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Salvation Army gets additional $14,000 donation

For the second time in consecutive days, a gaming company has donated thousands of dollars to the Salvation Army after its headquarters were burglarized of $13,000 last weekend.

FTC banning up-front loan mortgage modification fees

The state consumer advocate is glad to see the end coming for a new type of financial enterprise in Nevada.
The Federal Trade Commission has banned consulting firms from charging up-front fees for negotiating modifications of residential mortgage loans. The prohibition takes effect Jan. 31.

Cashman Center bookings dwindle

The number of people and groups using the Cashman Center has been shrinking for years. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, Cashman hosted 139 events, half the total from two years ago and one of the lowest in its 27-year existence.

Chamber taking time to replace late president

The unexpected death of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Crosson has left a void that the organization’s leaders aren’t rushing to fill. Chamber officials are predicting another national search to find a replacement for Crosson, who died Dec. 23.

In Brief

WASHINGTON – Vehicle recall count in 2010 is highest in U.S. since 2004: Automakers recalled about 20 million vehicles in 2010, led by high-profile recalls by Toyota that prompted new scrutiny of the auto industry’s safety record.

Strip visitors seeking value, room bookings up from last year

New Year’s Eve reservations are strong at Alize at the Palms and Andre’s at Monte Carlo, year in and year out among the city’s biggest draws. While the numbers might be up from a weak holiday a year ago, more visitors are coming to Las Vegas this year with an eye toward value rather than splurging.