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Billionaire Kerkorian, a Founder of Modern Las Vegas, Dies at 98

U.S. billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who went from being the son of poor Armenian immigrants to the builder of resort hotels and owner of a legendary film studio, died Monday at age 98. No cause of death was given. The California-born Kerkorian dropped out of school as a young boy and worked at a variety of jobs, including as a boxer. He used his World War II flying skills to found an airline to transport gamblers to and from the then-burgeoning tourist town of Las Vegas, Nevada. The...

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