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Suspect caught in Bellagio heist

LAS VEGAS — A helmeted bandit who escaped the Bellagio with $1.5 million in chips during a daring gunpoint heist returned to the scene of the crime several times before his luck finally ran out, police said Thursday.

"He likes to gamble," Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber said as he described for reporters how Anthony M. Carleo, 29, the son of a Las Vegas judge, was nabbed late Wednesday on the same casino floor at the Bellagio resort.

Carleo wasn't armed and offered no resistance when he was taken into custody. Steiber wouldn't say whether Carleo was trying to sell the hot casino chips.

Yellowstone bison experiment falters

BILLINGS, Mont. —A much-heralded initiative to expand where Yellowstone National Park bison can roam is down to a single animal, after the rest were captured, shot or returned to the park on their own.

Government officials said Thursday that it was uncertain when or how the $3.3 million effort to establish new habitat for bison in Montana would be revived.

It has been barely two weeks since 25 of the burly animals were herded onto the Gallatin National Forest — land where bison had been prohibited for decades.

Within days 13 were captured and returned to the park after repeatedly leaving the Gallatin and another was shot. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said all but one of the remaining bison returned to the park on their own over the past several days.

Bill would ban aiming lasers at aircraft

WASHINGTON — Pointing handheld lasers at aircraft — a growing problem that aviation officials warn could lead to a crash — would become a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison under an amendment approved by the Senate on Thursday.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., the sponsor of the amendment, said he was responding to a surge in incidents in which people have pointed at aircraft powerful lasers capable of temporarily blinding pilots.

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