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8 Injured After 2 Blasts Rock College Dorm

Dormitory partially collapses after pair of explosions at University of Nevada, Reno

(Newser) - Classes were canceled Friday at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada after a pair of back-to-back blasts injured eight and left a dorm partially collapsed. Fox News reports that authorities are eyeing a mechanical failure inside Argenta Hall as a possible cause of the explosions, with some of... More »

Man Opens Fire From Nevada High-Rise

Gunman shot from building where Paddock once lived

(Newser) - A gunman with a hostage opened fire from the eighth floor of a luxury high-rise condominium in Nevada onto the streets below Tuesday night, authorities say. No injuries were reported. The man died Tuesday after a SWAT team descended on him while he was barricaded at the Montage, Reno police... More »

10 Windiest Cities in US

Nashville, not Chicago, tops the list

(Newser) - Not a fan of blustery days? Steer clear of these places. Research firm CoreLogic has released a list of the windiest cities in the US based on wind-related events and maximum wind speed recorded in 279 metro areas in 2016 (including during Hurricane Matthew). The list: More »

Dad Angry Police Shot Son Who Was Allegedly Wielding Knife

He says 14-year-old is expected to 'pull through'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy was shot by a school police officer as he allegedly lunged at classmates with a large knife at Reno's Hug High School Wednesday morning. In a series of Facebook posts written Wednesday and Thursday but later removed from social media, the boy's father ranted against... More »

The 10 US Cities That Are Warming the Fastest

Most are in California, Nevada, and Arizona

(Newser) - The southwest corner of the US has long been known as a sweltering spot, but it's only getting hotter, according to Climate Central , which ranked 178 US cities based on temperature changes since 1965. All but three have seen temperatures rise in the past 50 years, but some are... More »

Sierras Are Way Overdue for Major, Costly Earthquake

And one expert says we need to start preparing

(Newser) - The West is long overdue for a major earthquake that could cause billions of dollars in damage to parts of Nevada and California, the AP reports. Scientists expect a magnitude-7 quake along the eastern front of the Sierra fault system every 30 years or so; there hasn't been one... More »

Watermelon Vandals Cause Big Damage to Drivers

One says she has a $1K bill

(Newser) - Police say vandals have been lobbing watermelons at cars in a Reno, Nevada, neighborhood. KOLO-TV reports that last night's vandalism happened in Angelique Ybarra's northwest Reno neighborhood. A watermelon dented the side of her car in July, and she says this new attack shattered glass and splattered fruit... More »

Swarm of Wasps Attacks at Reno Balloon Race

48 people were stung

(Newser) - A swarm of wasps attacked dozens of people, including a group of kindergarteners who had gathered in a Reno, Nevada, park to watch a hot air balloon competition. Washoe County officials say 48 people were treated at the scene after they were stung by the Western yellowjackets around 7am today.... 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 »

FBI Hunts Killer Behind Unsolved 1976 Murders

Murders of 5 SF Bay Area women linked to Reno killing, say authorities

(Newser) - The FBI is turning up the heat on a series of cold-case murders now almost 40 years old. Thanks to new DNA evidence, detectives say they suspect one killer is responsible for the murders of five young women around the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1976, and was an... More »

Reno Gunman Complained of Botched Surgery

Alan Oliver Frazier killed a doctor, wounded another on Tuesday

(Newser) - A gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery left a suicide note outlining plans for his attack before targeting physicians in a deadly rampage at a medical office that left one doctor dead and another critically wounded, police said yesterday. Alan Oliver Frazier of Plumas County, Calif., a... More »

Gunman Kills Victim, Self at Medical Center

2 others injured in Reno at Renown Regional Medical Center

(Newser) - Police in Reno say a gunman killed one person and then himself inside a hospital building this afternoon. The shootings took place at the Center for Advanced Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center about 2:45pm local time, reports AP . Two others were injured. No details yet on what set... More »

Mountain Lion Tries to Sneak Into Casino

Cat's OK after being caught near Harrah's in Reno

(Newser) - An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager." Healy says coming-of-age... More »

Lawmakers Push Ban on Ban on Las Vegas Travel

Dean Heller, Shelley Berkley fight for the government's right to party

(Newser) - No one is actually talking about outlawing government travel to Las Vegas or Reno in the wake of the GSA scandal, but a pair of Nevada lawmakers want to ban such a banning, just in case. Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley are putting forward bills in their respective... More »

Fireplace Ashes Caused Huge Nevada Brush Fire

'Remorseful' elderly man comes forward to police

(Newser) - The massive brush fire near Reno this week that destroyed 29 homes, burned 3,200 acres, forced the evacuation of thousands, and may have caused a death had the most innocent of causes: Police say an elderly man admits accidentally setting it off by improperly disposing of ashes from his... More »

Thousands Flee Reno Wildfire

10K evacuated from homes as hundreds battle blaze

(Newser) - A fast-moving brush fire south of Reno has burned several homes and forced around 10,000 people to be evacuated from their neighborhoods. More than 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze, which grew to more than 5 square miles after starting yesterday afternoon and has not yet been contained, CNN... More »

Dog-Saving Airport Worker Offered Job Back

Abused dog case sparked outcry

(Newser) - After an outcry from animal lovers nationwide, the Reno airport worker fired for refusing to put an abused dog on a plane has been offered her job back—with back pay. The president of Airport Terminal Services praised the courage of Lynn Jones for standing up for the dog, promised... More »

Worker Fired for Refusing to Load Abused Dog on Plane

Baggage handler reported dog's condition to airport cops

(Newser) - A baggage handler at Reno airport says she was fired on the spot after she refused to put an obviously abused dog on a plane. Lynn Jones says the dog, which belonged to a hunter from Texas, was emaciated and covered in sores, but her boss said its paperwork was... More »

Reno Crash Toll Hits 9; Feds Investigate

7 died on the tarmac; 2 at hospitals

(Newser) - The death toll in the terrifying crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race has risen to at least nine people, including the pilot and eight spectators, authorities said today. The deaths include seven who were killed on the tarmac and two others who died at... More »

Woman, 83, Son Die in Fortified Foreclosed Home

Pair made last stand on eviction day

(Newser) - A mother and son chose to destroy themselves and their foreclosed home rather than surrender to deputies trying to evict them, police in Nevada say. Deputies and a locksmith arriving to evict Therese Christensen, 83, and her 46-year-old son, Gary, from the Reno home they had lived in for decades... More »

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