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July 23, 2014

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House, Senate advance competing border proposals
Photo: This April 29, 2014, file photo shows House Speake At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's ...
11:39 p.m.
12 children, man die in train-bus crash in India
Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said. The bus driver also died while another 16 children ...
11:30 p.m.
51s hit 2 home runs in third inning, still fall to Tacoma
Wilmer Flores went 2 for 4 with three RBIs today for the Las Vegas 51s in a 6-4 loss at Tacoma.
10:45 p.m.
Mercadito raises the bar for local Mexican cuisine
Mercadito raises the bar for local Mexican cuisine You’ll need multiple trips to adequately explore the fun food and drinks at Red Rock's new restaurant.
10:30 p.m.
Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
Photo: In this July 2, 2014, photo, people swim in the wa Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed ...
10:05 p.m.
No abuse, just tasty char dogs and burgers at the Vegas Wiener’s Circles
Photo: The classic Wiener's Circle char-dog has made its The Chicago original is known for a very loud style of customer service. At the local version, it's straight-up Vegas hospitality.
10:00 p.m.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears gets intimate … with apparel
Photo: Opening night of Britney Spears Britney: Piece of Pop princess Britney Spears is launching a sleepwear-apparel line, the Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner Change Lingerie, a company with more than 180 stores worldwide. Intimate Britney Spears debuts Sept. 9 with an event ...
9:34 p.m.
FAA lifts its ban on flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv airport
FAA lifts its ban on flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv airport The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by ...
Updated 11:40 p.m.
Body of missing swimmer recovered at Lake Mead
Authorities recovered the body of a missing Las Vegas swimmer at Lake Mead this evening, National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said. Dindo Gavarra, 30, was reported missing ...
9:14 p.m.
‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant
Photo: Ellie Smith, left, gives a hug to her sister Amy S On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that ...
8:00 p.m.
Black men, homeless ticketed most for pot in Seattle
An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and black males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than ...
7:10 p.m.
Countywide sales tax hike mulled for UNLV stadium
For UNLV’s proposed multipurpose stadium to be built, it could come at a cost to taxpayers in Clark County. Tax bumps were presented today as the most logical revenue source ...
7:08 p.m.
Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling
Photo: Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members o A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to ...
Updated 6:23 p.m.
Jury reaches no verdict in Ventura defamation case
Photo: Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arriv There's still no verdict as jurors try to decide whether a decorated military sniper libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir. Jurors deliberated from about 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Wednesday ...
5:52 p.m.
Felon with gang ties gets 12 years for guns, drugs
A man affiliated with a Las Vegas street gang known as the Gerson Park Kingsmen was sentenced today to 12 years and 11 months in prison, as well as five years of ...
5:05 p.m.
Chef Ben Vaughn: Asada Taco is my new food crush in downtown Las Vegas
Photo: The Food Network star Ben Vaughn. Downtown Las Vegas is certainly thought-provoking. It’s an area of town that has craved consideration for some time, and it is finally getting the attention it deserves. I will admit, I’m a little confused by ...
4:50 p.m.
Laughlin mobile home fire displaces resident
One person was displaced this morning after a mobile home fire in Laughlin, according to the Clark County Fire Department. The fire, which was reported at ...
4:50 p.m.
Artists JW Caldwell and Todd Duane Miller go 'Face 2 Face' at Cosmo's P3Studio
Photo: Photographer Todd Duane Miller, left, and artist J “The whole project is designed to showcase the similarities and the differences, because they’re inseparable,” Caldwell says.
4:29 p.m.
Firefighters battle blaze at northwest valley home
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 9005 Ballad Ave, near Cheyenne Ave and ...
Updated 8:45 p.m.
Dina Titus stands up for military working dogs
There are a lot of niche issues for lawmakers to champion in Congress. Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat, chose a particularly fluffy one today. In between votes and media interviews, Titus...
3:58 p.m.
Marijuana entrepreneurs rush to meet application deadline
Photo: Applicants gather to be processed as today is the You will know them by the boxes they carry, because most don’t want to give their names. Wanna-be medical marijuana sellers, growers and producers flooded the Las Vegas Development Services Building on the last day ...
3:36 p.m.
Carson Kitchen’s Cory Harwell: Opening downtown restaurant ‘a whirlwind of excitement’
Photo: Cory Harwell, right, counts extra money that Nicho I met my dear friend Kerry Simon back when he was a regular customer at my Cana Tapas Kitchen & Bar in Town Square, and our mutual interests and passions quickly built the potential for ...
