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December 22, 2014

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Police: Man shot by Metro cop had knives
Police: Man shot by Metro cop had knives Metro Police say a 46-year-old man wounded by an officer at the scene of a family argument had a butcher knife in each hand and lunged toward officers before ...
6:50 p.m.
Spike in ecotourism among benefits of new national monument, leaders say
Photo: Nevada Democrats Rep. Dina Titus, Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada has a new national monument — and state leaders hope it will drive more visitors to the Las Vegas Valley and stoke the local economy. Spanning more than 22,000 acres of desert about 20 ...
6:15 p.m.
Lawyer says 'fix was in' when Winston cleared by FSU hearing
Photo: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, a The lawyer for Jameis Winston's accuser says "the fix was in" when Florida State cleared the star quarterback of violating the school's code of conduct. Baine Kerr, one of the woman's lawyers, said the university ...
5:55 p.m.
Box office: 'Hobbit' finale sends 'Exodus' fleeing
Photo: Last chance for dwarves. The finale of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Battle of the Five Armies," marauded through the multiplexes during the weekend before Christmas, taking in $54.7 million. Since opening Wednesday ...
5:49 p.m.
Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh
Photo: In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who are seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of ...
5:31 p.m.
Strip Scribbles: The (un-)Wanted wedding? Plus, Melody Sweets’ ‘XXXMas Burlesque’
Photo: The Wanted performs at The Village across from the No sooner does “Absinthe’s” shock sock puppeteer go solo with her own “The Penny Pibbets Show” than The Green Fairy burlesque beauty Melody Sweets follows suit, except that the later is staying put at Caesars ...
5:27 p.m.
Cost of legislative session estimated at $18 million
Cost of legislative session estimated at $18 million The first bill to be presented and approved by the 2015 Legislature calls for $18 million to pay for the 120-day session. Senate Bill 1 will cover ...
5:00 p.m.
Mass departure: Twenty leave Lionel Sawyer & Collins for rival firm
Fennemore said today that nine Lionel Sawyer attorneys are joining its Las Vegas office and another 10 are joining its Reno outpost ...
4:10 p.m.
Former newspaper publisher named to Elko County Commission
The governor said Monday that Steninger, 59, was the highest ranking finalist recommended by the commission.
4:06 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Jennifer Lopez at Caesars Palace on NYE
Photo: Jennifer Lopez is embraced by Pitbull at the end o Jennifer Lopez is waiting for tonight, and tonight is New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. For one night only, the superstar singer and actress will perform her hits in a concert titled “The Best Is ...
4:02 p.m.
It’s Vince Neil’s L.V. Outlaws vs. KISS’ L.A. Kiss on April 11, May 4
Photo: Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws announcement The rock-star rivalry will see its first game in the third week when the Outlaws fly to L.A. on April 11 for the first home game of the year for L.A. We have to wait ...
3:29 p.m.
Video: Insane dunks by UNLV commit Derrick Jones
Photo: Derrick Jones goes up for a dunk during the Adidas Video of insane dunks during contest by UNLV commit Derrick Jones.
3:29 p.m.
Smashburger expands to Las Vegas Strip
Photo: A classic order at Smashburger, which plans to ope The variety of burgers available on the Las Vegas Strip will grow on Tuesday when ...
3:07 p.m.
At least 2 injured in shooting near UNLV
At least 2 injured in shooting near UNLV Metro Police are investigating a shooting near UNLV. Police were called to the 500 block of Sierra Vista Drive near Paradise Road about 1:40 p.m. regarding a shooting in ...
Updated 3:53 p.m.
Immigrants line up for Arizona driver’s licenses
Photo: Ramon Maldonado, right, of Phoenix, leaves an Ariz Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time. Arizona was one of the last states in the country where officials refused to ...
2:28 p.m.
Las Vegas crushes record high temperature for today
Las Vegas crushes record high temperature for today Nobody expects a white Christmas in Las Vegas, but this is ridiculous. The temperature at McCarran International Airport hit 73 degrees today, the highest temperature for this date since official records ...
2:07 p.m.
Dining guide: Christmas in Las Vegas 2014
Dining guide: Christmas in Las Vegas 2014 With all of that decorating and shopping, who has time to make dinner? Make a reservation instead.
1:30 p.m.
Coroner IDs man killed in chain-reaction motorcycle wreck
Coroner IDs man killed in chain-reaction motorcycle wreck A motorcyclist killed in a crash involving multiple bikes and a pickup truck Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Kevin Rubio, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. Rubio, a North Las Vegas resident ...
Updated 5:00 p.m.
Sanchez announces full staff for his first season as UNLV’s football coach
Sanchez announces full staff for his first season as UNLV’s football coach First-year UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez officially announced his complete coaching staff today, filling in the few holes remaining after his press conference and a national radio interview last week. A pair of coaches are ...
1:00 p.m.
Steve Wynn throws his haymaker as ‘Showstoppers’ bows at Encore Theater
Photo: Steve Wynn attends the press conference for Steve “Showstoppers” is personally pertinent to Steve Wynn. He’s been an impassioned fan of musical theater since his days as a student at Penn (where he studied English lit) and was introduced to great Broadway musicals ...
12:55 p.m.
