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April 9 arguments set in Nevada gay marriage case

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments early next month on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said it will take up the case April 9 in San Francisco.

Eight gay couples are challenging a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2002 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. A federal judge in Reno upheld the law in 2012, prompting the appeal.

The Coalition for Protection of Marriage, a conservative group that pushed for the amendment, is the lone defendant in the case after Nevada's attorney general early this year said the law is indefensible in light of other federal court rulings.


Man dead in North Vegas officer-involved shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting overnight in a North Las Vegas neighborhood.

The incident happened about 1 a.m. Monday near Woodard Street and Tonopah Avenue.

Officer Chrissie Coon says dispatchers were told the officer planned to stop a pedestrian, and then were told a few minutes later that there was a shooting and medical help was needed.

Police say the 31-year-old officer parked his car along the sidewalk and tried to stop the man, but the man was uncooperative and headed toward the backyard of an abandoned home.

Police say the situation escalated, and the officer shot the man multiple times. Authorities say the man was armed with a knife, which was recovered.

The officer is a five-year veteran of the department and is on leave.


Victim identified in Carson City plane crash

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A pilot killed when his small plane crashed near Carson City has been identified as a 59-year-old Wellington man.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says crews recovered the body of Joseph James Miceli on Monday, a day after another pilot flying in the area spotted wreckage in the Pine Nut range southeast of Carson City.

Furlong says the 1946 fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna was one of several owned by Miceli.

Authorities say preliminary information suggests Miceli took off from Wellington Saturday afternoon. He was reported missing the next day around the same time the crash site was discovered.

Furlong says it's not immediately known if Miceli ever arrived at the Carson City airport or if the crash occurred while he was returning to Wellington.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Group launches ad campaign against Miller

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A conservative group is launching a television and web campaign against Ross Miller, Nevada's Democratic secretary of state who is running for state attorney general.

The commercial reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal portrays Miller as a politician enjoying the good life by accepting trips and freebies. It is sponsored by State Government Leadership Foundation, a conservative group aligned with Republican organizations.

Miller on Monday responded to the claims, saying all of his gifts were reported on financial disclosure statements for public inspection. Many involved fees paid to attend conferences and conventions.

He also called on the leadership foundation to reveal all of its donors.

Miller is the Democratic front runner for attorney general and will likely face Republican Adam Laxalt.


Senate Democrats plan all-night session on climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats plan to keep the Senate in session all night to talk about global warming.

At least 28 senators were expected to participate in the dusk-to-dawn talkathon, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. But several Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall will not be there, such as Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year. House Democrats pushed a similar bill through in 2009, then lost their majority the following election.

Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas used similar marathon speeches last year — Paul to criticize U.S. drone policy and Cruz to go after the new health care law.


Vegas mom: Voices said to drown 3-year-old son

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas woman accused of drowning her 3-year-old son in the bathtub reportedly told police it felt like a demon inside of her took over.

Thirty-year-old Christine Allen faces a murder charge in the death of her son, Noah Lane Allen.

Police say Allen called 911 Saturday evening to report her son had drowned, but refused a dispatcher's pleas to take him out of the tub and perform CPR. The boy was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Allen told police she suffers from depression, was divorced and was faced eviction. She says voices in her head told her to drown her son, so she invited him to go swimming and held his head underwater.

She told police the boy would be better off with God.


Mom accused of tying child to bed headed to prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A North Las Vegas woman accused of tying her 4-year-old daughter to a bedpost for up to 12 hours a day has been ordered to 13 years to life in prison.

Laketha Chris Moore was sentenced Monday, after pleading guilty to child abuse and kidnapping charges in November.

The 37-year-old single mother has been in jail since March, when apartment managers found the girl locked in a bedroom with only a plastic tote bin for a toilet.

Moore told investigators that she'd been leaving her daughter home alone for more than a month while she went to work on weekdays and to church on Sundays.


Women arrested trying to steal copper pipes

(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal,

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County deputies say two women have been arrested after they were caught trying to remove copper pipes from a vacant house in Sparks.

Deputies say 52-year-old Julia Ann Soukup and 46-year-old Melissa Kay Davis were arrested Thursday on burglary charges after a neighbor called to report suspicious activity.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a resident called the sheriff's office after seeing a strange vehicle in the driveway and noises coming from within the house on Shadow Lane.

Authorities caution that metal thieves commonly target vacant properties or homes when owners are away.


Kingman man recovering after cliff fall in Arizona

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A Kingman man is recovering in a Nevada hospital after falling about 50 feet while rappelling a cliff in northwestern Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Robert Rodriguez suffered several compound fractures to one of his legs and hips.

He told authorities that he was hiking with two friends and rappelling down to a stream Saturday afternoon when his rope snapped.

The accident occurred in the Black Mountains known as the Dripping Springs near the town of Golden Valley.

Rodriguez was airlifted out of the canyon an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter and transported to a Las Vegas hospital.

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