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Station Casinos count down to 12:01 a.m. reopening on social media

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Many of the Las Vegas Strip resorts are waiting til morning to open their doors, but Station Casinos have been fueling the excitement on social media for their properties, which are counting down to 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Santa Fe Station posted this video to orient customers to some of the safety checks and conveniences that have been added to help combat the spread of COVID-19:

1⃣2⃣:0⃣1⃣ AM tonight.

Set your alarms. It's opening night. pic.twitter.com/S52ucrjjfP

— Santa Fe Station (@santafestation) June 4, 2020

Hand sanitizers, social distancing and thermal scanners are prominent as customers enter.

At Palace Station, a nod to the reason people are coming — to gamble. New slots are on display in this Twitter post:... Read More

I-Team Exclusive: US Attorney discusses violent extremists arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A federal investigation focusing on planned violence at Black Lives Matter protests led to three arrests. The I-Team had an exclusive interview with the US Attorney for the District of Nevada about the case.

According to investigators, three white men were heading to Downtown Las Vegas Saturday night for a Black Lives Matter protest with the plan to throw Molotov cocktails at police when they released tear gas.

“Violent instigators have hijacked peaceful protests throughout the country,” said Nicholas Trutanich, US Attorney for the District of Nevada. Trutanich’s office filed a criminal complaint Wednesday.

Prosecutors said they were not headed to the protest for the cause, but rather for their connections to the Boogaloo Movement. This movement is described by the Anti-Defamation League as extremists to signify a coming civil war or fall of civilization. ... Read More

Wynn CEO Matt Maddox welcomes Las Vegas employees back to work

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After being closed for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wynn Resorts is reopening. Wynn CEO Matt Maddox sent a video message out to all Las Vegas employees, welcoming them back on the job.

This reopening also comes as protests are erupting across the country in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In his statement, Maddox addressed what is currently going on across the country.

“What we know at our company is that racism has no place in our society, and we’re going to be opening to the public as a company that represents all races, all creeds and all religions,” Maddox said to his employees. “I’m relying on each and everyone one of you to be a shining star, an example of what’s right. Because our customers are coming to get away just for a little while. Right now, what we do is invaluable. People need a break and we should offer it to them.”... Read More

The D Hotel & Casino prepares for reopening

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas is preparing to reopen and excitement is in the air.

The D Hotel & Casino owner Derek Stevens has done his part in getting tourists back to Sin City. He gave away 2,000 one-way tickets for people to fly into Las Vegas. His hotel also offered 30% off rooms for customers.

“I think this is the way you restart. There are 155,000 hotel rooms. The hotels in Vegas, it’s not possible to check that many people in in just a day,” Stevens said. ” I think we’re beginning to ramp up here today. At The D, we opened up at 11 o’ clock earlier today. It’s great to see people checking in, their smiles on their faces, they’re glad to be back to Las Vegas.”... Read More

Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Pres. Trump for dividing Americans: ‘Does not even pretend to try’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump’s heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and said his former boss was setting up a “false conflict” between the military and civilian society.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote.

The criticism was all the more remarkable because Mattis has generally kept a low profile since retiring as defense secretary in December 2018 to protest Trump’s Syria policy. He had declined to speak out against Trump, saying he owed the nation public silence while his former boss remained in office.

But he’s speaking out after this past week’s protests in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody... Read More

5.5-magnitude earthquake near Searles Valley, California, felt in Southern Nevada

SEARLES VALLEY, Calif. (KLAS) — A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 11 miles south of Searles Valley, California, Wednesday night. The quake was felt in Southern Nevada, with the epicenter located about 123 miles from Las Vegas.

The quake was preliminarily rated a 5.1 by the US Geological Survey. It occurred around 6:32 p.m., with a 4.3 mile depth.

Several aftershocks have been reported, ranging from 2.6 to 3.2-magnitude.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said it has not received any reports of injuries or damage. ... Read More

3 people arrested on terrorism charges in Las Vegas; men have ties to right-wing extremist groups

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three Nevada men with ties to a movement of right-wing extremists have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI, and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department mad the announcement Wednesday, saying that three alleged members of the “Boogaloo” movement — a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or collapse of society — have been charged with violations of federal and state law for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, and possession of an unregistered destructive device (specifically, an improvised incendiary device commonly known as a Molotov cocktail)... Read More