BEHIND THE SCENES in Las Vegas — BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Clinton up 4 in AZ — THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Wendy Davis — Obama’s CIAO DOWN (h/t Savannah Guthrie) — A.G. SULZBERGER named NYT deputy publisher

Driving the Day GLENN THRUSH: “Five things to watch in tonight’s last debate”: “Hillary Clinton will be on the defensive … How low will Trump go? … Republicans are a little worried about Chris Wallace...Oh man, Trump could really use Roger Ailes right now … Clinton’s closing argument: Trump is a threat to American democracy.” MATT NEGRIN, ALEX TROWBRIDGE and GRIFFIN HAMMOND of Bloomberg Politics are doing some of the best video content of the cycle -- hands down. Watch this “Ocean’s Eleven”-style explainer of whether the election can truly be rigged. CAMEOS: Gary Johnson, Charlie Rose, a shirtless Donny Deutsch, Kasie Hunt, Liz Plank, Megan Murphy, Joe Weisenthal, Querry Robinson, Steven Yaccino, Kendall Breitman, TJ Ducklo and Lauren Spurr. Watch the 4-minute video Story Continued Below NEW -- CLINTON’S FIRST “CLOSING ARGUMENT” AD -- “A Place for Everyone” is the title of a new minute-long Clinton ad airing in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The narration to the ad is from the last debate in St. Louis, and it begins, “This is not an ordinary time, and this is not an ordinary election.” It also includes Clinton’s ribbing of Trump, “I want to send a message to every boy and girl and indeed to the entire world: that America already is great, but we are great because we are good.” Watch the spot, off embargo at 6 a.m. **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING. 20 DAYS until Election Day. The third and final presidential debate is tonight in Las Vegas. Will there be any last-minute stunts? PICS FROM VEGAS – The debate stage yesterday ... A wide-shot view inside ... The empty auditorium ... The “Make America Continue Reading

Travel Roundup: Waldorf Astoria on Hold, Las Vegas’ Pool Season Begins, Mexican Cruises in Seattle and More

Last Updated May 8, 2009 12:59 PM EDT Philadelphia's Waldorf Astoria Hotel put on ice -- A 58-story Waldorf Astoria Hotel planned for Center City is on hold. The $420 million project, which included upscale shopping, spa and condos, was delayed when Timothy J. Mahoney III, president and chief executive officer of Mariner Commercial Properties Inc., sold his stake in the project to his partner, Brook Lenfest of Brooks Capital Group. Mahoney cited current unfavorable economic conditions as his reason to sell his 50 percent share. [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer] Las Vegas' often topless "Day Life" season begins -- "Day Life,"or the nightclub pool season in Las Vegas has begun. About 30 hotels have pools with a nightclub element, like the Hard Rock Beach Club, MGM Grand's Wet Republic, Mandalay Bay's Moorea Pool and the Venetian's Tao Beach. To add more interest, about a dozen now allow topless sunbathing. Almost all pools are open to the public with an entrance fee. [Source: Dallas Morning News] Cruise ships trade Seattle for Mexico -- Passengers on Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines landed in Seattle instead of Mexico, part of cruise lines' strategy to avoid Mexico's swine flu outbreak. Most, packed for a tropical vacation, used their time on shore to buy warmer clothes. Although some expressed concern about their trip being rerouted, at least one passenger said he was happy to avoid the swine flu epidemic in Mexico. [Source: Associated Press] Alaska Airlines to start nonstop flights to Houston, Atlanta -- Alaska Airlines will begin flying nonstop from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Houston beginning Sept. 23. The airline, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc., will also begin flying nonstop flights to Atlanta October 23. [Source: Houston Business Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Continue Reading

