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Vice President Mike Pence set to deliver speech at Venetian event

February 24th, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence will begin speaking soon to a Republican Jewish group at the Venetian.Pence is scheduled to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition at around 7:30 p.m. Friday at the group’s annual leadership meeting kickoff dinner.He will be introduced by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Other speakers include former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and mor...Read More >>

North Las Vegas firefighters rescue, resuscitate pet cat found in burning home

February 24th, 2017

North Las Vegas firefighters rescued and resuscitated a family cat found in a burning home Friday afternoon.Crews responded about 12:45 p.m. to the single-story, single-family home at 5238 Ferrell Street, near Ann Road and Simmons Street, North Las Vegas fire Capt. Cedric Williams said. The man and woman who live at the house were not home.When firefighters arrived, flames were visible from the...Read More >>

Las Vegas teen gets up to 25 years in prison for shooting at occupied home

February 24th, 2017

Six days before his 17th birthday, Ayden McKinnon was ordered to serve up to 25 years behind bars for firing two shotgun blasts at the front door of a northwest valley home.District Judge Michelle Leavitt sent McKinnon, who spent his previous two birthdays at the Clark County Detention Center, to prison this week for a minimum of seven years on one count of attempted murder and one count of dis...Read More >>

Bill to end death penalty in Nevada introduced

February 24th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Capital punishment may no longer be a part of Nevada’s criminal justice system.Assembly Bill 27, which would abolish the death penalty, was introduced Friday in the Nevada Assembly. The penalty is currently allowed in Nevada as a punishment in cases involving first-degree murder.The law would apply retroactively to inmates on death row, and commute their sentences to l...Read More >>

Former addict testifies in 93-year-old doctor’s drug case in Las Vegas

February 24th, 2017

Tales of guns and drugs spilled like pills out of a toppled prescription bottle Friday when a former opioid addict testified in the federal trial of a 93-year-old doctor, his medical assistant and a local pharmacist.A Jack in the Box parking lot served as the venue for the first meeting between Dr. Henri Wetselaar and Jason Kutz, the government witness who on Friday outlined the seedy details o...Read More >>

10 best things to do in Las Vegas this weekend

February 24th, 2017

There’s a lot to celebrate in Las Vegas this weekend. Whether you plan to stay in or go out Sunday night, make sure you’ll be near a TV screen so you can catch the 89th Academy Awards. Mardi Gras arrives on Tuesday, so use the weekend to stock up on King Cake and crawfish.Here are our Top Ten picks on what to see, eat and do this weekend in Las Vegas.GRAB A BITEIndian restaurants ha...Read More >>

ICE pickups at Clark County jail increase, but no one is saying why

February 24th, 2017

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents rarely appeared at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas to pick up inmates subject to deportation proceedings before the beginning of the year. Now they’re there almost every day.Officials with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which operates the jail for Clark County, say they aren’t sure that the quickened pace ...Read More >>

10 of the best dance scenes in movie history

February 24th, 2017

Oscar front-runner “La La Land” opens with a bang, or should we say a burst — of leaps and pirouettes, not to mention bicycles sashaying along the roofs of automobiles. It’s not easy to stage a successful dance scene for the cameras — especially on a highway interchange — but when such a scene works, it can be memorable.One secret, says “La La Land&rdqu...Read More >>

Coroner IDs man who was run over, killed in Smith’s parking lot

February 24th, 2017

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the man who died after a vehicle ran over him in a southeast valley Smith’s parking lot last week.Louis Thomas De Mayo, 53, may have been sleeping in the lot located at 4965 E. Sahara Ave., the Metropolitan Police Department said. Police responded about 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 and found De Mayo dead at the scene.Police said the incident...Read More >>

High school rodeo in Clark County canceled after disease outbreak hits horses

February 24th, 2017

A high school rodeo in the Clark County community of Overton this weekend has been called off after an outbreak of two contagious illnesses affecting horses.The Moapa Valley Junior High and High School Rodeo Club was slated to host its first competition in seven years starting Friday, but veterinarian J.J. Goicoechea from the Nevada Department of Agriculture recommended against holding the even...Read More >>

