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Iran says it’s too soon to ‘analyze’ Trump presidency

January 23rd, 2017

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is being cautious in its first comments on President Donald Trump.Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters on Monday that the Islamic Republic has no immediate pronouncement on Trump.Ghasemi says that it’s “too soon to assess him and analyze his remarks, stance and the framework of his viewpoints.”Ghasemi’s remarks mark t...Read More >>

2 suspects in custody in deadly San Antonio mall shooting

January 23rd, 2017

SAN ANTONIO — Two suspects are in custody Monday after a robbery in a San Antonio shopping mall ended in a shooting that left one man dead and several other people injured, police said.Police Chief William McManus said the two suspects robbed a jewelry store at the Rolling Oaks Mall on Sunday afternoon. After the two men fled the store, a man described by McManus as a “good Samarita...Read More >>

Police charge 20-year-old in connection with shooting near Fremont Street Experience

January 23rd, 2017

A 20-year-old man was arrested following a shooting near the Fremont Street Experience Friday night.Booking records indicate Joel Maldonado was booked into Clark County Detention Center at 12:15 a.m. Saturday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a gun or other weapon where a person might be endangered and concealing or carrying an explosive, gun or dangerous weapon without a ...Read More >>

Pressure mounts on Rubio to fall in line, support Tillerson

January 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON — All eyes are on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as a Senate committee is poised to vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state.The nomination of Rex Tillerson got a boost on Sunday after two influential Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — offered tepid endorsements of the former Exxon Mobil ch...Read More >>

Girlfriend arrested after south valley stabbing

January 23rd, 2017

A woman stabbed her boyfriend during an argument in the south valley late Sunday night.The couple, both in their 20s, were arguing in a home on the 7100 block of Hardtack Circle, near Paradise and East Warm Springs roads, just before midnight, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said.The argument escalated when she grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the chest, Gordon said.He...Read More >>

Folk rock singer Maggie Roche dies of cancer at age of 65

January 23rd, 2017

NEW YORK — Maggie Roche, the folk-rock singer-songwriter who since the mid-1970s had performed and recorded as a trio and in pairs with her two sisters, has died.Roche died of cancer, according to a statement posted online Saturday by her sister and bandmate Suzzy Roche. She was 65.Growing up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, eldest sister Maggie formed a duo with middle sister Terre, and while ...Read More >>

Innocent observers among hundreds arrested on Inauguration Day, lawyers say

January 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON — Some innocent observers, including two journalists, were improperly swept up in a group of 230 people arrested after self-described anti-capitalists began breaking windows in Washington on Inauguration Day, lawyers said.The group was charged Saturday with felony rioting, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.Protesters smashed the windows of an em...Read More >>

Potential repeal of Affordable Care Act leaves uncertainty for Nevada lawmakers, budget

January 22nd, 2017

CARSON CITY — Looming over the upcoming legislative session is the big unknown of whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act and what it would mean for Nevada.It’s a worry for the administration and lawmakers, who have to build a two-year spending plan that could be blown to bits if the federal government yanks subsidies for Medicaid expansion and policies purchased throug...Read More >>

Protesters take control of Mexican border crossing with US; Interstate 5 closed for hours

January 22nd, 2017

TIJUANA, Mexico — Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes, waving through motorists into Mexico after Mexican authorities abandoned their posts.Motorists headed to Mexico zipped by about 50 demonstrators at the Otay Mesa port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, many of them honking to ...Read More >>

Shooting reported at Texas mall

January 22nd, 2017

San Antonio police were responding on Sunday to a shooting incident at a mall in the city, with one person in custody and authorities searching for a second suspect, local media reported.There was no immediate word on casualties, but Mayor Ivy Taylor tweeted that police were searching for a second suspect in a “deadly shooting” at the mall.This is a developing story. Check back late...Read More >>

Trump, Netanyahu to meet in February

January 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump spoke Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a brief conversation that Trump described as “very nice,” and Netanyahu called “very warm.”Netanyahu, in a statement issued by his office, said Trump had invited him to visit the White House in February, although a final date was not yet set. They discussed the Iran nuc...Read More >>

Storms kill 15 in southeast US; more tornadoes ahead

January 22nd, 2017

ADEL, Georgia — Deadly weather in the Southeast killed 15 people and injured dozens more, authorities said Sunday, as residents along the Georgia-Florida line braced for more intense, fast-moving storms — including unusually strong “long track” twisters.On Sunday, a tornado blew through a mobile home park in rural Cook County in southern Georgia — sheering off sidi...Read More >>

ESA controversy in Nevada reflects conflict of values

January 22nd, 2017

Shannon Churchwell appreciates the value of a private-school education. She just can’t afford to pay for it.But if Education Savings Accounts were funded tomorrow, she’d place her two boys in a Catholic school — the very education her single mother worked to provide her while growing up in Philadelphia.“I think it’s important for parents to have that choice to be a...Read More >>

Analysis: Did Women’s March on Washington help or hurt their cause?