3:35 p.m.
Nevada Capitol evacuated after false fire alarm
More than 100 state workers were evacuated from the Nevada Capitol when a fire alarm sounded this afternoon. The Carson City Fire Department...
3:04 p.m.
Vice presidential motorcade closes freeway, snarls traffic
Vice presidential motorcade closes freeway, snarls traffic Portions of the 215 Beltway in Henderson and headed west to McCarran International Airport were closed this afternoon for the motorcade of Vice President Joe Biden, who...
2:46 p.m.
Singer Pia Zadora: I’m ready to fire on all cylinders again with ‘Pia Reloaded’
Photo: Actress and singer Pia Zadora and her husband, Mic What is wrong with this picture — Robin is on vacation, and I’m doing his work?! But for him, anything! When I asked Robin what I could write about while he was away, he said, ...
2:27 p.m.
In typical Joe Biden style, vice president rallies Democrats, drops one-liners
Photo: Vice President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Las Vegas Democrats running in highly contested elections during a Democratic rally today at the Henderson Convention Center. Biden spoke in front of...
2:23 p.m.
Truck fire shuts down I-15 near Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Truck fire shuts down I-15 near Las Vegas Motor Speedway Interstate 15 North near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was closed after a tractor-trailer caught fire, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The fire, which was reported ...
1:48 p.m.
Pre-eating SLS: Get ready for new deliciousness on the Strip
Pre-eating SLS: Get ready for new deliciousness on the Strip Not since the Cosmopolitan has a Strip arrival brought a stable of high-profile restaurants like what SLS promises.
1:42 p.m.
Breaking down Bazaar Meat with José Andrés
Photo: Jose Andres looks to redefine the steakhouse genre The innovative chef provides some sneak peek details on his newest restaurant concept coming to SLS.
1:24 p.m.
Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks
Photo: In this Thursday, June 19, 2014, photo, Babar Sule The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield, Indiana, ...
Updated 11:35 p.m.
Surrounded by development, Battista’s and Stage Door Casino stay the same
Photo: Old with the new: The Stage Door, pictured in a fi Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.
1:00 p.m.
Young victim on downed plane had eerie premonition of crash
Photo: In this undated photo released by The Calehr famil In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?" Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly ...
12:57 p.m.
General Motors recalls another 718,000 cars and trucks
General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The latest recalls cover almost 718,000 cars and trucks. The largest is for...
12:48 p.m.
Biden decries voting restrictions in Las Vegas NAACP address
Biden decries voting restrictions in Las Vegas NAACP address Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before ...
Updated 2:07 p.m.
New-home sales hit the skids in first half of year
New-home sales hit the skids in first half of year Despite a bump in sales last month, it’s been a slow year for local homebuilders. Southern Nevada developers sold 528 new homes in June, making it the best month of 2014, although ...
12:21 p.m.
Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort revealed as UFC 181 headliner
Photo: UFC fighter Vitor Belfort watches the fights at UF Chris Weidman has already taken out two of the most decorated Brazilian fighters during his tenure as the UFC middleweight champion. The 30-year-old from New York will now move on to his third. Weidman (12-0 ...
11:40 a.m.
Former Strip performer gets life in ‘Fantasy’ dancer’s murder, dismemberment
Former Strip performer gets life in ‘Fantasy’ dancer’s murder, dismemberment Jason Griffith was sentenced today to a maximum of life in a Nevada prison, the latest chapter in a headline-grabbing case involving two former Las Vegas Strip performers, one of whom ...
Updated 6:30 p.m.
Goodwill of Southern Nevada not impacted by potential security breach
Goodwill of Southern Nevada says it is not among the Goodwills involved in a potential security breach. Goodwill Industries Inc. said it was...
11:20 a.m.
Filmmaker Michael Moore’s divorce is finalized
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage. Moore filed a divorce complaint on June 17, 2013, in Michigan's Antrim County, where the couple...
10:54 a.m.
Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began
Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding ...
Updated 11:30 p.m.
Washoe schools superintendent says he was unfairly fired
Washoe schools superintendent says he was unfairly fired The Washoe County School District has fired Superintendent Pedro Martinez with little explanation — and much to the surprise of Reno city officials who embraced his hiring two years ago. The district announced ...
Updated 5:28 p.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: Orioles at Angels
The Play of the Day, which features odds from the South Point and a $10,000 starting bankroll, is chugging along with wins in six of its last eight installments...
10:10 a.m.
FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv
Photo: An arrivals flight board displays various canceled The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks. The agency said Wednesday it is...
