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FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Las Vegas gambler William

Insider trading sentence of Vegas gambler commuted by Trump

Jan. 21, 2021 12:04 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas professional gambler, real estate mogul and philanthropist who was convicted in an insider trading case said Wednesday he's grateful his prison sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. William “Billy” Walters said in a statement issued through...

FILE - In this July 10, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers test patients in their vehicles at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine and the Nevada National Guard in Las Vegas. Although deaths continue to surge, the number of new coronavirus cases reported daily in Nevada has slowed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada hits 1-day death record but reports fewer new cases

Jan. 20, 2021 8:44 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada reported 71 new deaths from the coronavirus Wednesday, setting the highest single-day toll. The deaths included people who probably contracted the virus in mid-December, state COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage said, suggesting that reverberations from holiday gatherings...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, UNLV's mascot

UNLV drops 'Hey Reb!' mascot, keeps Rebels sports nickname

Jan. 20, 2021 6:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has dropped its “Hey Reb!” mascot after nearly four decades, but it will keep its Rebels nickname. University President Keith Whitfield pointed in a start-of-semester announcement to the removal last June of a campus mascot statue following...

NHP probes head-on crash that killed Silver Springs woman

Jan. 20, 2021 5:36 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of a head-on crash that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman on U.S. Highway 95-A in Silver Springs over the weekend. The victim, Jacqulyn Cook of Silver Springs, was driving southbound in a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup that crashed...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference at the Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. Sisolak laid out ambitious plans Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, to create programs to spur job growth and attract new industries to Nevada as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the state's tourism-driven economy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Sisolak calls to diversify Nevada's tourism-reliant economy

Jan. 19, 2021 11:05 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak outlined plans Tuesday to spur job growth and attract new industries to Nevada as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the state’s tourism-driven economy. In his prerecorded State of the State address, the first-term Democrat proposed...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, people try to protect their homes during the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev. Fire investigators say arcing power lines in gale force winds started a brush fire that destroyed five homes and damaged two dozen others in a south Reno neighborhood in the foothills along the Sierra in November. Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, they investigated but ruled out the possibility the Pinehaven Fire in Caughlin Ranch was caused by a campfire, target shooters or off-road enthusiasts on motorcycles or ATVs. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Fire official: Arcing power lines caused big Reno brush fire

Jan. 19, 2021 10:16 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Satellite imagery and surveillance video from a casino roof 5 miles (8 kilometers) away helped pinpoint arcing power lines in gale force winds as the cause of a November brush fire that destroyed five Reno homes and damaged two dozen others, investigators said Tuesday. Officials for the...

Sparks City Hall closed Wednesday as safety precaution

Jan. 19, 2021 4:20 PM EST

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks officials have decided to close city hall on Wednesday as a precautionary safety measure tied to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The city said in statement Tuesday that “no direct threats have been received.” It said the “precautionary...

FILE - In this July 10, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers test patients in their cars at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine and the Nevada National Guard in Las Vegas. Schoolteachers, college professors and child care workers have been added to the eligibility list for COVID-19 vaccinations in the Las Vegas area. The Southern Nevada Health District on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, added

Vegas-area teachers, child care workers make vaccine list

Jan. 19, 2021 3:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — School teachers, college professors and child care workers have been added to the sign-up list for COVID-19 vaccinations in the Las Vegas area, officials said. The Southern Nevada Health District on Monday added “frontline community support” workers for eligibility, including...

High winds cause Tahoe power outages, close 2 ski resorts

Jan. 19, 2021 2:05 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Strong winds in the Sierra have caused multiple power outages and shut down at least two Lake Tahoe ski resorts for the day. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning through 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Lake Tahoe area, where gusts in excess of 130 mph (209 kph) are possible...

Double-shooting suspect transported from Sparks to Elko

Jan. 19, 2021 1:41 PM EST

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Elko police say a 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man at an Elko trailer park previously had been involved in an altercation with the victim’s mother. Austin Himmelman was arrested last week in Sparks as a suspect in a double shooting on Jan. 7...