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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Congress has approved creation of the Tule (TOO'-lee) Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley. National monument designation had been sought by paleontologists, business groups, local governments and other organizations both for the site's historical significance and its potential as a tourist attraction.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's running for re-election in 2016 and plans to start interviewing candidates for his campaign staff in February. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he has lots of ideas for a potential campaign manager, but wouldn't name any names. Race observers are anxious to learn which Republican will challenge the five-term senator for his seat.

ELY, Nev. (AP) — A sheriff in rural eastern Nevada says a 63-year-old man who had been sought in the shooting death of his wife was found dead in a remote mountain pass. White Pine County Sheriff Dan Watts says Bruce Hendrix died of a self-inflicted gunshot. He had been sought after the body of his 57-year-old wife, Julia Hendrix, was found Monday in the couple's burned-out home.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County officials have received a dozen applications for a Las Vegas Assembly seat left open after a Republican lawmaker announced he'd take a job in the attorney general's office. A new legislator could be named at a Dec. 16 commission meeting to replace Republican Wesley Duncan.

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