9:58 a.m.
Lawyer: Nazi war crimes suspect dies awaiting extradition to Germany
The lawyer for a suspected Nazi war crimes suspect says the 89-year-old Philadelphia man has died while awaiting extradition to Germany. Attorney Dennis Boyle told The Associated Press on Wednesday that...
9:52 a.m.
China detains employees of suspect meat seller
ive employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort ...
9:44 a.m.
Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid
Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with ...
Updated 11:34 p.m.
Coroner IDs woman hit, killed by SUV on Durango Drive
A woman hit by an SUV and killed while crossing a street in the west valley Monday night has been identified as Courtney Walker​, 49, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. The coroner did ...
9:16 a.m.
Coroner: Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose
Photo: In this Thursday, May 21, 2009, file photo, Britis Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took ...
9:06 a.m.
Hundreds rally in Las Vegas to support Israel
Hundreds of people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas to show support for Israel as a conflict with Hamas rages. The Israeli-American Council Las Vegas organized the...
8:46 a.m.
The truth about being the girl inside the cake
Photo: Be careful: It's hot in there, and dark, and tight When Maren Wade gets to play the showgirl inside the cake, it's not quite the sweet experience she expects.
8:40 a.m.
Four-day Comic-Con festival kicks off in San Diego
Photo: In this July 19, 2013, file photo, Navy Mineman Br Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, ...
8:30 a.m.
Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots
Photo: A departure board at the Philadelphia Internationa When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a ...
8:24 a.m.
Man serving life sentence dies in Nevada prison
A Las Vegas killer, serving a life term without parole, has died in prison at the age of 73. The Nevada Department of Corrections reports that...
8:18 a.m.
Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead
Photo: Rescue workers work next to the wreckage of TransA A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead. Another 11 people were injured when...
Updated 9:36 a.m.
Malaysia jet victims’ bodies arrive in Netherlands
Photo: Ukrainian honor guards march away from a cargo pla Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's ...
Updated 10:07 a.m.
Car crash knocks out power for about 200 east valley residents
A car crash caused an early morning power outage that left 203 east valley residents without electricity, according to NV Energy. The outage began...
7:46 a.m.
Mexicans, gringos, dumb guys and politics
Hey, you know what Dems stands for? Dummies endorsed by minorities. Funny, right? No. Just like it’s not funny to say GOP should stand for “gringos y otros pendejos,” which is what state Rep. Trey ...
2:03 a.m.
Desalination can be a water solution
Here is an idea for getting more water for Nevada: Pump seawater from the California coast and desalinate it here before distributing it as fresh water.
2:03 a.m.
To fight trucker fatigue on our roads, focus on economics, not electronics
Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.
2:02 a.m.
America’s energy independence
The criticism President Barack Obama is facing over the Ukraine situation is misplaced. Truth be told, at this point there isn’t much he can do.
2:02 a.m.
With invective directed at refugees, where is Lady Liberty?
The English language changes. I have no beef with that, generally. But I do have a problem with how the term “haters” has been mangled beyond recognition.
2:01 a.m.
Breaking up with a Limbaugh fan
Thank you for running the July 15 letter about shaming radio networks that air Rush Limbaugh.
2:01 a.m.
Mountain West commissioner has more questions than answers about future
Photo: Hey Reb leads the UNLV football team out for the f Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He’s the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the ...
2:00 a.m.
Pardee Homes gives up land in long-stalled Coyote Springs project
Pardee Homes gives up land in long-stalled Coyote Springs project Pardee Homes, the former lead residential builder at the Coyote Springs master-planned community, relinquished about 2,500 acres of land at the site an hour from ...
2:00 a.m.
The Rebels will be busy on local recruiting trail this week
Photo: Stephen Zimmerman, center, pulls down a rebound du This time of year, scheduling is key. The only way for college coaches — or fans of those teams — to see all of the games and players they’re trying to catch is to plan ...
2:00 a.m.
Atlantic City strives to rise even as its casinos fall
Photo: A lone bellman waits for customers at the entrance The booming Fourth of July weekend in Atlantic City belied the wrenching problems plaguing this New Jersey resort. In the winter and even midweek in the summer, Atlantic City — battered by storms, declining property ...
2:00 a.m.
What Joe Biden’s visit to Las Vegas says about Nevada Democrats
Photo: Vice President Joe Biden addresses the League of U The Democrats don’t have a big-name candidate for governor. But they do have Vice President Joe Biden. Today, 102 days before the Nov. 4 election day, Biden will be the second national party leader to ...
2:00 a.m.

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