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Cops 'Laser-Focused' in Felon Manhunt in New Torture Case

Oregon cops are searching for Benjamin Obadiah Foster, suspected of holding woman captive

(Newser) - Police in southern Oregon were searching Thursday for a man accused of torturing a woman he held captive, less than two years after he was convicted in Nevada of keeping another woman in captivity for weeks before the victim managed to escape. Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman said in...

Florida Is Growing Faster Than Any State

Census Bureau puts Florida back on top in yearly population growth, pushing out Idaho

(Newser) - Florida has supplanted Idaho as the nation's fastest-growing state, after a 1.9% population increase in the past year. The Census Bureau report restores Florida to the top spot for the first time since 1957, after being blocked for decades mostly by Nevada, Politico reports. Florida's population now...

Ancient Marine Graveyard May Have Been Maternity Ward
Fossil Site May Be
'Ancient Maternity Ward'

Fossil Site May Be 'Ancient Maternity Ward'

Researchers describe how ancient ichthyosaurs traveled to Nevada site to give birth

(Newser) - Scientists have uncovered new clues about a curious fossil site in Nevada, a graveyard for dozens of giant marine reptiles. Instead of the site of a massive die-off as suspected, it might have been an ancient maternity ward where the creatures came to give birth, per the AP . The site...

Democrats Keep Control of Senate
Democrats Will Keep
Control of Senate
election 2022

Democrats Will Keep Control of Senate

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto wins in Nevada

(Newser) - Next month's Georgia Senate runoff won't decide who controls the chamber after all. Democrats clinched it Saturday night when Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won her close race over the GOP's Adam Laxalt. The AP called the race before 10pm Eastern, and various other outlets did as...

Ex-Model Takes Plea in Killing of Psychiatrist, 71

Prosecutors say victim Thomas Burchard cut off money he had been giving to Kelsey Turner

(Newser) - A former model has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal beating of a 71-year-old psychiatrist, reports USA Today . Kelsey Turner, 29, took what's known as an Alford plea in the 2019 slaying of Thomas Burchard, meaning she maintained her innocence while pleading guilty to the murder charge....

New Poll Assesses 4 Key Senate Races
New Poll
4 Key
Senate Races

New Poll Assesses 4 Key Senate Races

Democrats lead in 3, including Pennsylvania, and are deadlocked in Nevada, per 'NYT' data

(Newser) - The midterms are just eight days away, and new polls continue to roll out—including a major one from the New York Times and Siena College. It looks at four key Senate races and finds that Democrats hold slim leads in three, with the last one deadlocked.
  • Arizona: Democratic Sen.

At Lake Mead, an Explosive Find
At Lake Mead,
an Explosive Find

At Lake Mead, an Explosive Find

Signs of volcanic eruptions accompany 6th set of human remains discovered since May

(Newser) - America's largest reservoir has given up a sixth set of human remains . A diver and business owner at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area found a presumed human bone in the Callville Bay area on Oct. 17, prompting a park dive team to investigate the following day, when more...

Boy Who Visited Lake Mead Dies From Amoeba Infection

Nevada boy developed symptoms a week after exposure to brain-eating amoeba

(Newser) - The CDC has confirmed that an infection of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri killed a Nevada boy who may have been exposed at Lake Mead earlier this month, the Southern Nevada Health District says. The Clark County resident's name and age were not released but the Las Vegas Review-Journal...

Senate Candidate's Relatives Come Out Hard—for His Rival

14 family members of Nevada's Adam Laxalt, a Republican, want voters to cast ballot for Dem

(Newser) - The GOP has claimed the mantle of being the party of "traditional family values," but Republican Adam Laxalt can't even get a good chunk of his own family on board his campaign as he runs for a US Senate seat in Nevada, a key toss-up state in...

Negativity in Senate Races Is 'Overwhelming'

Nastiness on display in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin races

(Newser) - Senate candidates in battleground states are facing an onslaught of ads attacking everything from their character to their preferred sports teams, showing negative campaign tactics have risen "to a new level" this year, the Hill reports. "You turn on the TV, it's overwhelming with the negativity,"...

