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October 20, 2017

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Oct. 20, 2017

5:45 p.m.

UNLV student abducted from campus parking garage, raped at gunpoint
UNLV student abducted from campus parking garage, raped at gunpoint
A student was kidnapped at gunpoint at one of UNLV’s parking garages and sexually assaulted at a separate location Friday morning. The female student had parked her vehicle on ...

4:08 p.m.

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California wildfire victims search burned homes for memories
After fleeing flames that were closing in on him 12 days ago, Donnie Steggal finally returned home Friday — and sifted through the ruins of the Northern California home where he and his wife raised their two children. Everything in his one-story house had burned, including ...

4:05 p.m.

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second vaccine for ...

3:30 p.m.

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First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian
Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected." The resulting vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown is now part of the First Ladies Collection at ...

3:24 p.m.

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Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump
Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief — but without mentioning him by name. Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raise the ...

3:20 p.m.

Murder-suicide seen in desert deaths of California couple
Southern California authorities say the deaths of a young woman and man who vanished in Joshua Tree National Park last summer were a murder-suicide. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Friday that the bodies found Sunday were ...

2:34 p.m.

U.S. says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks
Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said Friday, raising the total to 24. The tally has inched upward since the U.S. first disclosed in August that embassy workers and their families in ...

2:04 p.m.

Reno car dealer gives $1 million to renovate UNR ballpark
The longtime owner of a Reno car dealership and his wife are contributing $1 million toward the renovation of the University of Nevada's baseball stadium. The school announced Friday that Don and Toni Weir wrote ...

1:34 p.m.

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Kate del Castillo releases doc 'The Day I Met El Chapo'
Kate del Castillo says she just "wants closure" and is hoping to get it from the release of her new three-part docuseries "The Day I Met El Chapo," now on Netflix. The documentary tells del Castillo's version of events surrounding a 2015 meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a Mexican drug lord who ...

1:28 p.m.

Family wins appeal in death of man shocked by police
A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Las Vegas police by the family of a man who died in custody after he was stunned by a Taser a dozen times over a 2-minute span. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an appeal Friday filed by ...

1:12 p.m.

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Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman
The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in ...

12:55 p.m.

Jason Aldean releases 'I Won't Back Down' to benefit Las Vegas shooting victims
Jason Aldean releases 'I Won't Back Down' to benefit Las Vegas shooting victims
Jason Aldean's moving rendition of "I Won't Back Down" on "Saturday Night Live" will soon be raising money to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The song was made available on Friday on various sites. Aldean's representative ...

12:19 p.m.

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Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year
The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade. The sobering deficit numbers, released Friday by the ...

11:17 a.m.

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Metro officer killed in mass shooting left funeral notes
An off-duty police officer who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was honored with a posthumous promotion to Army first sergeant during an emotional funeral service Friday. Hundreds of police officers in uniform packed the Henderson church as pallbearers guided ...

10:31 a.m.

Photo: Morning smog envelops the skyline in Mumbai, India
Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and ...

10:19 a.m.

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Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000
A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was ...

9:46 a.m.

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Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction
A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been certified by Mears, one of the top ...

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Dusty Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles
Dusty Baker's time as the manager of the Washington Nationals is over after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. The Nationals announced Friday that they would not be bringing Baker back. His two-year deal with ...

9:10 a.m.

Afghan official: Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills 30
A suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in a western Kabul neighborhood during evening prayers on Friday, killing at least 30 people, Afghan officials. And in western Ghor province, a suicide blast struck a Sunni mosque, also during ...

9:04 a.m.

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John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April
An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed ...

9:03 a.m.

Fox News duped by phony military hero, takes down story
Fox News Channel has removed an untrue story from its website, saying it was duped by an artist the network highlighted as a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a much-decorated war. The report, which aired Oct. 8, focused on glass artist John Garofalo, who was ...

8:53 a.m.

Lawsuit: Prison did nothing as fungus ruined inmate's brain
An inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility died in April after a brain fungus gave him a form of meningitis that left him weak and so disoriented that he drank his own urine while prison health care staff ignored his pleas for help, according to ...

8:51 a.m.

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case
Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for ...

8:43 a.m.

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Spacewalking astronauts replacing blurry camera on robot arm
Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry camera on the new robotic hand that was ...

8:41 a.m.

U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over ISIS in Raqqa
Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after ...