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LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a Christmas tree seller dropped off piles of unsold stock at a tree-recycling drop-off in the Las Vegas area, Clark County officials say the trees would be free to anyone wanting one on the holiday's eve. Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said today he didn't know who dropped off the hundreds of trees, many still wrapped in twine. Pappa says the trees were dropped off at Sunset Park near McCarran International Airport and people interested in claiming one should enter off Eastern Avenue at entrance F to reach the lot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men who posed as religious missionaries to storm into a Las Vegas house have been sentenced to seven years to life in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges. Abraham Austin Jr. and Robert Estall II were sentenced yesterday, after a jury convicted them in September of charges also including conspiracy, armed burglary and battery. The 29-year-old Austin and 26-year-old Estall used to serve in the Air Force together.

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Police are calling the death of a man found unconscious in a burning home in Henderson a homicide. Henderson police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said Wednesday the man had injuries that suggested foul play when firefighters responding to a 911 call found him late yesterday the house in a neighborhood near Anthem Parkway and Hampton Road. The man was pronounced dead at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus of unspecified injuries that Richards says were unrelated to the fire.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police say they have located the driver of a second car involved in an accident that killed a pedestrian this week, and he's cooperating with investigators. Officer Tim Broadway said today the man told detectives he thought he struck a large animal on North Virginia Street about 4:30 a.m. Monday. The victim, 54-year-old Vincent Yowell of Reno, was killed when he was hit by two vehicles while walking in a crosswalk in front of the Bonanza Casino.

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