January 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Women’s March on Washington spread out across the nation’s capital Saturday, the day after Donald Trump took the oath of office to become president.Other cities, from London to Las Vegas, hosted sister marches to “promote women’s equality and defend other marginalized groups,” and help the protest’s function of giving voice to activists...Read More >>

UNLV’s community health worker program aims to bridge barriers to quality care

January 21st, 2017

Wanted: health care professionals, no medical degree required.That’s the pitch for a new UNLV School of Medicine program that aims to fill “a vital gap” in the health care system by producing community health workers who can help patients overcome social and physical barriers preventing them from receiving quality medical care.Community health workers generally aren’t me...Read More >>

Sandoval wants to streamline parole process to fight prison overcrowding

January 21st, 2017

CARSON CITY — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is pursuing creative solutions to a potential prison overcrowding challenge that could see capacity exceeded by 700 inmates by the end of the next budget without prompt action.“Our goal is to not construct a new prison,” Mike Willden, chief of staff to Sandoval, said in a budget briefing last week.Prison construction is not cheap, and i...Read More >>

Governor’s marijuana tax proposal has some worried black market will thrive in Nevada

January 21st, 2017

Gov. Brian Sandoval wants a special tax on recreational marijuana sales to boost his budget, but state lawmakers and industry executives are concerned that his proposal might be too high.The worry, they say, is that if the taxes on recreational sales balloon too much and prices get too high, some Nevadans might forgo the legal market altogether.Sandoval announced during Tuesday’s State of...Read More >>

Red Flag air combat exercise will rattle windows near Nellis starting Monday

January 21st, 2017

Nellis Air Force Base officials say residents in the north Las Vegas Valley can expect to hear excessive military aircraft noise starting Monday as more than 80 fighter jets, bombers and support aircraft depart and return to the base twice a day for the year’s first Red Flag air combat exercise.This Red Flag, which continues through Feb. 10, is special because it will be the first time th...Read More >>

CSN planetarium provides virtual reality vision of stars

January 21st, 2017

The virtual stars shone bright as children gasped and pointed in amazement on a recent Friday at Southern Nevada’s only public planetarium.An Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 high-definition video projection system created a cosmic virtual reality in a larger-than-life, 30-foot dome inside a 68-seat theater at the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne Campus.“Wow. That’...Read More >>

Proposed bill gives DUI suspects option to install breath alcohol device

January 21st, 2017

A simple breath test might help accused drunken motorists keep their driving privileges in Nevada.State Sen. Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, is putting the final touches on a bill that would allow anyone arrested for driving under the influence to voluntarily install an ignition interlock system, which prevents vehicles from starting if the motorist has been drinking alcohol.The proposed legislation...Read More >>

Trump’s tweets raise specter of resumed nuclear tests in Nevada

January 21st, 2017

It’s been nearly 25 years — 8,887 days, to be precise — since the United States last detonated a nuclear bomb beneath the Nevada desert. A tweet last month by President Donald Trump has many Americans wondering whether that long hiatus is about to end.Policy experts, scientists and foes of nuclear weapons are divided on the implications of Trump’s Twitter vow last month ...Read More >>

Cortez-Masto joins Nevada demonstrators participating in Women’s March on Washington

January 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON — A contingent of Nevada demonstrators was joined by U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington — a rally held one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.As many as 200,000 people had been expected to take part in the Washington demonstration, a four-hour event to highlight the need to protect the rights of women a...Read More >>

Canadian trio banned from US national parks after crime spree

January 20th, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. — Three Canadians will be banned from federal lands for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the Western U.S., park officials said Thursday.Charles Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Justis Price Brown pleaded guilty during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowst...Read More >>

Trumps dance the night away after historic day

January 20th, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Kats! Bureau at this writing is a few feet from the stage at the Liberty Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.Shortly, I will ask a stranger in a ball gown to dance to a down-tempo version of “September.”In the room: About 5,000 (which seems an appropriately conservative estimate) monied and influential individuals — and one scribe fro...Read More >>

Ammon Bundy expected to testify at Oregon standoff trial next month

January 20th, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. — A judge will let Ammon Bundy testify in the upcoming trial of seven defendants charged in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.The leader of last year’s takeover sits in a Nevada jail, awaiting trial on charges stemming from a 2014 standoff with federal agents at his father’s ranch.U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said Friday sh...Read More >>

Draft bills aim to make small improvements in Nevada’s mental-health system

January 20th, 2017

The mental health system in Nevada has long been a lightning rod for criticism, with the Silver State consistently ranking at or near the bottom of most national rankings.But state legislators and health officials say a trio of bills now being drafted would make some small improvements by streamlining licensing of mental health professionals, updating the state’s definition of “ment...Read More >>

Questions abound after legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada

