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Man dies week after car, motorcycle crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say a 58-year-old motorcyclist died of injuries received in a crash with a car on a busy Las Vegas thoroughfare a week earlier.

The Clark County coroner reported Tuesday that a cause of death hasn't been determined for Alvin Willingham of Las Vegas.

Police say Willingham died Monday at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

He had been critically hurt about 1:15 p.m. Jan. 19, when the 1980 Yamaha motorcycle he was riding crashed into the back of an Oldsmobile sedan turning into a shopping center on Flamingo Road east of Maryland Parkway.

Police say another motorcyclist slid his motorcycle on its side to stop to help Willingham. That motorcyclist wasn't involved in the crash.

Police say the Oldsmobile driver, 85-year-old Wilbur Ramberg of Las Vegas, received minor injuries.

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Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An Allegiant Air flight carrying 160 passengers has returned safely to Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded on the plane soon after takeoff.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says Allegiant Flight 536 departed around 8:30 a.m. Thursday for Great Falls, Montana, but turned around to make an emergency landing at the Las Vegas airport after the alarm went off.

Crews says fire and rescue crews were waiting for the plane when it landed safely around 8:50 a.m., and they found no smoke or any safety risks.

Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler says the plane's passengers will switch to a new aircraft and continue on their travels.

A maintenance crew will then inspect the original aircraft to determine why the alarm went off.

Man struck, killed by car near Nellis and Sun Valley ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man struck by a car and killed Saturday as 51-year-old William Neal Holyoke.

Metro Police investigated the 5:30 p.m. crash at S. Nellis Boulevard and E. Sun Valley Drive near Tropicana Avenue.

A 93-year-old Henderson man in a Chevy pickup was traveling south on Nellis Blvd. when he struck a man at the intersection of Sun Valley. The pedestrian was transported to Sunrise Hospital, but died shortly after his arrival. 

The pedestrian, a white male adult, did not have any identification on him and has been listed as a John Doe until he is identified.

The driver of the pickup remained at the scene and provided a statement to the police.

Person shot near Tropicana and Nellis in Southeast

LAS VEGAS -- A person was shot near E. Tropicana Avenue and S. Nellis Boulevard Thursday, police said.

Metro Police says they first received the call of the incident in the 5100 block of E. Tropicana Avenue around 8:32 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds near the Sonoma Hills apartment complex and the Tropical Gardens Shopping Center.

Detectives said the shooting appears to be gang related.

The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital.

This is a developing story.

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UNLV to offer master's degree in gambling law, regulation


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is preparing to welcome students to its first master's degree program in gambling law and regulation.

The university's law school is launching the program this fall. Full-time students can finish the course work in a year. Part-time students will need two years.

Officials say the university already offers more courses on the gambling industry than any other law school in the country.

Daniel Hamilton, dean of the Boyd School of Law, says the university is uniquely situated to do so.

The new program will introduce students to federal and American Indian gambling laws, and the principles of casino management.

Elective courses include casino resort, entertainment and cyber law.

Man charged after flight diverts to Las Vegas

 LAS VEGAS -- A man accused of threatening his wife and a flight attendant and causing a plane to divert to Las Vegas has been formally charged.

According to the criminal complaint, Derrick Woodfin interfered with the flight crew on Spirit Airlines flight 2213 on Dec. 23.

Witnesses say Woodfin was upset that he couldn't pay for alcohol with cash and became belligerent. Woodfin was removed from the plane when it landed in Las Vegas. The flight then continued to Dallas.

Nevada Guard to be at Las Vegas airport during holiday

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada National Guard says soldiers will be posted during the next two days at McCarran International Airport and other Las Vegas-area facilities as part of a New Year's Eve holiday contingency plan.

Public Affairs Sgt. Erick Studenicka said Tuesday that at least 65 guard members will take part through Thursday in what authorities are calling an annual exercise.

It includes military police and armored reconnaissance soldiers and helicopter crews.

Officials say the temporary stationing of soldiers and airmen isn't due to a specific threat, and is being conducted in conjunction with local police, sheriff and first response agencies.

Tourism officials expect up to 340,000 visitors for events including an outdoor holiday fireworks show on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Fremont Street Experience casino mall.