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firefighters battle blaze in las vegas park

las vegas (ap) — authorities say a brush fire in a las vegas park that produced large plumes of smoke is holding at 10 acres and isn’t threatening any buildings.the las vegas review journal reports that the fire broke out just after 5 p.m. the cause of the fire wasn’t immediately injuries have been reported.bureau of land management officials were called in to assist clark county firefighters.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!fire chief greg cassell says crews will remain at the scene into wednesday other information was immediately available.

mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

dallas (ap) — the dallas mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president terdema ussery in a sports illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. he spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company under armour in 2015. ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to si.the report said team website reporter earl sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.the team said sneed had been fired, and mavericks owner mark cuban told si that he fired human resources director buddy pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. pittman and sneed declined to comment to si.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!the nba said the mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving ussery and sneed.“this alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the nba and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees,” the league said. “such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.”si contacted six female former mavericks or american airlines center employees who clai...

man charged in the shooting deaths of 3 people, unborn child

corbin, ky. (ap) — a kentucky man is charged with four counts of murder for the shooting deaths of three people and an unborn outlets report 37-year-old paul brock was arrested sunday and arraigned tuesday in the deaths of 74-year-old mary jackson, her pregnant granddaughter, 33-year-old tiffany myers, and myers’ husband, 45-year-old aaron byers.corbin police found jackson and myers shot to death at a home saturday. lt. coy wilson says myers’ brother escaped the home and called police.wilson says police didn’t believe brock’s assertion that byers had shot the women.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!police found byers’ body in a shallow grave monday in a wooded area owned by brock. wilson says byers was likely shot saturday, but not at the possible motives have been released. brock was appointed a public defender.

man found dead on hawaii coffee farm after severe weather

kailua-kona, hawaii (ap) — authorities say a 74-year-old hawaii man has died after severe weather blew the structure he was in off its foundation.hawaii police maj. robert wagner says william ryder was found dead monday morning on a coffee farm in holualoa.wagner says the man who owns the farm discovered ryder, who had been a seasonal coffee farm worker at that property for more than 20 years.police say ryder was inside the wall-less shack when it was blown about 150 feet (46 meters) from its foundation, causing his death.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!there is no suspected foul play. an autopsy was conducted and final results are pending toxicology results.

police: alabama boy, 4, fatally shot self playing with gun

moulton, ala. (ap) — a 4-year-old alabama boy has died in what police believe was an accidental shooting.moulton police chief lyndon mcwhorter tells news outlets that the child’s parents had a gun stored in a high place in the house, and the boy likely climbed to get it on tuesday morning. mcwhorter says it looks as if the boy was playing with it when it discharged.he died at a hospital.mcwhorter says the state department of forensic sciences will conduct an autopsy, calling the death “a very tragic accident.”most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!no charges have been filed.

bill targeting false service animals introduced in hawaii

honolulu (ap) — hawaii lawmakers have introduced a law that would make it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal.the law introduced in january would make the act of falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail or up to $1,000 for the first state sen. russell ruderman of puna sponsored the bill. he says it’s intended to prevent people from abusing the system and bringing untrained pets into public places, which can lead to owners of legitimate service animals being treated with suspicion.some service animal supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who actually have disabilities, but critics say it would be too hard to enforce.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!

man pleads not guilty to officer-involved shooting charges

st. george, utah (ap) — a utah man involved in an officer-involved shooting on christmas eve has pleaded not guilty.the spectrum reports that 38-year-old benjamin dee wilcken’s attorney entered the plea on tuesday.wilcken is charged with second-degree assault against law enforcement, second-degree terroristic threats and third-degree possession of a firearm by a restricted person.police accuse him of threatening officers multiple times on dec. 24 after he locked himself in the garage of a cedar city residence. he was shot in the chest by an iron county sheriff’s deputy after he refused multiple orders to drop to the floor and release the knife he had been wielding.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!wilcken was wearing body armor when he was shot. he was not injured in the incident.wilcken remains jailed on $75,000 cash-only bail.___information from: the spectrum,