‘We’re checking off the promises we’ve made,’ Trump tells enthusiastic CPAC crowd

February 24th, 2017

OXON HILL, Maryland —President Donald Trump assured attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that he will cleave to the conservative positions that put him in the Oval Office.“One by one, we’re checking off the promises we’ve made,” Trump told the crowd in the National Harbor conference center in a speech that was frequently interr...Read More >>

3 injured in suspected DUI accident, Las Vegas police say

February 24th, 2017

Three people were sent to the hospital after a crash in the south-central Las Vegas Valley Friday morning.Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a two car hit-and-run crash near Tropicana and Eastern Avenues shortly before 7 a.m., Metro Lt. Grant Rogers said.Three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Rogers said.The male driver of o...Read More >>

1 person injured after car crashes into East Sahara bus stop

February 24th, 2017

A car crashed into a bus stop and injured one person Friday morning, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Just before 8 a.m., Metro responded to the crash at East Sahara Avenue and South Sandhill Road, Metro Lt. Grant Rogers said.One person has a “possible broken foot or leg,” Rogers said.Westbound lanes on Sahara are closed for the investigation.This is a developing stor...Read More >>

Sunny and cool into the weekend in Las Vegas Valley; rain possible Sunday

February 24th, 2017

Friday will be cool and sunny in the Las Vegas Valley, according to the National Weather Service.Friday’s high should be 53 degrees. Light northeast breezes about 10 mph are expected in the afternoon, meteorologist Barry Pierce said.Sunny skies are expected to stick around until Saturday with a lightly warmer temperature of 58, he said.Come Sunday, skies will be cloudy with a 20 percent c...Read More >>

J.C. Penney closing up to 140 stores, affecting thousands of jobs

February 24th, 2017

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.The closures represent about 13 percent to 14 percent of the department store operator’s current store count, and less than 5 percent of total annual sales. The co...Read More >>

Woman bitten, man stabbed during family feud in northwest valley

February 24th, 2017

A family argument ended with one person stabbed and another bit in the northwest valley Friday morning.Metropolitan Police Department officers said one family member stabbed another in the back on the oneabout 2 a.m.Lt. Carlos Hank said a woman was bitten while trying to break up the fight between the two male relatives.The injured man and woman were taken to University Medical Center, Sgt. Stu...Read More >>

‘One Drop’ online auction items include meeting Jennifer Lopez, vacationing with Richard Branson

February 24th, 2017

The fifth-annual “One Night for One Drop,” an extraordinary, one-night-only experience supporting safe water access programs worldwide, is March 3 at Zumanity Theater at New York-New York.Award-winning vocal group and Canadian heartthrobs The Tenors are partnering with One Drop to present a performance of rock songs by Cirque du Soleil and the trio. William Shatner, Redfoo and Grace...Read More >>

Man beaten with crowbar inside hotel room; suspect gets away

February 24th, 2017

Las Vegas police said a man was beaten inside his hotel room late Thursday night.An unknown person broke into the man’s hotel room at Serene Vegas, 455 E. Harmon Ave., and attempted to steal from him about 10:30 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Carlos Hank said. The attacker battered the victim.“A crowbar was allegedly used,” Hank said.Police expected the man to surviv...Read More >>

Las Vegas man arrested after threatening to kill family with knife, Metro reports say

February 23rd, 2017

A Las Vegas man was arrested early Feb. 17 after his wife told police he threatened his family with a knife, an arrest report shows.Before midnight Feb. 16, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call on the 8800 block of Horizon Wind Avene, near Blue Diamond Road and El Capitan Way, the report said. Brian Phillip Higgins, 35, was reportedly armed with a knife and dangerous.According...Read More >>

Woman upset that animal shelter euthanized her dog 30 minutes after it arrived

February 23rd, 2017

A local woman is up in arms after her dog was euthanized 30 minutes after it was transported to a local shelter.Michelle Smith is the owner of a pit bull named Trouble, who escaped Sunday night and was later found near East Bonanza Road and North Eastern Avenue after being hit by a car. Smith said that Trouble and Riots, her other pit bull, were staying at a friend’s house as she was in t...Read More >>

