<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world.<!– –>The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual yearly diplomatic embarrassment, the United Nations General Assembly … Read the rest

THOMPSON, N.Y. –  Residents of this faded corner of the New York’s Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally. The recommendation to license a casino in the heart of the once-bustling “Borscht Belt” resort region will test the premise in that blackjack and craps can breathe new life in an old summer haven known in its heyday for families, mostly Jewish, arriving … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –>By Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The guy who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in to a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions for the 2nd time this month from gambling regulators about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings. Sam Nazarian is expected to appear before the … Read the rest

LAS VEGAS –  The guy who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in to a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions for the 2nd time this month from gambling regulators about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings. Sam Nazarian is expected to appear before the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday morning as he seeks … Read the rest

MACAU: The former Portuguese colony of Macau will on Thursday (Dec 18) operate its border crossing with mainland China on a 24-hour basis, giving residents on both sides round-the-clock access. It is one of a number of transport-related developments in that will forge closer links between Macau and the mainland. But while cross-border street networks could be a boost for the city’s sputtering casino industry, some fear it will only … Read the rest

New York Gambles on Full-Size Casinos to Boost Cash-Strapped Communities

The recommendations favor gaming complexes located in struggling upstate townsA state board has recommended the approval of three full-size, Las Vegas–style casinos in New York State. The three gaming complexes are slated for Schenectady (near the state capital, Albany), Tyre (near the Finger Lakes) and Sullivan County Catskills (north of New York City), the New York Times reports. They will be the 1st of their kind in the state. The … Read the rest

Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America From VOA Learning English, welcome to This isAmerica! I’m Christopher Cruise. The American city of Las Vegas, Nevada, is knownaround the world. Las Vegas is famous for excitement,entertainment and casinos — businesses where lots ofmoney can be won or lost. In early 2012, a museum opened in a rarely visited partof the city, far from the casinos. The museum tellsabout organized crime … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judicial estimate Wednesday in that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. lawyer yet not a judicial estimate before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation.<!– –>Like other witnesses before him, Nevada Gaming Control … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –>By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in to a hipper, sleeker destination is facing another interrogation in to past misdeeds as he seeks a gambling license. Sam Nazarian and the majority owner of the SLS Las Vegas formally announced this week in that he won’t have any role in … Read the rest

City Council votes in favor of downtown soccer stadium

soccer_stadium_2_large.jpg  LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to clear the way for a new downtown soccer stadium to be built. The agreement, which was amended from its original proposal, would create the possibility for Las Vegas to host a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The vote was 4 – 3 for approval at the City Council meeting. Council members debated for several hours over the stadium … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –>LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judicial estimate in that investigators spent hours briefing a federal prosecutor before employing a ruse to gain entry to high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and break up what prosecutors say was an illegal Internet sports gambling operation.But like other witnesses before him, Nevada Gaming Control Board Agent Ricardo Lopez testified they didn’t have a warrant … Read the rest