state increases speed limit on elko county section of i-80

elko, nev. (ap) — the nevada department of transportation has raised the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph on a section of interstate 80 in elko county.the elko daily free press reported monday that the department said the new speed limit signs went up this week between wendover and oasis, a distance of about 30 miles.the speed limit was increased to 80 mph in may 2017 between fernley and winnemucca, excluding a section of interstate through lovelock.the changes follow a revision to nevada law authorizing the department to raise the speed limit where it’s safe to do so. the department conducted studies before raising the limits.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!the department said the speed limit was raised in elko county because the road is relatively flat.___information from: elko daily free press,

gov. walker asks to use $10m on seismic surveying at refuge

juneau, alaska (ap) — gov. bill walker’s administration is asking the alaska legislature for permission to spend $10 million on seismic surveying in the coastal plain of the arctic national wildlife refuge.the juneau empire reported tuesday that the seismic survey funding was included last week in a supplemental spending request delivered by the state to the legislature.state officials said the money would be used to provide better information about the oil and gas below the surface of the little-surveyed coastal plain.estimates by the department of interior to congress indicate as much as $2.2 billion could be earned from the sales of oil and gas leases there.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!the request comes at a critical time for the refuge, the federal government and the state, which is grappling with a $2.5 billion annual deficit.___information from: juneau (alaska) empire,

elko county’s 1st medical pot dispensary could be on its way

elko, nev. (ap) — elko county might be landing its first medical marijuana dispensary in west wendover.the elko daily free press reported tuesday that deep roots medical llc is completing a revised application to present to the west wendover city manager chris melville says the city council will finish the work on its end and then send the application to the state department of taxation, which could issue a medical marijuana license.melville says that deep roots, which was granted a tentative medical dispensary certificate by the state, plans to build a dispensary with a warehouse to start.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!he says deep roots might later consider a cultivation and production facility, if the company receives separate state approval.west wendover will permit only one medical dispensary.___information from: elko daily free press,

lobbying group criticizes utah bill on drunken gun use

salt lake city (ap) — a proposal to allow utah residents who are legally intoxicated to use a weapon as self-defense while in their home is being called hypocritical by the american beverage institute.the national lobbying group has opposed a law approved last year that lowered the state’s blood alcohol content limit for drunken driving from 0.08 to 0.05.the group published a full-page advertisement — with the headline “too drunk to drive, but sober enough to carry a .45?” — in tuesday’s issue of the salt lake tribune.the group says people shouldn’t be able to carry a gun if they can’t legally drive.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!republican state rep. norm thurston of provo, the bill’s sponsor, says he started the legislation at the request of utah defense attorneys.thurston says the group is twisting the intent of his bill.

police open homicide investigation after beating victim dies

las vegas (ap) — las vegas detectives have opened an investigation into the death of a woman who was beaten more than a month ago.the las vegas review-journal reports that 59-year-old shelley toyama was hospitalized jan. 13 and died feb. 15 at the hospital.authorities say she was “beaten unconscious” and had severe head injuries.the clark county coroner has ruled her death a homicide.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!las vegas police spokesman larry hadfield said no arrests had been made as of tuesday night. no other details surrounding the incident were immediately available.toyama’s slaying marked the 36th homicide in clark county this year and the 30th investigated by las vegas police.___information from: las vegas review-journal,

california senate to weigh discipline for accused colleague

sacramento, calif. (ap) — the california senate is weighing whether to punish a colleague after an independent investigation confirmed he likely engaged in unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior with six women.senators will gather wednesday with outside lawyers to discuss the investigation into democratic sen. tony investigation released tuesday found mendoza “more likely than not” engaged in behavior such as offering alcohol to a 19-year-old intern in a hotel suite at a democratic party event, suggesting a young woman in a senate fellowship take a vacation with him and rent a room in his house, and asked several of the women invasive questions about their dating early as thursday, the chamber could vote to censure, expel, suspend or reinstate him.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!mendoza called the investigation “unfair and secret.”

