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July 31, 2014

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Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp
Photo: In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawk Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility on Thursday afternoon following the team's morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned ...
10:42 p.m.
Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days
Photo: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews wo Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage ...
10:27 p.m.
51s blank El Paso, 2-0
Andrew Brown and Taylor Teagarden had run-scoring hits today for the Las Vegas 51s in a 2-0 victory against visiting El Paso. ...
10:00 p.m.
Police investigate shooting in northeast valley
Metro Police are on the scene tonight of a shooting near Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road. Two people were shot while in a car ...
10:00 p.m.
Washoe School Board offers superintendent his job back
Washoe School Board offers superintendent his job back The Washoe County School Board is asking ousted Superintendent Pedro Martinez to return to his job. The board has agreed to ...
9:35 p.m.
Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
Photo: In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Pale Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against ...
9:16 p.m.
Signed ticket from Gehrig's last game nets $95,600
Photo: A Yankee Stadium ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three ...
8:50 p.m.
Water authority joins $11 million pact to conserve Colorado River basin
Water authority joins $11 million pact to conserve Colorado River basin Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water ...
Updated 9:40 p.m.
Boyd Gaming sees slight dip in quarterly revenue
Photo: The Orleans Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, whose local properties include Main Street Station, Gold Coast and the Orleans, announced its second quarter earnings ...
7:10 p.m.
Henderson officers who fatally shot attacker are identified
Henderson officers who fatally shot attacker are identified ​The Henderson Police officers involved in the Tuesday morning shooting death of a 51-year-old man have been identified as ...
7:00 p.m.
California Republican goes homeless to show economic gap
Photo: In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Neel Kashkari, ri The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback ...
6:25 p.m.
Weekend best bets: USA Basketball, Weezer and the Las Vegas Film Festival
Photo: Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan falls to the floor It’s a big weekend for film fans with the return of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and whether you’re a cinefile, a sports fan or just looking for a laugh, there’s plenty to do in ...
6:00 p.m.
Health insurance rates likely to rise for Nevadans next year
Health insurance rates likely to rise for Nevadans next year Whether it's a plan on the Silver State Exchange or one offered by a small business, insurance companies want Nevadans to pay more for health care plans next year ...
5:45 p.m.
Interstate 15 reopens near Logandale after suspect arrested
Interstate 15 reopens near Logandale after suspect arrested Both directions of Interstate 15 near Logandale have reopened after authorities arrested a bank robbery suspect from Utah who was barricaded in a car. The suspect led authorities ...
Updated 6:30 p.m.
Nevada Supreme Court rejects appeals in 3 death-penalty cases
Three killers on death row, two from Clark County, have lost their appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. The court, in a 5-2 decision by Chief Justice Mark Gibbons, rejected...
4:37 p.m.
Billionaire James Packer seeking return to Las Vegas
Billionaire James Packer seeking return to Las Vegas Australian billionaire James Packer is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier after buying a piece of a loan backed by ...
4:11 p.m.
Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup
Photo: This undated image provided by Target Corp. shows Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it named...
3:25 p.m.
Congress OKs highway, VA bills, not border measure
Photo: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the Ho Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to ...
Updated 6:36 p.m.
Michael Godard: Las Vegas pop artist witnesses McCarran’s midnight circus
Photo: Michael Godard and Once again I find myself at one of the greatest locations for people watching: McCarran Airport here in Las Vegas. Usually I’m rushing through the terminal placing mental bets on whether I’ll make my flight. ...
3:00 p.m.
US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire
US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours. In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said...
Updated 3:35 p.m.
NTSB: Nevada-bound plane that crashed in Arizona was flying low
A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what's allowed by regulation. Newly licensed pilot, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott, and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, were ...
2:38 p.m.
Louis Prima Jr.: ‘This has been a difficult 12 months personally and professionally’
Photo: Louis Prima Jr. and his band in Downtown Las Vegas This was a year that saw my residence burglarized, by a group of teens that remains unprosecuted, while I was on tour. It saw difficult but necessary changes to our band. And, most devastatingly, it ...
2:00 p.m.
Gas explosions kill 15, injure 228 in Taiwan
Photo: Tossed vehicles line an destroyed street as flames A series of gas explosions on the streets of a southern Taiwanese city killed 15 people and injured 228 others late Thursday night, authorities said. Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah said at least five explosions shook ...
1:58 p.m.
$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?
Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners. They are selling or have sold nearly nonexistent ...
1:43 p.m.
From emergency room to Las Vegas, comedian Matt Kazam proves ‘40 Is Not the New 20’
Photo: Comedian Matt Kazam. As I bring my new one-man comedy show “40 Is Not the New 20” to the Riviera, I have been reflecting on what motivated me to write the show. In life, we are always looking ...
1:00 p.m.
Nevada in running for 6,500-worker battery ‘gigafactory’
Nevada in running for 6,500-worker battery ‘gigafactory’ American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create ...
Updated 2:14 p.m.
Police: Man killed in apparent shooting near downtown
Metro Police are investigating a man found dead near downtown in an apparent shooting Wednesday night. Police responded about 10:50 p.m. to the intersection of...
12:42 p.m.
Tucson tries luring Tesla plant with $3 billion permit
Tucson officials are hoping a pre-approved building permit will help persuade electric car company Tesla to build its planned battery plant in the city, the mayor said Thursday. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said...
