N.C. House committee endorses video poker machine phase out
A House committee recommended a bill Tuesday that would ban video poker machines in North Carolina by next summer, a move that represents a dramatic change in the stance of Speaker Jim Black.
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- 1994: On New Year's Day Frank Sinatra gives his last Las Vegas performance at the MGM Grand.
1998: Opening of the Bellagio. With 3,026 rooms it is the largest hotel in the world, and also the most expensive - it cost $1.7 billion to build.
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