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April 18, 2014

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51s fall in extra innings at Reno to end win streak
Despite the loss, Las Vegas (12-4) has the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The mark is also the best record to start the season in the 32-year history of the Las Vegas Triple-A ...
11:30 p.m.
Brush fire consumes 6 acres near Overton
Firefighters battled a large brush fire in Overton from late afternoon into the early evening, according a release from the Clark ...
11:18 p.m.
Wranglers fall to Alaska in playoff opener
The Las Vegas Wranglers were defeated 4-1 today at the Alaska Aces in the opening game of a best-of-seven ECHL hockey playoff series.
11:00 p.m.
One dead, one injured in NLV shooting
A 60-year-old man is dead after a double shooting in a North Las Vegas home, according ...
10:33 p.m.
Illegal immigrant arrested for Nevada voter fraud
Illegal immigrant arrested for Nevada voter fraud Secretary of State Ross Miller says a woman has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ...
8:46 p.m.
Western officials discuss taking land from feds
Photo: Cattle graze by the Virgin River near Bunkerville Officials from nine Western states say it's time they take control of federal lands within their borders. The lawmakers and county commissioners met at Utah's Capitol on Friday to ...
8:35 p.m.
Vote here for the best Tax Day cartoon caption
Photo: What should the word bubble say? Tell us in the Sm It's time to decide who will win the April edition of the Smithereens Cartoon Caption Contest.
6:10 p.m.
Two hospitalized after stabbing
A double stabbing this afternoon sent two people to the hospital, according to ...
5:10 p.m.
Athletic commission selects retired FBI agent as new director
A retired FBI agent and professional boxing judge is the new executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Robert Bennett, one of three finalists for the position, was the …
4:00 p.m.
Guinness confirms another world record for Las Vegas
Guinness confirms another world record for Las Vegas The High Roller now has a page in the “Guinness World Records” book as the world’s tallest observation wheel. At 550 feet tall, the wheel is bigger than …
3:36 p.m.
Spice Girls gearing up for a Las Vegas residency?
Photo: The Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremon
3:10 p.m.
Six takeaways from a rare joint TV interview with Nevada Sens. Harry Reid, Dean Heller
Six takeaways from a rare joint TV interview with Nevada Sens. Harry Reid, Dean Heller Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller don’t agree on everything. But the Democrat and Republican did agree ...
2:53 p.m.
US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline
Photo: This April 19, 2012, file photo shows a truck trav The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement...
Updated 3:55 p.m.
Guy Fieri opens Strip restaurant in hair-raising fashion
Guy Fieri opens Strip restaurant in hair-raising fashion Guy Fieri is playing the Strip, and this is all too appropriate. The UNLV graduate (he has a degree in hospitality management) is a spicy figure, to put it mildly. Adorned with a lot of ...
2:08 p.m.
Photo essay: The iconic Stratocaster guitar turns 60
Photo: A finished Fender Stratocaster is adjusted by Kenn Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl. Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive...
1:52 p.m.
Nevada retailers expect $235 million Easter sales
The Retail Association of Nevada says it expects the Easter holiday will equate to higher spending in stores. The association on Friday predicted Easter-related sales this year will reach...
1:43 p.m.
Professor: 'Game of Thrones' picture got me suspended
A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from "Game of Thrones" that he says a school official perceived as a threat. Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and ...
1:39 p.m.
Vegas Play of Day: Brewers at Pirates
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
1:30 p.m.
Man dodges $525 fine for refilling his soda
A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without...
12:57 p.m.
Future Islands is weird, wonderful at Beauty Bar
Photo: Future Islands frontman Sam Herring sings like no Following a Letterman video that went viral, the band made their Vegas debut Wednesday night.
12:38 p.m.
Corner IDs victims in 2 unrelated stabbing deaths
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified two men stabbed to death earlier this week in separate attacks. Bruce Charles Reid, 52, of North Las Vegas, died Wednesday after he was...
12:16 p.m.
Celebrity preview: Foster the People, Aloe Blacc, Bastille, Jason Derulo, Claire Sinclair, Jay Cutler, Phil Lesh
Photo: Foster the People performs at Boulevard Pool at Th Happy Easter Weekend, everyone! Viva Las Vegas — it’s also a rockabilly pin-up party weekend, plus a lot of music high notes. The Strip plays host to Foster the People and Phil Lesh, the founding ...