Updated 3:11 p.m.
US stocks plunge, wiping out July’s gains
Photo: This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Stre U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The drop interrupted ...
Updated 1:39 p.m.
Driver in Egg & I crash sentenced to 6 to 20 years
Photo: Gage James Lindsey, 20, cries during sentencing in A driver who pleaded guilty to DUI charges after police say he plowed his car onto the patio of a Las Vegas restaurant during lunchtime last spring was ordered to 6 to 20 years in ...
Updated 12:50 p.m.
US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The ...
11:20 a.m.
Metro Police ID officers in shooting of suspect in fatal home attack
Metro Police ID officers in shooting of suspect in fatal home attack Metro Police have identified two officers in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a suspect in a carjacking and attacks at two Las Vegas houses where a homeowner ...
Updated 12:09 p.m.
Las Vegas man sentenced in Utah prostitution case
A Las Vegas man convicted in a southern Utah prostitution case will serve 180 days in a county jail. A Utah judge sentenced Leroy Haley Wednesday and ordered him to pay $1,500 in fines. Investigators ...
10:37 a.m.
In San Francisco real estate, $1 million won’t buy much
Photo: George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estat San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for anyone who wants to live here and thinks $1 million will buy them their dream house: think again. In the souped-up ...
10:17 a.m.
As US job market strengthens, many don’t feel it
Photo: In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, photo, job seeke The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of ...
9:59 a.m.
A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes
The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person ...
Updated 1:54 p.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
9:30 a.m.
Man found dead in Laughlin under construction equipment
A man was found dead this morning in Laughlin after he apparently crawled under a piece of construction equipment, according to Metro Police. The man was found in the...
9:26 a.m.
Rebels’ leading rusher signs free-agent deal with Houston Texans
Photo: UNLV running back Tim Cornett gets past Utah State Former UNLV running back Tim Cornett will get a shot to make an NFL roster, and it’s coming in his backyard.
9:10 a.m.
Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago
Photo: Chicago police stand outside a downtown high-rise Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise office building. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says...
Updated 9:40 a.m.
Man gets life in ax attack that killed baby
Photo: Harold Montague, accused of an assault with a medi A 38-year-old Las Vegas man has been ordered to life in prison without the possibility of parole for hacking a 4-month-old baby to death with a medieval-style battle ax and critically wounding the child's mother. ...
8:34 a.m.
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law
he Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national ...
8:28 a.m.
Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Photo: Smoke rises after an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign ...
8:18 a.m.
Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site
As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by ...
8:15 a.m.
Quiz time: Did FLOLVJ really receive her high school diploma at pyramids in Egypt?
Photo: Michelle Johnson sings during the celebration of h For this column, we’re focusing on FLOLVJ (the acronym I like to use for the First Lady of Las Vegas Jazz), long a favorite performer and a woman of vast aptitude, experience and education. Catch ...
8:10 a.m.
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
Photo: In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014, Medi The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days. In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai ...
8:04 a.m.
GOP is absent on immigration
The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Barack Obama has no choice but to act on his own.
2:03 a.m.
We’re teaching to the test — not students’ futures
I’m worried that we’re no longer teaching students how to think critically or to write well.
2:02 a.m.
Perry makes right move along border
The characteristic that has been absent at Texas’ border with Mexico is a protected zone with a blockage that cannot be penetrated by illegal migrations from the south.
2:02 a.m.
No war is an island
It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being ...
2:01 a.m.
Attacking Mongols’ trademark is wrong
As a retired law enforcement officer from California, I have known of the Mongols and their conduct since their inception both professionally and personally.
2:01 a.m.
Private companies hope to use public bus stops for Las Vegas shuttle services
Private companies hope to use public bus stops for Las Vegas shuttle services A downtown Las Vegas startup has big plans to make it easier for workers to get around without a car. But there’s a catch — the company wants to use public bus stops to...
2:00 a.m.
Short supply of beef and pork is creating largest price increase in years
Photo: The co-owners of Smokeys BBQ, Rosco Carrasco, left Soaring meat prices are hitting producers, suppliers and consumers across the country. The price of beef and veal shot up more than 10 percent from June 2013 to June 2014, according to the most recent ...
2:00 a.m.
CCSD’s challenge: Fill 800 teaching positions in three weeks
CCSD’s challenge: Fill 800 teaching positions in three weeks With the start of the 2014-15 school year fast approaching, the Clark County School District faces a conundrum: how to fill 800 vacant teaching positions despite a shortage of ...
2:00 a.m.
Fighter Brandon Rios says he’s back, headlines weekend card at the Cosmo
Photo: Brandon Rios, left, punches Mike Alvarado during a In one quick year, boxer Brandon Rios has gone from fighting to defend his championship belt to fighting to remain relevant in the sport. Rios, who has lost his past two fights, headlines an HBO ...
2:00 a.m.
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back, talks L.V., ‘Summer Horns’ and coming out 10 years ago
Photo: Dave Koz, second from left, with saxophonist frien Dave Koz is bringing saxy back to the Smith Center on Saturday night with his saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. The quartet had a lot of fun on Dave Koz and ...
2:00 a.m.
How Michael Cornthwaite became a Downtown trailblazer
How Michael Cornthwaite became a Downtown trailblazer The entrepreneur was one of the earliest supporters of—and investors in—the Downtown dream.
12:00 a.m.

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