A subdued start for GOP convention as Isaac surges
TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans staged a remarkably subdued opening to Mitt Romney’s national convention Monday in the midst of a turbulent election year, mindful about uncorking a glittery political celebration as Tropical Storm Isaac surged menacingly toward New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast. “Our thoughts are with the people that are in the storm’s path and hope that they’re spared any major destruction,” said Romney, the man seeking to def...
Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ
NEW YORK — Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18. Although experts said the new findings are not definitive, they do fit in with earlier signs that the drug is especially harmful to the developing brain. “Parents should understand that their adolescents are particularly vulnerable,’” said lead ...
Mountain lion in a casino? Don’t roulette out
RENO — An underage mountain lion was caught Friday after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat’s behavior was “almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager.” Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn’t after being chased out of a territory by adults. “It fits the classic definition of a dispersal-age male ...
Grand Canyon Skywalk developer wins $28 million judgment
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An arbitrator has awarded a Las Vegas developer about $28 million in a contract dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk, but the tribe that owns the popular tourist attraction in western Arizona contends that the judgment isn’t enforceable. David Jin invested $30 million to build the glass bridge on the Hualapai reservation that gives visitors a view of the Colorado River below. He and the Hualapai Tribe have been locked in a ...
Teen gets life in prison in classmate’s killing
ELKO — A teen who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2011 killing of a West Wendover High School classmate — a girl his mother described as his best friend — has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Dan Papez handed down the sentence for Kody Cree Patten during an emotional hearing Friday in Elko. The Elko Daily Free Press reports the judge added an additional 20 years to the sentence for use ...
Panel OKs foreclosure settlement assistance funds
CARSON CITY — A state legislative panel has approved using $11.7 million to set up a resource network for Nevadans trying to access $25 billion available nationwide for mortgage assistance. Funding will be used for public outreach and to provide struggling homeowners with access to counselors and legal aide support, state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto told the Interim Finance Committee on Thursday. Money for the program comes from $5...
Report says how to avoid sage grouse protections
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Conservation groups are welcoming a federal report spelling out how sage grouse should be managed in 11 Western states to avoid new federal protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft report issued Thursday advises states and federal land management agencies to act immediately to “stop the bleeding of continuing habitat and population losses.” The report is certain to command attention in Western states where listi...
2 killed, 9 wounded outside Empire State Building
NEW YORK — A laid-off worker fatally shot an executive at his former company outside the Empire State Building on Friday, setting off a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world’s best-known landmarks. Officers killed the gunman and at least nine others were wounded, some by stray police gunfire, authorities said. The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the building at around 9 a.m., when pedestrians on their way to w...
Applications for US unemployment aid up slightly
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose a slight 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, evidence that the job market’s recovery remains modest and uneven. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,750 to 368,000. Applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. When they fall consistently below 375,000, it generally suggests hiri...
Tribune photo/Garrett Valenzuela Students and parents carry their loads of clothes, appliances and supplies into the residence halls at the University of Nevada, Reno on Thursday during Dorm Storm 2012. The annual event sees thousands of students check into their dorm rooms on the eve of Welcome Week, a weeklong schedule of events for students and faculty, which begins Saturday.
Tax petition backers dismiss new legal challenge
CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Education Association says the latest legal challenge to its proposed business tax initiative is without merit and signature gathering will continue. NSEA Executive Director Gary Peck says the teachers union is confident the reworded petition will meet legal muster. The pro-business group Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs filed a new lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the latest language is still misleading because the m...
Obama stumps in Reno
RENO — President Barack Obama accused rival Mitt Romney of being oblivious to the burdens of paying for college on Tuesday, telling young voters that his opponent’s education policies amount to nothing more than encouraging them to tap their parents for money or “shop around” for the best deal.