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Defense in Javon Walker Robbery Case Plans Appeal

LAS VEGAS  -- Lawyers for a convicted felon found guilty of kidnapping, robbing and beating an NFL player in Las Vegas say his trial "was sort of a circus."

The defense is promising to seek a new trial after Deshawn Lamont Thomas was found guilty Friday. Betsy Allen blamed the judge for allowing the jury to see a photo showing her client punching his one-time co-defendant, Arfat Abdo Fadel.

Thomas faces life in prison when he's sentenced June 23 for the 2008 attack. Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker acknowledges he was falling-down drunk after a night partying when he willingly got into a Range Rover with Thomas and Fadel.

He says they stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and that he spent several days in a Las Vegas hospital after the attack.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Earth Day Events Around the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- There are a lot of free events being held around the Las Vegas Valley in honor of Earth Day. 

Living Green in Las Vegas Expo at the South Point Hotel and Casino Convention Center. There will be hundreds of vendors at the free event showing their ecologically friendly products. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday six local Wal-Marts will hold Earth Day fairs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. teaching people how to go green while shopping. The fairs will be held at the Wal-Mart's on 215 and Decatur, 6464 North Decatur, 215 and Rainbow, 7200 Arroyo Parkway, Decatur and Charleston and 4505 West Charleston.

Southwest Airlines Jet Makes Emergency Landing

LAS VEGAS -- Southwest Airlines flight 1320 returned to McCarran shortly after take off Thursday morning. The pilots reported a mechanical issue.

 According to Southwest Airlines, a light indicator for pressurization lit up and the pilots couldn't troubleshoot the problem so they opted to return to the airport. McCarran Airport officials say the plane landed safely and returned to the gate without any incident. The flight was heading to San Francisco.

Yard House at Red Rock to Hire 200

LAS VEGAS -- A new restaurant and bar opening at Red Rock Resort is planning to hire 200 workers. The process of hiring for the Yard House will begin Tuesday, April 20th from at 10:30 a.m. The hiring center will be open until May 15th to accept applications.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Applicants are asked to bring a valid form of identification for the first screening. The positions being hired for include front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions. Bartender applicants will be asked to test pour drinks and kitchen applicants will need to illustrate various cooking methods.

Restaurant experience is a plus but not required.

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Signs Go Up to Help Motorcyclists

LAS VEGAS -- The streets and highways of southern Nevada are going to be filled with motorcycles over the next few days. Tens of thousands of riders will be in town for the Laughlin River Run.

To try to keep those riders safe, new warning signs are up asking motorists to be alert and look for motorcycles.

The signs are at Koval and Tropicana and Washington and Rancho, considered the most dangerous for motorcycle riders. But riders say they doubt they will do much to change the way people drive.

"I don't believe that they are going to work. People do not pay enough attention to the signs that are there now, so it is just one more sign that they are going to pass on the roads," said Bernie Gennarino.

Las Vegas Airport Road Work to Detour Motorists

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport officials say road work is going to force a detour until this fall for motorists using the airport's busy connector tunnel.

Northbound traffic emerging from the tunnel will be diverted beginning early Thursday, while the roadway is shut down to let workers install a new bridge to McCarran's Terminal 3 expansion.

Non-airport northbound traffic bee diverted outside the construction area through the Flight Path Avenue exit. Southbound traffic is not expected to be affected. The $2.4 billion Terminal 3 project is due to open in 2012 with 14 new gates and support facilities.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Woman Drops Rape Lawsuit Against Copperfield

SEATTLE  -- A Washington woman who accused David Copperfield of luring her to his private island in the Bahamas and raping her -- and who was later charged with fabricating sexual assault claims against another man -- is dropping her federal lawsuit against the magician.

Attorneys for the woman announced her decision in a statement Tuesday. The woman claimed Copperfield pulled her out of the crowd during a performance in Kennewick, in southeastern Washington. She was later invited to visit his Bahamas island in July 2007.

Copperfield claimed all along that her allegations amounted to an extortion attempt, and his lawyers said that view was vindicated late last year when the woman was charged with making a false sexual assault claim against another man in Bellevue, Wash. 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)