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Watery graves recall early Las Vegas’ organized crime days

May. 10, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stories about long-departed Las Vegas organized crime figures are surfacing after a second set of unidentified human remains were revealed as the water level falls on drought-stricken Lake Mead. The reservoir on the Colorado River is about a 30-minute drive from...

Bodies surfacing in Lake Mead recall mob's time in Las Vegas

May. 10, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is being flooded with lore about organized crime after a second set of human remains emerged within a week from the depths of a drought-stricken Colorado River reservoir just a 30-minute drive from the notoriously mob-founded Strip. “There’s no...

To refine water forecasts, Western cities map snow by plane

May. 04, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

GUNNISON, Colo. (AP) — At a tiny airport surrounded by mountains, a three-person crew takes off for the inaugural flight above the headwaters of the Colorado River to measure the region’s snow by air. Under the plane is a device that uses lasers, cameras and sensors to map snow...

US to hold back Lake Powell water to protect hydropower

May. 03, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials announced what they called extraordinary steps on Tuesday to keep hundreds of billions of gallons of water stored in a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona line to prevent it from shrinking more amid prolonged drought and climate change. The U.S....

Cops: Body in barrel in Lake Mead was man who had been shot

May. 03, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The body found inside a barrel on the newly exposed bottom of Lake Mead after the lake's level was depleted amid drought is that of a man who was shot, police said Tuesday. The killing probably happened between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s because the victim...

Body in barrel exposed as level of Nevada's Lake Mead drops

May. 02, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A body inside a barrel was found over the weekend on the the newly exposed bottom of Nevada's Lake Mead as drought depletes one of the largest U.S. reservoirs — and officials predicted the discovery could be just the first of more grim finds. “I would say there...

Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

Apr. 30, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don't have access. The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced this week that its Low...

About 6M Californians ordered to cut water use amid drought

Apr. 27, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as an extended drought plagues the state following another dry winter. The board of the...

Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California

Apr. 26, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of the Metropolitan Water District of...

More Cubans immigrating to the US by crossing from Mexico

Apr. 21, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — For years after leaving Cuba, the mother of two tried to get her children and parents into the U.S. through legal channels. Finally, she decided she wouldn’t wait any longer: She paid more than $40,000 dollars to someone to help them sneak in through Mexico. ...