014
The Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District announced an organization-wide staff reduction today that will result in 101 people losing their jobs. In addition to laying off 7.5 percent of its staff...
Bob Elkins is the CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.
Goal of LGBT center’s new CEO: Drama-free expansion
April 9, 2014
Bob Elkins talks about his own "Dallas Buyers Club"-like story, the possibility of a "gayborhood" downtown and his experience being outed to his parents by national media ...
In this 2013 photo, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh poses for a picture, in San Francisco.
Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court
April 8, 2014
The biggest problem for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers hasn't been about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to ...
Seasonal factors led to an increase in gasoline prices across the United States in April, AAA reports.
Nevadans getting nickel-and-dimed as gas prices climb
April 8, 2014
The temperature isn’t all that’s rising across Nevada this spring; AAA reports gasoline prices are up more than a dime a gallon since March. The average cost...
In this June 26, 2013, photo, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is seen in Atlantic City, N.J., with the nearby Water Club reflected in its gold glass facade.
After scandal, Atlantic City poker tourney gets high-tech chips
April 8, 2014
A cheating scandal at a casino poker tournament has led to new security measures, including chips that are more intricate, have more colors and include an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet light. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa told The Associated Press it was using...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace, June 6, 2013.
S&P lowers rating on Caesars Entertainment
April 8, 2014
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Tuesday lowered its rating for Caesars Entertainment Corp. and said that it is more likely that the casino operator will need to undergo a restructuring. The Las Vegas-based company...

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