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Nev. Lawmaker Smack in the Middle of Oregon Standoff

Michele Fiore set to be present for surrender of occupiers she supports

(Newser) - A tense standoff between the FBI and the last four occupiers at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge lasted into the wee hours of Thursday, with a Nevada lawmaker right in the middle of it. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore was in Portland Wednesday for a next-day press conference to show support... More »

Alcohol Nearly Killed Her; Now Her Story Is Going Viral

Hanna Lottritz shares her experience with binge drinking

(Newser) - Hanna Lottritz, then 20, went to a Nevada music festival with friends on July 25 and ended up in a 24-hour coma, having nearly died due to acute alcohol intoxication. Almost six months later, the University of Nevada, Reno, journalism student's essay about the experience has gone viral, USA ... More »

Man Killed by Cops Was Holding Phone, Not Gun

He had recently been convicted of multiple crimes

(Newser) - A man who was fatally shot by Las Vegas police while holding a cellphone that was mistaken for a gun had recently been convicted of multiple crimes in Arizona, his attorney said Saturday. Brad Reinhart last had contact with his client, Keith Childress Jr., 23, last month when a jury... More »

Las Vegas Victim Was Mother of 3

She'd just celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary

(Newser) - Mother of three Jessica Valenzuela was walking the Las Vegas Strip with her husband—the pair had recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary—when police say Lakeisha Holloway's car slammed into the crowd , killing her, per the Arizona Republic . Family members describe the 32-year-old from Buckeye, Ariz., as a... More »

After Adelson Buys Vegas Paper, Editor Quits

Mike Hengel: departure from 'Review-Journal' probably 'a relief' to Adelsons

(Newser) - A staff already stunned that their newspaper had been secretly purchased by the family of billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson was thrown another loop Tuesday evening: Its top editor is stepping down, CNNMoney reports. "I think my resignation probably comes as a relief to the new owners, and it... More »

Vegas Driver 'Remembered Body Breaking Windshield'

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway charged with murder and more

(Newser) - The woman accused of intentionally plowing a car carrying her young daughter through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was charged Tuesday with murder, child abuse, and hit-and-run. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he expects to file additional charges against Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, in coming... More »

GOP Donor's Family Confirms Vegas Newspaper Buy

Review-Journal is now part of the Adelson empire

(Newser) - The family of billionaire casino mogul and GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson has revealed that it bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ending a week of speculation and demands by staff, media watchdogs, and politicians to know the identity of the new boss. After the announcement last week that the paper had... More »

Whole Family Packs Heat in Lawmaker's Xmas Card

Even Michele Fiore's grandson holds a handgun

(Newser) - Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has wished America a merry Christmas from her, her family, and their guns. In a Christmas card posted on her Facebook page , the Republican lawmaker poses with family members who are holding an assortment of firearms, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal , which notes that Fiore is... More »

Lamb That Survived Deadly Crash Will Be Adopted

More than 70 other sheep died in the tractor-trailer crash

(Newser) - A lamb that was on the lam for hours after a tractor-trailer crash in Nevada killed 74 other sheep has been caught and will be adopted by a foster family. The female lamb nicknamed Dodger wandered off from the crash site and was missing in the desert overnight before being... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

Woman Found Dead Inside Freezing Cryochamber

Experts recommend three minutes; she may have been in the machine for 10 hours

(Newser) - Authorities say a 24-year-old woman found dead a Nevada spa earlier this week had spent at least 10 hours inside a cryochamber—a machine designed to expose users to temperatures as low as negative-240 degrees, KSNV reports. According to experts, no one should spend more than three minutes in one.... More »

Nevada Shuts Down Fantasy Sports Sites

They'll need a gambling license to operate in state

(Newser) - Nevada regulators ordered daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to shut down Thursday, saying the hard-to-miss sites that have flooded the marketplace with TV and Internet ads cannot operate in the state without a gambling license. The decision comes amid growing backlash by regulators and investigators, including New... More »

Ghost Hunters Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

Mark and Debby Constantino had appeared on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures

(Newser) - A pair of ghost hunters were found dead in a Nevada apartment yesterday following an hours-long standoff with SWAT teams in what is likely a domestic-violence incident, the AP reports. They were identified by police as paranormal investigators Mark and Debby Constantino, who had made numerous appearances on Travel Channel'... More »

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 »

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