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October 30, 2014

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  • Alstory Simon shows his emotion as he speaks to reporters while leaving the Jacksonville Correction Center as a free man Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Jacksonville Ill. Simon's confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end capital punishment in Illinois. Anthony Porter had spent 16 years on death row and his supporters maintained he was wrongfully convicted. Simon was convicted and sentenced to 37 years in prison. But the Cook County State's Attorney's Office began re-examining Simon's conviction last year after he recanted his confession. Simon alleged he was coerced into making it by a private investigator.
    Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Alstory Simon's confession gained international attention in 1999, largely because of an investigation by a journalism professor and a team of students from Northwestern University that helped secure Anthony Porter's release just days before he was to be executed. He had spent 16 years on death row for slayings he and his supporters maintained he did not commit ...
  • Palestinian youths clash with Israeli border police after Moatez Higazi was shot in east Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed Higazi suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.
    Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting
    Oct. 30, 2014
    The Palestinians accused Israel of a "declaration of war," deepening a crisis fueled by failed peace efforts, continued Israeli settlement construction and months of simmering violence in the holy city. While Israel said it would reopen the site on Friday, the increasingly religious nature of the unrest risked igniting further violence ...
  • Laugh Factory at the Tropicana headliner Murray Sawchuck, who leaves that venue after his show on Oct. 30, poses in front of Buffalo Bill's in Primm
during his "world tour" of prospective venues for his show.
    ‘The Dennis Bono Show’ airs it out; Sawchuck goes on his Murray way
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Popular among locals since it debuted 15 years ago at Sunset Station, “The Dennis Bono Show” has been buoyed by a new syndication deal Bono signed with the CRN Network. He now reaches 30 additional radio stations in 11 million more households across CRN’s 11 states, primarily those in California. CRN’s lineup of ...
  • In this Sept. 21, 2014, photo, Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in MGM Grand Las Vegas. The lawyer for a man who was punched by Brown outside a Washington, D.C., hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, that a settlement had been reached.
    Maryland man punched by Chris Brown settles lawsuit
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on Sept. 2. The singer admitted hitting Adams, who tried to get in a picture that the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel in October 2013. Adams suffered a broken ...
  • Boyd Q3 revenue up slightly; loss slashed by more than half
    Boyd Q3 revenue up slightly; loss slashed by more than half
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Boyd Gaming, a regional casino operator with nine properties in Las Vegas, reported its third quarter earnings today ...
  • Kerry Simon and Elizabeth Blau attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
    Kerry Simon’s first MSA conference aims to plan roadmap of research
    Oct. 30, 2014
    The Multiple System Atrophy community will be represented by nearly 100 people wanting the global meeting to serve as a springboard for research, therapeutic initiatives, awareness and advocacy.
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox rides away from the home she is staying in on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Hickox went on an hour-long ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, followed by state police who were monitoring her movements and public interactions.
    Nurse defying Ebola quarantine in Maine once worked for Southern Nevada Health District
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Kaci Hickox, 33, worked at the Centers for Disease Control and was assigned to work with the Southern Nevada Health District, SNHD spokeswoman Stephanie Bethel said
  • KISS arrives at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
    KISS specials abound at Hard Rock Hotel ahead of November shows
    Oct. 30, 2014
    To welcome entertainment legend KISS to the Hard Rock Hotel, the casino-resort’s overall atmosphere is being revamped in true rock-star style with special menus, drinks, spa treatments and even an official pop-up store.
  • Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.
    Strip Scribbles: Battle over Britney Spears; NHL meeting confirmed; Gordon Ramsay’s millionth
    Oct. 30, 2014
    MGM Resorts chiefs have finally confirmed rumors reported here in August that they had discussions about an NHL team coming to their new $375 million arena, park and entertainment district under construction behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo.
  • Cirque du Soleil artist Greg Pennes and dancers perform in "The Ballet," choreography by Jacqui Lynn Guimond, during "A Choreographers' Showcase," a presentation by Nevada Ballet Theater and Cirque du Soleil in the Mystere Theater at Treasure Island on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Another performance is scheduled for Oct. 13.
    Weekend best bets: Phish, Life in Death festival and Choreographers’ Showcase
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Halloween is upon us, but if trick-or-treating and haunted houses aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do this weekend in Las Vegas — no costumes required. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
  • The San Francisco Giants celebrate after Game 7 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series.
    Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series
    Oct. 30, 2014
    The Nielsen company said Thursday that more people watched the previous night's contest than any other World Series game since the 2011 Game 7 between St. Louis and Texas (25.4 million). ...
  • Criss Angel, with Maestro and Nathan Burton, celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at a party at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place.
    Criss Angel to launch third production, aims for six in next four years
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Juggling three shows will take magic powers as Criss Angel continues with his 10-year-deal for “Believe” on the Strip. He premieres “Mindfreak Live” at Foxwoods in Connecticut next month and again in January with a two-week East Coast tour.
  • This undated file photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Frein.
    Police: Eric Frein, wanted in trooper ambush, is captured
    Oct. 30, 2014
    A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein, 31, was taken into custody but ...
  • Food 4 Less pulling out of the Las Vegas market
    Food 4 Less pulling out of the Las Vegas market
    Oct. 30, 2014
    Discount grocer Food 4 Less is ditching Las Vegas. Management said today it is converting six locations in the valley to Smith’s Food & Drug stores — both brands are owned by Kroger Co. — and closing eight others as it exits the Las Vegas market. The conversions and closures will take place by early next year. Food 4 Less employs ...
  • This Aug. 9, 2011, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.
    Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher
    Oct. 30, 2014
    U.S. stock indexes are closing higher as big companies turn in encouraging quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 200 points Thursday, thanks in large part to ...
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