May 30, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Foreigners love shopping in America, especially in this desert burg dubbed Sin City. "There's nothing like it in Mexico," said Jessica Torres, 23, of Puerto Vallarta, who was in the United States on a student visa and was visiting the Las Vegas Strip last week. Likewise, foreign retailers have become increasingly infatuated with the idea of making it big here. It's about supply and demand: Very few new malls are being built in the U.S., but there's plenty of growing demand among international retailers to come here, say mall experts.
September 28, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - The first sign we've arrived on a strange planet is the presence of slot machines in the airport. Lined up in welcome, they emit cheerful blips and beeps and colorful flashes. The kids notice them immediately, forbidden video games that might, if you're lucky, spit money. "Why are they here?" they ask. "Because gambling is legal in Nevada," I explain. "So people get off the plane and play right away?" "Some," I say with a glance at my husband, who still can't believe I arranged a family trip to Las Vegas.
February 18, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE WALKING along the Las Vegas strip tomorrow night and the lights dim, don't panic. It's just a thoughtful tribute honoring the late Jerry Tarkanian, the former head coach of UNLV who died last Wednesday at age 84. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will take place at 10:30 following the Boise State at UNLV game. The gesture puts Tarkanian in good company. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan are among those who have had lights dimmed on the Strip after their deaths.
June 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE MAN from Philadelphia arrived in Las Vegas, the city was starting to wake up. Casinos were being built, but the Mafia had too much influence, and Bugsy Siegel had just been slain. Nevertheless, the period of the early 1950s was called the "Golden Era" because the potential was not just a glint in the eyes of a few rich men. It was real. Alvin "Al" Benedict, a Central High School grad and Rutgers swimming champ, arrived in town and eventually became a casino executive who helped some of those rich men get richer.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside. Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally's, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off in the predawn darkness.
February 20, 2013 |
For MGM Resorts International, a return to New Jersey could make its entry into other emerging U.S. gaming markets easier and expand its online operations, Wall Street analysts say. The company is currently an applicant for casino licenses in Maryland and Massachusetts. It was the first U.S. casino company to venture into online gambling when it established a website on the Isle of Man more than a decade ago. Last week, MGM said it had filed a petition with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission requesting that the agency and the state Division of Gaming Enforcement initiate a review process under which MGM could seek to be permitted to return to Atlantic City as a fully qualified casino licensee and regain a 50 percent stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. "Essentially, we believe MGM wants to be back in Atlantic City to help put the company in good standing for pursuing new development opportunities, especially in Maryland and Massachusetts," John Kempf, gaming analyst with RBC Capital Markets L.L.C., said Monday.
January 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast-cancer prevention by using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body. The 24-year-old Miss D.C., who struted in a bikini and showed off her roller-skating talents this week, plans to undergo a double mastectomy after the pageant. She is having both breasts removed as a preventive measure to cut her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great-aunt.
December 16, 2012
Open primary for Jackson seat CHICAGO - Chicago-area Democratic officials have failed to unite behind a single candidate for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress. Robert Storman, a spokesman for one of the Cook County Democratic officials voting in Saturday's slating session, said that none of the more than a dozen candidates was able to get a majority of votes. That means the Democrats will have an open primary. Among the Democratic candidates to replace him are a state senator recently arrested for carrying a gun into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and a former congresswoman who challenged Jackson earlier this year.
October 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Americans are more worried about having the wealth and income necessary to fund their retirements than they were at the end of the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. Despite a slowly improving economy and a rebounding stock market, nearly four in 10 Americans are not confident that they will have the financial wherewithal to retire. A similar report in 2009 found that one in four adults were concerned that they would not be financially ready for retirement, Pew said.
October 5, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - In this town, where "wow" is a prerequisite for anything new, Caesars Entertainment Inc., the company behind the $550 million Linq retail/dining/entertainment venue being built at the heart of the Strip, boasts that it will be the next must-see attraction, luring gamblers and non-gamblers alike. Caesars Entertainment, of course, also owns Bally's, Showboat, Harrah's Resort and Caesars in Atlantic City, as well as Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester. And at an event on the terrace at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace announcing the project's first tenants, Gary Loveman, Caesars Entertainment chairman and CEO, said the Linq is just the type of non-gaming attraction that Atlantic City is focusing on. "Something of this general sort, I think, could work in Atlantic City as we try to widen the attractions in the city," he said.