Muted and vacant, Las Vegas struggles to survive shutdown

By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor shuttered the glitzy casinos and nightlife attractions of Las Vegas in mid-March, leaving much of the famous gambling mecca empty, barricaded and abandoned.

Throngs of visitors who made it tough to maneuver on sidewalks have been replaced by the occasional jogger or skateboarder.

Many locals who typically shy away competing with crowds of tourists on the Las Vegas Strip now bike and drive down the miles-long boulevard, photographing what was once America's most flamboyant party and has now been reduced to a vacant, muted spectacle.  

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