CCSD trustees to further examine possible forensic audit of district budget

February 23rd, 2017

Clark County School District trustees agreed Thursday night to look further into the possibility of a forensic audit of the district’s multibillion dollar budget.The proposal for the audit came from Trustee Kevin Child, who argued for a deeper look at the district’s money beyond the yearly audits.“We need to know now rather than later how much the district actually has and wha...Read More >>

Beauty store employee pistol-whipped by robber in Henderson

February 23rd, 2017

A man pistol-whipped a Sally Beauty supply store employee during a Henderson robbery Thursday morning.The female employee was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center after the 10 a.m. robbery at 617 N. Stephanie St., Henderson police said. Police found the employee with injuries to the left side of her face.The suspect is still at large, and Henderson police say they need the public’...Read More >>

Las Vegas man who used stolen identities of dead to claim tax refunds sentenced

February 23rd, 2017

A man who used the identities of dead people to claim tax refunds was sentenced in federal court Thursday for his role in what authorities say was a $2.7 million tax fraud scheme.Clint Tarrant, 56, admitted last week that he obtained more than $100,000 in tax refunds by filling out returns that used the names of deceased people but listed his own residence as the taxpayer address.In 2015, a fed...Read More >>

‘Vegas! The Show!’ star Josh Strickland heading to Germany for Tarzan role

February 23rd, 2017

Josh Strickland is answering the call of the wild. Again.An original member of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and co-star of “Vegas! The Show” since September 2013, Strickland is returning to the jungle for a stint in “Tarzan.” He’s joining the company in Oberhausen, Germany. His last performance in “Vegas! The Show is March 6; he’ll finish ...Read More >>

CCSD plans to file new lawsuit after spat over open meeting law

February 23rd, 2017

The Clark County School District announced Thursday that it will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit over a mandated reorganization and file a new complaint after a vote in an open meeting.That decision comes after the Nevada Legislature joined the attorney general’s office in claiming trustees violated open meeting law when they sued the state over provisions in the overhaul.“The distr...Read More >>

Coroner identifies man fatally shot at northwest Las Vegas apartment complex

February 23rd, 2017

The Clark County coroner has identified the man killed in Tuesday night’s fatal shooting as Kwame Banks of Las Vegas.Officers responding to reports of gunshots on the block of 5800 Sky Pointe Drive and found Banks, 26, unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Banks was pronounced dead at the scene.The coroner has determined Banks’ cau...Read More >>

Southern Nevada apartment development turns to urban neighborhoods

February 23rd, 2017

Las Vegas’ apartment boom has brought numerous projects to the suburbs, with properties offering loads of amenities and higher-than-usual rents.Now, amid talk that developers have been overbuilding, some are turning to areas that got ignored in recent years: urban neighborhoods.Rental projects are being built or planned near the Strip and downtown. Developer Jonathan Fore is building a 29...Read More >>

Cynthia Gregory stages ‘Swan Lake,’ the ballet that made her a star, in Las Vegas — PHOTOS

February 23rd, 2017

After 50 years, Cynthia Gregory may finally be ready for her “Swan Lake” swan song.She was 20 when she made her American Ballet Theatre debut in “Swan Lake” on tour in San Francisco. A few months later, her New York debut cemented her emergence as a prima ballerina. (Or, as one of her partners — the legendary Rudolf Nureyev — once called her, “America&r...Read More >>

SpeedVegas, site of fatal crash, reopens to public

February 23rd, 2017

SpeedVegas, the car-racing experience that puts customers behind the wheel of Ferraris and Lamborghinis at speeds of up to 160 mph, has reopened.The SpeedVegas track, south of Las Vegas near Sloan, has been closed voluntarily since a fiery Feb. 12 accident that killed a customer and an instructor.The track reopened Thursday morning.This is a breaking story. Check back here for updates.Contact R...Read More >>

Push to revive Yucca Mountain Project would be waste, Cortez Masto tells Las Vegas group

February 23rd, 2017

U.S Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday in Las Vegas that any push to revive the Yucca Mountain Project would be a “waste of time” and taxpayer money.President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, Rick Perry, said last week that the site could not be ruled out as a site to store the nation’s nuclear waste.Speaking at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of...Read More >>