Arizona will change drugs used in executions
Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death. According to a ...
12:44 p.m.
Payback? North Korea hit with severe Internet outages
North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online ...
Updated 1:49 p.m.
Woodstock veteran Joe Cocker dies at age 70
Photo: In this July 20, 2002, file photo, British rock an British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was ...
11:48 a.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: Boise State vs. Houston in Las Vegas
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
11:30 a.m.
Locals Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf crash iTunes’ top 10 with new Madonna track
Photo: Shelco Garcia Teenwolf Las Vegas producer/DJ duo collaborate with Diplo on 'Unapologetic Bitch'
11:00 a.m.
Las Vegas boy, 14, killed in shooting Sunday night
Las Vegas boy, 14, killed in shooting Sunday night A 14-year-old Las Vegas boy died Sunday night after he was shot at a northeast valley house, Metro Police said. Police received reports about 7 p.m. of an incident in the 3600 block of Elegant ...
Updated 11:45 a.m.
FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign
Photo: In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, a drone flies du Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a ...
10:23 a.m.
Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting
Photo: Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm d A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm ...
10:18 a.m.
Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan
A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a ...
10:16 a.m.
Pittsburgh mayor goes ‘Undercover’ in reality-TV show
Pittsburgh's mayor has gone undercover for a reality show. A disguised Bill Peduto appeared on Sunday's episode of the CBS series "Undercover Boss," collecting trash, sawing down trees and helping build a door. The first-term ...
10:08 a.m.
Pope delivers blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
Photo: Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has ...
10:01 a.m.
Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with U.S. opening
Photo: In this Dec. 19, 2014, photo, tourists fill the fa U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is ...
9:53 a.m.
Gaza Strip to get Coca-Cola factory
The war-battered Gaza Strip is getting a Coca-Cola factory. The Israeli military said it allowed nine trucks into the territory Monday carrying assembly line machines for the factory. Imad Hindi, a director of the Palestinian ...
9:50 a.m.
Donny and Marie Osmond extend Flamingo run through 2015
Photo: Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond celebrate the renami “Donny & Marie” opened at Flamingo on Sept. 9, 2008, and response was so strong that their original six-week contract was extended soon after the show debuted. Six years later, they are ecstatic to continue ...
9:31 a.m.
Gorman football might not win national championship after all
Gorman football might not win national championship after all The Bishop Gorman High football team thought it had the national championship wrapped up. When the Gaels concluded their 15-0 season in early December by scoring 70 points against ...
9:00 a.m.
Police: Pedestrian killed, child injured in hit-and-run
Police: Pedestrian killed, child injured in hit-and-run A 57-year-old man was killed and a 4-year-old boy injured in a hit-and-run incident Sunday evening in North Las Vegas, police said. Officers received reports about 5:30 p.m. of a man down near ...
Updated 12:58 p.m.
NYC mayor: No protests until after officer funerals
Photo: Police officers pay their respects at a makeshift New York's mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation ...
Updated 12:31 p.m.
Caesars Entertainment to buy affiliate
Photo: An exterior view of Caesars Palace on Thursday, Ju Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load. The Las Vegas casino giant says the merger with Caesars ...
Updated 3:06 p.m.
Man dies after SUV crashes into gravel pit
Man dies after SUV crashes into gravel pit An elderly man was killed in a fatal rollover crash this morning in the northwest valley, Metro Police said. Police received reports about 6:30 a.m. of the crash near ...
Updated 2:47 p.m.
Politicians say the darndest things
Pols say the darndest things! We have culled from masses of malapropisms, silly statements, dumb observations and, sadly, few words of wisdoms from our national leaders in 2014. Hope it gives you a better idea ...
2:03 a.m.
A glimpse into the minds of cops
Like a lot of people in journalism, I began my career, briefly, as a police reporter. As the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have unfolded, I’ve found myself thinking back to those days. Nothing ...
2:02 a.m.
Where are Ebola’s fear-mongers?
Remember Ebola? Only two months ago, many Americans were gripped by fear of the uncontrollable spread of an apparently incurable disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected could strike 1.4 million people ...
2:01 a.m.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about LEDs
Photo: The High Roller. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, may not look like much, but the little lights recently earned three scientists the Nobel Prize in Physics.
2:00 a.m.
Toymakers finally construct new model for girls’ toys
Photo: South Pasadena, Calif., resident Dulce Aguilar sho For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess. But now, female CEOs are leading huge corporations, including Yahoo Inc. and General Motors Corp., and more ...
2:00 a.m.
Headliner Penn Jillette regrets ‘not doing more of nothing’
Photo: Penn Jillette presents a check to Opportunity Vill With the close of 2014, here is the next in our series of Q&As with 14 prominent Nevada personalities, who were asked to answer 14 questions in 14 or fewer words. Penn Jillette, Illusionist, comedian, ...
2:00 a.m.
Pieology Pizzeria among Downtown Summerlin openings; 24-hour café debuts at Westgate
Pieology Pizzeria among Downtown Summerlin openings; 24-hour café debuts at Westgate A pizzeria built on customizable options is among several recent openings at Downtown Summerlin. Also, a salon, café and chocolate maker open new locations and ...
2:00 a.m.

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