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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy defends race remarks

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada rancher at the center of a feud over cattle grazing on public land is defending himself from sharp criticism over comments he made about slavery.

Cliven Bundy had told reporters near his ranch 80 miles from Las Vegas that he wonders whether black people are better off now or when they were slaves in the South.

On Thursday, he insisted that he's not saying people should be slaves.

Politicians including Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller are condemning the remarks Bundy made last weekend. They were first published Wednesday by The New York Times.

Earlier, Heller called Bundy's defenders "patriots" for standing up against the government.

Bundy is a hero to some for resisting a Bureau of Land Management roundup of cattle that the federal agency says he lets trespass on public land.


Substance at Reno federal courthouse is sugar

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A white substance that spilled from an envelope caused some anxious moments at the Reno federal courthouse before hazardous materials experts determined it was sugar.

Reno Fire Division Chief Dana Tucker tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that two people came in contact with the substance when the envelope was opened Thursday. About 16 people on the third floor were isolated while the material was tested.

The rest of the courthouse remained open.

In January the Nevada Supreme Court in Carson City was evacuated after a white powder was sent in an envelope with a note saying it was anthrax.

It turned out to be talcum powder.


Reno man arrested for firing gun from vehicle

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man is behind bars after officers with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation reported seeing him firing a gun from a car on the I-580 freeway.

The incident began around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the officers witnessed four gunshots fired from the driver's side of a four-door sedan.

They notified Department of Safety dispatchers, who contacted the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Parole and probation officers followed the vehicle to a convenience store at Kietzke Lane and Prosperity Street, where they were joined by NHP troopers and Reno police.

Authorities say the driver, Winston Nathaniel Sam, called 911 and told dispatchers he was armed. He was taken into custody without incident a few minutes later.

Sam was booked on a felony charge of discharging a weapon from a vehicle.


2 Nevada women concede tampering with bear trap

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A mother and daughter concede they tampered with a bear trap set up by Nevada Department of Wildlife officials last fall but claim they did so because they believed it was set illegally.

Cheryl Ann Morrison and her daughter, Season Morrison, are charged with deliberating tripping a trap set up to catch a nuisance black bear on Oct. 9 near Lake Tahoe. They are the first to be prosecuting under a Nevada law for tampering with a government bear trap

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Justice of the Peace E. Alan Tiras delayed a ruling following a daylong hearing Wednesday in Incline Justice Court.

The women could face fines up to $1,500 if convicted of the misdemeanor offenses.


2nd person involved in Dayton accident dies

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol says both the passenger and driver of a car involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Dayton have died.

Troopers say 18-year-old Ana Laura Munoz of Carson City died Wednesday from injuries suffered in the Tuesday crash that also killed 18-year-old David Arroyo Lamas of Dayton.

Troopers say a preliminary investigation indicates Munoz was making a left turn from Ambrose Lane onto U.S. 50 and failed to yield at a stop sign just before noon Tuesday.

The car pulled in front of a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer rig driven by 61-year-old Gary Alan Williams of St. George, Utah.

Williams was treated at a hospital and released.


Van owned by Nevada slaying victim found in Utah

JACKPOT, Nev. (AP) - Investigators are testing blood evidence found in a van that belonged to a 26-year-old Mexican man whose body was found in February off a dirt road near the Nevada-Idaho border town of Jackpot.

Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris tells the Elko Daily Free Press the 1996 Ford Windstar with Idaho plates belonged to Leopoldo Filverio-Martinez.

It was found in Ogden, Utah, and was taken Wednesday to a crime lab in Reno.

Detectives have said they think Filverio-Martinez may have been killed by an unknown assailant in a dispute about a woman.

Filverio-Martinez was from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and worked at a dairy farm in Gooding, Idaho.

His body was found Feb. 3 along a dirt road off U.S. Highway 93 with four gunshot wounds to the chest.


Bogus Palin posters at UNR have sex line number

RENO, Nev. (AP) - University of Nevada, Reno officials want to know who is behind phony fliers advertising an appearance by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Calling the number listed for ticket information connects to a telephone sex line.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports UNR officials issued an apology Wednesday, calling the obvious prank distasteful.

The flier falsely claims that Palin is coming to the campus May 25 to speak in the Joe Crowley Student Union's Grand Ballroom on "the role of feminism in modern politics."

It bears UNR's logo at the top and says the talk would be presented by the UNR and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada.


Sands 1Q profit beats predictions thanks to Macau

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. says its first-quarter net income rose 36 percent due to a strong performance in Macau.

Billionaire CEO Sheldon Adelson says the company delivered growth in every sector of business in Macau, the only place in China where gambling is legal. Sands derives a majority of its revenue from the enclave but also owns properties on the Las Vegas Strip and elsewhere.

Sands reported Thursday that it earned $776.2 million, or 95 cents per share, in the January-March quarter. That's up from $572 million, or 69 cents per share, the year before.

Excluding one-time items, profit came to 97 cents per share.

Revenue rose 21 percent to $4 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted profit of 92 cents per share on revenue of $3.9 billion.


Criminal probe into NYC heiress' life is over

NEW YORK (AP) - During a years-long court fight over an idiosyncratic copper heiress' $300 million estate, a New York criminal investigation quietly examined how she and her finances were being looked after, though no one was ever charged.

The Manhattan district attorney's confirmed Thursday that it has ended its investigation into Huguette (OO'-gheht) Clark's circumstances. It's not immediately clear when.

Spokeswoman Erin Duggan says "the case is closed, barring any new information." first reported the development.

Clark died at 104 in 2011. Her father was Montana copper baron and U.S. Sen. William A. Clark, who founded Las Vegas.

She elected to spend her last 20 years in a hospital, despite mostly being well enough to live in her Fifth Avenue apartment or mansions in Santa Barbara, Calif., and New Canaan, Conn.


22 upstate casino proposals submitted in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Contenders hoping to win the right to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods.

A state gambling panel on Thursday released the names of organizations pitching 22 different casino proposals. Wednesday was the deadline for interested parties to pay a $1 million application fee.

Four casinos are authorized in three regions: the Albany-Saratoga region, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.

The Catskills attracted the most bidders, with several competing proposals for Orange County, fifty miles north of New York City.

Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment that authorizes the casinos, which are intended to spur upstate tourism.

Complete applications are due June 30. A state panel will recommend its choices to the Gaming Commission.

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