Mnuchin says administration wants tax reforms through Congress by August

February 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump’s economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.Mnuchin said that tax reform is the administration’s top economic priority and th...Read More >>

Judge finds Javier Righetti mentally capable to face death penalty

February 23rd, 2017

A judge on Thursday afternoon found Javier Righetti, charged with killing a 15-year-old girl, mentally capable of facing the death penalty.The 24-year-old is scheduled to go to trial on a murder charge in two weeks.After a day-and-a-half of testimony from psychologists, District Judge Michelle Leavitt ruled that Righetti does not suffer from an intellectual disability, and that he is eligible t...Read More >>

Beyonce cancels Coachella performance, will perform at 2018 festival

February 23rd, 2017

LOS ANGELES — After a bombshell announcement early this month that she is pregnant with twins, Beyonce will not perform at this year’s Coachella as previously announced, but will headline in 2018, according to the Associated Press.Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said in a statement that Beyonce is “following the advice of her doctors to...Read More >>

Nevada transportation officer with multiple arrests resigns

February 23rd, 2017

A Nevada Transportation Authority supervisor with a history of drunken driving and a heroin arrest resigned Monday – hours before he was expected to answer Department of Public Safety questions.Robert Reasoner, 36, was on paid administrative leave after crashing a state vehicle last month and fleeing the scene, police and state records show. The Review-Journal found that the agency had promot...Read More >>

Arsenio Hall drops defamation lawsuit against Sinead O’Connor after singer’s apology

February 23rd, 2017

Comedian Arsenio Hall has dropped a lawsuit against Sinead O’Connor after the Irish singer apologized for claiming he had long provided the late pop star Prince with narcotics, his publicist said on Thursday.Hall, best known as the host of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against O’Connor in Los Angeles Superior Court in May, days after she ...Read More >>

Shia LaBeouf ends political protest live stream, citing safety concerns

February 23rd, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Actor Shia LaBeouf is citing safety concerns in cutting the livestream from the political performance art piece that was installed in downtown Albuquerque just days ago.The actor informed his followers via social media Thursday that the stream was taken down after gunshots were reported in the area.He says the safety of participants was paramount.LaBeouf and two other ...Read More >>

Oversight panel hears details of $1.4B Las Vegas Convention Center expansion

February 23rd, 2017

The Las Vegas Convention Center will become the second-largest in the country when the 600,000-square-foot exhibit hall is completed by the end of 2020.Representatives of the Oversight Panel for Convention Facilities in Clark County, meeting for the second time on Thursday, received reports and discussed the scope of a $1.4 billion expansion and renovation project that will be funded by bonds s...Read More >>

Stranded hiker, 19, from Nevada rescued near Cedar City

February 23rd, 2017

CEDAR CITY, Utah — A stranded hiker from Nevada is safe after a search and rescue team in southern Utah pulled her off a cliff in a snowstorm near Cedar City.Iron County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nik Johnson says crews had to trek about 2 miles in extremely rugged terrain Wednesday evening to rescue 19-year-old Kennedy Hunt.Johnson says Hunt and a friend had been hiking along the Thunderbird G...Read More >>

Some now-grown Las Vegas fans relive their Backstreet Boys fandom

February 23rd, 2017

It’s not that they’re so old now. It’s just that they — and even more, their fans — were really young back then.But a lot of life happened for Backstreet girls since the Backstreet Boys played the MGM Grand Garden arena in 1998 and 1999. And it was over so quickly; the Backstreet Boys had burned themselves out by the quintet’s last arena show in late 2001, ju...Read More >>

Father-son duo arrested in armed robberies of Henderson credit unions

February 23rd, 2017

A father and son are behind bars in connection with armed robberies at two Henderson credit unions, police said Thursday.Jeffrey James, 51, and Jessy James, 22, robbed a Silver State Schools Credit Union, 9302 S. Eastern Ave., on Jan. 24, and an America’s First Credit Union, 10608 S. Eastern Ave., on Feb. 16, Henderson police said.During the robberies, the men presented a note to the cash...Read More >>