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July 22, 2014

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At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing
A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post. Police officials say there was a long line ...
2:25 p.m.
Coroner IDs teen killed in weekend drive-by shooting
A man killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning near Jones Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue has been identified as Issacher Akaka, 18, of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Akaka was killed ...
2:16 p.m.
US: No evidence of direct Russian link to downed plane
Photo: A Malaysian air crash investigator takes pictures Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air ...
2:07 p.m.
Search on for missing swimmer at Lake Mead
Authorities were searching today for a missing swimmer at Lake Mead, National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said. The man was last seen swimming...
1:39 p.m.
In a flash, Sen. Dean Heller’s relatives become the cool kids on the Internet
Being a United States Senator probably makes you the most famous person in your family, right? Not the case for ...
1:29 p.m.
Bodies of victims in plane crash removed from war zone
Photo: Pro-Russian rebels, right, followed by members of A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale ...
1:24 p.m.
Nevada scores low on annual child welfare index
Nevada scores low on annual child welfare index Several states in the Deep South and Southwest — Nevada among them — have earned dismal scores on an annual child welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as ...
1:12 p.m.
‘Fantasy’ comedian Sean E. Cooper: Why I have the best job on the Las Vegas Strip
Photo: Sean E. Cooper attends the 2014 Fantasy calendar-r There’s an abundance of cool jobs here in sunny Las Vegas, but none quite as awesome as mine. As the sole male in the topless show “Fantasy” at the Luxor — don’t worry, I leave ...
12:51 p.m.
George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles
Photo: Visitors walk past a plaque marking the George Har A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a ...
12:32 p.m.
Bills would address e-cigarettes, young motorcycle riders
Bills would address e-cigarettes, young motorcycle riders Two bills being drafted for the next session of the Legislature would regulate electronic cigarettes the same as other tobacco products and require special training for those under 25 seeking a motorcycle license. The bill ...
12:28 p.m.
Phish (finally) announces Vegas return: Halloween weekend
Photo: Back on the train: Phish hits the MGM Grand Octobe The last time the Vermonters played Halloween here, they covered The Velvet Underground's 'Loaded.'
12:04 p.m.
Concert review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ArtRave’ is a surprisingly straightforward affair
Photo: Lady Gaga, performing in Chicago on July 11. The crowd felt restrained, as if holding out for a moment to really let loose. For some, it never came.
12:00 p.m.
Tyson to present Holyfield for induction into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
Photo: Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield clinch in the cor
11:26 a.m.
Douglas County floodwaters leave 3 feet of mud
Douglas County residents are digging out after flash flooding left up to 3 feet of mud and debris in some neighborhood streets south of Carson City. The Sierra storm that dumped more than...
11:23 a.m.
Metro Police investigating robbery of Las Vegas bank
Metro Police investigating robbery of Las Vegas bank Metro Police are investigating an armed robbery at a bank this morning. Police received a call ...
11:06 a.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
10:45 a.m.
Source: Steve Ballmer met with Donald Sterling, but no agreement on Clippers
A person close to the case says Steve Ballmer has met with Donald Sterling, who is resisting selling the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft CEO for $2 billion. The person spoke with The ...
10:31 a.m.
UNLV football picked 4th in division; 3 Rebels make preseason team
Photo: Brett Boyko (69), right, talks with teammates duri UNLV was picked to finish fourth in its division while three Rebels were named to the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced today at the league’s annual media days at the Cosmopolitan. The teams ...
10:26 a.m.
Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls
President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination ...
10:21 a.m.
After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police
Newark's police department will undergo independent monitoring after a three-year federal investigation released Tuesday found "a pattern of unconstitutional policing" that included excessive use of force and inadequate accountability. The probe...
10:08 a.m.
Chatting with Life Is Beautiful’s bookers as the fest adds six new acts
Chatting with Life Is Beautiful’s bookers as the fest adds six new acts Little Dragon, Baauer, Kimbra among latest batch of LIB names.
10:00 a.m.
Lorena Peril’s next Vegas show is ‘Vegas! The Show’
Photo: Lorena Peril has experienced the thrill of performing for tens of thousands of fans in an open-air arena and 10 fans in the cozy confines of Rush Lounge at the Golden Nugget. She knows Las ...
9:58 a.m.
Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge
Photo: New York City Police officers lower a white flag f Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above ...
9:50 a.m.
Another author boosted by ‘Colbert Bump’
The "Colbert Bump" is becoming contagious. Edan Lepucki, whose novel "California" became a best-seller thanks to...
9:45 a.m.
Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court
A case challenging Arizona's refusal to reveal detailed information about the lethal drugs it plans to use to put an inmate to death is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The dispute centers on ...
9:41 a.m.
California firm issues nationwide fruit recall
A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no ...
9:06 a.m.
Gaza rocket lands near Israel’s main airport
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over ...
Updated 9:48 a.m.
Isolated power outage reported in Spring Valley
A Tuesday morning outage left 74 Spring Valley residents without power, according to NV Energy. The outage occurred just...
8:45 a.m.
Pedestrian critically injured crossing street downtown
A man was critically injured after he was hit by a car Monday night while crossing a street in downtown Las Vegas, according to Metro Police. Anthony Rotondo, 64, was crossing Bonneville Avenue at...
8:35 a.m.
FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv
Photo: A Delta Air Lines jet takes off at the Detroit Met In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Delta Air Lines and United ...
Updated 10:41 a.m.
Health care subsidies to continue after contradictory court rulings
President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court ...
Updated 10:18 a.m.
75 years after Lou Gehrig’s speech, frustration and hope surround disease
Photo: Dave Larson, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral It has been 75 years since baseball icon Lou Gehrig declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite a diagnosis at age 35 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease with no ...
2:00 a.m.
Peace may never be at hand
Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes.
2:00 a.m.
$300,000 drug won’t be the last
Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills ...
2:00 a.m.
Actually understand climate change
The column by Frances Beinecke (“Despite misinformation effort, U.S. is targeting climate change,” July 11) recites all the tired myths and cliches of the global warming movement but offers not one iota of evidence. One ...
2:00 a.m.
Will Flight 17 sober us up?
Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in ...
2:00 a.m.
College football by the Vegas odds: Sports book preview of the Mountain West
Photo: Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton celebrates d The Mountain West Conference was once not too long ago the backyard secret that football fans in this part of the country begged to broadcast. Over the past few years, the league has turned down ...
2:00 a.m.
Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
Photo: This 2013 file photo provided by Cardiff Universit Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to ...
2:00 a.m.
Dance studio steps in to help local schools fill budget holes
Photo: Tania Reis and Vartan Zakhariants dance together a When Nessa Apostol first started dancing, it was to escape the monotony that came with being a full-time college student, working two jobs and mending a newly broken heart.
2:00 a.m.
Two mothers brace for sentencing in killing of Luxor dancer
Photo: Jason Griffith, right, is charged with murder in t A suspenseful day awaits two mothers preparing to meet on opposite ends of a Clark County courtroom on Wednesday for the sentencing of Jason Griffith, a performer convicted of killing his showgirl ex-girlfriend nearly four ...
2:00 a.m.
How does a bill become law in Washington? Follow Joe Heck’s case study
Photo: Congressman Joe Heck, R-Nev., smiles as someone's Today, President Barack Obama is signing into law a bill modernizing the nation’s job training programs. A critical component of the bill can be traced back to Nevada’s Rep. Joe Heck ...
2:00 a.m.

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