Oct 3, 2019

MGM will pay Las Vegas victims up to $800 million

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MGM Resorts International has agreed to pay between $735 million and $800 million to the families of the 58 victims who died and hundreds more who were injured when a gunman targeted a concert in Las Vegas in 2017, reports AP.

Why it matters: "It's a major step to resolve hundreds of lawsuits in multiple states that seek compensation for a range of physical and psychological injuries from the deadliest mass shooting in modern history," writes AP. The settlement seeks to clear up claims that MGM was negligent by permitting the attacker to stash assault-style weapons and ammunition at Mandalay Bay hotel, an MGM-owned property.

What they're saying:

  • MGM initially had an "aggressive" reaction to the suit, and tried to block the victims and families from recovering money, reports the New York Times.
  • The victims claim the hotel failed to protect 22,000 people at the concert venue from the shooter, reports AP.

What's next: The settlement amount "depends on the number of plaintiffs who take part," according to a statement from Las Vegas law firm Eglet Adams, AP notes. The settlement process is anticipated to conclude by late next year.

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MGM agrees to sell Bellagio for $4.25 billion

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MGM Resorts International on Tuesday announced it will sell its Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Blackstone Group, and then lease back the property, in a $4.25 billion deal.

By the numbers: It also agreed to an $825 million sale for Circus Circus with real estate mogul Phil Ruffin.

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Greenville, Texas, shooting at homecoming party kills two people

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The Hunt County Sheriff's Office said two people were killed and 14 others injured in a shooting at a "homecoming party" in Greenville, Texas, just before midnight Saturday, WFAA first reported. Police said the shooter remains at large, per AP.

Details: Hunt County chief deputy Buddy Oxford told a news conference the shooting happened about 11:45 pm at a party for Texas A&M University at Commerce's homecoming weekend, NBC News reports. The college said the incident happened off-campus, CBS News notes. ABC News reports the FBI was investigating and on the scene.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Keep ReadingArrowOct 27, 2019

Barr outlines mass shootings prevention plan

Attorney General Bill Barr at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center in Topeka, Kansas, this month. Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr outlined in a memo released Wednesday plans to adopt terrorism prevention initiatives to stop mass shootings via "forward leaning" strategies via court-ordered mental health treatment, supervision and counseling.

Driving the news: Activism around gun violence increased following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton in August, per Axios' Neal Rothschild.

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