Shocking video shows close encounter with Frontier jet over Las Vegas

Gross violation of rules for drone use near airports Chris McGinnis Updated 10:47 am, Saturday, February 3, 2018 A dramatic drone video has emerged showing an uncomfortably close encounter with a Frontier Airlines jet approaching Last Vegas McCarran airport. The undated video starts out looking like a harmless view of the Las Vegas area, but within seconds the big jet swoops in below. At this point, it is unclear who shot the video, but it has quickly attracted the attention of the FAA and the industry. KNTV in Las Vegas is reporting that the police and FBI are investigating the incident as well. Aviation website Air Transport World lambasts the act, saying "By all appearances, this is clearly and explicitly an illegal and reckless flight by a drone. The unmanned aircraft is above 400 ft., it is near an airport, and it is above another, manned aircraft—all gross violations of the rules that govern unmanned aviation." window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: Continue Reading

Las Vegas airport unveils $30M Terminal 1 face-lift

Balloons and confetti drop at McCarran International Airport during a celebration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, marking the completion of a $30 million Terminal 1 renovation project. Officials, from left, are Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County Director of Aviation, Brian Kunkel of Southwest, Cat Tonner of Delta, Karen Burke of the Transportation Security Administration, Jay Alvarez of Allegiant, Anette Close of Spirit and Lewis Townes of American. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto Employees toast with sparkling cider at McCarran International Airport during a celebration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, marking the completion of a $30 million Terminal 1 renovation project. The terminal, which includes McCarran's top airline Southwest Airlines, has new flooring, bathrooms and ticket counters. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto) Employees, from left, Alonzo Ledford, Lorraine Kae Cruz, Jay Alvarez and Caryn Hatalla pose for a selfie with decorative cookies at McCarran International Airport during a celebration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, marking the completion of a $30 million Terminal 1 renovation project. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto) Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County director of aviation, talks to the news media at McCarran International Airport during a celebration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, marking the completion of a $30 million Terminal 1 renovation project. The terminal, which includes McCarran's top airline Southwest Airlines, has new flooring, bathrooms and ticket counters. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto) Linda Healey, second from left, and Melissa Nunnery DeFrank hand out cookies to Larry Dues, left, and his brother Darren Dues, both of Houston, at McCarran International Airport during a celebration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, marking the completion of a $30 million Terminal 1 renovation project. The terminal, which includes McCarran's top airline Southwest Airlines, has new Continue Reading

A Houston hotel guest’s weapons raised fears of another Las Vegas. Police say don’t worry.

A guest at a hotel that hosts one of Houston’s largest New Year’s parties caused a brief scare when he was arrested early Sunday, hours before the event, with several guns and ammunition in his room. The discovery came as other U.S. cities stepped up security over fears of attacks — and just three months after a gunman killed dozens of concertgoers from a hotel room in Las Vegas. It prompted headlines like this from Fox News about a “small arsenal” of weapons at Houston’s downtown Hyatt Regency. But by Sunday afternoon, Houston police said they believed the man had no intention to use his guns and had simply brought them up to his room for safekeeping. He may still face charges for causing a drunken scene in the hotel lobby and assaulting an officer, police spokesman Victor Senties told The Washington Post. Russell Lawrence Ziemba, 49, showed up in the Hyatt lobby shortly after midnight. Police said he was drunk and was harassing guests. [ A Twitter user claims to have made the ‘swatting’ call that led police to kill a man ] An off-duty officer, moonlighting as a security guard, told the man to go back to his room. But he was soon back in the lobby, making another scene. At some point, Senties said, Ziemba struggled with the officer to the point of assaulting him. Finally, the spokesman said, the officer escorted Ziemba back to his room, and a manager told him to pack his bags. “That’s when the officer sees ammunition in the room,” Senties said. “He calls for assistance.” More officers arrived, and they found several guns inside the guest’s baggage. The Houston Chronicle described these as an AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, a handgun “and many rounds of ammunition.” Ziemba told the officers that he had brought the guns in from his truck, lest they be stolen, but police arrested him and told Continue Reading

