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April 24, 2014

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13 people hurt in California school bus crash
Authorities say at least 13 people are hurt in a school bus crash in Southern California. Anaheim Fire Marshall Jeff Lutz says at least 13 patients were being treated after ...
5:18 p.m.
Bernie Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech
Photo: Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to ...
5:06 p.m.
June trial set for suspect accused of chucking shoe at Hillary Clinton
June trial set for suspect accused of chucking shoe at Hillary Clinton Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach ordered that Alison Michelle Ernst continue to be held in detention and set a bench trial for June 25. Additionally, Ferenbach directed the U.S. Probation Office to …
4:59 p.m.
Girl hands first lady her unemployed dad's resume
Photo: Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that ...
4:53 p.m.
More to be revealed as Holly Madison’s show takes shape; Bob Anderson due for a makeover as Sinatra
Photo: 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Manda The new "1923 Bourbon & Burlesque" production at Mandalay Bay has already undergone changes in its creative team. Expect more, or less, very soon ahead of its grand opening night May 1. ...
4:21 p.m.
Rebels’ Khem Birch declares for the NBA Draft
Photo: UNLV forward Khem Birch heads off the court after Khem Birch will declare for the NBA Draft, the UNLV junior forward announced today on Twitter. Birch was the two-time defending Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. As a junior, Birch averaged...
4:02 p.m.
Consultant says UNLV stadium costs could approach $700M
Consultant says UNLV stadium costs could approach $700M UNLV’s proposed new on-campus stadium is estimated to cost between $490 million and $682 million, depending on whether it’s …
3:47 p.m.
Sands 1Q profit beats predictions. thanks to Macau
Photo: Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its first-quarter net income rose 36 percent due to a strong performance in Macau, the world's largest gambling market. Billionaire CEO Sheldon Adelson said Thursday the company delivered …
3:22 p.m.
White substance causes scare at Reno courthouse, is sugar
A white substance that spilled from an envelope caused some anxious moments at the Reno federal courthouse before hazardous materials experts determined it was sugar. Reno Fire Division Chief Dana Tucker tells...
3:12 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s dad: My son would ‘whoop’ Manny Pacquiao
Photo: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L),0,7264293.story
2:48 p.m.
Oregon county bans burning abortion waste to generate power
Photo: Commissioners Janet Carlson and Samuel Brentano sp County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power. While ...
2:37 p.m.
Britney Spears returns to Planet Hollywood residency; is summer wedding in store?
Photo: Opening night of Britney Spears Britney: Piece of Britney Spear’ 100-minute, high-energy dance show covering 15 years of chart-topping hits at Planet Hollywood’s 4,600-seat theater with the world’s largest indoor projection screen gets a break during the heat-wave months of June and July.
2:29 p.m.
Despite blowback, militiamen stand their ground with rancher Cliven Bundy
Despite blowback, militiamen stand their ground with rancher Cliven Bundy Cliven Bundy’s racist comments about African-Americans and slavery in a New York Times story have not deterred scores of militiamen. They say ...
2:02 p.m.
Phone call interrupts drug buy, ends in fatal shooting
Phone call interrupts drug buy, ends in fatal shooting It was the last call for Jason Puckett. Puckett and a longtime friend, who had arranged a marijuana buy, stood Monday evening outside a Chevy Trailblazer parked near a public housing project …
2:00 p.m.
University: Details of sperm mix-up still mystery
he results of an investigation released Thursday concluded that it may never be known how a convicted felon replaced a patient's sperm with his own two decades ago and fathered a child, or whether he ...
1:51 p.m.
‘X-Men’ director calls sex abuse suit a shakedown
The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film is calling a lawsuit that accuses him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown. Bryan Singer wrote in a statement released Thursday that...
1:45 p.m.
Oregon panel recommends moving to federal health exchange
Photo: Cover Oregon interim Chief Information Officer Ale After months of deliberation over what to do with Oregon's botched online health exchange, an advisory panel on Thursday recommended that the state drop the site for private policies and have Oregonians instead shop for ...
1:07 p.m.
Pellet gun firing cause Navy base lockdown
The commander of Naval Base Point Loma says a report of an armed man on the San Diego base led to detention of a serviceman who had fired a gun that shoots...
Updated 2:45 p.m.
Vatican: Pope’s private conversations don’t reflect church policy
What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday. An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that the pope...
1:00 p.m.
