LAS VEGAS — It didn’t take long for Uber to come to a screeching halt in Nevada. District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City has blocked Uber from offering any rides in the state through at least Nov. 7. A hearing is set for Nov. 6. The state’s attorney general sought the temporary order late Friday afternoon. Uber launched its service in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday after months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic front-page newspaper advertisements. The company contends it’s not a taxi company but rather a technology company facilitating a way for drivers and would-be passengers in need of a ride to meet. The company faces a fierce battle with the state’s highly regulated and influential taxi industry. Four cars driven for Uber had been impounded statewide for not being licensed as of midafternoon and faced fines of up to $10,000, said Teri Williams, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Taxicab Authority. Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend called the impoundments “unjust” and said the company will have its drivers’ backs financially and legally. Uber is the only ridesharing company now operating in the three metro areas. Las Vegas has been among the few metropolitan cities in the country to not be served by the company. The company tiptoed around Nevada until its Friday launch. A multitude of regulations govern the state’s taxicab industry, and there are limits on the number of cabs that can operate and where they can pick up passengers. …

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — It didn’t take long for Uber to come to a screeching halt in Nevada. District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City has blocked Uber from offering any rides in the state through at least Nov. 7. A hearing is set for Nov. 6.<!– –>The state’s attorney general sought the temporary order late Friday afternoon.Uber launched its service in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday after months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic front-page newspaper advertisements.The company contends it’s not a taxi company but rather a technology company facilitating a way for drivers and would-be passengers in need of a ride to meet.The company faces a fierce battle with the state’s highly regulated and influential taxi industry.Four cars driven for Uber had been impounded statewide for not being licensed as of midafternoon and faced fines of up to $10,000, said Teri Williams, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Taxicab Authority.Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend called the impoundments “unjust” and said the company will have its drivers’ backs financially and legally. Uber is the only ridesharing company now operating in the three metro areas. Las Vegas has been among the few metropolitan cities in the country to not be served by the company.The company tiptoed around Nevada until its Friday launch. A multitude of regulations govern the state’s taxicab industry, and there are limits on the number of cabs that can operate and where they can pick up passengers. In Las Vegas, unlike other metropolitan cities that draw tourists, cabs can’t be hailed from the sidewalks along the Strip, for example. They have to pick up and drop off passengers at the individual hotel properties.Behrend said that hundreds of drivers in the state have already signed up and passed background checks and vehicle inspections that clear them to respond to requests for rides via smartphone. Before the court order, drivers could pick up passengers from anywhere in the service areas, except from the Las Vegas Strip between the Mandalay Bay and SLS casinos and from McCarran International Airport. They can drop off customers anywhere.Uber rides are generally 10 to 20 percent cheaper than taxi fares — a competitive advantage especially in light of an 8 percent cab fare hike approved earlier this week in Las Vegas.An early afternoon Uber ride from downtown Las Vegas to Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip cost $22.50. Drivers don’t accept tips, just a ranking of one to five stars. A taxi ride back to downtown Las Vegas cost $28.50, including a $3 fee for a credit card charge. The cost didn’t include a tip.Uber has often been met with strident opposition from taxi companies, and heavily regulated Las Vegas is no exception.Bill Shranko, an executive at Yellow Checker Star taxi company in Las Vegas, asked regulators with the Nevada Taxicab Authority in April to warn Uber and similar companies that the city has hefty fines for operating unlicensed cabs and maintained that the company was operating illegally.About 2,000 cabs fill the streets of Clark County, including the Las Vegas Strip, Shranko said.He criticized Uber for picking and choosing customers, saying, “They’re taking all the cream off the top.”As of early Friday afternoon, just a few cars were visible on Uber’s app.Marco Falchi’s Mazda 6 was among them. …

