In this Aug. 22, 2014 photo, Sam Bakhshandehpour, from left, president of SBE, Sam Nazarian, CEO of SBE Entertainment, and Arash Azarbarzin, president of SBE Hotel Group watch fireworks during the opening of  SLS Las Vegas in Las Vegas. Nazarian and the SLS Las Vegas’ majority owner announced this week that he won’t have any role in the day-to-day operations as he pursues a Nevada gambling license. Nazarian is scheduled to appear before Nevada’s Gaming Commission on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)

Vegas hotelier faces gambling commission scrutiny

The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions from gambling regulators.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joined by, from left, Department Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte and Warden Becky Scott during his tour of Second Chance Housing at Rikers Island jail facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in New York.  The facility serves as alternative housing for incarcerated adolescents.  De Blasio  announced the city has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, Susan Watts, Pool)

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Federal prosecutors want to speed the pace of reforms to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex.

FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. Eight acrobats fell to the Dunkin' Donuts Center floor during the same stunt in Providence two days later. A spokesman for the circus' parent company told The Associated Press Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that it is contesting a citation from federal regulators for the accident. The spokesman also said there are no plans to put on a hair-hanging act in the future. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio, File)

Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance.

A sign stands in front of part of the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Johns Hopkins mistakenly welcomes wrong students

The students had applied early decision to the prestigious Baltimore university. Of the 294 applicants who received an erroneous message, 285 had actually been denied admission and nine had received deferrals.