LAS VEGAS (AP) - The glitz of the Las Vegas Strip will be dimmed
for in honor of a worldwide energy conservation campaign.
The marquees and decorative lighting outside Strip casinos will be turned off for an hour Saturday night, along with the famous"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and the Fremont Street Experience.
The unplugging at 8:30 p.m. is intended to highlight energy usage and the threat of climate change. More than 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,800 cities around the world are participating in the Earth Hour campaign coordinated by World Wildlife Fund.
Other landmarks scheduled to go dark include the Empire State buildings in New York City, the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Casino officials say all internal lights will remain on.
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