alaska officials renew call for residents to report moose

anchorage, alaska (ap) — alaska officials say their best hope of accurately counting moose in anchorage comes from the help of residents.ktuu-tv reports that the state department of fish and game announced on tuesday that they would once again be asking for the public’s help in counting urban moose in the wake of last year’s successful pilot program.the urban counting method was adopted last year as officials determined traditional aerial moose counts within the anchorage bowl are “impractical due to flight restrictions imposed over the busy metropolitan area.”sean farley, a research biologist with the department, said the public outreach method provided a boon to the department’s overall count.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!sighting reports are required to have the number of moose, the time and location. the department will then search for the moose.___information from: ktuu-tv,

activist group to protest phoenix council for trump visit

phoenix (ap) — local activists say they will gather at phoenix city council chambers to protest how police handled protesters during last year’s visit by president donald trump and ask that taxpayer money not be used to host the leader in the future.the activist group puente says its protest of the visit six months ago will begin at 1:30 p.m. wednesday at council chambers in downtown phoenix.thousands of trump supporters thronged downtown on aug. 22, 2017, when the president visited the city.police at the time used tear gas and pepper spray to break up confrontations that erupted in the crowd.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!

roswell woman turns in $300 left at atm

roswell, n.m. (ap) — a new mexico man has been reunited with cash he left at an atm after a woman found it and turned it in to police.roswell police say the man called authorities monday to report he had left $300 on top of the machine. his call came in just as the woman had dropped by the station to turn in the money.she told officers there was no receipt or other information with the money to identify the owner but that she had noticed a man making a transaction while she waited her turn.she recognized the man and his vehicle when he arrived at the station.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!roswell police spokesman todd wildermuth says it was an example of the good deeds that are done daily by the city’s residents.

trump jr: ‘nonsense’ that family’s profiting from presidency

new delhi (ap) — donald trump jr. says any talk that his family is profiting from his father’s presidency is “nonsense” as he kicked off a highly publicized visit to india to promote real estate deals that bear his family’s name.the eldest son of president donald trump arrived in india on tuesday to meet the promoters and buyers of trump brand luxury homes in the country, raising concerns that using the name of the american president to promote business ventures internationally is tricky ethical territory.but trump jr. told an indian television channel that his family was actually missing out on business opportunities because his father had pledged to conduct no new foreign business while in office.the real estate ventures he is promoting were signed before his father took office.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!

hearing set for arizona man accused in 9 shooting deaths

phoenix (ap) — a court hearing is scheduled wednesday for an arizona man accused in nine shooting deaths in metro phoenix late last year.cleophus cooksey jr. has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of his mother and stepfather.authorities say cooksey fatally shot seven other people, though he hasn’t been charged in those deaths.the deaths occurred from late november until mid-december in phoenix, glendale and avondale.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!judge michael kemp hasn’t yet decided whether to grant a request from prosecutors to order cooksey jailed until trial.four months before the killings started, cooksey was released from prison on a manslaughter conviction for his participation in a 2001 robbery of a strip club where an accomplice was fatally shot.

border volunteer set for trial in immigrant harboring case

tucson, ariz. (ap) — a volunteer for an organization that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the arizona desert is scheduled for an april 10 trial on charges that he harbored people who were in the united states illegally.scott daniel warren, 35, was arrested in january after federal agents conducted surveillance on a building in ajo where two immigrants were given food, water, beds and clean clothes.he’s a volunteer with the group no more deaths.his arrest came several hours after the group gave news organizations videos of a border patrol agent kicking over water jugs meant for immigrants and of another agent pouring gallons of water on the ground.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!immigrants who sneak into the united states through the desert face many dangers, including walking for days in the scorching heat.

nyc craft brewers to converge in manhattan for beer festival

new york (ap) — new york city will bring together beer brewers from all five boroughs in lower manhattan’s battery park city for a winter beer competition and festival.starting thursday, the winter garden at brookfield place will be transformed into the “winter biergarten.” the new york times reports craft brewers from all five city boroughs will pour samples and full drinks on a rotating basis for four weeks.there will be a final competition on march 15, where both visitors and professional judges will determine the best beer. admission to the winter biergarten is free, and food will be sold.the price of beer is $8, and $12 for a flight of five beers from each borough.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!___information from: the new york times,