Local casinos bring awareness to breast cancer by designing bras

Chuck Norris joins Abbott on campaign trail in Tyler Chuck Norris joins Abbott on campaign trail in Tyler Updated: Friday, October 24 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-10-25 02:03:58 GMT Chuck Norris joined Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on a campaign stop in Tyler. (Source: KLTV Staff) Texas actor and martial artist Chuck Norris joined the Republican candidate for governor on the campaign trail in Tyler and Texarkana on Friday.More >> Texas actor and martial artist Chuck Norris joined the Republican candidate for governor on the campaign trail in Tyler and Texarkana on Friday.More >> DHH announces new West Nile cases, including 1 in Caddo Parish DHH announces new West Nile cases, including 1 in Pointe Coupee Parish Updated: Friday, October 24 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-10-25 01:59:37 GMT The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday there were five new cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana this week, but there were no new deaths.More >> The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday there were five new cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana this week, but there were no new deaths.More >> College Football Weather Forecasts College Football Weather Forecasts Updated: Friday, October 24 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-10-25 01:55:06 GMT Here’s a look at college football weather forecasts for Saturday October 25, 2014.More >> Here’s a look at college football weather forecasts for Saturday October 25, 2014.More >> Local casinos bring awareness to breast cancer by designing bras Local casinos bring awareness to breast cancer by designing bras Updated: Friday, October 24 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-10-25 01:39:32 GMT Local casinos are having a Battle of the Bras. It is a contest among employees at Horseshoe Casino in Shreveport and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.More >> Local casinos are having a Battle of the Bras. It is a contest among employees at Horseshoe Casino in Shreveport and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.More >> Officials ready for input on disposal of M6 propellant at Camp Minden Officials ready for input on disposal of M6 propellant at Camp Minden Updated: Friday, October 24 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-10-25 00:53:23 GMT The cost of getting rid of millions of pounds of M6 propellant left on the grounds of Camp Minden two years ago is expected to add up to millions of dollars, but exactly what process will be used to dispose of the potentially explosive material has not yet been decided. More >> The cost of getting rid of millions of pounds of M6 propellant left on the grounds of Camp Minden two years ago is expected to add up to millions of dollars, but exactly what process will be used to dispose of the potentially explosive material has not yet been decided. More >> SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – Two local casinos are having a Battle of the Bras, pitting employees at Horseshoe Casino in Shreveport and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs against one another in a contest to design the most creative bra while raising breast cancer awareness. Both casinos are owned by Caesar’s Entertainment.  KSLA News 12’s Domonique Benn was invited to come and help judge the twenty five bras that were on display between the casinos. The bras were designed around with breast cancer awareness in mind. The creations had various themes and some displays even included breast cancer facts and statistics. The casinos are competing in a Breast Cancer Awareness Month Contest among 54 properties. The winning property will have the highest total of points which will include all events and social media messaging. The casinos will receive points for the Battle of the Bras contest, Race for the Cure participation, Social Media. The winning properties will be announced on November 15. There are cash prizes with as much as $10,000 up for grabs for local charities. …

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Two suspects have been arrested following local robberies, and two others are wanted by police. In the evening of Oct. 21 and continuing throughout the night, a group of black male adults committed numerous robberies around the Las Vegas Strip corridor. The investigation led to a residence in the northeast part of the valley where two suspects were taken into custody during the service of a search warrant. They were identified as Allen Browhaw, 20, and James L. Galloway III, 18, by witness identification and evidence obtained. The LVMPD Robbery Section is attempting to identify the other two suspects involved in these violent crimes. Suspect No. 3 is described as a black male, 18-20 years of age with short dreadlocks or twists. He was last seen wearing a striped, short sleeve T-shirt and tan pants. Suspect No. 4 is described as a black male, 18-20 years of age, also with short dreadlocks or twists. He was last seen wearing a striped, short sleeve T-shirt, shorts and high, white socks. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Las Vegas Is Giving Britney Spears The Holiday She Has Always Deserved

by Caitlin White 52 mins ago Clearly, every day of the week should be a celebration of all that is Britney Spears, but the good people of Las Vegas have finally made this into a reality. The City of Lights has dedicated November 5 to Brit in recognition of her impact on the city since her residency began there in December of 2013. Britney was just as excited about the announcement of “Britney Day” as we are, tweeting about how honored she felt: #BritneyDay in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can’t wait to celebrate with you Vegas See y’all there?? http://t.co/AKI2bxZg5X — Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 23, 2014 Yes, it is an honor, but we are also expecting on “Britney Day” that our beloved Britney Jean will be working it, bitch! Here’s a rundown of what the day will probably look like: Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will give Britney an an official proclamation, declaring it her day in a bunch of legal jargon. Sisolak will also hook Britney up with a key to the city of Las Vegas! Which, if you think about it literally, presents endless possibilities… Britney will completely take over The LINQ Promenade and hang out with her fans — especially fellow Britneys! The first 100 will get a free pair of tickets to her concert at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that night. But if your name isn’t Britney don’t worry, you can still purchase tickets to see “Britney: Piece Of Me” performed that night. You can get even more details about the first ever “Britney Day” via her website. Until then, we’ll be rocking out to Britney Jean and reliving all our favorite Britney phases that led up to this pivotal moment: Now, November has two major holidays in our book.

