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August 21, 2014

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  • Homes for sale are shown in the Villas at Black Mountain development near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Gibson Road in Henderson Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
    US housing recovery appears to be back on track
    Aug. 21, 2014
    A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year. Housing has been a drag on an otherwise strengthening economy, in part because ...
  • SLS Las Vegas.
    SLS Las Vegas preview: Dancers in birdcages; 30-foot Cleopatra; peekaboo glass showers
    Aug. 21, 2014
    The luxury hotel has 1,620 guest rooms created by cutting-edge French designer Philippe Starck, but it’s the restaurants, pool and nightclubs that will have the town really talking. Philippe is even bringing hip-hangout Katsuya from Los Angeles to SLS Las Vegas.
  • The Fourth of July from atop Allure Las Vegas on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. SLS Las Vegas, set to open in August, is pictured here.
    Just in time: SLS Las Vegas gets gaming license
    Aug. 21, 2014
    State regulators today gave final approval of a gaming license for SLS Las Vegas, two days before the new resort and casino opens on ...
  • Nevada Sen. Harry Reid sits down with the Las Vegas Sun on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014.
    Sen. Harry Reid upbeat about Democrats' 2014 chances, less confident in Erin Bilbray, education initiative
    Aug. 21, 2014
    Sen. Harry Reid, who runs the Democrats' political machine in Nevada and the U.S. Senate, remains upbeat about Democrats' chances in most, but not all, of the important races this fall. The Senate majority leader, in an interview today with the Las Vegas Sun, repeated ...
  • NV Energy agrees to drop proposed rate hike
    Aug. 21, 2014
    NV Energy has agreed with consumer advocates to abandon a proposed $37 million rate increase for Las Vegas-area customers. The utility filed a stipulation today ...
  • This product image provided by United Airlines shows a Strawberry Fields Salad, one of a variety of the airline's new first class food options. The Chicago-based airline on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, announced that it’s upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.
    United lures top passengers with promise of hot meal
    Aug. 21, 2014
    To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top passengers who defected to other carriers following a rocky ...
  • Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom
    Aug. 21, 2014
    A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release. A second U.S. official says ...
  • Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
    Aug. 21, 2014
    A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip. Saleh Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that ...
  • Members of the Missouri National Guard secure the perimeter of a police command post Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
    Governor orders National Guard out of Ferguson
    Aug. 21, 2014
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard's arrival ...
  • Ex-Nevada lawmaker taking plea deal in Las Vegas cases
    Aug. 21, 2014
    The only lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature agreed Thursday to plead guilty in two Las Vegas criminal cases dating to the days before the 2013 legislative session, in a bid to get out of jail and into a mental health program. Through his lawyer ...
  • Motorcyclist crashes after speeding away from police, authorities say
    Aug. 21, 2014
    A motorcyclist who sped off this morning after a Metro Police officer tried to make a traffic stop crashed and was seriously injured, authorities said. A Metro officer attempted ...
  • The entrance to University Medical Center's trauma unit and emergency room is shown in 2009.
    Layoffs at University Medical Center called necessary, overdue
    Aug. 21, 2014
    Layoffs at University Medical Center are expected to save $21 million in the next nine months and help make the public hospital more sustainable, officials said today. “This isn’t something we want to do, but there’s an understanding of why we’re doing it,” CEO Lawrence Barnard said, reflecting on some of the reactions he’s gotten from hospital staff. “We need to structure ourselves in a way that’s sustainable.” The layoffs eliminated ...
  • Coroner IDs man killed in crash on Boulder Highway
    Aug. 21, 2014
    A man killed in a car wreck on Boulder Highway near Russell Road on Wednesday has been identified as ...
  • The Fourth of July from atop Allure Las Vegas on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. SLS Las Vegas, set to open in August, is pictured here.
    SLS signals better times for Las Vegas Strip, broker says
    Aug. 21, 2014
    The opening of SLS Las Vegas this weekend signals better prospects for development on the Strip, although it probably won’t usher in a pre-recession craze. That was one message delivered Wednesday by ...
  • Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Mo’ne Davis, Las Vegas Little League showdown brings big TV ratings
    Aug. 21, 2014
    Mountain Ridge Little League’s game Wednesday was the most watched in the history of the Little League World Series on ESPN, the network announced today. ESPN has ...
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