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Hillary Clinton Has to Duck a Shoe During Speech

She laughs it off in Vegas

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had to be fast on her feet during a speech in Las Vegas today. A woman in the audience chucked a shoe that whizzed past her head, reports the Las Vegas Sun . "Good thing she didn't play softball like I did," said Clinton, drawing laughter.... More »

Male Strippers in Vegas Bust Backstage Thief

He made mistake of trying to steal from 'Australia's Hottest Hunks'

(Newser) - A suspected burglar in Las Vegas took a beating after picking a very bad target—the backstage locker room of a group of male strippers billed as "Australia's Hottest Hunks." Police say members of the "Thunder Down Under" group confronted the suspect after spotting him with... More »

To Get Kids Across Street, Vegas Deploys ... Leprechaun

City has seen rate of pedestrians killed in crosswalks spike

(Newser) - Las Vegas officials worried about the safety of pedestrians crossing the street did what any municipality might: They stuck a cop dressed as a leprechaun on a street corner by a school for a day, reports 8 News Now . It's actually a lighthearted approach to a pretty serious problem:... More »

Gambler Sues After Losing $500K While Blackout Drunk

Mark Johnston says casino should not have issued lines of credit

(Newser) - A California man lost $500,000 while gambling at a Las Vegas casino over Super Bowl weekend, but he doesn't think he should have to pay—because he was so drunk at the time. "I feel like they picked my pockets," says Mark Johnston, who is suing... More »

Pet Shop Owner Jailed in Arson Case; 27 Pups Saved

All the dogs survived the fire

(Newser) - The owner of a business in Las Vegas has been charged with trying to burn her place down to collect insurance. But the reason Gloria Eun Hye Lee's case is getting so much attention is because her business happens to be a pet shop, and there were 27 puppies... More »

Britney's Vegas Show Is Great, Kind of Sad

Critics agree it's kind of a fantastic spectacle, but not 100% amazing

(Newser) - Britney Spears' two-year Las Vegas residency launched Friday, and the reviews aren't as terrible as one might imagine, though they're certainly tempered by reality:
  • Piece of Me is "so winning that it barely needs [Britney] at all," writes Jon Caramanica in the New York Times . "
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Honest Cabbie Gets $10K Reward

Vegas driver who turned in $300K is rewarded

(Newser) - The cabbie in Vegas who returned $300,000 in cash left in his car has gotten a five-figure reward for his honesty. Gerardo Gamboa received a $10,000 thank-you from the absent-minded gambler, reports the Las Vegas Sun . The amazing find took place a few days before Christmas, when Gamboa... More »

Found in Back of Vegas Cab: $300K in Cash

And cabbie turns it in

(Newser) - Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat. But this stash turned out to be cold hard cash. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Gamboa was making a pickup Monday at the Bellagio when a hotel doorman noticed the brown paper... More »

Vegas Mansion Could Go for $8M—in Bitcoin

Plan adds 'some notoriety' to offer: developer

(Newser) - A casino owner-turned-commercial developer is asking $7.85 million to sell a Las Vegas home, and he's willing to accept the online currency bitcoin for the deal. Jack Sommer says he got the idea to seek bitcoin for his 25,000-square-foot mansion from two of his sons, who've... More »

Reid Used Clout to Overturn Ruling on Casino Investors

Washington Times: He got visas sped up; agency staffers cry foul

(Newser) - A newspaper report suggests that Harry Reid exercised improper political clout on behalf of a casino in his home state of Nevada. The Washington Times reports that Reid personally intervened when a government agency—the US Citizenship and Immigration Services—rejected a request to speed up visa applications for foreign... More »

Storms Strike US South, Killing 5

More snow, sleet set to fall over the weekend

(Newser) - Real-live winter in the South? You bet: Unlikely ice storms hammered southern states yesterday, depriving thousands of power, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, and killing at least five people, CNN reports. It's not over, either: Storms are poised to strike regions from Dallas to Memphis until tomorrow and Arkansas... More »

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Hurt in 'Wheel of Death' Stunt

Just days after $25K fine imposed in June death of acrobat

(Newser) - Cirque du Soleil's "Wheel of Death" stunt got a little too real Friday night, when an acrobat slipped during a performance at Las Vegas' Aria Resort and ended up in the hospital. The performer, who CNN reports has not been named, is in stable condition and is expected... More »

Boy, 9, Sneaks on to Plane, Flies to Vegas

Also scammed a free meal at airport

(Newser) - This is one Vegas gamble that almost paid off: A 9-year-old boy sneaked through security and onto a Delta flight at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Thursday and made it all the way to Las Vegas—apparently without a boarding pass. But putting a dent in his wild vacation plans,... More »

Why Musicians Love Vegas Residencies

Credit Celine Dion, the 'Hollywood Reporter' says

(Newser) - It used to be kind of sad when you heard a rock star was going to take up a recurring gig in Las Vegas, but now younger artists like Deadmau5 and Britney Spears are showing up there, and no one seems embarrassed for them. What happened? As the Hollywood Reporter... More »

You Can Go Kayaking... on Your Las Vegas Trip

Or, if you'd rather, experience arts and culture downtown

(Newser) - If your weekend in Las Vegas left you a bit hungover and in need of healthier pursuits, good news: You can get picked up at your hotel and whisked 30 miles away to kayak the Colorado River on an overnight Black Canyon "float trip" near the Hoover Dam, the... More »

Teen Suspected in Mom's Death Found in Vegas

Adrian Navarro-Canales also allegedly killed his brother

(Newser) - Police have found and arrested the Nevada 16-year-old they've been hunting since his mother and brother were found dead last week . Police got a tip that Adrian Navarro-Canales was in Las Vegas yesterday, near the Strip. They found the teen alone in a food court there at about 10:... More »

Britney Won't Actually Sing at Vegas Gigs

Source says Spears will be lip-syncing

(Newser) - Planning to see Britney Spears during her two-year Las Vegas residency ? Well, hopefully you weren't planning on actually hearing her sing. "Britney does not sing. She is being paid a lot of money to lip-sync," a source tells the New York Daily News . "She hasn'... More »

2 Years in Vegas Will Score Britney Almost $30M

Spears' Planet Hollywood residency expected to be announced tomorrow

(Newser) - A Britney Spears Las Vegas residency has been rumored since January, and now the Las Vegas Sun reports the deal will be announced tomorrow. She's expected to be doing 90-minute shows at Planet Hollywod's PH Live on alternating weekends; TMZ reports she'll be doing a total of... More »

Endangered US Tortoises to Be Euthanized

Funding for Las Vegas-area conservation center dries up

(Newser) - For decades, the vulnerable US desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it. Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials... More »

Vegas Couple Accused in Plot to Kidnap, Kill Police

'Sovereign citizens' David Brutsche and Devon Newman caught in sting

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas made two arrests this week in a scary-sounding plot to kidnap and kill police officers and judges, reports the local Review-Journal . David Allan Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, are self-described "sovereign citizens" who don't recognize the authority of police, courts, or the... More »

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