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Las Vegas casinos reopen after months of virus lockdown

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The reopening of casinos is a major boost for the badly-hit Las Vegas economy, which depends heavily on tourism

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Slot machines with every other machine ready to play are ready for guests at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip as the property opens for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

UFC card brings sport back to Las Vegas

May 31, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Mixed martial arts and boxing get the green light in Las Vegas, but fans are still not allowed

UPSET. Brazil’s Gilbert Burns heralds the changing of the guard. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Nevada officials mull return of boxing in Las Vegas

May 22, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Top Rank chief Bob Arum plans to stage a boxing fight card on June 9 at the MGM Grand

Manny Pacquiao (right) connects with a punch on Keith Thurman during their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas last July. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Empty Las Vegas Strip counts losses as locals venture out

May 09, 2020 - 3:38 PM

In the absence of bustling crowds of drunken revelers, packed poker tables and overzealous club promoters, the slogan 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' has never felt more redundant

The "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign is seen on a quiet Las Vegas Strip amid the novel coronavirus pandemic on May 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - In the absence of bustling crowds of drunken revelers, packed poker tables and overzealous club promoters, the slogan "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" has never felt more redundant. Last year, May was Las Vegas's second-busiest month, drawing nearly 3.7 million visitors. Now, the sidewalks lie empty under the scorching sun, except for idle security guards, and a handful of vagrants and bewildered-looking tourists. (Photo by Bridget BENNETT / AFP)

MGM pitches plan for NBA to finish season in Vegas

May 03, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The proposal includes letting players and their families stay in quarantined hotels along the Las Vegas Strip while competing on courts in the same facilities

DIFFERENT FEEL. It will be an all new environment the next time Kawhi Leonard's Clippers (left) and Anthony Davis' Lakers hit the NBA floor. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

MGM Vegas casinos to shutter due to coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:10 PM

'It is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression,' says MGM Resorts chairman Jim Murren

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 14: An exterior view shows MGM Grand & Hotel & Casino as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several employees at MGM Resorts International hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. MGM Resorts International employees who can will start working from home next week. MGM has closed all nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets, spas, gyms and salons at its properties in Las Vegas and on Monday, it will close 150 food and beverage outlets and furloughs and layoffs will begin. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Nash Aguas is now a Las Vegas homeowner

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:59 AM

The actor shares a post on his Instagram page

PROUD HOMEOWNER. Nash Aguas poses in front of his new house in Las Vegas. Photo from

Juventus supports Ronaldo but Nike 'deeply concerned' by rape allegations

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Ronaldo's club team says the rape accusations 'do not change their opinion' of the football superstar

EMBATTLED. Ronaldo denies accusations that he raped a former model in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.  Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape 'abominable'

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The case has threatened the reputation of the Portuguese football superstar

FIRM DENIAL. Cristiano Ronaldo says his conscience is clear. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

PH ranks 3rd in international math contest

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:13 AM

7 members of the Philippine team receive gold medals in the individual round of the competition held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Police body cam footage shows tense moments after Vegas shooting

May 03, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The footage's release comes after a judge sides with media organizations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public

SHOOTING AT THE STRIP. Las Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Matteo Guidicelli to Sarah Geronimo: 'Keep walking, I'll always be beside you'

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:44 PM

'Keep walking, I’ll always be beside you. No matter what,' writes the actor

'KEEP WALKING.' Matteo pens a message of support for girlfriend Sarah. Screenshot from Matteo's Instagram account

Sarah Geronimo gets emotional, frank at Las Vegas concert

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:50 PM

The singer talks about the pressure to be 'perfect' and the search for meaning and purpose

BURNOUT? Sarah Geronimo pours her heart out during a concert in Las Vegas. File photo from Sarah Geronimo's Instagram account

Celine Dion cancels shows for ear surgery

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Dion, who turns 50 later this month, says she has been suffering from Patulous Eustachian tube, when a middle opening in the ear is abnormally open, affecting hearing

Alvarez, Golovkin promise fireworks in May 5 rematch

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Both fighters vow that judges will not be a factor when they climb into the ring again at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena in what is likely to be one of the fights of the year

CLASSIC. Boxers Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin take part in a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport

Jan 12, 2018 - 6:44 PM

A predicted shift away from owning and relying on cars will change the way urban planners design cities, say experts

Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Several innovations at CES 2018 are geared towards helping travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage.

HIGH-TECH TROLLEY. The Travelmate suitcase can automatically follow its user around. Photo from Travelmate Robotics

New 'emotional' robots at CES 2018 aim to read human feelings

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

At CES 2018, several robots are being developed to become more humanlike by acquiring 'emotional intelligence' and empathy. Check out some of them here

EMOTION MACHINE. A Honda 3-C18 concept robot is shown at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2018. Photo by David Mcnew/AFP

Pole-dancing robots aim to spice up CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The robo-strippers are the creation of British artist Giles Walker, who says he designed the vaguely humanoid machines as an expression about surveillance, power, and voyeurism

MECH GYRATIONS. A human dancer performs next to a stripper robot at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Tech faithful gather to worship at mecca of innovation

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is expected to draw 170,000 people and 40,000 exhibitors from dozens of countries showing wares in robotics, digital health, artificial intelligence, sports and more

ROBOTS. UBTECH robots including the First Order "Stormtrooper" (left) and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant enabled "lynx" (center) are seen during the CES Unveiled preview event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pia Wurtzbach congratulates Rachel Peters, wishes good reign for Demi-Leigh