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ridesharing company Uber launched in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday after months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic front-page newspaper advertisements, but the company faces a battle with the state’s highly regulated and influential taxi industry.<!– –>Four cars driven for Uber had been impounded statewide for not being licensed as of midafternoon and faced fines of up to $10,000, said Teri Williams, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Taxicab Authority.Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend, who contends Uber is not a taxi company but merely a technological platform for connecting riders with drivers, called the impoundments “unjust” and said the company will have its drivers’ backs financially and legally. Uber is the only ridesharing company now operating in the three metro areas.The company tiptoed around Nevada until its Friday launch. A multitude of regulations govern the state’s taxicab industry, and there are limits on the number of cabs that can operate and where they can pick up passengers. In Las Vegas, unlike other metropolitan cities that draw tourists, cabs can’t be hailed from the sidewalks along the Strip. They have to pick up and drop off passengers at the individual hotel properties.Behrend said hundreds of drivers in the state have already signed up and passed background checks and vehicle inspections that clear them to respond to requests for rides via smartphone. Drivers can pick up passengers from anywhere in the service areas, except from the Las Vegas Strip between the Mandalay Bay and SLS casinos and from McCarran International Airport. They can drop off customers anywhere.The company will operate in 224 metropolitan areas, including greater Las Vegas and the Reno-Carson City area. Uber rides are generally 10 to 20 percent cheaper than taxi fares — a competitive advantage especially in light of an 8 percent cab fare hike approved earlier this week in Las Vegas.An early afternoon Uber ride from downtown Las Vegas to Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip cost $22.50. Drivers don’t accept tips, just a ranking of one to five stars. A taxi ride back to downtown Las Vegas cost $28.50, including a $3 fee for a credit card charge. The cost didn’t include a tip.Uber has often been met with strident opposition from taxi companies, and heavily regulated Las Vegas is no exception.Bill Shranko, an executive at Yellow Checker Star taxi company in Las Vegas, asked regulators with the Nevada Taxicab Authority in April to warn Uber and similar companies that the city has hefty fines for operating unlicensed cabs and maintained that the company was operating illegally.About 2,000 cabs fill the streets of Clark County, including the Las Vegas Strip, Shranko said.He criticized Uber for picking and choosing customers, saying, “They’re taking all the cream off the top.”As of early Friday afternoon, just a few cars were visible on Uber’s app.Marco Falchi’s Mazda 6 was among them. He excitedly picked up some of the company’s first Vegas passengers, greeting them with a “Ciao” text. The chatty Italian has never driven a traditional cab before, but six months ago, he applied to be a driver for Uber, submitting his license, insurance and driving record.His first customers were two young men heading from a suburban condo to downtown Las Vegas for the three-day Life is Beautiful music festival that starts Friday.”Here the politics are really tough,” Falchi said, referring to the Vegas area’s taxi industry. But he’s undeterred. “If you work more, you make more money.”___Associated Press writer Kimberly Pierceall contributed to this report.TransportationLas Vegas<!– google_ad_section_end –>

LAS VEGAS –  Ridesharing company Uber launched in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday after months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic front-page newspaper advertisements, but the company faces a battle with the state’s highly regulated and influential taxi industry. Four cars driven for Uber had been impounded statewide for not being licensed as of midafternoon and faced fines of up to $10,000, said Teri Williams, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Taxicab Authority. Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend, who contends Uber is not a taxi company but merely a technological platform for connecting riders with drivers, called the impoundments “unjust” and said the company will have its drivers’ backs financially and legally. Uber is the only ridesharing company now operating in the three metro areas. The company tiptoed around Nevada until its Friday launch. A multitude of regulations govern the state’s taxicab industry, and there are limits on the number of cabs that can operate and where they can pick up passengers. In Las Vegas, unlike other metropolitan cities that draw tourists, cabs can’t be hailed from the sidewalks along the Strip. They have to pick up and drop off passengers at the individual hotel properties. Behrend said hundreds of drivers in the state have already signed up and passed background checks and vehicle inspections that clear them to respond to requests for rides via smartphone. Drivers can pick up passengers from anywhere in the service areas, except from the Las Vegas Strip between the Mandalay Bay and SLS casinos and from McCarran International Airport. They can drop off customers anywhere. The company will operate in 224 metropolitan areas, including greater Las Vegas and the Reno-Carson City area. Uber rides are generally 10 to 20 percent cheaper than taxi fares — a competitive advantage especially in light of an 8 percent cab fare hike approved earlier this week in Las Vegas. An early afternoon Uber ride from downtown Las Vegas to Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip cost $22.50. Drivers don’t accept tips, just a ranking of one to five stars. …