Casino Bomber Escapes Nevada Prison
He Bought Bus Ticket,
Then Was Recaptured

He Bought Bus Ticket, Then Was Recaptured

Police picked up Porfirio Duarte-Herrera days after he went missing from Nevada jail

(Newser) - Update: It was a quick flirtation with freedom for Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, but that liberation has now come to an end. After being discovered missing Tuesday from Nevada's Southern Desert Correctional Center, a manhunt was launched for the 42-year-old, who was serving a life sentence for a fatal 2007 bombing...

Cops: DNA Links State's Former Deputy AG to 1972 Murder

Police say Nevada resident Tudor Chirila Jr. stabbed Hawaii teen more than 60 times

(Newser) - A former deputy Nevada attorney general who ran for the state Supreme Court and was later affiliated with the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel has been arrested in Reno as a suspect in a 1972 homicide in Hawaii, per the AP . Tudor Chirila Jr., 77, is being held without bail on...

Gunman Kills 1, Injures 2 at Vegas' Mirage

Shooter remains at large

(Newser) - A man shot three people, killing one, inside the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip before escaping Thursday, accordion to police. Officers responded to a room on the 8th floor within a minute of receiving a 911 call around 8:30pm local time, CNN reports. A man was pronounced...

DNA Could Identify 3 Lake Mead Bodies

There's no sign of foul play in two of the deaths, investigators say

(Newser) - Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse has, unsurprisingly, ruled that the person whose body was found with a gunshot wound in a barrel at the bottom of Lake Mead was a homicide victim. The coroner says her office is trying to extract DNA from the remains, which will be sent to...

Cops: New DNA Testing Reveals a 'Complete Monster'

Robert John Lanoue accused of raping, killing 5-year-old Anne Pham in California in 1982

(Newser) - Anne Pham was just 5 years old when she convinced her mother to let her walk the few blocks to kindergarten alone. Anne, the youngest of 10 children, never made it. Her body, suffocated and sexually assaulted, was found on an Army base a mile from her California school within...

Nevada Republicans Nominate 2020 Election Skeptic to Oversee Elections

Jim Marchant wins GOP primary for secretary of state

(Newser) - Nevada Republicans have selected a former state lawmaker who has been repeating the false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen as their nominee to oversee future elections in the state, the AP reports. In November, Jim Marchant will face Cisco Aguilar, a lawyer and former chair of the...

Nevada Makes a Move Against Assault Weapons

State to divest from manufacturers; meanwhile, mass shootings claim 13 lives over weekend

(Newser) - The issue of gun safety remains in the headlines after at least nine mass shootings in the US over the weekend left 13 people dead and more than 50 injured. Axios rounds up details on seven shootings in Philadelphia ; Chattanooga , Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; Summerton, South Carolina; Phoenix; Macon, Georgia, and...

Kmart Clothes a Clue to Body Found in Barrel at Lake Mead

Police say victim was shot

(Newser) - Update: Police have shared details about the body found inside a barrel that was discovered on the newly exposed bottom of Nevada's Lake Mead, saying the remains belong to a person who'd been shot. Investigators are dating the crime to the late 1970s or early '80s, with...

Family Explains What Likely Killed Man Stranded With Wife

Ronnie Barker had part of his lung removed

(Newser) - An Indiana couple that had been missing for more than a week were at peace with the world as the husband died a day before rescuers reached the wife , their nephew said Thursday. Beverly Barker, 69, was released from a Reno, Nevada, hospital Wednesday, a day after rescuers found her...

The 'Help' Text Came Through, but It Was Too Late

Couple goes missing on cross-country trip, and only one makes it out of ordeal alive

(Newser) - A single, desperate cry for help went through to family members too late to save a woman’s husband after the Indiana couple had been lost in Nevada’s high-desert wilderness for more than a week. “37.757753, -117.809568. Help.” It was a delayed text with GPS...

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