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April 18, 2014

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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...
Tourists pose in front of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
Las Vegas tourism agency to spend $119 million on advertising, marketing
April 8, 2014
The group that promotes Las Vegas tourism expects a slight bump in revenue next year, but is trimming its advertising and marketing costs. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled its...
Key boxes are shown at vacant home in North Las Vegas April 2, 2013. A neighbor said it has been vacant for about six months. (1513  Splinter Rock, North Las Vegas)
Inventory of Las Vegas homes climbs along with prices
April 8, 2014
In Las Vegas, home prices have been climbing at one of the fastest rates in the country as investors, looking to capitalize on the housing crash, bought cheap homes in bulk to ...
Unemployment benefit bill led by Nevada’s Dean Heller passes Senate
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Senate passed a bill today that extends and restores emergency unemployment benefits after they lapsed in December. The 59 to 38 vote sends the legislation to...
Trader Michael Zicchinolfi works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the closing bell, Monday, April 7, 2014.
S&P 500 posts longest losing streak since January
April 7, 2014
U.S. stocks are sagging at the close, pushing the broader market to its longest losing streak since January. Declines were led by...
Polaroid Store
Polaroid hits the Linq; Moon says good night
April 7, 2014
A new photo bar offers prints and a look at Polaroid history as a penthouse nightclub closes at the Palms. Meanwhile, a famous baker brings his treats to the Venetian ...
Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan on Friday, March 21, 2014, in MGM Grand.
How one ad campaign changed the face of Las Vegas
April 6, 2014
Five words changed everything: "What happens here, stays here." It’s a slogan unlike any other in the history of advertising. At a time when tourism had taken a hit nationwide, a city so dependent on other people spending their money here needed something to bring it back. The campaign was...

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