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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Choked to Death, Says Coroner

Rapper had been hospitalized for sickle cell anemia complications in Vegas

(Newser) - An update on the June death of Mobb Deep's Prodigy: Per TMZ , the Clark County Medical Examiner in Nevada has determined the rap artist, whose real name was Albert Johnson, died after accidentally choking. The site had reported right after his death that the 42-year-old had choked on an... More »

This State Has the Deadliest Weather

Nevada's sweltering temperatures can kill

(Newser) - If you can't stand the heat, stay far away from Nevada. Soaring temperatures caused the deaths of 50 people in Nevada in 2016 alone, making the state the deadliest in the country when it comes to weather, per 24/7 Wall St . The states with the most dangerous weather, based... More »

OJ Simpson Granted Parole

He's scheduled to be released from prison Oct. 1

(Newser) - As expected by both legal analysts and the former football star himself, OJ Simpson was granted parole Thursday following nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, NBC News reports. The 4-0 ruling comes from the Nevada Board of Parole. The 70-year-old Simpson's original 33-year sentence will end... More »

OJ at Parole Hearing: I've Never Made Excuses

He's hoping to be a free man in October

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's big moment has arrived. A hearing is underway at which he is trying to convince members of the Nevada Board of Parole that he should go free. "I haven't made any excuses in the nine years that I've been here and I'm not... More »

Someone Broke Into Dean Heller's Office

Police investigating burglary at his Las Vegas office

(Newser) - Sen. Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas has been burglarized, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Details are scarce, but police say they were dispatched to investigate the burglary around 9am Sunday. "Entry did occur," a police rep says, but the investigation is ongoing. Politico notes Heller is... More »

Cops in the West Issue Warning on Oddly Moving Roads

Swarms of Mormon crickets are plaguing a bunch of states

(Newser) - Farmers in the US West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. Per the AP , experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets—... More »

Nevada Adopts Emergency Pot Rules

State aims to fix pot bottleneck

(Newser) - Nevada moved Thursday to reduce supply problems at recreational marijuana stores that have faced overwhelming demand for newly legal pot and the possibility of their shelves going empty. Regulators approved emergency rules that would speed up licensing for pot distributors, a sticking point that launched a legal battle and threatened... More »

After 7 Days of Legal Pot Sales, Nevada Declares Emergency

Yes, really, a statement of emergency, via the Department of Taxation

(Newser) - Nevada on July 1 became the fifth state to sell recreational marijuana to the public, and one week later, it declared an emergency. But the chaos is on the licensing side of things. The new law allows those 21 and up to buy up to an ounce of pot from... More »

Vegas' New Tourist Draw: Legal Pot Is for Sale

Nevada becomes fifth state with pot dispensaries

(Newser) - Nevada became the fifth state in the US with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas. People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just... More »

'Beyond Stupid': Ad Blitz Against Senator Under Fire

Pro-Trump PAC went after fellow Republican Dean Heller on health care

(Newser) - With the Senate GOP's plan to replace ObamaCare on hold , an ad campaign against one of the drama's high-profile players is drawing scrutiny. A super PAC that supports President Trump unleashed the campaign against Republican Dean Heller of Nevada after he announced that he opposed the measure, reports... More »

The Secret Nuclear Mishaps That Aren't Causing Alarm

Scientists in one case ended up breathing in uranium due to 'several grievous errors'

(Newser) - For the past year, the Center for Public Integrity has been investigating nuclear negligence in the US, finding weaknesses that led to avoidable accidents and looking at the resulting repercussions—or lack of them. As part of that probe, Scientific American publishes a look at one such federal investigation into... More »

Cops: Man Drove 18-Wheeler Into Famous Brothel

Dennis Hof estimates $400K in damage to Nevada's Moonlite Bunny Ranch

(Newser) - A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch before dawn Thursday and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel's owner. Brian... More »

After Nearly 10 Years in Prison, Possible Freedom for OJ

Nevada inmate has parole hearing set for July

(Newser) - For nearly 10 years, OJ Simpson has called Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center home, the Reno Gazette-Journal notes. In July, however, Simpson may get a present just as his 70th birthday rolls around, depending on the results of a parole hearing the state's Department of Corrections has announced will... More »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Out of Prison by October

'Model inmate' is up for parole

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in an armed hotel room robbery could see him behind bars in a Nevada state prison until 2041—or freed as soon as this October. This is the first year in which Simpson will be eligible for parole, and lawyers say there'... More »

Cops: Woman Poisoned Husband's Cereal to Avoid Sex

She's been a fugitive since 2015

(Newser) - A Nevada woman is still on the run almost two years after confessing to poisoning her husband's Lucky Charms cereal because she didn't want sex. The husband, now an ex-husband, tells WLOS that he has moved to California but he is still worried that Andrea Heming will resurface.... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Tesla Owner Stranded in Desert, and Not for Lack of Charge

Ryan Negri relied on phone to start car, but they were out of range

(Newser) - One Tesla Model S driver learned the hard way that technology has its limits. In a story he tells on Instagram , Ryan Negri describes venturing out into the Nevada desert with his wife and two dogs: "The thought was to go for a quick drive to take some photos... More »

Woman Dies of Superbug No Antibiotic Could Treat

Experts are calling it a 'harbinger of future badness'

(Newser) - This is the kind of case researchers warned about for years: A Nevada woman in her 70s died months ago from an infection that no antibiotic in America could have defeated, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. The woman was hospitalized in August last... More »

Calif. Storm Could Be Biggest in a Decade

Pioneer Cabin tree is among the casualties

(Newser) - Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern California roads Sunday as thunderstorms arrived as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade. Crews in California cleared... More »

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