12:15 p.m.
Police: Man fatally stabbed with stick in argument about phone
Police: Man fatally stabbed with stick in argument about phone An argument over a cell phone led to a fatal stabbing with a pointed stick Thursday morning outside a McDonald’s on Sahara Avenue, according to Metro Police. Witnesses told police...
11:21 a.m.
Anthony Bourdain of ‘Parts Unknown’ shares his spin on Las Vegas
Photo: Anthony Bourdain films his CNN series Parts Unknow
10:58 a.m.
Student struggles to recount fiery Calif. bus crash
Photo: Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles ju Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student ...
10:21 a.m.
Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game
A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with...
9:59 a.m.
Ex-quarterback Donovan McNabb spends day in Arizona jail
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his ...
9:42 a.m.
Ukraine insurgents reject call to vacate government buildings
Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim ...
9:32 a.m.
US arrests about 80 immigrants at Texas camp
At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas. They were found in an undeveloped patch of...
9:16 a.m.
Texas seizes ranch where followers of polygamist Warren Jeffs lived
Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Shawn Ba The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of ...
9:02 a.m.
Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings
Photo: In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, K Authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference ...
Updated 11:51 a.m.
Nevada unemployment rate holds at 8.5 percent in March
Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the previous month. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported
8:38 a.m.
Reno establishing rules for marijuana dispensaries in city
The Reno City Council is moving ahead with rules for medical marijuana establishments within the city limits. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that
8:20 a.m.
Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
Photo: People who were participating in a Holy Week proce A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of...
Updated 9:27 a.m.
Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested
Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. The ...
Updated 3:33 p.m.
Our soldiers don’t deserve to return to this
The only reason he is alive, Mike Yurchison says, is his girlfriend, Leigh Anna Landsberger. She sits with him through endless waits at Veterans Affairs, whispering that he’s smarter than she is even if his ...
2:03 a.m.
President wrong on GOP and voting
In a speech April 11, President Barack Obama spent a good part of the time chastising Republicans for limiting voting access to millions of blacks and minorities.
2:03 a.m.
Women’s unequal lot in life
I dropped in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed. I work a single job; she works three or four. There’s her paid one at an executive search firm, finding and screening ...
2:02 a.m.
We lie to our kids about marijuana
I’m writing about Jackie Valley’s story in The Sunday: “Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic.”
2:02 a.m.
Chefs Week Q+A: UNLV graduate turned star chef Guy Fieri returns home to open his first Strip spot
Photo: Guy Fieri and Lee Brice attend Day 2 of the 2014 A It’s been an incredible journey for spiky-blond-haired New York Times-bestselling author Guy Fieri, who began his love affair with food at age 10 selling soft pretzels from “The Awesome Pretzel,” a three-wheeled bicycle cart he ...
2:01 a.m.
Israelites and a long obedience
Monday night was the start of Passover, the period when Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery into freedom.
2:01 a.m.
Lawmakers get paid to do nothing
Well, here we go again. After all the hard work it did, the House is in recess. Lawmakers can go back to their gerrymandered districts and collect money to get re-elected to go back to ...
2:01 a.m.
Vegas odds and betting preview of the first round in the NBA playoffs
Vegas odds and betting preview of the first round in the NBA playoffs Hardly anyone had a reason to watch Wednesday’s regular season finale between the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic with rooting interest. The Pacers ...
2:00 a.m.
Work to impact downtown traffic starting next week
Drivers can expect some traffic delays downtown starting next week and continuing into the summer.
2:00 a.m.
Miller adds basketball pedigree, experience to Rebels coaching staff
Photo: Fireworks erupt before the UNLV vs. Colorado State The future isn’t always crystal clear for Ryan Miller, but one thing has seemed certain from a young age: Whatever he does, basketball will ...
2:00 a.m.
Las Vegas locales featured on Guy Fieri’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’
Photo: Naked City Pizza Shop chef/owner Chris Palmeri is Food television personality Guy Fieri opened his first restaurant in Las Vegas on Thursday, bringing his Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar to the Quad on the Strip. The UNLV graduate is best known for ...
2:00 a.m.
Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find
Photo: In this Feb. 20, 2014, photo, a man walks through Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer ...
12:00 a.m.
Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly
Photo: Customers at Wal-Mart head to the checkout lines p Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.
12:00 a.m.

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