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Man charged with murder in strangulation death

LAS VEGAS -- A homeless man is facing murder charges after Metro Police say he strangled another homeless man for groping a woman.

Police arrested 46-year-old James Hahn on murder charges Tuesday in connection the incident that happened June 6.

According to the police report, the victim, identified by police as Paul Pillat, was taken to Sunrise Hospital June 8, complaining of neck and back pain. He died three days later. An autopsy determined he died from strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives talked to friends of the victim. They said the day before Pillat went to the hospital, they noticed his neck was swollen and his eyes were bloody and appeared to be “popping out of his head.”

Pillat told his friends that he was having trouble eating, drinking and breathing. They also said he was struggling to speak.

Las Vegas airport traffic up 0.3 percent in May

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has inched up compared with a year earlier.

Data released Thursday show nearly 3.8 million people arrived and departed from the Las Vegas airport in May. That's up 0.3 percent from May 2013.

The number of passengers flying domestically was up 2.1 percent, while international traffic was up 7.2 percent for the month. Domestic flights account for the vast majority of traffic.

Total airport traffic is up 2.4 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2013.

McCarran ranks as the ninth-busiest airport nationally. Southwest is by far its largest carrier, while United, Delta, American and Spirit round out the top five.

Hillary Clinton to address UNLV Foundation dinner

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to return to Las Vegas this fall as keynote speaker for a UNLV Foundation dinner at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Foundation official Tori Klein said Tuesday that organizers expect more than 1,000 guests at the minimum $200-per-plate private fundraiser at the Bellagio.

Clinton has been on tour promoting her book, "Hard Choices."

UNLV spokeswoman Afsha Bawany said Clinton's $225,000 speaking fee is being paid by private donors to her New York-based booking agent, the Harry Walker Agency.

An April 10 speech by Clinton to a Las Vegas convention was marked by the arrest of a Phoenix woman who threw an athletic shoe at the former first lady on stage at the Mandalay Bay resort.

BREAKING NEWS: County Fire Dept. at fire near Eastern and Harmon

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Fire Department is on the scene of a fire near Eastern and Harmon avenues.

According to the fire department, the fire was first reported in at around 3 p.m. Friday. A second alarm has been called.

CLEAR coming to McCarran later this summer

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LAS VEGAS -- CLEAR, a technology provider that uses biometric identity verification to help speed up airport security, announced Wednesday it would arrive at McCarran International Airport this summer.

Dedicated members-only security lanes and enrollment kiosks in three of McCarran’s checkpoints should be ready to go by mid-August, the company said.

Members use their biometrics, fingerprint and iris, to verify their identity, allowing passengers expedited security screening at major US airports across the country. The program closely works with TSA's Pre-Check, CLEAR said.

"We are thrilled to be bringing CLEAR to Las Vegas. McCarran is the tenth airport offering our services,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker.

Membership is $179 a year for unlimited use. Spouse or partners can be added for $50, while children 18 and under are free.

Man arrested after barricaded in home near Pecos and Tropicana

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested a man that barricaded himself inside a home near Pecos Road and Tropicana Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

According to police, officers were called to the scene at around 8 p.m. Tuesday, when neighbors reported hearing gunshots from inside the home. The man's parents were inside the home but were able to get out.

The suspect has a history of drug abuse, according to police. 

Four to five nearby houses were evacuated for safety reasons.

I-Team: Ex-UNLV workers busted in credit card scheme

LAS VEGAS -- More allegations of theft by public employees have surfaced, this time at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. It comes one day after an I-Team report about a Clark County clerk accused of stealing cash from the till.

The latest investigation involves an alleged theft ring that involved UNLV credit cards. The investigation began more than a year ago, but only recently have the suspected thieves been before a magistrate.

Two former UNLV employees are charged with misconduct by a public official and more than two dozen counts of theft.