Monster zip line planned
Tourists will soon have a new way to see Las Vegas: By being spit out of the mouth of an 11-story slot machine and zinged down a five-block zip line. Officials on Tuesday unveiled plans for a permanent zip line on the downtown promenade known as the Fremont Street Experience. The monster zip line will cost $11 million to build. Construction is likely to start in January.
Ruling in tobacco case
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. Tuesday’s ruling is the first time U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler laid out what the statements will say. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.” Among the required statements are that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined, and that “secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year.”
Nude activists arrested
Three women AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the “naked truth” about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner’s office. The three had the words “AIDS cuts kill” painted on their bodies and had linked arms with four men who also disrobed. The three women were arrested by Capitol Police outside Boehner’s district office. The male protesters appeared to have left.
Man sues puppeteer
A Florida man sued the ex-Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid sex allegations, saying the voice actor met him when he was 16 in New York after trolling gay telephone chat lines. The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday. The man, now 29, is the third to make claims against Kevin Clash, who resigned from Sesame Street last week.
Compiled from wire reports.