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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."... Read More

Red Flag underway at Nellis AFB

The first Red Flag exercises of 2016 are underway at Nellis Air Force base.

Around 2,400 military personnel from three countries are coming together to perform realistic red on blue attacker-defender training.

It's exercises which military leaders say will prepare them for real world combat missions and is a program which has already proven a success.

"A few years ago when we had operations conducted in Libya, we had feedback from some of our Navy participants and they came back and told us that Libya was a piece of cake based of the experience that they had here at Red Flag," said Lt. Col. Kevin Gordon, 414th Combat Training Squadron.

While also creating camaraderie and communication among U.S. troops and its allies... Read More

Local beauty schools shut down, 350 students impacted

The Marinello Schools of Beauty announced the closure of its 56 campuses nationwide Thursday. There are three schools in Nevada, two of them in Las Vegas.

More than 350 Nevada cosmetology students are impacted by the closure.

The Department of Education is pulling the for-profit school's federal funding.

There are allegations of accounting irregularities at the school and students receiving federal aid based on invalid GED's.

All schools in Nevada must close by Feb. 16.

Reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan will have more details on this developing story at 4 p.m... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

Jobless rates inch down in Nevada's main metro areas

Unemployment rates are ticking down in Nevada's three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate inched down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in December. The rate dropped to 5.5 percent in the Reno area, down from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

It also ticked down to 6.7 percent in Carson City in December, a drop from 6.8 percent in November. Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy... Read More

Walmart closing 269 stores, 1 in Las Vegas

Walmart announced it will start closing 269 stores this month, most of them are in the United States. Another large group of stores will be closed in Brazil.

The Walmart store located at 4350 N. Nellis Boulevard is set to close on Sunday, Jan. 17. It is the only Nevada store on the list of closures.

The company has more than 11,000 stores worldwide.

Walmart CEO and President Doug McMillion said closing stores is never easy but necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future... Read More

One person stabbed near Nellis Blvd and Las Vegas Blvd.

One person was stabbed near the intersection of N. Nellis Boulevard and N. Las Vegas Boulevard, according to Metro Police.

One person was taken into custody. However, the details of what led up to the stabbing weren't released.

It happened around 2 p.m. in the 4300 block of N. Las Vegas Boulevard.

The victim was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other details were released. ... Read More