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Nevada: Images of the Silver State


While 3 million people live in the state of Nevada—the seventh-largest state by area—nearly 75 percent of that population is concentrated in just one county, Clark County, home to the city of Las Vegas. From the Jarbidge Wilderness Area, through the Great Basin, to Lake Tahoe, and down to the Hoover Dam, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Nevada, and some of the wildlife and people calling it home.

This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States.



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1 dead, 4 injured after ‘randomly shooting’ couple drives around Nevada city on Thanksgiving, police say


One person was shot dead and four others injured on Thanksgiving after police in Henderson, Nevada, say a man and woman fired at people while driving in the city.

“It is believed that the suspects were driving around the city randomly shooting at citizens with no apparent motive,” Henderson police said in a news release.

Henderson police officers responding to the Thursday shooting at the 800 block of East Lake Mead Parkway found a 22-year-old man, who had died from an apparent gunshot wound, and a 23-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man, a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, all suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to a news release.

The four injured victims were taken to a local hospital and are expected to survive. The identity of the deceased man will be released by the coroner’s office after notifying next of kin.

The suspects, a man believed to be in his 20s or 30s and a woman in her 20s, were later arrested and taken into custody after a trooper-involved shooting by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia also said that there was a third, unidentified suspect in the trooper shooting taken into custody.

The investigation, which is still active, marks the 13th homicide case for the city this year.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Thanksgiving shooting in Nevada: 1 dead, 4 injured in ‘random’ act





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Nevada facing double-bind of rising cases, limping economy


The pandemic has put officials in this tourism-dependent place in a double-bind: trying to protect the economy while keeping people safe.

With the state seeing a record number of new cases, Sisolak said he’s on the brink of imposing new restrictions, but he’s walking a tightrope.

“I don’t want to shut down the entire economy if I can at all avoid it,” Sisolak told reporters on a phone call Wednesday. “We can keep everybody safe and accomplish both ends.”

Nevada’s tourism and hospitality industry has an estimated $67.6 billion economic impact, employing more workers and bringing in more state tax revenue than any other sector. Right now, it’s hurting and Nevada is facing a nearly 13% unemployment rate — the second highest in the U.S. behind Hawaii.

While the governor has urged Nevadans to try to get their groceries delivered, forgo in-person dining and stay home, he’s said he welcomes out-of-state tourists to Nevada. And though he implored residents to consider curbside pick-up, he said tourists were welcome to patronize restaurants as long as they followed protocols, such as abiding by the statewide mask mandate.

But with cases surging, the current measures aren’t working, officials acknowledge.

On Thursday, Nevada reported 2,416 new confirmed COVID-19 cases — a record of daily new cases for the state.

The Nevada Hospital Association reports 80% of hospital beds in the state are occupied and said in a bulletin this week that “current strategies are not successfully minimizing the spread of serious disease.”

In Reno, where one hospital has begun moving some coronavirus patients into its parking garage, the county health officer recommended that the governor limit statewide gatherings to 10 people.

Meanwhile, the governor is facing political pushback against more restrictions, along with workers, businesses and industry groups who have taken a big financial hit and are pushing for stability and some way to hang on.

Sisolak, who is grappling with his own COVID-19 diagnosis, has not offered any details about what measures he’s planning to announce next week to curb the spread of the virus, which has so far infected more than 131,000 Nevadans and caused 2,011 deaths.

While he hasn’t ruled out temporary closures of casinos and restaurants, he has defended the current health and safety practices in place as extensive and said he’d be hard-pressed to make any decision that hurts the ability to welcome visitors.

But the governor and his staff have offered little indication as to what other mitigation options they might pursue.

“I don’t have a strong or definitive idea of what that looks like,” Nevada COVID-19 Director Caleb Cage said Friday.

“We’ve done a stay-at-home order before and we’ve seen the impact on the virus and we’ve seen the impact on the economy that comes from that. And we’ve tried to do a more targeted approach and seen the impacts on both through that as well,” he said.

