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Shaq to bring Fantasy Camp to Las Vegas in October

Las Vegas, NV – NBA Hall-of-Famer and 4x World Champion Shaquille O’Neal has announced the dates and location of his upcoming Basketball Fantasy Experience presented by Icy Hot.

This unique charitable event will be held October 8th – 10th and offers inside access to experience a weekend in the life of a pro athlete while also enjoying the Las Vegas nightlife.

The Shaq Basketball Fantasy Experience presented by Icy Hot provides fans with the opportunity to meet and interact with Shaq while receiving elite basketball instruction, access to top coaches, celebrity guests, and basketball legends. Exclusive social outings and first-class accommodations are also provided in each participant package. The event will be held at the world-famous MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and is open to participants 21 years of age or older... Read More

US carries out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —  President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

The strikes, which were first reported by Reuters, appeared to be limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation.

Biden's decision to strike only in Syria and not in Iraq, at least for now, also gives the Iraqi government some breathing room as it carries out its own investigation of a Feb. 15 attack that wounded Americans.

"At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement... Read More

Metro Police arrest suspect in string of robberies across valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police have arrested the suspect in a string of robberies across the valley. Geovani Baltadano is charged in 11 robberies, all targeting businesses.

Baltadano was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Feb. 24 and faces multiple counts of robbery and other related crimes.

The events were described as being carried out with a deadly weapon. One such incident was reported on Feb. 7 at a business in the 4900 block of East Charleston. ... Read More

Caesars exec repeats doom for buffets, but says casinos could recover later this year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Six month ago, Caesars Entertainment executives delivered the crushing news that buffets were probably gone forever.

Casino companies have learned to be profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating some parts of the business that customers grew to expect. But Caesars Chief Executive Officer Tom Reeg held firm on Thursday as he talked about the death of the buffet.

When asked about the "new gaming experience" in a question-and-answer that followed the year-end earnings call for Caesars Entertainment, Reeg pulled no punches.

A reporter described one view of casinos as, "Margins are great, but there's nothing to eat."

Reeg fired back, recalling that Las Vegas and Atlantic City used to be the only places with casinos, and, "People figured out how to eat dinner."

He added that he isn't worried about what the competition might do... Read More

WATCH LIVE: CCSD Board of Trustees to hold meeting at 5 p.m.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District Board of Trustees will meet Thursday night as students get closer to returning to the classroom.

Some pre-kindergarten through third grade CCSD students will be able to go back to school starting March 1. Over the course of the next several weeks, more students from higher grade levels will also be able to return to face-to-face instruction.

Thursday night's meeting will take place at Las Vegas Academy, where a protest is set to also take place. Parents at the protest say they want schools to reopen now.

There are expected to be many parents chime in during the public comment portion of the meeting.

You can watch the meeting here or on our 8 News Now Facebook page... Read More

Metro Police search for suspect in attempted robbery of business near Maryland Parkway, Sahara

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police are asking the public's help in identifying the suspect who attempted to rob a business near Maryland Parkway and Sahara on Feb. 25. The incident occurred around 10:50 a.m.

Police say the the woman did not leave with any money. No one was injured.

The following is the suspect description:

  • White female adult
  • Around 20-30-years-old
  • 5'-5'02" with a thin build
  • Brown hair
  • Last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, ripped blue jeans and black shoes

If you have information about this incident, call Metro’s Commercial Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or on their website... Read More

Proposal would give tax credits to hospitality businesses, convention travelers to boost Las Vegas economy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A proposal in Washington could help bring jobs and tourists back to Las Vegas a little faster as more Americans get vaccinated, and coronavirus cases drop, the I-Team first reported.

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nevada, said he and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, have introduced the Hospitability and Commerce Jobs Recovery Act. The bill would incentivize hospitality companies to bring back laid off or furloughed workers and give tax credit to convention attendees, Horsford said.

The pandemic battered Las Vegas’ economy, where travel and tourism employ about one-third of the work force. In March 2020, the Las Vegas economy lost 250,000 jobs. About half of those jobs have since returned, the latest economic data shows.

“Our first order of business is crushing this virus and we are making great progress in doing that,” Horsford said. “As we defeat this virus, we need to quickly rebound and this bill will help us do that.”... Read More