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EDC Las Vegas 2015 tickets go on sale at noon

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tickets for Las Vegas' massive, three-day Electric Daisy Carnival are going on sale six months ahead of the event.

Parent company Insomniac says attendees can buy three-day passes starting at noon Pacific time on Monday. Early bird tickets start at $329 plus service fees.

The 2015 electronic dance festival runs from June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's expected to include DJs, art installations, theatrical performances, carnival rides and other attractions.

About 134,000 people attended the 2014 event each of the three days.

A study commissioned by organizers found that the festival generated nearly $338 million in economic impact for Clark County this year.

1 person killed in crash on Gowan

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police investigated a deadly crash involving a 23-year-old man Saturday night.

Officers said the collision at Gowan Road and New Horizon Avenue happened around 10:29 p.m. when the driver, 23-year old Jaime Lopez, was traveling eastbound on Gowan Road.

Lopez, who was driving a 1992 Honda Civic, failed to stay in his own lane and ran off the road onto the shoulder, according to police.

Officers said Lopez then re-entered the roadway, crossed the westbound lane of Gowan and ran off the road again, but this time over a curb. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a fixed, wooden power post causing life threatening injuries to the front passenger, 20-year-old Marcos Luna.

Luna was taken to University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Lopez, was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

There was a passenger in the back seat, but police said he refused to get medical attention.

President Obama leaves Las Vegas

 LAS VEGAS -- After spending the weekend in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama left Nevada Sunday to return to Washington D.C.

Air Force One departed from McCarran International Airport around 10:45 a.m. Over the weekend, Obama stayed in Henderson and spent some time golfing at Reflection Bay Golf Club.

The president arrived in Las Vegas on Friday for and visited a Las Vegas High School to sign an executive order on immigration.

With him aboard Air Force One was a delegation of congressional Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford.

The president says his executive order will protect as many as 5 million immigrants who are illegally in the United States from deportation.









Veterans can't access medical marijuana through VA

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana dispensaries may become a legal reality within the valley soon; however, one group in southern Nevada won't get any help obtaining medical cannabis.

All of the doctors within the Veteran Affairs system said they will not supply or prescribe marijuana because federal laws still classify it as an illegal substance. Over a year ago Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder became a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Nevada, but combat veterans who qualify can't go through their normal healthcare providers to get it.

“I feel very on edge, always very tense, I can't seem to take anything easily,” Marvin Carter, veteran of Marine Corps said.

Carter said he's felt this way ever since his plane crashed in North Africa. He was headed to the continent to conduct a covert mission.

Carter said his condition has even affected the way he eats at restaurants.

Freeze warning issued for central, northeast Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a freeze warning for central and northeast Clark County. The watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and these conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Here are some safety tips for dealing with freezing weather from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Keep anything that can burn, such as clothing, furniture, mattresses and paper products at least three feet away from any heat sources such as furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves and water heaters.

Electric Daisy Carnival makes millions for valley economy

Electric Daisy Carnival makes millions for valley economy

The three-day music and arts festival known as Electric Daisy Carnival says it generated more than $337 million dollars for the Clark County economy.

The organizers of the event say the numbers were provided to them by Beacon Economics. The company also says the festival has pumped almost $1 billion into the local economy since it started in 2011.

According to organizers, the festival generated an estimated $19.9 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. Festival goers spent $54 million on food and beverage, $30 million on accommodations and $23 million on gaming.

The festival was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June. It brings in people from around the world for three days of all night parties. Besides the actual festival, there are also industry parties and gatherings in the week leading up to the event.

 

Hagel sees progress, setbacks against militants

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. and coalition forces are making progress against Islamic State militants. But he says the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle.

Hagel is testifying Thursday before a House panel. He cautions there will be setbacks in the fight in Iraq and Syria. He said that since September, 16 nations have joined the military campaign and carried out more than 130 air strikes.

Hagel's testimony comes days after President Barack Obama asked Congress for more than $5 billion to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq. The president also is dispatching up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation, potentially boosting the total number to 3,100.

Congress also must decide whether to reauthorize training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels.