All aboard and place your bets!

You Must Take the X Train: A Las Vegas businessman is hoping to start up a “party train” between the Los Angeles area and Vegas that will allow five hours of pre-Vegas revelry with lounges, recliners and big screen TVs. For $99 each way, riders on the X Train will get a meal and beverage, with more alcohol available for purchase on the way there as well as opportunities to book shows and hotels.

Return trip services will include a hangover car, debt counselors and a confessional.

Revenge is a dish best served smoked: A phone book company has settled with a Montana barbecue business after a disgruntled ad salesman listed his barbecue joints under “Animal Carcass Removal” when the owner wouldn’t buy an ad. The listing cost the restaurants lost business and made the owner the butt of a Jay Leno joke on “The Tonight Show.”

The barbecue joint’s owner agreed to settle when he decided it would be difficult to prove that anyone had actually watched Jay Leno.

Filling up, 16 ounces at a time: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lifted an emergency order that imposed gas rationing following superstorm Sandy by allowing drivers to purchase fuel based on whether their license plates ended with odd or even numbers.

But after seeing the program work, Bloomberg decided to transfer the odd-even rationing from gas sales to the sales of soft drinks.

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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