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Cops: Unruly Passenger Yelled 'Let's Go Brandon'

Katrina Alspaugh refused to wear mask on flight out of Las Vegas

(Newser) - Las Vegas woman Katrina Alspaugh's least favorite things apparently include President Biden and wearing masks on planes. The 51-year-old was arrested in the city's McCarran International Airport Sunday after she refused to wear a mask in the airport and caused a disturbance on her Allegiant Air flight, the...

Raiders Release Henry Ruggs After Fatal Alleged DUI Crash

He's been charged with felony DUI

(Newser) - Update: The Las Vegas Raiders released wide receiver Henry Ruggs on Tuesday night after he was involved in a fatal car crash, for which he has been charged with felony DUI resulting in a death, CNN reports. Our previous story from Tuesday follows:

Feds: Widow Disposed of Husband in Trash, Took His Benefits

Aging Las Vegas woman allegedly hid the fact that her husband had died

(Newser) - "There was no ambulance, no hospitalization, no funeral, no burial, and no cremation," states a federal criminal complaint filed in connection with the death of a Pennsylvania man identified only as JPS. The person the complaint does name is the man's wife, Nancy Shedleski. She's accused...

$40M Sale Tops Picasso Auction
$40M Sale Tops
Picasso Auction

$40M Sale Tops Picasso Auction

The 11 artworks had been displayed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks have been sold for a combined $109 million in a Las Vegas auction coinciding with the artist's 140th birthday. The nine paintings and two ceramic pieces had been displayed inside the Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art for more than two decades...

Cops: Landlord Killed 2 Tenants in Rent Dispute

3rd tenant was critically injured in Vegas shooting

(Newser) - A landlord argued with his live-in tenants over unpaid rent before opening fire with a handgun in a small house near downtown Las Vegas early Tuesday, killing two women and wounding a man who survived nine gunshots, police said. The shooting suspect, Arnoldo Lozano-Sanchez, 78, surrendered after a one-hour standoff...

DNA Proves He Raped, Killed a Girl—and Someone Else

Genome sequencing cracks Las Vegas murders of Nanette Vanderburg, Stephanie Isaacson

(Newser) - Las Vegas police say they finally know who killed a 14-year-old girl during her walk to school more than 32 years ago. Stephanie Isaacson never arrived at school on June 1, 1989, a fact her father only learned when she failed to appear that afternoon. Her body was found that...

Vaxxed and Ready to Relax? These US Cities Are Waiting

San Francisco tops LawnStarter's list of best places for the vaccinated to enjoy summer vacation

(Newser) - Summer is here, and if you're cautiously starting to reemerge from the pandemic, you may wonder if it's possible to contemplate some well-deserved holiday time. LawnStarter answers that question for the fully vaccinated with its ranking of US cities ideal for "vaxcations." The site looked at...

'Something Went Horribly Wrong' in Case of Murdered Boy

Mom accused of murder claimed she would find new home 'for Liam and I'

(Newser) - The father of a boy found dead near a Las Vegas-area trailhead last month contacted police without knowing his son was dead—an encounter that would ultimately lead to the identification of 7-year-old Liam Husted . On June 1, Liam's father informed police in San Jose, Calif., that he'd...

Parts of Nevada Banning 'Non-Functional' Grass

Nevada is first state to permanently ban lawns in certain areas

(Newser) - Grass that's just sitting around, serving no purpose, will soon be prohibited in the Las Vegas Valley. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed legislation banning "non-functional turf" starting in 2027, the AP reports. Backyards and front lawns aren't going anywhere—single-family homes are exempt from the...

Boy Found Dead on Las Vegas Hiking Trail
Hiker Discovers
Boy's Body on Trail

Hiker Discovers Boy's Body on Trail

Las Vegas police are seeking to identify him

(Newser) - A hiker made a horrifying discovery Friday morning: the body of a boy behind a bush. The boy's body was near the Mountain Springs trailhead, between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada, the Review-Journal reports. Las Vegas police are now asking the public's help identifying the child, whom they...

Strip Club Attracts the Unvaccinated

Las Vegas walk-in clinic draws men who say the place feels familiar

(Newser) - Wearing a French maid-inspired lingerie costume and high heels, dancer JoJo Hamner waited patiently to get her COVID-19 vaccine in a line that snaked past a glittery hostess stand under a red-light chandelier. When it was her turn, Hamner sat in a chair and held onto a small feather duster...

Discovery of Bones From Ice Age Slows Pool Project

That happens near Las Vegas, expert says

(Newser) - A couple in Las Vegas said they will have to wait to continue building their pool after construction crews unearthed a set of animal bones dating back to Earth's most recent ice age. Matt Perkins and his husband, who recently moved from Washington state to a newly built home...

One Small Pretzel Results in $29.5M Jury Verdict
One Small Pretzel Turned
Her Into a Quadriplegic
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One Small Pretzel Turned Her Into a Quadriplegic

Chantel Giacalone awarded $29.5M after suffering brain damage from allergy

(Newser) - A model and aspiring actress who suffered severe brain damage because of a bite-size pretzel has been awarded $29.5 million by a jury, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Chantel Giacalone, then 27, was in Vegas at a convention in 2013 when a friend brought her a frozen yogurt with...

Teens Charged After Cops Find Bloody Saw With Human Flesh

Daughter, boyfriend allegedly killed dad who foiled their plan to run away

(Newser) - Police say the ex-husband of a former state senator in Nevada was stabbed to death by his daughter and her boyfriend after he foiled their plans to run away together. The burned remains of Daniel Halseth, 45, were found by a landlord in a Las Vegas garage last Friday, reports...

Las Vegas Is Trying to Ban Ornamental Grass

Not the stuff in your yard, but what's along the street

(Newser) - A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and...

FDA: Stay Away From This Bottled Water Brand

Real Water is the common link in liver failure cases

(Newser) - Health officials are telling people to steer clear of Real Water, a brand of alkaline water, after several children who drank it were hospitalized with liver failure, Live Science reports. In a statement , health officials in Las Vegas said they are working with their federal and state counterparts to “...

Tourist Says He Was Hurt During Hypnotist's Act

Arizona man sues after being part of a Las Vegas performance

(Newser) - An Arizona tourist has sued a Las Vegas act, saying he was injured while under hypnosis as part of a show in February 2019. Kevin Casselbury said it happened during the Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis Show at Planet Hollywood Resort, the Review-Journal reports. The lawsuit, which names the resort and...

Singer Embodied '50s Innocence but Ran With Gangster

Phyllis McGuire made it big with her sisters

(Newser) - Phyllis McGuire, the last surviving member of the three singing McGuire Sisters who topped the charts in the 1950s, has died. She was 89. The lead singer and younger sister of Dorothy and Christine McGuire died Tuesday in Las Vegas, the AP reports. A cause of death was not provided....

John Wayne Bobbitt Has Another 2 Amputations

Bobbitt's right foot is now short a couple of toes

(Newser) - John Wayne Bobbitt says he has undergone two more amputations, but ex-wife Lorena wasn't involved this time. Nearly 30 years after she sliced off his penis while he slept, Bobbitt had two toes amputated on his right foot amid a gruesome series of health woes. Bobbitt tells TMZ his...

Man Climbs Onto Wing of Plane As it Prepares for Takeoff

Question is, how'd he get on there?

(Newser) - Passengers aboard a flight out of McCarren International in Las Vegas were shocked Saturday to see a man stroll onto the wing of the plane just as it was about to take off. Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal , Alaska Airlines flight 1367 was preparing to depart for Portland when pilots...

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