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:37 PM

'Keep your head up. We’re all so proud of you,' Pia tells Rachel, who placed in the Top 10

Philip Stein opens Solaire shop

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 evening gown competition

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:10 PM

See the Top 10 in their evening gowns

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: (L-R) Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, Miss Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters, Miss Canada 2017 Lauren Howe, Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, and Miss Spain 2017 Sofia del Prado compete in the evening gown competition during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippines' Rachel Peters at Miss Universe 2017 coronation

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Rachel is in fine form at the pageant held in Las Vegas

MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES. Rachel Peters wears Sherri Hill as she is announced as a top 16 finalist. Photo from HO/The Miss Universe Organization

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned the new Miss Universe by Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: The Top 3 for Miss Universe 2017

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Meet the Top 3 finalists of Miss Universe 2017

Rachel Peters ends journey in Miss Universe 2017

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:22 AM

The top 5 Miss Universe contestants are announced

Rachel Peters, Miss Philippines 2017 competes on stage in Yamamay swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on November 20, 2017. The contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas, NV. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26, live from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 swimsuit competition

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The Top 16 work the runway in Yamamay swimswear

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017

PH's Rachel Peters in Miss Universe 2017 Top 16

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The top 16 at the Miss Universe 2017 competition are announced

Rachel Peters, Chanel Thomas, and Katarina Rodriguez is sent-off to their respective pageants on November 6, 2017 at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.

WATCH: Interview with Rachel Peters' mentor Rodgil Flores

Nov 27, 2017 - 12:05 AM

'I love you, Rachel, and I know you're gonna be Miss Universe 2017,' says Rodgil, one of the people behind the Kagandahang Flores camp

Predictions: Who will be Miss Universe 2017?

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Rappler's contributing writer Voltaire Tayag shares his picks for this year's most awaited competition

WATCH: Rachel Peters' message for Filipino fans as Miss Universe 2017 approaches

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'You know when we unite, we can do great things, not just in pageantry but in politics, in other things as well,' says Rachel of the support

PH stars call on fans to support Rachel Peters in Miss Universe 2017

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Anne Curtis, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Maine Mendoza, and more call on their fans to tweet and vote for Rachel

ASEAN Unity Park to rise in Batangas

Nov 24, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The ASEAN Unity Park will be located in the future 40-hectare campus of FAITH Colleges in Balete, Batangas, an area near Lake Taal, one of the country's premier tourism destinations

ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE. The planned ASEAN Unity Park in Balete, Batangas, will showcase trees and plant species common to the 10 ASEAN countries.

IN PHOTOS: Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017 preliminaries

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Rachel walks the Miss Universe preliminaries in a Val Taguba gown and swimsuit from Yamamay

Why Miss Universe loves Las Vegas

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The pageant is hosted in Las Vegas for the 6th time

Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere with the contestants during the welcome event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, November 16th. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26, live from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: Rachel Peters' national costume for Miss Universe 2017

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Rachel wears a sarimanok-inspired fantasy by Val Taguba

WATCH: Know more about Rachel Peters in her Miss Universe introduction video

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Rachel talks about her love for surfing, and how the inspiration she draws from her fellow Filipinos

Daftar juri dan pengisi acara final 'Miss Universe 2017'

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Final 'Miss Universe 2017' akan digelar Minggu, 26 November di Las Vegas, AS

JURI. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach asal Filipina akan jadi salah satu juri di final 'Miss Universe 2017'. Foto oleh Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Self-driving shuttle collides with truck in street debut

Nov 09, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Las Vegas officials blame the truck and not the self-driving shuttle whose sensors actually worked and stopped the shuttle in time

NAVYA. A picture taken on November 7, 2017 in Saint-Denis near Paris shows the logo of French vehicle company Navya, makers of the self-driving bus Arma. Photo by AFP/Eric Piermont

Nia Sanchez,Tegan Martin on life after Miss Universe

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The two former title holders share tips for aspiring beauty queens and their project called Universal Confidence

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

Las Vegas shooter's note contained calculations to maximize kills – CBS

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The piece of paper was found by police officers who stormed shooter Stephen Paddock's room after he launched his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel

SHOOTING. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: September 30-October 6, 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Still no 'clear motive' in Las Vegas mass shooting – police

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:50 AM

'At this time I'll tell you we have no credible information to report to you as to motivation,' says Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

STILL NO CLEAR MOTIVE. People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Taxi driver from Bohol helps save lives in Las Vegas shooting

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:12 AM

'He makes every Filipino and Boholano proud of his action,' local journalist Alan Nalzaro Dalagan of Loboc says

HEROIC DRIVER. Taxi driver Winifredo Maquindang is praised for helping save lives after the Las Vegas shooting incident. Photo from Maquindang's Facebook page

Maasim Mayor, PNP & EJK, Drilon | Evening wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

After Vegas massacre, U.S. gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,' the National Rifle Association says

Robredo, Faeldon, Paddock | Midday wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Las Vegas shooter booked Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The revelations raise the chilling prospect that Stephen Paddock has been planning an attack for at least two months before he launched the assault on Sunday, October 1, on a country music festival in Las Vegas

The Blackstone hotel, with rooms facing a downtown city park where the hugely-popular Lollapalooza music festival was held, says a man of the same name Stephen Paddock had a reservation there in August. File photo from Wikipedia

Sereno impeachment, De Lima, Marilou Danley | Midday wRap

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:43 PM

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