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$1.2M Casino Scam Gets 2 Into Nevada's Famous 'Black Book'

Anthony Grant Granito, James Russell Cooper banned from state casinos after ripping off Bellagio

(Newser) - Thirty-two people appear in Nevada's "black book"—the Gaming Control Board's list of personae non gratae in the state's casinos. Anthony Grant Granito and James Russell Cooper just became Nos. 33 and 34, thanks to their role in scamming the Bellagio out of $1.2... More »

FAA: Air Traffic Controller Slurred Words, Went Dark

Officials are trying to figure out what went wrong at McCarran International Airport

(Newser) - Federal and airport authorities said Friday they're investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at the busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. "No safety events occurred during this incident," the FAA said in... More »

Dead Pimp Wins in Nevada Landslide

Republican will be chosen to fill Dennis Hof's seat

(Newser) - A dead pimp has been elected to Nevada's state legislature, and in a landslide, to boot. Dennis Hof—a brothel owner, former reality star, and Donald Trump-style Republican who hoped to combat a movement seeking to ban brothels in two of seven counties where they can legally operate—defeated... More »

A Gang Targeted the Wrong House. An 11-Year-Old Is Dead

Devastation in Las Vegas: 'No parent should have to deal with a tragedy like this'

(Newser) - Shooters intent on gang-related retaliation opened fire on the wrong house in suburban Las Vegas, killing an innocent 11-year-old girl in the kitchen, police said Friday. A neighbor on his way to work saw the gunfire late Thursday on a quiet residential street and shot with his legally owned handgun... More »

Brothel Owner Expected to Win Election Despite Death

Republican would be named to replace Dennis Hof after Nov. 6

(Newser) - Despite being found dead on Tuesday, Nevada's most famous pimp is poised to win a Nov. 6 election to the state legislature , reports the AP . The body of Dennis Hof, who marketed himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican in his race for a heavily GOP Assembly district, was found... More »

Famous Pimp Found Dead at His Love Ranch Brothel

Dennis Hof, 72, was running for political office in Nevada

(Newser) - Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business and who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, has died, Nevada authorities said Tuesday. An employee at Hof's Love Ranch brothel about an hour outside of Las... More »

Ronaldo Accuser: He Raped Me, Said He's 'Usually a Gentleman'

Lawsuit brought by Kathryn Mayorga says soccer star sodomized her in Las Vegas hotel

(Newser) - "She was supposed to be invisible, damned to silence. … Her name is Kathryn." That's how this weekend's Der Spiegel article starts, and it's about Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old American who filed a lawsuit Friday against Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, accusing him of raping... More »

Nevada's HBO Star Pimp May Reopen Shuttered Brothel

A judge recently ruled in Dennis Hof's favor

(Newser) - Nevada's most famous legal pimp can re-open his brothel near Las Vegas after county officials ordered it closed, a judge ruled Monday. Per the AP , Dennis Hof, who starred in the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," and is a Republican candidate for a state legislative seat, sued... More »

Broadcom Billionaire Arrested After Hotel Room Find

Cops say case contained heroin, cocaine, meth

(Newser) - With an estimated fortune of $3.1 billion, Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas III can afford a good lawyer—and he's going to need one. The 59-year-old billionaire was arrested in Las Vegas this week along with companion Ashley Fargo on suspicion of trafficking drugs including heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

Judge Halts Nevada's Controversial Execution Plan

Drugmaker accused state of using 'subterfuge' to obtain one of the drugs

(Newser) - A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death, the AP reports. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the use of the drug in a ruling... More »

Critics Blast Nevada's Plan to Execute Inmate With Fentanyl

It's a US first

(Newser) - Critics are warning about the "very real risk of a botched execution" in what is to be the first US case of capital punishment using fentanyl. With manufacturers unwilling to sell any drugs to be used in executions, Nevada's Department of Corrections quietly purchased small doses of fentanyl... More »

Hoover Dam Standoff: An Armored Car and a Protest

Suspect blocked traffic with homemade armored vehicle, demanded 'release the OIG report'

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Nevada man is in custody after a bizarre 90-minute standoff Friday at the Hoover Dam, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Police say that Matthew P. Wright drove a homemade armored vehicle onto the towering Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge and stopped, blocking traffic, with a sign reading "... More »

Teens Call It Death by Russian Roulette. Cops Call It Murder

17-year-old Matthew Minkler is now dead

(Newser) - Police in Nevada say two teenage suspects are claiming their friend died in a game of "modified Russian roulette." Relatives of 17-year-old Matthew Minkler say the teens weren't playing Russian roulette—and they were only pretending to be his friends. Minkler's body was found Friday in... More »

Nation's Highest-Profile Pimp Runs for Office

Dennis Hof runs for seat in Nevada state legislature amid anti-brothel movement

(Newser) - A state marketed as a place where people can indulge in all manner of sins is confronting its status as the only place in America where you can legally pay someone for sex. A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists has launched referendums to ban brothels in two... More »

Man Hurt in Copperfield Trick on Hook for His Own Injuries

Illusionist was found to be negligent but not liable

(Newser) - Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist's injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday. Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the... More »

Billboard Awards Pays Tribute to School Shooting Victims

Ed Sheeran won the night's biggest honor

(Newser) - The Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS. A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the show in honor of the 10... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

8th-Grader Banned From Wearing Pro-Gun Shirts Sues

Lawsuit calls policy unconstitutional

(Newser) - An eighth-grade student has filed a federal lawsuit accusing his northern Nevada school district of violating his First Amendment rights by telling him his pro-gun T-shirt violates the district's dress code. The suit filed in US District Court in Reno alleges the Washoe County School District policy prohibiting depictions... More »

10 Best, Worst States on Gambling Problems

From Nevada to Nebraska

(Newser) - One state stands alone when it comes to residents with gambling problems—and yes, it's Nevada. It's the only state to crack 60 out of a total score of 100 in a new ranking by WalletHub of "gambling-addicted states," though three others did surpass 50. Essentially,... More »

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