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Las Vegas Resorts Donate Unused Beauty Products

LAS VEGAS -- Unused soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions from some Las Vegas resorts are being used to combat diseases caused by inadequate hygiene across the globe.

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. says it is working with an Orlando charity that collects beauty products left behind by hotel guests and then distributes them to impoverished families in the United States and more than 30 countries.

The organization, Clean the World, says it has collected more than a ton of soap in recent months from five Harrah's resorts: Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Caesars Palace.

The charity is also developing a soap recycling facility in Las Vegas with a $100,000 donation from the company.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Resorts Donate Unused Beauty Products

LAS VEGAS -- Unused soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions from some Las Vegas resorts are being used to combat diseases caused by inadequate hygiene across the globe.

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. says it is working with an Orlando charity that collects beauty products left behind by hotel guests and then distributes them to impoverished families in the United States and more than 30 countries.

The organization, Clean the World, says it has collected more than a ton of soap in recent months from five Harrah's resorts: Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Caesars Palace.

The charity is also developing a soap recycling facility in Las Vegas with a $100,000 donation from the company.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Dolce Hotels to Run Closed Lake Las Vegas Ritz-Carlton

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Hundreds of jobs and retail foot traffic will be returning to the struggling Lake Las Vegas Resort with an announcement that the former Ritz Carlton Hotel will soon be reopening under new ownership.

As you can imagine, those who live and work out at Lake Las Vegas are ecstatic to hear the world-class hotel will soon be reopening under new name and ownership, breathing some new life into the Village at Monte Lago.

"We're struggling to survive out here and ready for some better times ahead," said Sue O'Leary, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factor.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is one of 33 shops, restaurants and other businesses that were dealt a serious a blow when first the Casino Monte Lago went under in March, followed by the closing of the world-class Ritz Carlton Hotel two months later.

Las Vegas Customers Line Up to Get New iPhone

HENDERSON, Nev. - Die-hard fans started waiting in line Wednesday night, anxious to get their hands on the new iPhone. By Thursday morning there were 1,000 fans waiting in front of the Apple Store at Town Square.

The iPhone 4 has been redesigned. It features a five-megapixel camera with a flash. It also takes high-definition video that users can edit on the phone. The screen also has a much higher resolution, allowing users to watch video in high-definition.

 

Lake Las Vegas to Emerge From Bankruptcy

HENDERSON, Nev. - A spokesperson for Atalon Group, the parent company of Lake Las Vegas, confirms a bankruptcy judge has approved the property's plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

Atalon spokeswoman Sandra Sternberg says U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Linda Riegle signed off on the bankruptcy plan. Judge Riegle is expected to submit a written order on Friday. The bankruptcy plan would take a few weeks to implement.

Atalon acquired Lake Las Vegas in January 2008. The company sought bankruptcy protection on Lake Las Vegas five months later.

Errors on Zappos.com Sister Site Means Good Deals

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson-based Zappos.com lost about $1.6 million after a pricing problem arose on a sister website, 6pm.com.

The company's blog says the error meant that most prices on 6pm.com were capped at $49.95 from about midnight to 6 a.m. Friday. Zappos.com says the mistake that caused the problem was in its pricing engine. The blog says the 6pm.com site was shut down while the problem was fixed.

The blog post from Zappos.com's director of brand marketing and business development says all purchases made on 6pm.com during the problem time period will be honored. Zappos.com was acquired last year by Amazon.com.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Henderson Chocolate Business Laying off 25 Employees

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A company official says 25 jobs are melting away from the Ethel M and M&M'S World chocolate businesses in Henderson.

Mars Inc. spokeswoman Alice Nathanson said Thursday that about 10 Mars Retail Group employees will relocate to New Jersey, and another 15 Henderson jobs will be eliminated by July. Employees were told of the reorganization in February.

Nathanson says the Henderson factory will keep making Mars chocolate products and maintain its cactus garden. Eight Ethel M retail gourmet chocolate stores in and around Las Vegas will continue to operate, and the Ethel M management team will remain. The companies are part of privately held Mars Inc., of McLean, Va.

The company makes M&M'S candy, Snickers and Milky Way candy bars, Wrigley gum, plus rice, pet food and other products.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)