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February 16, 2019

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Feb. 14, 2019

3:35 p.m.

Photo: Travis Kauffman responds to questions during a new
Trail runner recounts life-or-death fight with mountain lion
When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman's wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a "barbarian yell," jammed his foot onto the animal's neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died. After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled ...

3:30 p.m.

Bill would require police presence at middle schools
Bill would require police presence at middle schools
A bill introduced in the state Assembly would require a police presence at public middle schools, junior high schools and high schools. The proposed legislation was introduced today and ...

3:02 p.m.

Local gambler hits nearly $1.6 million jackpot at Suncoast
Local gambler hits nearly $1.6 million jackpot at Suncoast
A Las Vegas area resident won nearly $1.6 million Tuesday while playing a Buffalo Grand slot machine at the Suncoast. The video slot machine landed on the ...

2:41 p.m.

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William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as U.S. attorney general
William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in ...

2:11 p.m.

Wife of imprisoned Chicago officer fears he's in danger
The wife of a Chicago police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald demanded on Thursday to know why her husband was transferred from an Illinois state prison where he was kept from harm to a federal prison in Connecticut where ...

1:53 p.m.

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10 days before show time, a full-on revolt over the Oscars
Would anyone — anyone at all — like to thank the academy? This is normally the time of year when Oscar hopefuls are readying acceptance speeches that almost always begin with a few words of gratitude for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. But that ...

1:51 p.m.

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea
A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the ...

12:32 p.m.

Trade show workers arrested after weapons theft in Las Vegas
Trade show workers arrested after weapons theft in Las Vegas
An inquiry about a missing firing pin provided the key to federal charges against two trade show workers in Las Vegas following the theft of dozens of firearms during the U.S. gun industry's biggest ...

12:24 p.m.

Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly
Attorney Michael Avenatti says he has new video evidence of singer R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Avenatti said Thursday he has turned over the video to Chicago prosecutors. Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for ...

12:22 p.m.

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Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga, Spike Lee and Glenn Close have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon. They and three dozen Hollywood A-listers, from Bradley Cooper to Quincy Jones, have signed a card that's ...

12:18 p.m.

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Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency
Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited ...

11:36 a.m.

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Tour bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal Strip crash
A tour bus hit and killed a pedestrian this morning near the Strip, and its driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI ...

9:06 a.m.

Titus: No answers from Energy officials on shipped plutonium
Titus: No answers from Energy officials on shipped plutonium
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada says officials with the U.S. Department of Energy and the nations' nuclear security administration have offered no new information in a ...

9:01 a.m.

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Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs
Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and ...

8:56 a.m.

Shot fired at suburban Albuquerque high school, no injuries
A shot was fired Thursday on the grounds of a suburban Albuquerque high school on the first anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre, but police and school officials said no one was ...

8:52 a.m.

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Jussie Smollett: 'Ridiculous' he would lie about attack
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is responding to critics who question his report about being attacked in downtown Chicago last month. Smollett told police two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, attacked him and put a rope around ...

8:34 a.m.

U.S. unemployment claims rise by 4,000 to 239,000
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remains at levels low enough to show that ...

8:33 a.m.

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions
The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies on Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against ...

8:31 a.m.

Denver strike ends with teacher raises of up to 11 percent
Denver school administrators and the city's striking teachers reached a tentative deal Thursday to end a three-day educator walkout with a ...

8:28 a.m.

Photo: A display of the fentanyl and meth that was seized
Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on U.S. Southwest
aron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of ...

8:24 a.m.

People pulled from rain-swollen washes as flood advisory issued
People pulled from rain-swollen washes as flood advisory issued
Firefighters carried out at least two swift-water rescues today, as sometimes heavy rain fell across the Las Vegas Valley, triggering a ...

8:16 a.m.

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FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and ...


Feb. 13, 2019

2:31 p.m.

Las Vegas prosecutors say tech billionaire facing drug charges
Las Vegas prosecutors say tech billionaire facing drug charges
A billionaire California tech mogul who funds "Marsy's Law" crime victim rights campaigns nationwide was hit Wednesday with felony drug charges following his ...

2:27 p.m.

Nevada Senate passes gun background check bill along party lines
Nevada Senate passes gun background check bill along party lines
One day after a marathon committee hearing, the state Senate passed a contentious bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases. The vote was 13-8 along party lines, with ...

2:07 p.m.

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California school rejects change of name tied to Confederacy
There's a battle brewing in Dixie ... California. Officials in a city north of San Francisco have refused for now to change the 150-year-old name of the Dixie School District, despite criticism from some who say it evokes the ...