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More Than 5K Earthquakes Hit Nevada in One Year

One theory points to ancient volcanoes

(Newser) - Northwest Nevada has been hit by a year-long swarm of thousands of mostly minor earthquakes. The University of Nevada's Reno Nevada Seismological Laboratory said today that 5,610 earthquakes have registered since July 2014 in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge near the Oregon border. More than 200 have registered... More »

Guy Fleeing Cops on Scooter Does Not Get Away

Because they're not very fast, you see

(Newser) - A suspected drug dealer tried to evade authorities in Nevada while riding a scooter. The Nevada Appeal reports that Joseph Scurti is facing charges including suspicion of a parole and probation warrant and probation violation. Obstruction charges are pending. The slow-speed pursuit began Friday when Carson City deputies tried to... More »

For Nevada Brothels, It's 'Innovate' or Die

Which, as one writer says, means 'survival of the freakiest'

(Newser) - Nevada brothels aren't the hot commodity they used to be: Where there were once 34 licensed brothels in the state, there are now only 19, the Guardian reports, with bordellos closing down on a fairly regular basis—one owner even tried to dump two of his venues on Craigslist,... More »

Inside This Nevada Prison, a Brawl, Gunfire, a Mystery

Lawyers for 2 inmates allege High Desert guards set up fight

(Newser) - What happened in one of Nevada's toughest prisons is somewhat murky, but this much is certain: Two handcuffed High Desert State Prison inmates brawled in a hallway, and one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a... More »

Straight Teen Asks Gay BFF to Prom in Bighearted Way

Jacob Lescenski's 'promposal' to Anthony Martinez for a prom 'd8' is gr8t

(Newser) - As a member of the student council at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Anthony Martinez has helped out plenty with planning for the upcoming prom. But what the gay teen really wanted was a date to the dance, Inside Edition reports. Earlier this week he tweeted (all caps... More »

Driver Applies Chapstick at Red Light, Gets $200 Ticket

Troopers in Vegas are serious about distracted driving

(Newser) - Las Vegas resident Stephanie Fragoso swears she's happy that troopers in Nevada are getting tough on distracted drivers, she's just surprised to find herself at the wrong end of a ticket. The 37-year-old tells CBS affiliate KLAS that she got a $200 citation Wednesday for the high crime... More »

Lawyer: Inmate Was Cuffed When Guard Killed Him

2 Nevada inmates had hands behind back when guard shot them

(Newser) - A Nevada prison inmate was handcuffed when he was shot and killed by a guard last November, according to a lawyer who says her client was wounded in the same shooting but survived. Carlos Manuel Perez Jr. was slain with his hands cuffed behind his back, attorney Alexis Plunkett says.... More »

Your Pup on Pot? Maybe Soon in Nevada

Senator intros bill to allow owners to get medical marijuana for sick pets

(Newser) - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced yesterday in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by... More »

Man's Desert Sex Costs Him $250K

Peter Cousins racks up an impressive medical bill after heart attack

(Newser) - A British couple's decision to make love at a Nevada hot spring has resulted in a $250,000 medical bill. Peter Cousins and Dawn Reed, who were traveling around the world, decided to have sex at the spot, which was 60 miles from the nearest phone signal—and it... More »

Facebook Post Dooms 'Serial Wildlife Killers'

3 hunters caught in Nevada

(Newser) - Three men convicted in a state court of illegal hunting in Nevada—a lot of illegal hunting—might have gotten away with it had they not kept boasting about their kills on Facebook, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal . Instead, wildlife officials eventually stumbled upon a photo of deer shot out of... More »

Kennedy Screw-Up Blocked Gay Marriage in Nevada, Too

Supreme Court confirms the accident, says it's fixed

(Newser) - Anthony Kennedy stepped in yesterday and blocked same-sex marriage from going forward in Idaho —but in issuing his order, he accidentally stepped in it and blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada. The cause of confusion? Though Idaho asked the court for a stay, Nevada did not; but Idaho included case... More »

Justice Kennedy Blocks Idaho's Gay Marriage Ruling

The order also applies to Nevada

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. The order came a little more than an hour after Idaho today filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the state said that... More »

Gay Marriage Bans in Idaho, Nevada Struck Down

9th circuit declares 2 more bans unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada yesterday, a day after the US Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 30 other states . The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down the two states' bans on gay marriage, ruling they violated... More »

Nevada Doesn't Realize It Got Robbed by Elon Musk

Tax breaks for Tesla are outrageous, writes the Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Politicians in Nevada are patting themselves on the back for securing a deal with Elon Musk to be the home of Tesla's future " gigagfactory " to build electric-car batteries. Instead, they ought to be apologizing to state taxpayers for giving away the store to Musk, write the editors... More »

Air Force Boots Atheist Who Won't Say 'God' in Oath

Critics say requirement is 'unconstitutional,' secular oath should be allowed

(Newser) - Critics are decrying an "unconstitutional" Air Force decision to refuse an airman's re-enlistment after the unnamed officer crossed out the words "so help me God" in the oath papers he had to sign, reports the Air Force Times . Although the Air Force hasn't confirmed details, a... More »

Museum's 'Smoke Tornado' Goes Horribly Wrong

13 injured at Nevada Discovery Museum

(Newser) - Eight children were among 13 people hurt when an attempt to create a whirling "smoke tornado" went badly wrong at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno, Nev., yesterday. Initial reports said there had been an explosion, but a police spokesman tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that the... More »

Freak Rain Douses Burning Man

Attendees forced to camp in parking lots of Walmart, casino til today

(Newser) - It might be tough to become one with nature in a Walmart parking lot, but Burning Man participants don't have a lot of choice after a rare rainstorm saturated the Black Rock Desert and left it filled with standing water, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal . Would-be attendees were turned away... More »

Court Disagrees With Nevada's 'One Good Eye' Prison Policy

Convicted killer John Colwell's lawsuit will move forward

(Newser) - Sure, having two eyes is nice, but "one eye is good enough for prison inmates." That was the policy apparently in play when the state of Nevada denied a partially blind prisoner cataract surgery—but such a policy is also "the very definition of deliberate indifference,"... More »

Miss USA Doesn't Know Her State Capital

Last we checked, Nevada's capital was not 'Oh, um, ah, oh my gosh'

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You have crowned a Miss USA who doesn't know the capital of her own state. Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada as well as Miss USA, went on The Todd Show Monday and, during a quiz on the radio show, was asked to name Nevada's capital. Her response,... More »

Partier Knocks on Wrong Door, Gets Shot

Home belongs to a fire department captain in Vegas

(Newser) - A partygoer knocked on the wrong door in Las Vegas yesterday morning—and caught a bullet for his troubles. According to police, two men in their 20s had briefly left a birthday party and were trying to return just before 2 am when they made the mistake. They didn't... More »

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