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US unemployment claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens

(AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.

The Labor Department's report Wednesday said that jobless claims climbed from 748,000 the week before. Before the virus struck hard in mid-March, weekly claims typically amounted to only about 225,000. They shot up to 6.9 million during March before dropping, yet they remain historically high more than eight months later, with many businesses unable to fully reopen.

The spike in virus cases is intensifying pressure on companies and individuals, with fear growing that the economy could suffer a “double-dip” recession as states and cities reimpose restrictions on businesses... Read More

Restaurants adjust to accommodate fewer in-dining customers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The tougher restrictions imposed for the next three weeks is resulting in restaurants adjusting to accommodate fewer in-person dining guests and requiring reservations.

At Parkway Tavern, the owner said they're telling walk-in customers to go back to their car and make a reservation online.

Restaurants and bars are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity, or 50 people, which ever is less. That applies to indoor and outdoor seating.

Private gatherings can only have as many as 10 people from no more than 2 households. Also, masks are required indoors and outdoors.

Tavern owner Jonathan Fine said he does not expect to layoff employees, despite the potential loss in business... Read More

What's Driving You Crazy? - A lane squeeze coming to Eastern at Washington

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - A daytime squeeze play at a busy eastside Las Vegas intersection.

Starting Monday, the Nevada Dept of Transportation is taking Eastern down to one lane in each direction at Washington from 5 each weekday morning until 3 each weekday afternoon.

NDOT's Tony Illia says the lane restrictions are needed as crews start electrical conduit trenching as part of a nearly $1.5 million safety upgrade that will include reconfiguring all four corners, widening sidewalks and putting in new overhead traffic poles.

If you'd like to skip Eastern during the work, there's Bruce to the west and Mojave to the east.

The lane squeeze will last until December 11 with the overall project scheduled for completion next March.

Buckle up, drive carefully and - please - PUT DOWN THAT PHONE!... Read More

Americans taking to skies, roads for Thanksgiving travel, McCarran taking safety steps

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Despite warnings from the CDC to avoid travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, Americans are taking to the roads and skies.

McCarran International Airport is taking additional steps to keep staff and passengers safe. The number of people being allowed inside the airport is being limited and people who are not ticketed are being asked to refrain from entering the building. Safety protocols may increase wait times, so it's suggested passengers arrive early.

Nationwide, the TSA screened more than 3 million people over the weekend. Sunday was the busiest day at airport checkpoints since early March.

AAA Nevada anticipates a 10% drop in travel nationwide. A stream of motorists were already on I-15 heading into Las Vegas early Wednesday morning. This is expected to be one of the busiest travel days on roadways... Read More

Sunbeam recalls 940,000 crock-pots ahead of Thanksgiving due to burn risk

BOCA RATON, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Home appliance maker Sunbeam has recalled more than 940,000 of their 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers due to a burn hazard, according to the manufacturer.

The products were sold in the U.S. and Canada at Walmart, Target, and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon and other online retailers from July 2017 through November 2020 for between $70 to $100.

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The recalled crock-pot can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked and may cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product... Read More

Medical experts break down possible side effects of coronavirus vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A coronavirus vaccine could be available as early as next month, as pharmaceutical companies continue making massive progress.

Operation Warp Speed has been an unprecedented success, with three companies producing a COVID-19 vaccine -- all of which have been testing at over 90% efficacy. But some are concerned by the potential side effects.

While experts say the possible side effects are relatively mild and they are encouraging everyone to take the vaccine when it becomes available, some people are not entirely convinced.

"These vaccines are safe, they're effective, and they prevent very serious disease," said Dr. Marc Kahn, Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine... Read More

K9 handlers sue LVMPD, asking for unpaid overtime, pension contributions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A group of current and former Metro K9 handlers are suing the department for unpaid overtime and contributions to their pension.

Jeff Corbett is one of four handlers named in the lawsuit. The others are John Jenkins, Scott Murray and David Newton.

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According to the lawsuit, each handler is asking for more than $15,000 in pension benefits due to the long hours required of K9 officers. They also argue they are due thousands in unpaid overtime because of the time spent caring for their dogs off the clock.

Metro says they do not comment on lawsuits. ... Read More