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'We are shocked and heartbroken,' UNLV president addresses student's death following fraternity boxing event

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- UNLV’s school president is issuing his first comments regarding a UNLV student, Nathan Valencia, who died after fighting in a fraternity boxing match. 

The I-Team first reported on Valencia’s death Thursday.

On Friday afternoon, UNLV President Keith Whitfield shared the e-mail message below with the university community.

Dear Campus,

It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness I share that a member of the UNLV family is no longer with us. 

Nathan Tyler Valencia has passed away following a tragic incident a week ago. Nathan was a junior at UNLV and had participated in Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s “Fight Night,” an off-campus event intended to raise money.

Soon after his fight, Nathan collapsed and was taken to a hospital. We are shocked and heartbroken as we mourn the loss of one of our own. ... Read More

'New variant of concern,' CDC releases statement following WHO classification of Omicron

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The CDC released a statement after the classification of Omicron, as a 'new variant of concern' on Friday by the World Health Organization.

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and has named it Omicron. No cases of this variant have been identified in the U.S. to date. CDC is following the details of this new variant, first reported to the WHO by South Africa. We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this variant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC. We are working with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more about this variant, as we continue to monitor its path... Read More

Black Friday shopping crowds not the same as in past years

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Shoppers are still making their rounds as Black Friday wraps up.

This year looked very different from years past-- there weren't a lot of massive crowds rushing to get their hands on the best deals once doors opened.

Downtown Summerlin mall officially opened at 8 a.m. but several big-box stores let customers in earlier.

In previous years, Black Friday usually has massive crowds lined up wanting to be the first to pick and choose from the best deals.

"We usually go to big malls in southern California and parking is a big zoo. After a lot of folks chose online shopping last year because of the pandemic-- shoppers expected to be part of a huge back this year but that wasn't the case," said Karen Selke a shopper... Read More

Community holds vigil for Lee's Liquor CEO, Kenny Lee

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The community, family, and friends joined together to remember Kenny Lee the CEO of Lee's Discount Liquors early Friday morning, on November 26, outside the company's store on Tenaya near Centennial Parkway.

53-year-old Lee died on November 19, in a crash on U.S. Highway 93 in Northern Nevada.

500+ red balloons were released at 10:25 a.m. as part of a celebration of life, by those in attendance.

Many of those who knew Lee best came together to share their favorite stories and write a message on the balloons before releasing them into the sky.

"They were the most wonderful people you would ever meet. I'm heartbroken for the wife and kids. Like I said, anytime my little company needed anything, Mr. Lee and Kenny Lee were always there for me." said George Harris a small business owner. ... Read More

Shipping deadlines for the holiday packages

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you want packages and cards to make it to certain destinations by Christmas, you will have to follow some shipping deadlines.

Last year, amid the pandemic, the United States Postal Service experienced a 25% increase in holiday shipping and package volume. The USPS delivered about 1.1 billion packages... Read More

US to ban travel from South Africa, 7 other African nations due to COVID-19 variant

BRUSSELS (AP) — The White House said Friday the U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region beginning Monday due to a new COVID-19 variant.

A World Health Organization panel named the variant "omicron" and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant, the world's most prevalent. The panel said early evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection.

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In response, the United States joined the European Union and several other countries in instituting travel restrictions on visitors from southern Africa... Read More

New holiday attraction Enchant Christmas opens at Las Vegas Ballpark

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Ballpark has transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland for the holiday season. On Friday, Nov. 26, a new attraction will open. It's called Enchant Christmas... Read More