Republicans in the state Legislature urged the governor this week not to impose blanket restrictions.

In a publicly released letter, members of the Assembly Republican Caucus this week told Sisolak that, while they “appreciate the severity of the situation” they warned that “stricter restrictions will once again lead to declining sales and revenue for local businesses and an increase in unemployment – our state simply cannot afford this.”

After Nevada’s casinos, restaurants and many other businesses were closed in mid-March, the state set a record unemployment rate in April at 30.1%, the highest of any U.S. state ever. Though most businesses have been allowed to reopen, albeit with restrictions, the state’s unemployment rate has for months been among the highest in the country.

The economic hit of an 11-week shutdown of the state’s casinos and tourism businesses this spring was compounded in the months that followed as the pandemic stunted demand.

Visitor numbers and room occupancy rates in Las Vegas in September were roughly half what they were the same month in 2019. At least five casino resorts have some weekday closures, announcing they would not take some mid-week reservations due to lack of demand.

Countless restaurants have closed. Entertainment acts haven’t been spared either. Several acrobatic spectaculars have been among the shuttered shows, including the Cirque du Soleil show “Zumanity” that ran for 17 years at the New York-New York Hotel.

Concert, convention and trade show venues have been capped at 250 socially distant people and were hoping they’d be able to expand and hold large events again. Sisolak in late October said he hoped large event venues would be able to begin filling their venues to 50% capacity in January, but it’s unclear if that target is still under consideration.

The Nevada Resort Association, which represents the gambling and hospitality industry, has been pressing for some kind of roadmap to once again holding large live events.

“The people who plan and book these events — both on our side and on the people who are bringing events here — they need some predictability,” Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said.

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Metz reported from Carson City, Nevada. He is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.



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Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Georgia, Pennsylvania; Nevada, North Carolina too close to call


Let’s take a look at the state of play in the three key states – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada – that will decide this race once and for all.

In Georgia, Joe Biden has extended his lead to more than 7000 votes. On Saturday AEDT, Biden said for the first time that he would win the deep south state that hasn’t been blue since Bill Clinton’s presidency.

This is significant because Biden’s margin had previously only been around 1500 votes. Election officials have said that the tight margin means that the result is going to a recount. Even so, Biden’s new buffer is a significant blow to Donald Trump’s hopes of regaining the state after a recount.

In Pennsylvania, Biden’s lead is even more comfortable – nearly 29,000 votes. Biden is also certain he will win this state.

In short, it will be game over for Trump if Biden wins Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes.

In Nevada, Biden is leading by nearly 23,000 votes, but there are still more than 124,000 ballots yet to be counted.

This all means that Biden leads in all the key seats and – despite Trump’s protestations, legal or otherwise – Biden is well and truly in the box seat to win this election.



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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris speak, Donald Trump behind in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina too close to call


A Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer, is also infected, according to two people familiar with the matter. He and campaign spokespeople declined to comment.

Meadows has remained involved in Trump’s post-election effort to challenge votes in several states where he trails former Vice President Joe Biden, according to one person familiar with the matter.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.Credit:AP

The people familiar with the matter asked not to be identified because the two cases had not been announced.

More than three dozen people associated with the President or the White House have been infected by the virus, including the President, his wife, Melania, and his youngest son, Barron.

Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and other aides tested positive for the virus late last month, shortly before the election.

Meadows was at Trump’s bedside when the president was hospitalised last month with COVID-19.
Trump’s handling of the pandemic has been rated poorly by most Americans in public opinion surveys, and is seen as a major reason he’s poised to lose re-election to Biden.

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US election live updates: Biden edges toward victory with leads over Trump in Nevada and Pennsylvania | US news


Speaking on his podcast, the War Room, which was distributed in video form on a number of social media outlets, the far-right provocateur appeared to endorse violence against Wray and the US’s most senior infectious diseases expert.

‘Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci … no I actually want to go a step farther but the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man,’ Bannon said.

‘I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put their heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats, you either get with the programme or you’re gone.’

