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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 »

Burning Man Says It Is Being Gouged by Feds

Organizers say excessive fees are endangering festival

(Newser) - There are no ATMs at the freewheeling Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert—but organizers say the federal government is treating them like one. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, festival organizers accuse the Bureau of Land Management of overcharging them in annual fees over the last seven... More »

Nevada, US Go to Court Over Plutonium

State wants 'secret' shipment to security site removed

(Newser) - Nevada wants a federal judge to declare illegal what it calls the US government's "secret plutonium smuggling operation" and order the removal of weapons-grade material already shipped to a security site north of Las Vegas over the state's objections. The latest filing in a yearlong legal battle... More »

The 'Birds Have Hats On, Bro!'

Odd sighting of pigeons wearing tiny cowboy hats is latest mystery in Las Vegas

(Newser) - "Who did this?" That's the question KTNV is posing after a "witness" spotted a group of pigeons hanging out near a dumpster in Las Vegas, which normally wouldn't be of note—except a couple of the birds were wearing miniature cowboy hats. Bobby Lee was the... More »

59th Victim of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Dies

Kim Gervais died a little more than 2 years after the nation's worst mass shooting

(Newser) - The nation's worst mass shooting has claimed another victim. The Press-Enterprise reports that Kimberly Gervais, 57—who was shot and suffered spinal injuries after the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, losing all feeling in her legs and most of the use of her arms—died Friday in California, per... More »

Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'

Symptoms include a loss of fear of humans

(Newser) - "Zombie deer" are already in Utah—and Nevada fears it could be next. The state has stepped up measures to monitor deer and elk populations for chronic wasting disease, a deadly and irreversible disease that destroys brain tissue in deer and other animals, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Campaign Confirms: Bernie Had Heart Attack

Sanders has been released from hospital after getting stents, says he's ready to get back to work

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, his campaign confirmed Friday as the Vermont senator was released from a Nevada hospital. The 78-year-old was at a campaign event Tuesday when he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a heart attack,... More »

'Alienstock' Utterly Fizzles

Dueling alien events in Nevada aren't particularly well attended

(Newser) - Earthling visitors are dwindling at an "Alienstock" festival in the remote Nevada desert, and the lights are off where an evening music program spot inspired by a "Storm Area 51" internet post was canceled. Lincoln County emergency services chief Eric Holt said Saturday that after crowds peaked at... More »

Dozens Show Up at Area 51 Gate

No mass storming takes place, but one person is arrested for urinating near the gate

(Newser) - About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada—at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens—and one person was arrested, authorities said. The "Storm Area 51" invitation spawned festivals... More »

Towns Prep for Area 51 Rush: 'We Really Didn't Ask for This'

Hiko and Rachel, two communities in Nevada, brace for crowds spurred by online joke

(Newser) - Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for "Storm Area 51" are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few... More »

YouTubers Arrested for Trespassing Near Area 51

They told cops they were in Nevada for alien-themed events

(Newser) - At least two of the approximately 2 million people who signed up for the spoof Facebook event " Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us " were apparently serious about it. Two YouTubers from the Netherlands were arrested Tuesday on a secure US government reservation around 20... More »

Cleared After 35 Years in Prison, She'll Collect $3M

Cathy Woods was the longest wrongfully incarcerated woman in the US

(Newser) - A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a Nevada murder she didn't commit will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit. Cathy Woods, 68, will continue to seek additional damages from the city of Reno and former detectives she accuses of... More »

Ms. Nevada Loses Crown Over Her Facebook Posts

Katie Williams describes 'hypocrisy' at Ms. America pageant

(Newser) - Organizers of the Ms. America pageant say Ms. Nevada was stripped of her crown for violating social media rules. Katie Williams says her conservative values are really at the root of the move. "I just don't understand how you can censor someone ... when I'm not even really... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

He Unnerved a Neighborhood in 2016. Now, an Unnerving Arrest

Feds say Conor Climo plotted to attack Jews, LGBT bar patrons in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Jews in synagogues and LGBT bar patrons were allegedly a Las Vegas man's targets—and he was working up a plan to attack them, the FBI says. NBC News reports 23-year-old Conor Climo was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, which a Justice Department release... More »

Area 51 Fest Organizer: Facebook 'Reckless' to Dump Event

Facebook's removal of event does little to staunch interest

(Newser) - More than 2 million people said they'd take part in a raid on Area 51, and more than 1.4 million said they were interested, before Facebook finally had enough. The platform deleted the joke event on Saturday, claiming it violated community standards, according to a screenshot posted by... More »

'It Was Crazy': Swarm Drowns City in Insects

A huge grasshopper migration is freaking out Las Vegas tourists

(Newser) - Been to Vegas lately? Then you know what should stay there: grasshoppers. Spawned by a soggy spring, the latest migration is so widespread that it showed up on a National Weather Service radar. "It looked as though it should be torrentially downpouring in Las Vegas," meteorologist Allison Chinchar... More »

Storm Area 51? 415K People RSVP Yes

Facebook event looks like a joke, but will curiosity seekers actually show?

(Newser) - If you'll be in Nevada on Sept. 20, there's a Facebook event that may pique your interest. CNN reports the "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" raid planned for that day "is most certainly a joke," but as of Friday, 415,... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

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