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Aug. 27, 2014

11:15 a.m.

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Mom pleads with Islamic militants to release captive U.S. journalist
The mother of a U.S. freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors. Shirley Sotloff, who lives in the Miami area, addressed the leader of the Islamic State in seeking ...

10:20 a.m.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season
Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon's suspension, which the ...

10:17 a.m.

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel
Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said. The capture of the post along Syria's de facto border in the Golan held more ...

10:02 a.m.

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U.S. journalist thankful for work to secure freedom
A U.S. journalist said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group. Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 months in captivity ...

9:32 a.m.

Toddler pulled from backyard pool dies at hospital
A toddler pulled from a backyard swimming pool in North Las Vegas on Monday has died, according to North Las Vegas Police. The child died ...

8:59 a.m.

Video shows girl, 9, firing Uzi before instructor killed
Video shows girl, 9, firing Uzi before instructor killed
A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday ...

8:47 a.m.

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Las Vegas airport traffic up 1.9 percent in July
Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed up 1.9 percent compared with a year earlier. Data released Wednesday show more than 3.7 million people ...

8:41 a.m.

Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq
he Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be ...

8:31 a.m.

Police: 911 botches call about child locked in hot car
A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said. Shana Dees said she put her son Jack in his car seat Saturday afternoon and ...

8:22 a.m.

Iowa farmer Chris Soules is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’
ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor." Chris Soules, who came in third last season on "The Bachelorette," will look for love among 25 women vying for his heart. His selection was announced ...

7:43 a.m.

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Massachusetts-based fighter jet crashes in Virginia
An Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot's fate was unknown.No injuries were reported on the ground as authorities ...

Tuesday

Aug. 26, 2014

9:40 p.m.

Lawyer wants feds to probe BLM shooting of pedestrian near Red Rock
Lawyer wants feds to probe BLM shooting of pedestrian near Red Rock
A Las Vegas attorney invoked events in Ferguson, Mo., in a call Tuesday for federal prosecutors in Nevada to take over the investigation of the February slaying of ...

9 p.m.

Las Vegans’ credit card debt rising faster than you might think
Las Vegans’ credit card debt rising faster than you might think
Southern Nevadans are swiping their credit cards more often and racking up debt faster than most consumers nationally. Residents of the Las Vegas metro area had ...

7:15 p.m.

UNLV economists say margin tax study is not opinionated
UNLV economists say margin tax study is not opinionated
UNLV economists are standing behind the results of a study they conducted on a controversial tax initiative that was assailed by acting school president Don Snyder. Stephen Brown ...

5:03 p.m.

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Police: Slain woman ID’d ex-deputy as her attacker
A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Andy Steele, a former Dane County Sheriff's deputy, was arrested after ...

4:26 p.m.

UFC, Dana White apologize for removing judge in Macau
The UFC has apologized for breaching its own protocol when President Dana White removed a judge from its show in Macau last weekend. White removed judge Howard Hughes from the five-judge rotation after ...

4:17 p.m.

Washoe School Board offers superintendent $25,000 to settle lawsuit
Washoe School Board offers superintendent $25,000 to settle lawsuit
The Washoe County School Board has voted to offer School Superintendent Pedro Martinez $25,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed in the wake of his sudden firing and ...

4:07 p.m.

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Authorities: Man who shot 7 in LA area is ‘serial killer’
A man in custody is a serial killer who is suspected of randomly shooting seven people, leaving four dead, over five days in the Los Angeles area, authorities said. Three other victims were critically injured and two dogs were also shot and killed before ...

3:37 p.m.

Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town
About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Report author Alexis Jay cited ...

2:29 p.m.

Judge to rule in rent dispute between pizzeria, Tivoli Village
A resolution is in sight in a two-year rent dispute between the owners of Radio City Pizzeria and the slowly developing Tivoli Village at Queensridge. Clark County District Court Judge Gloria Sturman this week is expected to ...

2:16 p.m.

Body found in Lake Mohave where man reported missing
A man’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon in Lake Mohave near where a California man was reported missing after jumping from a boat earlier this month, National park Service officials said. A visitor spotted the body ...

2:07 p.m.

Police: Suspects in grocery, convenience store robberies arrested
Police: Suspects in grocery, convenience store robberies arrested
A woman and two men suspected in a string of grocery and convenience store robberies across the valley going back to June were arrested on Monday, Metro Police said. Police ...

1:41 p.m.

Victor Chaltiel, 2011 Las Vegas mayoral candidate, dies at 72
Victor Chaltiel, who ran for mayor of Las Vegas in 2011, died Monday. He was 72. A native of France, Chaltiel was one of ...

1:12 p.m.

Study answers question: Just how bad are Las Vegas drivers?
Study answers question: Just how bad are Las Vegas drivers?
Drivers in Las Vegas are 15 percent more likely to be in an automobile accident than the national average, putting them in the bottom half of safest drivers in the country, according to study released today by Allstate. ...

1:07 p.m.

American woman is being held hostage in Syria
The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently threatened ...

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