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Crews battle large brush fire near Sunset Park

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Fire Department, along with crews from Henderson Fire and BLM, now have the brush fire near Sunset Park under control. Officials say the fire was about 10 acres near Pecos & Warm Springs.

Officials say the brush fire burned salt cedar trees in addition to the brush. It was driven east due to strong, gusty winds.

Crews flanked both sides of the fire and were able to knock it down before it got near any homes in the area.

In total, 75 firefighters responded. Crews are still on scene cleaning hot spots in the bases of some trees in the area.

Officials say there have been no injuries reported.

Officials have no yet determined the cause of the fire... Read More

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UPDATE: Stephanie Street now open in both directions at US-95 following vehicle fire

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A semi truck fire caused some delays and closed down Stephanie Street in both directions at US 95 earlier Sunday afternoon. The street has since reopened.

The Henderson Fire Department has responded to the fire. HFD Representative Kathleen Richards says the driver of the semi was transported to the hospital.

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Stephanie is now Open in Both Directions at US-95

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Police: Homicide investigation underway after body found in drainage canal

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was found in a drainage tunnel in the central valley Saturday morning.

Officers received a report just before 9 a.m. of a male body found near the intersection of Industrial Road and Western Avenue.

When police arrived at the scene, they located an unresponsive man suffering from stab wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are currently investigating the death and do not know what led to the stabbing.

The identification of the victim as well as the cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555... Read More

11 sailors injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (FOX 5 SAN DIEGO) — Eleven sailors were hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday in a fire burning on the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept. said multiple agencies had responded to the fire. It was reported just before 9 a.m. at 3455 Senn St. Units arrived on the scene at approximately 10:10 a.m., the department said. Nearly 180 fire personnel were assigned to the scene.

WATCH LIVE: Crews battle fire on Navy ship in San Diego

No word yet on the cause of the fire. At least one of the injuries was from an explosion, per SDPD... Read More

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Mass celebrated after fire damages centuries-old church

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — Mass was celebrated Sunday on the grounds of a historic Catholic church in Southern California that had been heavily damaged by fire a day earlier.

The blaze early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of San Gabriel Mission, which was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez presided over Sunday’s service at a chapel near the burned sanctuary.

Liccia Beck said she was saddened by news of the fire at her home parish. She was among a crowd of worshipers which arrived early to pray the rosary before the Mass.

“I’m hoping that more people will show up throughout the day,” Beck said. “We need to pray for our churches and our people that they’re safe.”... Read More

New York Times: Trump considered selling Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, former acting Homeland Security chief says

(CNN NEWSOURCE) — President Trump considered the idea of selling Puerto Rico in 2017, according to the New York Times who recently spoke with Elaine Duke, the former acting Homeland Security Secretary.

Duke said Trump put the idea forward, after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

She told the paper that Trump approached the disaster as a “businessman” and asked if the U.S. could divest it.

Duke says the idea was never seriously considered or discussed.

Trump has previously taken aim at Puerto Rican officials for their management of the billions in relief funds his administration has appropriated for storm recovery.

The President has accused the island’s leaders of spending some of that money for reasons other than hurricane clean-up... Read More

As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation’s deadliest outbreak this spring — while also trying to prepare in case another surge comes.

New York’s early experience is a ready-made blueprint for states now finding themselves swamped by the disease. It could also come in handy at home, as the region readies for a potential second wave of infection that experts predict will likely come at some point.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered advice, ventilators, masks, gowns and medicine to states dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations and, in some places, rising deaths. Some health care workers are heading to other states to help fight the virus, reciprocating the influx that gave New York hospitals some much-needed relief just months ago... Read More