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FOIE GRAS PROTEST-RENO

Activists stage protest against foie gras in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 20 activists gathered outside a Reno museum to protest the serving of duck and goose liver pate in a public building.

Billy Howard of the group called Foie Gras Free Reno says activists were upset a local company rented the Wilbur D. May Museum and offered meals that included a foie gras (fwah-GRAH') creme brulee dessert.

He says the offering was unacceptable because the museum is operated by Washoe County at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Protesters passed out pamphlets to attendees on Saturday night and waved placards reading, "Tortured Ducks and Geese" and "There's Nothing Tasty about Animal Cruelty."

Howard says county officials told him the contract for renting public space doesn't allow them to intervene.

In 2004, California lawmakers gave chefs and the state's sole producer of the fatty duck liver seven years to comply with a law outlawing the sale and manufacturing of foie gras, arguing that the force-feeding required to produce the delicacy is inhumane.

Its sale and manufacture is legal in Nevada.

BELLAGIO ROBBERY-VEGAS

Man arrested in Las Vegas Strip casino robbery

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing the Bellagio hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Jesse Jones was booked Sunday morning into the Clark County jail after being arrested by police at a Las Vegas resort on Saturday night.

He's accused of robbing a teller at gunpoint Friday night and making off with tens of thousands of dollars.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the robbery was captured by security cameras.

In December 2010, a gunman left with more than $1.5 million in chips - many ranging in denominations from $10,000 to $25,000 each - from the Bellagio.

Anthony Michael Carleo, the son of a former Las Vegas judge, was later arrested and sentenced to three to 11 years in prison for the robbery.

CHARLES RUSSELL-AUCTION

Charles Russell art fetches millions at NV auction

RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 30 Charles Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million.

Other top prices at the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction on Saturday included $1.7 for a Frederic Remington painting featuring a group of Indians and $1.5 million for a Thomas Moran painting depicting an Arizona gulch.

Auction organizer Mike Overby says Russell artwork is highly sought after and commanded from $25,000 for small sketches to the $1.9 million for his 1924 water color "Trail of the Iron Horse."

The painting shows a group of Indians on horseback looking down at railroad tracks with the sun setting on the plains in the background.

DROUGHT-LAKE TAHOE RECREATION

Drought takes toll on boating at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The drought is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

Larry Boerner says his paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal can offer sightseeing cruises when the lake is a foot below its natural rim, but operations would prove difficult if water levels fall beyond that.

Tahoe's water level stood at 6,223.98 feet above sea level as of Tuesday, just above its natural rim of 6,223 feet.

Owners of the Truckee River Rafting Co. and IRIE Rafting Co. tell the Tahoe Daily Tribune that low Truckee flows won't allow rafting in August, one of their most profitable months.

Starting Monday, the Sand Harbor boat ramp on Tahoe's northeast shore also will be closed for the rest of the season because of low water levels. The ramp usually stays open year-round.

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