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September 1, 2014

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  • 2 men sue over Nevada trapping regulations
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Donald Molde of Reno and Mark Smith of Incline Village, in their lawsuit filed Thursday in Washoe County District Court, are seeking an injunction to halt the upcoming trapping season and force change.
  • Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom.
    Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day.
  • Man dies in North Las Vegas motorcycle accident
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Officers were dispatched to Donovan Way near East Craig Road around 3:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a man down, according to North Las Vegas Police. When they arrived, they found 41-year-old North Las Vegas resident Johnston Overbey lying unresponsive near the roadway.
  • Juanes performs on stage during the Made In America Festival at Grand Park on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles.
    Kanye, Juanes enliven LA's Made in America fest
    Sept. 1, 2014
    "This whole place is full of good, loving people," Mayer told the crowd from the Budweiser Made in America festival's main stage.
  • This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents.
    Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.
  • Uruguay says Guantanamo prisoner not imminent
    Sept. 1, 2014
    The Pentagon had given the U.S. Congress a legally required 30-day notice in July that it intended to transfer the six long-held men for resettlement, suggesting it may have been imminent after months of delay. But presidential spokesman Diego Canepa said undisclosed issues had yet to be resolved.
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
  • Vacant home in northwest valley destroyed by fire
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Firefighters were dispatched at around 10:15 p.m. to a house fire on Crestline Drive, near Torrey Pines Drive and Washington Avenue. When they arrived on scene, the fire had already engulfed the one-story wood house, according to LVFR. Firefighters contained the fire in less than ten minutes, but the house was destroyed.
  • FILE - This April 6, 2006 file photo shows Biologist Mike Bower, left, with the National Park Service, with Fish and Wildlife Service field supervisor Cynthia Martinez, in Devil's Hole, the endangered Devil's Hole Pupfish's only natural habitat, at Death Valley National Park in Nev. For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of the cavern in Nevada's desert, but a new study says climate change and warming waters, and its lack of mobility, are threatening the pupfish and decreasing its numbers.
    Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish
    Sept. 1, 2014
    For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters — and its lack of mobility — are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.
  • This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy." (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)
    'Guardians' tops Labor Day, summer box office
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Marvel's cosmic romp topped the Labor Day box office with a three-day take of $22 million — its third time in first place since its release five weeks ago, according to studio estimates Monday. With North American ticket sales of more than $280 million so far, "Guardians" is also the summer's — and the year's — top-grossing film to date.
  • Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
    Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Intimate images of the actress, who stars in "The Hunger Games" film franchise and won an Academy Award for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," began appearing online on Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many of the images could not be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.
  • Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during an unannounced visit to the northern community of Amirli, where he was greeted with hugs. A day earlier, Iraqi forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege of the town where some 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded.
  • A bicyclist makes his way through tear gas fired by police to disperse protesters, carrying wood for cooking as the sun sets, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Anti-government protesters stormed Pakistan’s state television building Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed closer to the prime minister’s residence. The violence comes as part of the mass demonstrations led by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan that demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.
    Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests
    Sept. 1, 2014
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over the country's state-run television broadcaster and battled security forces in the streets. But the pressure from three days of violent protests on Sharif has intensified amid reports — later denied by the military — that the country's powerful army chief advised him to resign.
  • Judge Ismael Moreno, right, in charged of Ashya King case arrives to the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said.
    Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
    Sept. 1, 2014
    A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King held for 72 hours while documents are translated and doctors are consulted. After that, the judge could extend their time in detention or release them.
  • Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, right, and Pro-Russian rebel leader from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin stand in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A so-called contact group meets for talks in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, to reach agreement on a cease-fire. The group, which last met in late July, includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
    Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks
    Sept. 1, 2014
    The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region.
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    What to know about The Other Hotel opening

    August 31, 2014

    The opening of SLS Las Vegas has overshadowed another Strip hotel unveiling set for this week. The debut of Delano Las Vegas is upon us. The property once known as The Hotel at Mandalay Bay is ...

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    L.V. executive keeps low profile, makes big donations to Sandoval, far-right causes

    August 31, 2014

    Not many people in Nevada politics have heard the name Cary Katz. But his political spending speaks volumes. When the Center for Responsive Politics released its national list of top 100 donors, Katz ranked No. 37 nationally and No. 1 among Nevadans ...

  • Odds are posted at the LVH sports book during the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014.

    No need to be intimidated, rookie: Here’s a beginner’s guide to placing sports bets

    August 31, 2014

    Sports betting can be mystifying to those who've never wagered on a game. But for those who want to get off the sideline, here's a basic ...

  • Mosquito bite carries virus from tropics to desert

    Mosquito bite carries virus from tropics to desert

    August 31, 2014

    Gretchen Roselli took bronze in the 1,500-meter race at the 2013 National Senior Games and had her sights set on competing next year. But after traveling to the Caribbean and contracting a virus, the Las Vegas resident is worried ...

  • Why can’t we talk about this? Candidates need to debate

    August 31, 2014

    Politicians too often duck the public when, by virtue of the positions they are trying to win, they should be telling people exactly what they think.

  • James Vance, owner-operator of eight local McDonald's franchises, poses in his McDonald's at 6990 S. Rainbow Blvd. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Vance is also president of the Greater Las Vegas McDonalds Owner Operators Association. Since 1999, the local effort has awarded more than $3.1 million in Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarships, helping more than 1,300 Southern Nevada high school students.

    Scholarship is an investment in kids’ future

    August 31, 2014

    Two thousand dollars. It might seem like a small amount when talking about the cost of college. But $2,000 was a big deal this year for 148 Southern Nevada high school graduates who received college scholarships from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of ...

  • Another month, another arena project in Las Vegas

    August 31, 2014

    It seems like every month someone has an idea to build an arena in Las Vegas, and almost never with a major professional sports team in mind as an anchor tenant. And that’s the way it is with Jackie Robinson, a former UNLV and NBA player who has received a permit to build on the north Strip.

  • Security guards stop a car Friday Aug. 1, 2014, at the gate to the site Tahoe Reno Industrial Center about 15 miles east of Reno, where Tesla Motors has broken ground as one of the possible places to build a $5 billion "gigafactory'' to make lithium batteries for its electric cars.

    What incentives does Nevada have to offer Tesla?

    September 1, 2014

    Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory.

  • Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor from the case.

    Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

    September 1, 2014

    They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.