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Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

US 395 reopens along Sierra, crews gain on Nevada wildfire

Jul. 8, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities lifted evacuation orders Wednesday and reopened a U.S. highway along the Sierra's eastern front as firefighters continued to slow the progress of a northern Nevada wildlfire that has burned through 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) near the California line. The fire that...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, the Eldorado Resort Casino stands in Reno, Nev. Reno-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. received the go-ahead from Nevada casino regulators to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a $17 billion deal creating a gambling giant with properties in 16 U.S. states and several other countries. The merger won unanimous endorsement Wednesday, July 8, 2020, after pointed questions from Nevada Gaming Control Board regulators and unanimous approval from the state Gaming Commission. Approval in coming days from regulators in Indiana and New Jersey would create the world's largest casino company under the Caesars Entertainment name. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Nevada regulators OK company buying Caesars Entertainment

Jul. 8, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reno-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. received the go-ahead Wednesday from Nevada casino regulators to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a $17.3 billion deal creating a gambling giant owning or operating 55 properties in 16 U.S. states and several other countries. “There’s only...

Study: COVID-19 test results undercount Nevada case numbers

Jul. 8, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first coronavirus antibody study conducted in Nevada suggests COVID-19 test results dramatically underestimate the number of people who actually have been infected by the disease, health officials said Wednesday. The joint study by the Washoe County Health District and researchers at...

Reno council ends live public comment at virtual meetings

Jul. 8, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno City Council will no longer allow live public comment during virtual city council meetings after five people used the forum to make vulgar or racist comments or bomb threats during a June meeting. City spokesman Jon Humbert told the Reno Gazette Journal that members of the public...

1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Lake Tahoe

Jul. 7, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A small plane crashed Tuesday near South Lake Tahoe, killing one person on board and leaving another with major injuries, authorities said. The single-engine Cessna crashed shortly before 3:30 p.m. in a wooded area in uninincorporated Meyers about two miles southwest of Lake...

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

Wildfire near border more than triples; homes threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada wildfire burning out of control near the California line more than tripled in size on Tuesday, closing a U.S. highway, forcing evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the flames from the air and on the ground. The fire that broke...

Nevada tribal emergency coordinator named amid pandemic

Jul. 4, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been named as the state’s new tribal emergency response coordinator, amid a report that coronavirus testing and assistance has been slow to reach Native American tribes. Cassandra Darrough, an elected tribal council member who traces her...

Unlike cities, rural Nevada schools plan classroom lessons

Jul. 2, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Goldfield, a historic small mining town between Las Vegas and Reno, students and teachers are relatively unfazed by the idea of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Surrounding Esmeralda County has reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and schools Superintendent M. Neil...

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, a woman prays while wearing a face mask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Nevada's lawyers say the 50-person cap the state has placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn't infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn't target anyone's ideology or opinion.

Nevada defends church attendance cap in US appeals court

Jul. 1, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the state of Nevada say the 50-person cap placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn’t infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn’t target anyone’s ideology or opinion. “The right to practice religion...