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Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt.

The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended delaying the lethal injection.

The parole board unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed. The board rejected Reed’s request to commute his sentence to life in prison... Read More

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Jury awards Planned Parenthood $1 million for secret videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury found Friday that an anti-abortion activist illegally secretly recorded workers at Planned Parenthood clinics and is liable for violating federal and state laws. The jury ordered him and others to pay nearly $1 million in damages.

After a six-week civil trial, the San Francisco jury found David Daleiden trespassed on private property and committed other crimes in recording the 2015 videos. He and the Center for Medical Progress claimed Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue, which the group says it does not do.

Daleiden and a co-defendant, Sandra Merritt, are set to go on trial starting Dec. 6 on 14 counts each of invasion of privacy. They have pleaded not guilty and argue they are undercover journalists shielded from prosecution.

Planned Parenthood sued the activists as part of what the group called “a multi-year illegal effort to manufacture a malicious campaign.”... Read More

AAA Travel: Warm weather beckons this Thanksgiving; Las Vegas jumps up one spot on popular destination list

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – More than 55 million people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA. As Americans plan their Thanksgiving holiday destination, stats show many are looking to soak up warmer weather. 

Las Vegas sits as the number four top destination spot for the Thanksgiving holiday. The area moved up one spot from last year.

Here’s the rest of the top 10 most popular destinations for Thanksgiving, based on advance AAA Travel bookings:

1. Orlando, Florida
2. Anaheim, California
3. New York, New York
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
5. Honolulu, Hawaii
6. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7. Tampa, Florida
8. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
9. Phoenix, Arizona
10. Miami, Florida... Read More

AAA Travel: More than 55 million people expected to travel this Thanksgiving

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – More than 55 million people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA Travel. Here’s a note for people making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more: This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.

Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9 percent increase. The vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal in major metros... Read More

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EXPLORING: Adorable red panda cubs make their debut

BROOKLYN (CBS) — Two curious male red panda cubs made their public debut at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday. The cubs were born this summer, but they are finally big enough to venture outside.

Their mother, Willow, has been caring for them. Now that they are 18-months-old, they are big enough to do some outdoor exploring in their habitat.

The pandas are part of a breeding program to keep the species around. They are native to the Himalayan range in China and northern Myanmar... Read More

LIVE: Boring company people mover tunnel construction underway today

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The $52 million tunnel project by Elon Musk’s Boring Company starts Friday. They will be drilling under the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The @boringcompany begins tunneling at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The innovative transportation system will transport convention attendees across the LVCC’s 200-acre campus in approx. one minute. @elonmusk @lvnewsbureau

— LVCVA (@LVCVA) November 15, 2019

This transportation project is planned to extend as far as McCarran International Airport, the Strip or to downtown Las Vegas. The three passenger station is slated to transport passengers from one side to the other in one minute... Read More

Victim of fatal car accident is identified, cause of death revealed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police released details of a fatal accident that occurred on in Sept. 4 on Pecos Rd. and Reno Avenue.

According to Metro the Clark County Coroner confirmed the death if Pedro Nasser, 85, was related to the accident in September.

Preliminary investigation by LVMPD Collision Unit stated that the accident involved a 1994 Toyota truck who was driving on southbound Pecos and tried to make a left turn on eastbound Reno Avenue and managed to turn on a yellow arrow, failed to yield the right way to a Ford F-350 truck.

The F-350 struck the passenger side of the Toyota and sent the Toyota in a northeast direction and crashed into a Dodge Van that was stopped at a red traffic signal on the west side of Reno Avenue. ... Read More