Use of drones on rise for Las Vegas police, rescue agencies

This photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol shows a 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP) Marigold Mine Chief Surveyor Alan Clayson lands a drone near a leach pad Oct. 5, 2017, at the Marigold Mine in Valmy. SSR Mining Inc. began the process of using unmanned aerial vehicles at the Nevada mine in January. (Suzanne Featherston/The Daily Free Press via AP) James Spear, unmanned aircraft systems pilot, assembles the Yuneec H520, unmanned aircraft system, after Yuneec and the Nevada Highway patrol demonstrated the latest commercial sUAS during an accident reconstruction on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, outside the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Marek controls a Yuneec Typhoon H unmanned aerial vehicle during a news conference at Lone Mountain Regional Park in Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Marek unpacks a Yuneec Typhoon H unmanned aerial vehicle during a news conference at Lone Mountain Regional Park in Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal Dr. Chris Walach, director of operations of unmanned aviation for Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, poses with a Yuneec Q500 4K quadcopter following a flight demonstration at his office in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @vegasphotograph A Yuneec Typhoon H unmanned aerial vehicle is shown during a news conference by the Nevada Highway Patrol at Lone Mountain Regional Park in Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.The UAV is used by the NHP Southern Command for accident reconstructions. Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal After the Oct. 1 shooting, Metropolitan Police Department officer David Martel helped map the scene at Continue Reading

Can Louisville land nonstop flights to LA or Boston? Group forms to make it happen

A coalition of business, community and government leaders has launched an effort to expand nonstop air service to Louisville International Airport — with Los Angeles and Boston as the first target cities.Louisville Regional Airlift Development Inc., or LRAD, was formed by Humana co-founder David Jones Sr. and other local leaders who say that increasing nonstop air service is crucial to job growth, tourism, and the region's overall economic well-being.Other cities have soared past Louisville in air service, and they're reaping the benefits in job creation and new investment, said Luke Schmidt, LRAD's project consultant. "Louisville is the largest city in the East with no nonstop flight to the West Coast," he said, and "access is a box to check off." Related coverage ► Louisville airport adding $54 Allegiant Airlines flights to Phoenix ► Frontier Airlines to restore Louisville service, offer route to Denver ► Where tourists can see the Great American Eclipse  in Kentucky The group estimates that more than 500,000 passengers each year — representing a third of those from Louisville boarding a commercial flight — drive to Cincinnati or Nashville for better air service options. “Business and civic leaders have made it clear that we need more nonstop destinations from SDF (Louisville's airport) initially to the West Coast and Northeast — two underserved major economic regions of the United States,” Koleman Karleski, the group's chairman, said in a statement. The public-private partnership expects to work with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority to help the airport get more aggressive about competing for new nonstop passenger air service, Karleski said.The nonprofit organization will focus on the six largest airlines, four of which now serve the area: United, American, Delta, and Southwest; as well as Alaska and Jet Blue. It would offer Continue Reading

Juan Manuel Marquez defeats Juan Diaz by unanimous decision in Las Vegas, retains WBO, WBA titles

LAS VEGAS - In what became a 12-round test of wills, Juan Manuel Marquez scored a unanimous decision over a valiant but overmatched Juan Diaz before a crowd of 8,383 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center Saturday night. Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his WBA and WBO lightweight titles with the victory and made an outstanding case for a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, who appears headed for a meaningless fight against Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Marquez also put behind him the bad memory of losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a welterweight last September. "The trilogy with Pacquiao is what I want. It's good for all fight fans, for the Mexicans, for the Filipinos. Everyone wants to see it," Marquez said. "That's the most important thing for me. I'll be ready to fight again in November, and hopefully Pacquiao will take the fight." The last time Marquez and Diaz met it was the 2009 Fight of the Year. This one was close to being as good. "The first one was difficult, but so was this one. He's a great fighter and has a good technique, but I was the best fighter tonight," Marquez said. "Like every true Mexican warrior, we fought with all of our heart and left it all in the ring." Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) recently graduated from the University of Houston and wants to go to law school. If he practices law the way he fights, he'll never be the attorney for the defense in the courtroom. The free-swinging Diaz simply could not match Marquez's punch output, but it didn't stop him from trying. From the fourth round on it was a lost cause for Diaz. After losing four of his last six fights, Diaz must now contemplate whether he wants to hang up the gloves at age 26 and pursue a career in law. "I have to sit down with my trainer and manager and see what I'm going to do. I'm going to consider all the facts. After I take the LSATs, that will be another fact to consider," Diaz said. It was a pitched battle for control from the start as Marquez landed his punches with laser-guided Continue Reading

