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Sports

8 pros, 1 amateur compete for $8.4M WSOP prize

PHIL IVEY by Hannah DreierAssociated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — A club promoter and eight poker professionals, including one with a sideline as a tattoo artist, are back in Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker main event and lay claim to the $8.4 million prize that goes to the winner. Seven players will become millionaires at the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em final table that runs Monday and Tuesday nights. The first player eliminated will take home only the $733,000 paid to all nine who made the finals in July. That’s when the tournament began with 6,352 players, before whittling down to the final nine through seven days of play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Entertainment

Miley Cyrus performs at iHeartRadio music festival

Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Miley Cyrus can’t stop. The pop singer was a crowd favorite at the iHeartRadio music festival day event Saturday in Las Vegas. Before she hit the stage, the crowd of a few hundred chanted: “Miley! Miley! Miley!”

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Sports

Former heavyweight champion Norton dies

In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File) by Tim DahlbergAP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — One point on one card, a couple of points on some others. Ken Norton fought the greats, but the decisions he needed to be great never seemed to go his way. He busted Muhammad Ali’s jaw to hand him only his second defeat. But he lost two narrow decisions to Ali the next two times they’d meet, including their final 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. And after he lost by just one point to Larry Holmes in their 1978 heavyweight title fight, Norton’s career was all but over. “Kenny was a good, good fighter. He beat a lot of guys,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who covered many of Norton’s fights for The Associated Press. “He gave Ali fits because Ali let him fight coming forward instead of making him back up.”

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Lifestyle

New Miss America cheers pageant diversity; Asian Americans finish 1st and 2nd

Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) by Wayne ParryAssociated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds. The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance. “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

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People

Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA contest in Vegas, Miss S.C. 5th runner up

Fifth runner-up Miss South Carolina Megan Pickney walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, June 16, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari) by Hannah Dreier LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.

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National

OJ heads to court to fight for freedom

O.J. Simpson stands with his wife Nicole Brown Simpson on the sidelines during the Thanksgiving Day game, Nov 25 1993, between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File) by Linda Deutsch AP Special Correspondent LAS VEGAS (AP) — Like a recurring nightmare, the return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom come Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country’s attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity.

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National

Lawmaker makes 'impulse decision' to come out

NEVADA ASSEMBLYMAN KELVIN ATKINSON, D-NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison,File) by Ashley Killough (CNN) — When Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson entered a floor debate Monday over a legislative effort to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban, he had no idea he’d be waking up the next morning with his name in national headlines.