January 20th, 2017

Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Nevada, it doesn’t seem legal to some locals.During a public educational meeting on pot recently hosted by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Spring Valley area substation, a man in the audience repeatedly asked questions before making a final request.“Do you have a pamphlet?” the man asked, hoping to get a handy print...Read More >>

Couple helps county set milestone for same-sex marriage licenses

January 20th, 2017

Jennifer Dickerson’s divorce from her husband was finalized on Thursday.A day later, Dickerson, 37, and fiancee Amanda Falzone, 34, became the 10,000th same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in Clark County.To help them celebrate their upcoming nuptials, more than 25 businesses donated gifts for the couple including a two-night stay at Mandalay Bay, tickets to The Linq, free wedding...Read More >>

Trump begins process to ‘minimize the burden’ of Obamacare

January 20th, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer refused to offer details on the order.Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other top advisers as he signed th...Read More >>

North Las Vegas approves $180K salary for new city attorney

January 20th, 2017

The new city attorney for North Las Vegas will be paid $180,000 annually under a two-year employment agreement unanimously approved this week by the City Council.Micaela Moore, a former private practice attorney, started Jan. 9 as the city’s top legal advisor. If Moore’s contract is terminated early, then the city must pay her a six-month salary severance, plus benefits.A graduate f...Read More >>

RJ asks appeals court to overturn order sealing documents in Bundy case

January 20th, 2017

Describing the government’s case against Bunkerville cattle rancher Cliven Bundy as one of “extreme public importance,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media outlets Friday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a sweeping ruling that blocks public access to nearly all of the evidence gathered in the lengthy investigation.Lawyers for the Review-Journal, the Associate...Read More >>

Nevada reaction to Trump inauguration predictably split

January 20th, 2017

Reactions to the swearing-in of President Donald Trump and his inauguration speech were expectedly divergent, with Nevada Republicans praising the ceremony, while Democrats urged activists to continue their protests and advocacy under the new administration.“He spoke the truth on the campaign. I think it was fitting that he delivered the same address from the capital. He’s going to ...Read More >>

Nevada Legislature set for fight about property tax law

January 20th, 2017

Republican leadership in the Nevada Legislature appears split on a proposal to modify a decade-old property tax cap law.Michael Roberson, the top Republican in the Senate, has vowed to stop the bill, but Assembly minority leader Paul Anderson is keeping a more open mind ahead of the legislative session that begins Feb. 6.Assembly Bill 43, submitted by the Nevada Association of Counties, would m...Read More >>

White House website changes to reflect new president’s top issues

January 20th, 2017

WASHINGTON — When the Trump White House website went up moments after the new president’s inauguration, the list of “top issues” it contained had a notable absence: no mention of his pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.Nor did President Donald Trump mention health care among a set of goals he articulated in his inaugural speech’s pledge to end what...Read More >>

New first lady Melania Trump dresses in Ralph Lauren for Inauguration Day

January 20th, 2017

Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed so many Hillary Clinton pantsuits, on Inauguration Day.“It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment,” the Lauren corporation said in a statement.With her hair in a soft updo and wearing...Read More >>

New Henderson councilman has long background in construction

January 20th, 2017

Running multiple construction companies for 30 years, Dan Stewart has helped lay the groundwork for Henderson to expand.The newly appointed Ward 4 Henderson city councilman said he hopes his new position will allow him to contribute in other ways.“I consider this a very big responsibility,” he said. “I didn’t just say, ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be nice (to be a coun...Read More >>

Nevada man who saw McCarran die in office says statue should remain in U.S. Capitol

January 20th, 2017

DAYTON — William Pyatt was 14 back in 1954 he sat with his mother in the jam-packed Civic Center in Hawthorne to hear then U.S. Sen. Pat McCarran speak. Moments after his remarks, the lawmaker walked down the stairs from the front of the stage and collapsed on the main floor.McCarran had died of a heart attack at the age of 78.Pyatt 76, said his family was friends of McCarran and that cal...Read More >>

30 firefighters killed, many still missing after Iran building collapse

January 20th, 2017

TEHRAN, Iran — Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.Iranian officials have yet to offer definitive casualty figures for the disaster. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported on Thursday that 30 f...Read More >>

Cimmaron-Memorial students operate surgical machines with 3D cameras

January 20th, 2017

Perhaps playing all those video games paid off.Students in Cimmaron-Memorial High School’s robotics academy had a chance try out two machines, called the Intuitive Robotic Surgical System, just before winter break. The machines are toted around the country and are used to train doctors in virtual reality surgery.Eleanor Markle, manager of MountainView Hospital’s robotic program, tol...Read More >>

President-elect Trump starts day off with tweet, then church, coffee with Obamas

January 20th, 2017

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is starting inaugural day off with a tweet, saying “It all begins today!”Trump also says: “I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!”Trump and his wife Melania will begin their day at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located across Lafayette Park from the White House. They...Read More >>