Yankees’ Michael Pineda suspended 10 games for pine tar
Photo: In this April 23, 2014, photo taken from video and New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar to help him grip the ball. The commissioner's office announced the penalty. The ban was to start ...
12:51 p.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
12:40 p.m.
First-time unemployment claims down 14 percent in March
First-time unemployment claims down 14 percent in March The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits in March totaled 13,267, down 14 percent from the same month a year ago, state officials reported today. The number compares with an average...
12:32 p.m.
Subtle surprises fuel today’s green business tactics
Photo: Desert landscape is shown outside a Southwest Medi Born of the hippie, flower-child culture of the 1960s, the modern environmentalist movement in business today is in many ways about ...
12:22 p.m.
Mortgage lenders see big drop in business with end of refi boom
Photo: A home for sale in Henderson. Residential mortgage lending has been in a nosedive since the end of the refinancing boom last year, heralding leaner times for ...
12:14 p.m.
Caesars, Pinnacle among those pursuing upstate New York casinos
Groups hoping to secure the rights to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods, state gambling officials announced Thursday. In ...
Updated 3:04 p.m.
Fake flier promotes Palin speech at UNR; ticket-seekers directed to phone-sex service
Photo: This flier, making its way around the UNR campus, The flier includes a 1-800 number to call for tickets, but the number actually is a telephone sex line for women that opens with, "Hello, ladies …
12:05 p.m.
Reno man accused of firing gun from car on freeway
A Reno man is behind bars after officers with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation reported seeing him firing a gun from a car on the I-580 freeway. The incident began around...
11:38 a.m.
Cliven Bundy responds to charges of racism: ‘The statement was right’
Photo: Rancher Cliven Bundy, right, greets a supporter du
11:35 a.m.
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
Photo: Eric Scheman demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape s he federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won't...
11:22 a.m.
State College residents looking to put up new statue of Joe Paterno
Photo: Workers place a tarp on a fence in front of the st It's approaching two years since Penn State, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, took down the Joe Paterno statue and carted the likeness of the legendary football coach off into nearby Beaver ...
11:22 a.m.
Families of missing ferry passengers confront South Korea officials
Photo: People stand near candles during a vigil for the s Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area ...
10:49 a.m.
Ex-Marine sentenced to die in Las Vegas native’s slaying
An ex-Marine was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and ...
Updated 2:31 p.m.
Hakkasan Restaurant and Nightclub celebrates first anniversary at MGM Grand
Photo: DJ Tiesto at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Fr Starting today and continuing through Sunday, mega-club and restaurant Hakkasan marks the first anniversary with an unparalleled lineup of some of the world’s highest-paid, top and most popular DJs, all of them residences at the ...
10:32 a.m.
Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
Photo: An Afghan policeman prevents journalists from appr An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. The shooting...
10:21 a.m.
Rancher Cliven Bundy’s racist comment draws rebuke from Sen. Dean Heller, others
Photo: Rancher Cliven Bundy, center, and his wife Carol a Rancher Cliven Bundy’s racist comment in a New York Times story has drawn stingy rebukes from opponents and prompted some Republicans to distance themselves. But Bundy’s strongest supporters said they remain committed to battling the ...
10:10 a.m.
Passenger traffic at Las Vegas airport hits 3.7 million in March
Photo: Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport continued its upward trajectory in March. Data released today shows...
10:07 a.m.
Forecast calls for high winds, prompts dust advisory
Blustery conditions are expected to return to the Las Vegas Valley on Friday, creating the potential for high levels of dust in the air. Wind gusts are expected...
9:58 a.m.
Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?
Photo: This file image provided by IntelCenter on Wednesd The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according ...
9:39 a.m.
Police: Man in custody after climbing onto roof, stripping
Police: Man in custody after climbing onto roof, stripping A knife-wielding man who climbed onto the roof of a home in Desert Shores Villas is in police custody today after a five-hour standoff during which...
Updated 12:19 p.m.
Van owned by Nevada slaying victim found in Utah
Investigators are testing blood evidence found in a van that belonged to a 26-year-old Mexican man whose body was found in February off a dirt road near the Nevada-Idaho border town of Jackpot. Elko County ...
9:04 a.m.
$66 million expansion planned for Mandalay Bay convention center
$66 million expansion planned for Mandalay Bay convention center The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. Company officials said Thursday...
8:51 a.m.