Juan Diaz, Juan Manuel Marquez aim for another ‘Fight of the Year’ Saturday night in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The first time Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez met, their match was deemed the 2009 "Fight of the Year." That means they have quite a bit to live up to when they meet in the rematch at Mandalay Bay Event Center on HBO Pay Per View Saturday night. In the co-feature, Danny Jacobs of Brownsville will meet Dmitry Pirog for the WBO middleweight title. The first match between Diaz and Marquez didn't go the distance. It was a toe-to-toe affair that Marquez won by ninth round KO. It was a close fight before Marquez landed the knockout shot. One judge had Diaz ahead on the scorecards, one had Marquez ahead and one had it even. Even though he lost, Diaz said it was an honor to be involved in that fight. "I'm very happy that I was able to be in one of those fights," Diaz said. "That had always been my dream, to be in one of those all-out wars. But obviously, in my dream the outcome wasn't the outcome that happened in 2009. I was the winner. "But all in all, I think that it was a win-win situation.  It exposed me to something I had never experienced before. I had never been stopped in my career. I had never really been hurt like I was hurt in that fight, so now I've experienced that. I had never been in such a big fight with so many people and just the atmosphere was just amazing, which now I have that experience and now I can go into the fight relaxed, as I have done in my previous fights." Ronnie Shields, Diaz' trainer, said they had a sound strategy going into the first match against Marquez. But Diaz veered off course. "I told him we needed to keep the pressure on, we needed to basically just jab," Shield said. "And he started falling in with it (the jab) and he got caught and we paid for it.  So now that's one thing that we're really working on is keeping him to where he doesn't fall in (with) the punches so he can't get hit with those uppercuts.  We know Marquez is probably going to fight the same kind of fight that he fought Continue Reading

Spirit: Massive expansion makes Houston international base

Spirit Airlines announced a major expansion in Houston, saying it plans to add 10 new destinations from the city's Bush Intercontinental and develop the airport as a base for Latin American flights.The new routes will give Spirit 22 nonstop destinations from Houston, nearly doubling its current offer of 12 nonstop routes from the city. TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit solicited fliers' hateful comments; What did it hear? TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit Airlines raises checked-bag fee for holidaysAmong the 10 new routes Spirit plans for Houston, three are to Mexico and four are to Central America. The routes will become Spirit's first international flights from Houston. The expansion will make Houston Spirit's second busiest base for international service, behind only the carrier's main base in Fort Lauderdale.Spirit's new routes from Houston Bush Intercontinental will be:- Baltimore/Washington (BWI) (daily service begins March 27)- Cancun, Mexico (3 weekly flights begin May 7; service becomes daily on June 11)- Los Cabos, Mexico (2 weekly flights begin May 7, grows to 4 weekly flights by June 11)- Managua, Nicaragua (3 weekly flights begin May 28)IN-DEPTH: Spirit's possible transborder flights from Houston could dampen Southwest's ambitions (CAPA Centre for Aviation)- Oakland (daily service begins April 16)- San Jose, Costa Rica (4 weekly flights begin May 28)- San Pedro Sula, Honduras (3 weekly flights begin May 28)- San Salvador, El Sal Salvador (4 weekly flights begin May 28)- Toluca/Mexico City (2 weekly flights begin May 7, grows to 3 weekly flights by June 11)- Tampa (daily service begins March 26) TODAY IN THE SKY: Tiny Latrobe, Pa., lands nonstop flights to Las Vegas on Spirit TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit picks flamboyant yellow as U.S. airlines repaint planesThree of the new Houston routes – Oakland, Los Cabos and Toluca – are scheduled to be seasonal service that Spirit will offer only for its summer schedule. All of the international routes are Continue Reading