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In brief: Brandon Flowers and Uber, MSN Money on Sheldon Adelson and more

    • Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at the Global Gaming Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.

      Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at the Global Gaming Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.

      Short and not so sweet

      MSN Money’s roundup (based on the annual list from Wealth-X) of the richest individuals in each state was no surprise when it came to Nevada, where Sheldon Adelson has long ruled the roost. What was kind of a surprise was the blurb that accompanied the photo of the billionaire ($29 billion, apparently). In two sentences, it paints quite a picture: “Sheldon Adelson is the 81-year-old chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands. He is currently one of the biggest donors to the Republican Party, and is known for giving some questionable quotes including that the U.S. should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran and that all the CEOs in Vegas are essentially copying him.” —Erin Ryan

    • Iggy Azalea at the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip.

      Iggy Azalea at the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip.

      Bootylicious bar mitzvah

      Iggy Azalea ripped her pants onstage earlier this month while performing for a bar mitzvah (WTF?) at the Beverly Hills Hotel and shaking the titular body part of her “Booty” smash single, no less. So, who’s the lucky boy who, um, became a man that day? Former hotel mogul (and MGM Grand owner) Kirk Kerkorian’s grandson, Julian. Mazel tov! —Mark Adams

    • Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs on the "Battle Born" tour at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs on the "Battle Born" tour at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Uber cool

      Now officially active in Vegas (despite the state of Nevada’s efforts to get rid of it), ride-sharing app Uber is a ridiculous hit, not only with tourists taking trips away from the Strip, but locals who are tired of waiting for cabs to come to their master-planned communities. And now comes news of the app’s first customer in Las Vegas: Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. On its website, Uber calls Flowers “Rider Zero.” Sounds like a future hit. —Ken Miller

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