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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 »

Aldean Returns to the Scene of the Crime

The country singer last performed there on a grim night in 2017

(Newser) - It's been two years—and Jason Aldean clearly hasn't forgotten. The country singer played in Las Vegas on Friday night for the first time since the worst mass shooting in US history interrupted his show, People reports. "Tonight's a really special night for us," he... 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 »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

OJ Simpson Sues Casino Over TMZ Story

Suit says employees falsely told the celebrity site he was drunk and disorderly

(Newser) - OJ Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino, alleging unnamed employees defamed him by telling celebrity news site TMZ he was ordered off the property in 2017 for being drunk, disruptive, and unruly. The former football star denies in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that... More »

Angry Gambler Does This

She had been kicked out of the Cannery casino

(Newser) - Police say a woman who was angered when she was kicked out of a Las Vegas-area casino intentionally drove her motorhome into the building, injuring a custodian, the AP reports. North Las Vegas Police spokesman Eric Leavitt says the 50-year-old woman was ejected from the Cannery casino Friday morning and... More »

This Is the 3rd-Largest Victims Compensation Fund in US History

MGM Resorts settles with victims of Las Vegas massacre

(Newser) - Almost exactly two years after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, MGM Resorts announced a settlement with the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. MGM owns the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was staying when he shot people attending the Route 91 country music festival on the street... More »

Vegas' Last Peep Show Just Closed

Showgirl Video will be torn down, but its iconic marquee will be preserved

(Newser) - Showgirl Video opened on Las Vegas Boulevard in 1983, and closed last month—notable because, in recent years, it had been Sin City's last remaining peep show. Dancers performed for tips behind a window, which patrons could open by putting $1 into a machine; Raymond Pistol partnered in the... 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 »

'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 »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

Man's Kindness Toward Scared Young Seatmate Goes Viral

Ben Pedraza made sure 7-year-old autistic boy had fun and felt safe during his flight

(Newser) - Alexa Bjornson was anxious about sending her 7-year-old son, Landon, on a plane by himself to see his dad in Oregon—not just because of Landon's age, but because he has high-functioning autism and was nervous about flying alone, per KATU . And so Bjornson penned a note to whoever... More »

He Froze While Vegas Shooter Wreaked Havoc. Now, His Fate

Police officer Cordell Hendrex was fired in March, per Vegas police

(Newser) - A veteran Las Vegas cop who froze in the hallway of a casino-hotel as a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history has been fired from the force, police say. Officer Cordell Hendrex was fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on March 20, a... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

Hearse Driver in Carpool Lane Had 'Strangest Excuse'

'He doesn't count in the back?'

(Newser) - Dead passengers don't count for a carpool. So learned a funeral home worker spotted driving alone in a minivan in a high occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas on Monday. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka soon discovered the vehicle was actually an undercover hearse holding... More »

Celine Dion Bids Adieu

The singer ends a celebrated Vegas residency

(Newser) - Celine Dion is hanging 'em up—in Vegas, at least. The singer's Saturday night show will end her Las Vegas residency after 16 years of on-and-off shows there, Good Morning America reports. Dion says it's "bittersweet" to face her final audience at the Colosseum at Caesars... More »

He Asked Her to Be Nice. Cops Say That Got Him Killed

Police say woman shoved man, 74, off bus

(Newser) - Security video recorded a woman shoving a 74-year-old man with a walker off a public transit bus in Las Vegas after he asked her to be nice to other passengers, and she's facing a murder charge after the man died, according to court documents. Serge Fournier hit his head... More »

Post-BMAs, a Surprise Celeb Wedding in Vegas

Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner marry Wednesday after Billboard Music Awards

(Newser) - Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and now … Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. These are all couples who wed in Las Vegas' Little White Wedding Chapel, with that last couple joining the list on Wednesday night. People reports the 29-year-old singer and the 23-year-old Game ... More »

Ex-NFL Player Charged in Death of Girl 'Afraid to Go Home'

Former NFL player Cierre Wood held without bail in death of his girlfriend's daughter

(Newser) - A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, along with the girl's mother, Amy Taylor, 25, who has since posted $5,... More »

Harry Reid's Blindness Lawsuit Comes to an End

Former US senator sued the maker of TheraBand

(Newser) - A jury in Las Vegas flatly rejected former US Sen. Harry Reid's lawsuit against an exercise band maker he blamed for injuries —including blindness in one eye—he suffered when the stretchy device slipped from his grasp and he fell face-first a little more than four years ago,... More »

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