Rancher wonders aloud if blacks better off as slaves
Rancher wonders aloud if blacks better off as slaves Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Bundy held forth to a clutch ...
Updated 9:34 a.m.
Break in water line closes stretch of Decatur Boulevard
A 12-inch water line broke this morning, causing water to gush down Decatur Boulevard and closing all southbound lanes in the area. The rupture occurred about...
7:55 a.m.
Photos: ‘X Burlesque’ takes it off for the 12th year in Las Vegas
Photo: Dancers perform to a country song as X Burlesque c “X Burlesque,” having seen it for work about a half-dozen times, remains a high-energy and quick-paced 75-minute show. Among its counterparts on the Strip (“Fantasy” at the Luxor,” “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera), “X Burlesque” ...
3:23 a.m.
Race card season again?
After years of mostly hedging any suggestion that racism has anything to do with President Barack Obama’s ferocious opposition, there’s a new racial etiquette in town. Top Democrats are slipping off the kid gloves.
2:03 a.m.
Still getting wolf whistles at 50
It’s weird to be jealous of your car. But I am. Men look at my car with such naked lust, their eyes devouring the curves and chrome, that I often feel as though I’m intruding ...
2:02 a.m.
America’s might takes money
The column “If Walgreen Co. moves home base to Europe, blame D.C.’s tax failure,” in Monday’s Sun, leaves me with some questions.
2:02 a.m.
Tsarnaev: He who should be named
This is how it happens now: Someone commits a crime, and everyone turns to his Facebook page, hoping to glimpse his inner thoughts. And there, on the public page of Kevin Edson — who allegedly ...
2:01 a.m.
Bundy is a victim of government
The editorial “Bundy is no victor” stated, “He could have staged an act of civil disobedience to garner help.”
2:01 a.m.
With a swipe of the smartphone, loyalty punch cards becoming obsolete
The days of the "buy-10-get-one-free" loyalty punch card are as numbered as the ...
2:00 a.m.
What happened to Harry Reid’s hand-picked candidate for governor?
What happened to Harry Reid’s hand-picked candidate for governor? Democrats outnumber Republicans by 77,000 voters in Nevada, they control the Legislature and they boast the most powerful member of the U.S. Senate. So what happened to ...
2:00 a.m.
New Jersey finds ‘poker tourism’ increasing for online games
New Jersey finds ‘poker tourism’ increasing for online games On any given Sunday, Mike Azzaro will travel from his home in Yonkers, N.Y., to a Ramsey, N.J., hotel room for the night. The reason is not glamorous, but it is profitable ...
2:00 a.m.
Republicans linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid in fight for majority
Photo: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens during a The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin ...
2:00 a.m.
Jon Jones’ future path takes shape quickly after he inherits throne as UFC’s biggest draw
Photo: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones smiles be Those unfamiliar with mixed martial arts could come away confused with whom the sport’s best fighter is facing this weekend based solely on listening to an interview or two. The time UFC light heavyweight champion ...
2:00 a.m.
With a new $100K weight room, Cimarron-Memorial football eyes return to greatness
Photo: Banners from Cimarron Memorial's past football cha On the walls of Cimarron-Memorial High’s new weight training room is plenty of documentation of the football program’s storied past. The 3,500-square foot weight room, which recently opened in the school’s former auto shop, is ...
Updated 5:45 p.m.
Photos: Oh, snap(shot)! Polaroid Fotobar and Museum are ready for their close-up at the Linq
Photo: A portrait of Andy Warhol taken with and beside th The fourth location in the country (the first three are in Florida), Las Vegas’ Polaroid Fotobar — where you take it, and they make it — at the Linq is the largest and flagship store ...
2:00 a.m.
Vegas Sports helps gamblers track their sports bets
Photo: The Vegas Sports app keeps track of the bets users The app operates like a gambler’s to-do list, keeping track of the bets users place. Once the game’s outcome has been determined, it calculates …
2:00 a.m.
19th-century shipwreck rediscovered off Golden Gate
Photo: A sailboat makes its way under the Golden Gate Bri The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog ...
12:00 a.m.
The last lounge singer in Las Vegas?
The last lounge singer in Las Vegas? The lounge singer strides onstage for his 4 o’clock gig, and man does he look good. The light hits his tuxedoed, 6-foot-3 frame so that he appears in black and white.
12:00 a.m.

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