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Not-guilty plea entered in webcam case

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s gay-sex encounter pleaded not guilty Monday to 15 charges including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and evidence tampering.

It was the first court appearance for Dharun Ravi, 19, in the case of Tyler Clementi, a fellow Rutgers freshman who killed himself days after the purported spying. His death sparked a national furor about anti-gay bullying.

Mr. Ravi, of Plainsboro, was silent throughout the court appearance, which lasted less than 10 minutes. Mr. Clementi’s parents and brother sat in the back of the courtroom for the brief hearing.

Mr. Ravi wore a dark suit and appeared to bite his lower lip as a chorus of cameras clicked his photo. Lawyer Steven Altman entered a not-guilty plea for his client and waived having the indictment against him read in court.

Mr. Clementi, 18, killed himself Sept. 22 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

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Plan in works for 500-foot wheel

LAS VEGAS — A developer is rolling out plans to build a 500-foot viewing wheel on the Las Vegas Strip that would be higher than the London Eye and give visitors an unparalleled view of Sin City.

Developer Howard Bulloch of Compass Investments released details of the project Monday to reporters, local lawmakers and business leaders at the site across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Mr. Bulloch wants the Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel to open in 2013 as part of a $100 million privately funded project also including a roller coaster and 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.

A rendering of the Ferris-style wheel shows its rotation perpendicular to the Strip. That means unobstructed views of the city’s casino row from the 40 gondolas.

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Man pleads guilty in Internet poker case

NEW YORK — A Chicago man pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Monday, admitting that he helped Internet poker companies find banks to process millions of dollars in gambling proceeds even though he knew it was illegal.

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