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2 Planes Collide Fighting Nevada Fire

Both pilots are dead

(Newser) - Two pilots are dead after the air tankers they were flying collided while fighting Nevada's Bishop Fire Thursday. They were the only people aboard the single-engine planes, which were based out of Utah and were being used in an attempt to bring the wildfire under control, News 3 Las... More »

A Library Voiced Its Support for BLM. A Sheriff Pounced

Dan Coverley has backtracked since telling Nevada library not to call 911

(Newser) - A Nevada library recently posted a proposed statement on diversity and inclusion, and it didn't sit well with the county sheriff. The Douglas County Public Library "denounces all acts of violence, racism, and disregard for human rights. We support #Black Lives Matter," the library wrote in the... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Church's COVID Request

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wanted to get around Nevada's 50-person cap for religious services

(Newser) - A sharply divided US Supreme Court denied a rural Nevada church's request late Friday to strike down as unconstitutional a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state's ongoing response to the coronavirus. In a 5-4 decision, the high court refused to grant the request from... More »

Here's Where Jobs Have Taken Hardest COVID Hit

WalletHub looks at states where coronavirus has had the biggest effect on unemployment

(Newser) - Since the coronavirus has found its way to the United States, the economic ramifications have been devastating, leaving unprecedented numbers of people out of work and businesses folding. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which have been suffering the most on the jobs... More »

6.5 Quake Rattles Western Nevada

Broken windows and cleared shelves are reported, but no injuries

(Newser) - Western Nevada was shaken by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake Friday, damaging US 95. The quake struck about 35 miles west of Tonopah, and the US Geological Survey put its depth at 4.7 miles, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. "We've got a lot of calls from... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

'One of the Greats of Magic' Dead at 75 From Virus

Roy Horn and partner Siegfried Fischbacher, of Siegfried & Roy, were Sin City institution

(Newser) - Magician Roy Horn of the famed Las Vegas act Siegfried & Roy has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 75, per the AP . A spokesman says Horn was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and died Friday at Las Vegas' MountainView Hospital, the New York Times reports. Siegfried &... More »

Las Vegas Is Reeling

Job losses unprecedented in a city built on hospitality and tourism

(Newser) - New York City may be the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in terms of illnesses, but when it comes to job losses, the New York Times declares Las Vegas to be "ground zero." The broad strokes are simple enough: About a third of the local economy is tied... More »

Vegas Mayor Slammed for 'Misguided' Remarks

She wanted city to be 'control group' for reopening

(Newser) - Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who is pushing for casinos and other businesses to be allowed to reopen, says she wants the city to be a "control group" for relaxing shutdowns. The workers who would actually be affected say they want to go back to safe workplaces—and they... More »

For First Time in 30-Plus Years, There Will Be No Burning Man

Partygoers won't converge on Nevada's Black Rock Desert

(Newser) - Another major cultural event bites the dust due to the coronavirus, this time in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. USA Today reports that, for the first time ever in its nearly 35-year history, the nine-day Burning Man arts festival —where, since 1986, stars and other adventurers converge in over-the-top... More »

Las Vegas Turns Parking Lot Into Homeless 'Shelter'

Lines were painted for social distancing

(Newser) - Homeless people in Las Vegas have been directed to sleep in rectangles painted on the pavement in a makeshift parking lot camp as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a move that is stirring outrage by some on social media. Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro... More »

Missing Teen Cowgirl Found Dead

Britney Ujlaky was last seen getting in a green pickup truck with a mystery man in Nevada

(Newser) - A 16-year-old cowgirl who volunteered at a local Nevada ranch grooming horses and who hoped to one day be a rodeo queen and makeup artist will never get that chance. Per the AP , the Elko County Sheriff's Office says the body of Spring Creek teen Gabrielle Ujlaky, called Britney... More »

Vegas Casinos to Close for First Time Since 1963

Nevada governor shuts down gambling for a month

(Newser) - Gambling is grinding to a halt in casino-mecca Las Vegas after the governor of Nevada issued a sweeping statewide order to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Democrat Steve Sisolak ordered a monthlong freeze on gambling, shutting down everything from the famous casino resorts to slot machines found in... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

Man Charged in Unspeakable Death Involving Duct Tape

John Matthew Chapman will be charged Monday in the death of Jaime Rae Feden

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man could face the death penalty for allegedly taking a special-needs woman to the desert to watch her die. John Matthew Chapman, 40, is set to be formally charged Monday in federal court in the death of Jaime Rae Feden, 33, NBC News reports. Authorities say he lured... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Dems to Welcome a New Face to Debate Stage

Michael Bloomberg qualifies and will take part in Wednesday event in Las Vegas

(Newser) - The next Democratic debate, the ninth so far, will feature a brand-new face onstage. CNN reports that Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday evening's event in Las Vegas by earning 19% support in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, making it the former New York City mayor's fourth national poll... More »

Warren Apologizes After Ex-Staffers Speak Out

Nevada women of color say they were 'tokenized'

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she believes the accounts of six minority women who left her campaign in Nevada—and she is sorry "they have had a bad experience." Warren issued the apology hours after Politico reported that six women of color have "bolted" from Warren's Nevada... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Just Under the Wire, a 6th Debate Contender

Tom Steyer will join Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren on Tuesday

(Newser) - And then there were six. On Thursday morning, just Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren had met polling and fundraising requirements to participate in Tuesday's Democratic debate in Iowa. By Thursday evening, there was a new entry : businessman Tom Steyer, who Politico notes was... More »

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