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Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of curious Earthlings from around the world traveled to the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert after seeing an internet hoax dubbed "Storm Area 51." About 100 made it all the way to the gates of the remote...

 

Correction: Storm Area 51 Event story

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Aug. 29 about rural Nevada counties making emergency plans in case crowds arrive for "Storm Area 51" events, The Associated Press reported erroneously that organizers of festivals in two Nevada desert towns hope people...

 
 By Ken Ritter    Regional    August 29, 2019

Lawyer in Nevada opioids suits sees boost from Oklahoma case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The lawyer heading Nevada's largest lawsuits against drug manufacturers accused of fueling the nation's opioid addiction crisis predicted Wednesday that companies could be on the hook for judgments in the billions of dollars if cas...

 

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear...

 

Survivors question brevity of FBI report on Vegas massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School seven years ago, the FBI released 1,500 pages of documents from its investigation. Its report on the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas was just...

 

US promises nearly $17M for survivors of Las Vegas massacre

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation's modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday. The...

 

Bundy son suing US officials for Nevada standoff prosecution

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A rancher's son now campaigning as an independent for Nevada governor filed a lawsuit Wednesday against current and former U.S. government officials, alleging malicious prosecution after a 2014 armed standoff with federal land...

 

Nevada officials vow to fight federal plutonium storage plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal government plan to ship weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a U.S. nuclear materials handling facility about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Las Vegas drew protests and official outrage Thursday from Nevada...

 

Nevada's path forward unclear after twice-delayed execution

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada twice has come close to carrying out its first execution in 12 years. And twice it failed. Condemned killer Scott Raymond Dozier says he wants to die, but the state has no clear path forward after courts blocked it from...

 

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge effectively blocked the execution of a two-time killer Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallow...

 

Nevada AG safe campus plan cites mobile app, 'red flag' laws

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hardening school campuses, encouraging students to report troubled classmates and having the Legislature look at so-called "red flag" laws to confiscate guns from people deemed to be a threat are among ways to make Nevada schools...

 

Vegas shooting 911 calls: 'There's people shot everywhere!'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Screams and pleas for help, descriptions of people falling amid rapid gunfire, and breathless questions about what to do next emerged Wednesday in 911 audio made public by Las Vegas police eight months after the deadliest mass...

 

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six U.S. states on Tuesday sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma minimized risks and overstated benefits of long-term...

 

Students scarred by Vegas massacre join Florida rallying cry

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kaitlynn Willoughby was frustrated by how quickly gun control debates stalled after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Her friend, 20-year-old Quinton Robbins, was among the 58 people killed Oct. 1 at a country music...

 

Lawyers: Nevada execution plan worse than pet euthanasia

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a Nevada death row inmate whose execution is on hold are telling the state Supreme Court that his execution using a never-before-tried lethal injection protocol would be less humane than a veterinary euthanasia....

 

Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday. The 70-year-old former football hero,...

 

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four...

 

Standoff rancher draws advocates' ire, supporters' cheers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents spoke Wednesday saying that it's up to people in states, not the federal officials, to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West. To conservative...

 

APNewsBreak: Doctor says drug scarcity drove execution plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A scarcity of lethal injection drugs nationwide drove plans to use a never-before-tried three-drug combination for Nevada's first execution in more than 11 years, the state's former top doctor told The Associated Press. In his...

 

Nevada seeks to use untried execution drugs including opioid

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that...

 

Videos lead defense opening in Bundy standoff trial in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury got a first look Tuesday at videos of confrontations involving armed federal agents and Bundy family members that rancher Cliven Bundy's lawyer said provided a catalyst for an April 2014 gunpoint standoff and a...

 

Judge delays trial start for Bundy, sons in Nevada standoff

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trial was postponed at the last minute Tuesday for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a co-defendant accused of leading an armed uprising against government agents in 2014, amid questions about whether federal...

 

Officials dig in to Vegas shooter's high-stakes gambling

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities trying to piece together the final days before Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal of powerful firearms on country music fans on the Las Vegas Strip have at least one potential trove of information: his gambling...

 

Vegas killer's girlfriend says he left her in the dark

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman said Wednesday she had no idea of the massacre he was plotting when he sent her on a trip abroad to see her family. Marilou Danley issued the statement after returning from her native...

 

Vegas shooter had interest in guns, video poker, real estate

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Stephen Paddock had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals. His father was a notorious fugitive bank robber. He had a recent live-in girlfriend and two ex-wives and seemed to live a comfortable life...

 

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