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Las Vegas police report 'major accident' near Miss Universe pageant hotel

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Las Vegas police have said they are responding to a "major accident" near the casino where the Miss Universe pageant was held.

Reports suggested a car ran into a crowd of pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

The number of those injured was unclear, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper said it could be as many as 27 people.

Ben Affleck in casino blackjack ban for 'being too good'

Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was "too good," a source close to the 41-year-old Good Will Hunting star said.

Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was 'too good,' a source said. Credit: Reuters

Affleck was on a short break in the city with his wife Jennifer Garner when he was stopped earlier this week by security guards at the Hard Rock Casino.

They told him he had to stop playing blackjack because "you are too good," the source said.

He was told he could play other games at the casino.

Celebrity news website TMZ reported Affleck had been banned for life from the casino for counting cards, a legal gambling strategy of using probability to predict the next hand.


Fitness wristband monitors heartbeat and calorie intake

LG Electronics has unveiled a fitness wristband to monitor the user's heartbeat, calorie consumption and movement, as well as incoming phone calls and music controls.

A visitor to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tried on a Lifeband Touch Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The Lifeband Touch measures performance via fitness apps and a touch screen.

It can also be combined with earphones that measure blood flow signals from the inner part of the ear to monitor heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Transformers director walks off stage at major launch

Film director Michael Bay walked out of a major product launch on the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after appearing to be lost for words.

The director of the Transformers films and Pearl Harbour was speaking at the launch of Samsung's new curved TV when he stopped abruptly, saying: "The type is all off, sorry. I'll just wing this".

A Samsung executive then prompted him to ad lib with some questions, but the director apologised and walked off stage.

Michael Bay later explained on his website that he "got so excited to talk" that he skipped a line, causing the autocue to "get lost".

"I guess live shows aren't my thing," he added.

Consumer Electronics Show launches in Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas later today showcasing new technologies in areas as diverse as cars and gaming, smart phones and wearable technology.

A man tests a virtual reality gaming accessory which translates his movements into the video game Credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

The conference website says it is expecting more than 150,000 people to attend from more than 150 countries.

The four-day show is not open to the public and often provides a first glimpse of new products and emerging trends in technology.

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