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Vegas Marathon Goes Ahead Under Tight Security

Runners spoke of defiance, strength after mass shooting

(Newser) - Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to watch for danger as tens of thousands participated in the race. Many wore T-shirts... More »

'Belligerent' OJ Simpson Thrown Out of Vegas Hotel

He's not welcome back at the Cosmopolitan

(Newser) - OJ Simpson has been out of prison for more than a month, and he's not exactly being a model parolee, according to TMZ . Sources tell the website that Simpson was chucked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas for being drunk and belligerent. According to TMZ's sources,... More »

What if Dead Bodies in Vegas Don't Attract Flies?

It's unlikely, but it's the state's best hope to keep convicted murderer locked up

(Newser) - A state prosecutor is trying to keep a woman convicted of a brutal murder behind bars—and to do so she must prove the flies in Las Vegas are somehow different than flies everywhere else in the world. It's a pretty big ask, the Intercept reports in an update... More »

Vegas Gunman Shot Self in Head, but His Brain Is 'Usable'

'Usable' for the purpose of examination by a neuropathologist, that is

(Newser) - Dr. Hannes Vogel will be slicing up Stephen Paddock's brain next week—but he doubts he will find anything that could explain why he massacred 58 people. Vogel, director of neuropathology at Stanford University Medical Center tells the New York Times that he will "leave no stone unturned"... More »

Security Guard Reveals How Vegas Shooter Discovered Him

Jesus Campos says door closed loudly, then came 'rapid fire'

(Newser) - It was the sound of a door closing loudly behind Jesus Campos that likely alerted Stephen Paddock to the security guard’s presence on Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor minutes before he opened fire on a Las Vegas concert crowd below. Days after canceling a series of media appearances, Campos... More »

Another Vegas Timeline Change: This One to 40 Seconds

Police now say security guard was shot much less than 6 minutes before attack on festival

(Newser) - A timeline released by Las Vegas police earlier this week led to concerns they didn't do enough to prevent the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and forced the owners of Mandalay Bay to release a statement openly disputing the timeline, the AP reports. Metro Police had said... More »

Zappos Offers to Pay for All 58 Vegas Funerals

Company will also donate up to $1M

(Newser) - All 58 people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas could have their funerals paid for by Zappos. After paying a total of $20,000 to three families struggling to cover funeral costs, the Las Vegas-based online retailer offered Thursday to cover the same costs for all those killed... More »

Mandalay Bay Sued Over Response to Vegas Shooting

Hotel named in first lawsuit filed by survivor

(Newser) - "Someone call police. Someone is firing a rifle on the 32nd floor in the hallway," a Mandalay Bay maintenance employee says in a newly released recording, per Fox 5 . But though hotel staffers responded to the outbreak of the Las Vegas mass shooting, asking for the shooter's... More »

Vegas Shooting Timeline Gets Another Update

Stephen Paddock was checked in at Mandalay Bay for a week

(Newser) - "We may never know" why Stephen Paddock fired on a Las Vegas crowd, killing 58 and injuring hundreds, says Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Lombardo tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that interviews with Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, and entire "family tree," including two ex-wives, have yet... More »

Cops Make Big Change to Timeline of Vegas Shooting

Security guard was the first one shot, sheriff says

(Newser) - The hotel security guard injured by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was shot before the mass shooter began massacring the festival crowd below the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort, police said Monday, making a major change to their timeline of the shooting. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who previously said... More »

Leaker of Paddock Hotel Room Pics Could Be in Trouble

Crime scene photos show guns, ammunition, Stephen Paddock's corpse

(Newser) - Las Vegas police have confirmed the legitimacy of photos circulating the internet showing guns, ammunition, and the corpse of Stephen Paddock inside a Mandalay Bay hotel room, LawNewz reports. The next step is finding—and punishing—whoever leaked the gruesome crime scene photos. The New York Times has stitched together... More »

Where OJ Simpson Lives, 'Works' Now

He's living in a Vegas mansion, signing autographs: TMZ

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's new digs are a big upgrade from a prison cell. TMZ reports he's currently living in a 5,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion, inside a gated community and next to a golf course. The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home includes its own private putting green as well, plus... More »

Report: Vegas Gunman Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza

There's no indication Stephen Paddock checked into Chicago's Blackstone Hotel

(Newser) - An eerie pattern may be emerging regarding the Las Vegas gunman: After police earlier confirmed that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at Las Vegas' Ogden hotel, which overlooked the Life Is Beautiful alternative-music festival that took place the weekend prior to the Jason Aldean concert, comes a report... More »

Vegas Victims, Families Upset Over Conspiracy Theory Videos

And YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all helping to spread them

(Newser) - Scrolling through YouTube, one might assume the Las Vegas shooting was carried out by a member of "antifa," or perhaps government agents. That's because dozens of conspiracy theory videos—including one from Alex Jones, viewed more than 1 million times—are being promoted by YouTube in the... More »

Sheriff: Paddock Had 'Secret Life,' Escape Plan

Source says he also targeted jet fuel tanks

(Newser) - Stephen Paddock planned to make a getaway after massacring scores of people at a Las Vegas outdoor concert, police say. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Wednesday night that the gunman, who killed himself as police closed in, appears to have had an escape plan, though he didn't... More »

Unarmed Security Guard Tried to Stop Vegas Gunman

'I was just doing my job,' says Jesus Campos

(Newser) - One of the most amazing stories of heroism to emerge from the Las Vegas mass shooting is that of Jesus Campos, an unarmed security guard who was the first to locate gunman Stephen Paddock. Union chief Dave Hickey says Campos arrived at the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel... More »

Lawmakers Push for Ban on Device Paddock Used

Republicans say they're willing to consider bump stock ban

(Newser) - The deadliest mass shooting in modern US history might actually result in bipartisan progress on gun control—although it involves a device many people hadn't heard of before the Las Vegas massacre. Republicans in the House and Senate say they're willing to consider banning bump stocks, a device... More »

Girlfriend of Vegas Shooter Gives 1st Public Statement

Marilou Danley says Stephen Paddock was 'kind, caring'

(Newser) - "He never said anything to me, or took any action—that I was aware of—that I understood to be in any way a warning that something like this was about to happen," the Independent quotes Marilou Danley as saying in her first public statement after her boyfriend,... More »

Investigators: Vegas Shooter Was 'Descending Into Madness'

Meanwhile, Trump visits Vegas and commends law enforcement, others

(Newser) - "In the depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women that risk their lives," President Trump said during a press conference in Las Vegas. "America is truly a nation in mourning." CNN reports Trump visited the city Wednesday after a gunman... More »

The Onion Keeps Running Same Post After Mass Shootings

Headline and post satirize inability to stop them from recurring in US

(Newser) - "'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens" reads the headline on a widely shared Onion article after the Las Vegas shooting. If the headline sounds familiar, it's because the Onion has run essentially the same piece under the same headline at... More »

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