Sibu cops raid 169 cyber gambling centres

Police thank Sesco for cutting the gambling den’s power supply during the raid. SIBU: Police in Sibu have so far raided 169 cyber gambling centres this year, an alarming 500 per cent increase over the figure for the same period last year. Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who disclosed these figures on Friday, said that 74 of the cases were ready to be brought to Court. “The police are thankful to Sesco for its collaboration in the raids,” he said in a reference to the power company’s role in helping rein in the suspects. He noted that none of the owners of the premises used as cyber gambling centres had so far applied to re-connect their power supplies after they were disconnected by Sesco during the police raids. He advised property owners to ensure that their agreements with tenants stipulate that their premises cannot be used for illegal activities. He warned that a law providing for the forfeiture of properties used for cyber gambling might be enacted by the Sarawak Assembly if the situation got out of control. The views expressed in the contents are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.

Gambling blocked at Monmouth Park

A U.S. District Judge in Trenton, N.J., granted a temporary restraining order to the NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues Friday, crushing a New Jersey racetrack’s hopes of offering legal sports betting this weekend.After a week of rapid-fire legal filings, Judge Michael Shipp ruled the sports leagues would suffer irreparable harm if thoroughbred track Monmouth Park began accepting sports bets Sunday as planned.The ruling is a blow for New Jersey, which is trying desperately to help its ailing gaming industry. Four Atlantic City casinos have closed, and thousands of workers have been laid off.New Jersey believes Las Vegas-style sports betting would provide a spark and has been battling the leagues for more than two years.But this case still isn’t over. More hearings in district court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals are expected. Both courts have previously ruled against New Jersey’s sports betting efforts.Before it’s over, the Department of Justice also could weigh in. For now, though, the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB have stopped bettors from legally wagering on their games in New Jersey.The leagues filed suit Monday, asking for a permanent injunction and claiming New Jersey’s latest sports betting legislation, the 2014 Sports Wagering Law, violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). PASPA prohibits states from “authorizing, operating, advertising, promoting or licensing” sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Sports Wagering Law. It partially repeals the state’s sports betting prohibitions, but restricts it to racetracks and casinos and to adults 21 or older. It also prohibits wagering on games involving state colleges and universities and any collegiate games played in New Jersey. In legal filings, the sports leagues pointed to those stipulations as evidence the state is still authorizing sports betting.”Despite its ‘repeal’ language, the 2014 Sports Wagering Law is a blatant attempt by the State of New Jersey to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license and/or authorize sports gambling in Atlantic City casinos and at New Jersey racetracks,” attorneys for the five sports leagues wrote in Monday’s complaint. “As such, the 2014 Sports Wagering Law violates PASPA.”New Jersey lead attorney Ted Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor General, disagreed. In a legal brief opposing the restraining order, Olson and state attorneys wrote that the 2014 Sports Wagering Law does exactly what the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Department of Justice attorneys said it could in a ruling last September.”To follow the Third Circuit’s interpretation of PASPA, the Repealer [2014 Sports Wagering Act] expressly states that it is ‘not intended and shall not be construed as causing the State to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize by law or compact the placement or acceptance’ of a sports wager,” state attorneys wrote.The arguments will continue in the near future as Shipp decides whether to grant the leagues’ request for a permanent injunction.Monmouth Park has spent the last month and a half preparing to turn its sport bar and restaurant into a sportsbook. It has hired employees and formed an independent regulation committee, the Independent Sports Association.The park was expecting thousands of bettors to attend Sunday. …