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Judge OKs demolition of flawed Harmon Tower

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The Harmon Tower, part of the City Center development, rises above Las Vegas in this undated photo. (File) The Harmon Tower, part of the City Center development, rises above Las Vegas in this undated photo. (File)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -

A judge has granted permission for owners of the CityCenter development to demolish a flawed, half-built hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled Friday, after development owners completed a fourth phase of testing on the Harmon Hotel tower. CityCenter officials say demolition could happen within a year.

The Harmon was supposed to be the 48-story centerpiece of the glittery $8.5 billion CityCenter project that opened in December 2009.

But inspectors found construction flaws that CityCenter consultants say could cause the building to collapse in a strong earthquake.

A trial is set for 2014 to decide whether the company or contractor Tutor Perini Building Co. is responsible for $400 million in damage claims.

Lawyers for Tutor Perini didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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