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Mom Accused of Killing Her Girls: Organs Are 'Worth a Lot'

Amanda Sharp-Jefferson has been arrested on 2 counts of murder

(Newser) - A Las Vegas woman is accused of killing her own babies and saying the children's body parts were "worth a lot of money," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Amanda Sharp-Jefferson, 26, was arrested Friday and attended an arraignment hearing Tuesday on two counts of murder. Police said... More »

Here Are the US Cities Hardest Hit Financially by COVID

Half of America's top 10 are located in one state

(Newser) - With more than 225,000 dead and 8.6 million cases of COVID-19 in the US, the health consequences of the virus are obvious. But the financial repercussions have also been devastating, and some areas are suffering more than others. WalletHub looked at the biggest US cities across nine metrics... More »

$800M Settlement Reached for Vegas Shooting Victims

Court OKs deal on eve of 3rd anniversary

(Newser) - A court on Wednesday approved a settlement totaling $800 million from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in modern US history. The action makes final a deal settling dozens of... More »

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took Action

Las Vegas' Clark County School District was targeted late last month

(Newser) - A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach... More »

These 11 Cities Receive a COVID Warning

Dr. Birx is worried about Baltimore, Cleveland, and 9 others

(Newser) - White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx is worried about 11 US cities in particular because of a surge in positive tests, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity . Birx warned state and local leaders—the exact participants are unclear—in a private phone call... More »

Vegas Man Accused of Recording 'Thrill Killing'

Police say he recorded cellphone video of the murder that he could watch again and again

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas say they arrested a man who recorded cellphone video of himself in what a homicide lieutenant called the “thrill killing” of a sleeping homeless man and the unprovoked shooting of a man walking his dog in a park, the AP reports. Noah Green, 21, of... More »

Former USA Gymnastics Coach Busted on Lewdness Charges

Terry Gray arrested on 14 counts in Las Vegas

(Newser) - A former coach, already suspended by USA Gymnastics, has been arrested in Las Vegas on 14 counts of lewdness with a child under age 14. The charges cover allegations between 2007 and 2013, police said. Terry Gray coached at a club in the city, Brown's Gymnastics, from 2009 to... More »

Vegas Bettors Bank Nearly $250K in 'Pure Theft'

Looks like the biggest 'past post' loss in Las Vegas history

(Newser) - Las Vegas bettors racked up nearly $250,000 in winnings last weekend in what might be the city's biggest sportsbook loss ever. The cause: an apparent manual-entry error that allowed people to bet on Korean and Chinese baseball games that had already started, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "... More »

Man Who Sold Ammo to Vegas Shooter Sentenced

Douglas Haig gets 13 months

(Newser) - An Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 months in federal prison for selling home-loaded bullets to the gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, killing 58 people in the Las Vegas Strip in Oct. 2017. Douglas Haig, 57, also was sentenced to three years of... More »

New Cop Killings Spark Outrage, Manslaughter Charge

Among them, a new 'I can't breathe' case in Tacoma

(Newser) - Stories of police attacking and killing people are cropping up online, including one about a New Mexico cop who's been charged with killing a man pulled over in a traffic stop. CBS News reports that Officer Christopher Smelser is facing involuntary manslaughter after gripping the man, Antonio Valenzuela, in... More »

Nevada Governor Has News About Casinos, Himself

Resorts reopen June 4, and Steve Sisolak was potentially exposed himself

(Newser) - Nevada's blueprint on reopening the state includes a nugget of interest not just to state residents: Vegas casinos will reopen their doors on June 4. Each individual resort will have to submit a detailed plan ahead of time, reports the Las Vegas Sun , but visitors can expect to see... 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 »

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 »

Vegas, Dead? Not if Little Darlings Has a Say

And online bettors try to survive as sports gambling dies off

(Newser) - Want to place a bet on tomorrow's weather in Indianapolis? How about Paris or Toronto? Well, BetOnline.ag is ready to give you odds. With most major US sports leagues shut down, online bettors are getting creative—and, let's face it, desperate—enough to take bets on the... 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 »

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 »

'What Happens Here, Stays Here' Will Soon Be No More

Las Vegas is reportedly updating its famous slogan

(Newser) - The slogan "What happens here, stays here" is coming to the end of its near 20-year residency in Las Vegas. Insiders tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the slogan created in 2002 has been updated to "What happens here, only happens here." The sources say the new... More »

Firefighters Find Illegal Backyard Gas Station

Las Vegas firefighters uncovered the operation

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters have discovered what officials described as an illegal, homemade gas station in a backyard, the AP reports. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shared images online of the makeshift gas station discovered by firefighters Tuesday showing two yellow tanks in the corner of a walled yard with a... More »

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