RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists say the Sierra's eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn't occurred in six decades. Nevada Seismological Laboratory Director Graham Kent said the region's earthquake "drought" is likely one of the reasons the public has a misconception there's a low risk a serious quake will strike.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court refused to resurrect a mother's wrongful death lawsuit against Las Vegas police in the shooting death of her knife-wielding son in July 2011. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Monday that no clearly established case law would have led officers to believe that using deadly force was excessive when Rafael Olivas threatened and approached them with a knife.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a Carson City man sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for striking and killing a teenager with a minivan. The three-justice panel determined Monday that Leonardo Cardoza should get a new trial because his trial judge failed to giver the proper jury instruction defining the elements of first-degree murder.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Boulder City's former police chief who declined to seek charges against an animal control supervisor after an investigation into the deaths of more than 90 shelter dogs has pleaded guilty to failure to perform a duty. Bill Conger entered the guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday and paid a $1,000 fine.