Twitter banned Bannon’s War Room account permanently, saying it had suspended the podcast account for violating its policy on the glorification of violence.

The same video was on Facebook for about 10 hours before it was also removed.

Later on Friday, William Burck, an attorney for Bannon in a fraud case in New York City, told a federal judge he was withdrawing. Bannon is accused of misappropriating money from a group which raised $2m from thousands of donors to build a wall on the border with Mexico, and has pleaded not guilty. Burck did not give a reason for his withdrawal.



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Joe Biden edges ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, Georgia; Nevada and North Carolina too close to call


Twenty years ago, the presidential race came down to just one state and 537 votes. It was the closest margin between two candidates in US history, but the Supreme Court ruled against a recount in Florida, handing the White House to Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore.

Votes being counted in Allentown, Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

This time, just like in 2000, Americans woke the morning after the election not knowing who their next president would be. And in one state, the typically Republican stronghold of Georgia, the margin at one stage on Friday night shrunk down to a nail-biting 463 before Democrat challenger Joe Biden pulled ahead.

So what are the recount rules in the states still in play? And how are Trump’s lawsuits playing out?

Read Sherryn Groch’s explainer: What are the recount rules in the states still in play for the presidency?



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Debunked: Nevada did not stop counting ballots overnight | #TheCube


Election officials in Nevada have denied false rumours that polling stations stopped counting ballots overnight for the 2020 US presidential elections.

Nevada has not yet declared a result but Joe Biden was leading Donald Trump by just one percentage point on Friday morning.

The state’s six electoral college votes would be enough to send the Democrat candidate to the White House, according to projections by the Associated Press.

Nevada officials announced on Wednesday that they would not be providing election results updates until Thursday morning.

Ballots from those voting on the day in person, or by mail before November 2 had been counted.

But the announcement led to misleading claims on social media that the state had stopped counting votes on Tuesday and Wednesday evening after election day.

A post on Facebook by Trapt, a US band that has published pro-Trump content, falsely concluded that Nevada had stopped counting ballots as the tallies were even.

“Why are they not counting RIGHT NOW?!” said the post, linking to an article by the far-right Breitbart news.

While Trump has repeatedly claimed electoral fraud without evidence and called for an end to vote counting, his supporters in Nevada have demanded that polling stations count every vote.

The Trapt post was labelled as partly false information by Facebook and third-party fact-checkers PolitiFact.

The false claim was also published on Twitter by CNBC, receiving more than 1,000 likes and 900 retweets.

But in a statement, Nevada’s Secretary for State denied the suggestion, saying “we did not stop counting ballots”.

“The counting of ballots is ongoing and will continue until every cast ballot is counted.”

“Due to the fact that we wanted to provide an accurate update today, we didn’t want to disrupt the counting that has been taking place since election night,” a spokesperson added in a further statement to Euronews.

The Secretary of State also emphasised that the process of counting ballots is “labour intensive” and additional reporting requirements would reduce efficiency and accuracy.

The remaining ballots that have not been counted in Nevada include mail votes received on or after Election Day.

Under state law, mail ballots postmarked by Election day and received before 17:00 local time on 10 November will be counted in the final results.

“[The number of ] ballots outstanding is difficult to estimate in Nevada because every voter was sent a mail ballot,” the state elections office tweeted.

“Obviously, not all will vote.”





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Joe Biden leads Donald Trump as Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina too close to call


There’s no denying that Donald Trump has amassed a loyal army of supporters over the years – the broader questions are who are they and why does he appeal to them?

In 2016, about 63 million people voted for Trump and his conservative populist nationalism, drawn by his narrative as a political outsider promising to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

Trump supporters in Miami.Credit:AP

This year, with a record voter turnout and some ballots still being counted, he’s received about 68.6 million votes.

To that end, Trumpism is not an historical accident. If anything, Trump’s coalition appears to have broadened.

Read Farrah Tomazin’s full analysis: The loyal army of Trump fans has expanded



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