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International travelers flock to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As many families were winding down from Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, thousands of international travelers flocked to the Las Vegas strip for a weekend of fun. 

"We actually plan on coming here each Thanksgiving," Hamdija, who was visiting from Tunisia, said. 

The strip was packed Thursday, as people from all over the world wanted to soak in the sights, marking the first major holiday since the lifting of a nearly two-year federal ban on foreign flights due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

"Been here 6 nights, going home tomorrow," Alan Greene, who was visiting from Ireland, said Thursday. "It's gotten the better of us."

"We're pretty excited," Narendra, who traveled to Las Vegas from India added. "We got a limo over there."

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also celebrated the return of their non-stop flights from London to Las Vegas in November. ... Read More

Holiday scams increase as crooks take advantage of supply-chain issues

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As the holiday season nears so do holiday scams.

Cyber security experts say they have seen a 2,000% increase in fake websites over the past three months.

Criminals are using them to make it seem as they have must-have items in stock.

However, once the customer purchases the supposed item it is never delivered.

To avoid scams experts say it's important to look at the websites closely before attempting to order from them.

Another rule of thumb, look closely for misspellings on websites, including grammar mistakes and links that do not work. ... Read More

I-Team: UNLV student dies after fraternity boxing match, family seeks answers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The death of a UNLV student shortly after a fraternity boxing match last week has loved ones raising questions about the event.

Nathan Valencia's family told the I-Team that the UNLV junior and Bishop Gorman graduate was a healthy 20-year-old man who participated in the charity boxing event on Friday, Nov. 19.

He collapsed after the fight and was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

(Courtesy: Valencia family)

Now questions are being raised about whether precautions were taken to protect boxing match participants such as Valencia.

This Saturday would have been Valencia's 21st birthday. Instead, family and friends, like Joe Castro, are mourning his loss.

"Anyone that he's ever met, they will deeply miss him," Castro told 8 News Now.

Castro said that he was at the event to support Valencia who wasn't an experienced boxer. ... Read More

Las Vegas Raiders defeat Dallas Cowboys, 36-33 OT

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Raiders defeat Dallas Cowboys 36-33 in overtime.

Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Anthony Brown’s fourth pass-interference penalty kept the drive alive, and the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Brown was called for interference on Zay Jones on third-and-18.

All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on third-down incompletions.

The Raiders (6-5) ended a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving victory since 1968.  ... Read More

Governor Sisolak helps serve Thanksgiving meals to those in need

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The line in front of the dining hall at Catholic Charities seemed never-ending.
everyone waiting to get their hands on a hot Thanksgiving meal.

8 News Now spoke with Guy Ellington, who was homeless for a year, however, he is now in temporary housing with Catholic Charities.

On this Thanksgiving day, Ellington says he is thankful for the help he has received.

"I am grateful to be here and have this opportunity," he says. "There is help here if they want it, there is a lot of people that don't want it, a lot of people using drugs, homeless stopped me from using."

Governor Steve Sisolak wanted to help out during Thursday's big feast. He was in charge of dessert at the pie station.

"This is extremely important to me we have got a lot of people in desperate need living on the streets, a lot of people don't have food security," the governor said. ... Read More

SLIDESHOW: Newborn Las Vegas babies in turkey outfits are absolute cuteness

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- These newborn Las Vegas babies at Southern Hills Hospital will have a special photo to remember their first Thanksgiving.

"We decided to dress up some of our littlest patients in these adorable Turkey outfits fit with a brown hat and a tail full of feathers," said Cyndi Lundeberg with Southern Hills Hospital. "Some of these little ones are our NICU babies so they’ll be spending Turkey day with us so we wanted to bring Thanksgiving to them and help make today a little more special for the babies and their parents."... Read More

Thanksgiving food you should or shouldn't share with your pet

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- While the holiday is often a time for lots of good food, there's no doubt your furry family members are begging for a taste too.

But not everything on the Thanksgiving Day menu is good for a dog or cat to eat and some things could even be dangerous.

Sherry Swensk put together a list of the items you can share with your furry friends and the ones that are a definite no... Read More