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Suspected Burglar Shot by Homeowner

Las Vegas police say a homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar after coming home and finding the person in his home.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts says the homeowner likely would not be charged for the Sunday incident west of Nellis Air Force Base, but said the investigation was still in its early stages.

Roberts says he does not know whether the burglary suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, was armed. Robert's says the homeowner's gun is registered.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

New Schools Added to Empowerment Program

Despite budget problems and deep cuts in education, the Clark County School District announced three more schools will join the empowerment program. They are Chaparral High School, Wendell Williams Elementary, and Ethel Staton Elementary.

Schools must apply to be accepted to the program. It means more money and responsibility on the community level.

Music helps empower students to learn, according to educators. Now Eduardo Rabelero's school will be empowered. Chaparral will join the empowerment school program in August. That means Principal Kevin McPartlin will have more control over how money is spent at his school and what is taught. He has a few changes he wants to make, "That is really our main focus -- get students involved and limit class sizes."

First McPartlin will expand the number of students in extra curricular activities like mariachi.

Happy Homecoming for 230 Soldiers Back from Iraq

Family and friends cheered to welcome home about 230 members of the Rolling Thunder which deployed to Iraq and Kuwait more than a year ago.

The Army Reservists arrived at Nellis Air Force Base Monday night. Many fought back tears when they finally saw their families. Children had grown and babies were born during their deployment. Most of all families were grateful for unit's safe return.

SLIDESHOW: Troops Return to Las Vegas

"It feels good that he is okay. He has all his fingers and toes and feels really good," said Patricia Juarez, whose brother was deployed.

Families say the time apart was hard on everyone especially the solider's.

"It was really lonely which is sad but you get used to it. I was always on a mission so it made the time go by fast," said Sgt.

Pilot in New York Crash Flew at Nellis

The US Airways pilot involved in a crash into the Hudson River in New York trained pilots at Nellis Air Force Base. According to his resume, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was a former Mission Commander in Red Flag Exercises at Nellis.

Sullenberger was an F-4 pilot back in the 70's and was a "Flight Leader and Training Officer with experience in Europe, Pacific and at Nellis AFB, serving as Blue Force Mission Commander in Red Flag Exercises."

The cool-headed pilot maneuvered his crippled jetliner over New York City and ditched it in the frigid Hudson River on Thursday, and all 155 on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank. It was, the governor said, "a miracle on the Hudson."

The US Airways Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., struck a flock of birds just after takeoff minutes earlier at LaGuardia Airport, apparently disabling the engines.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Nevada Army National Guard Sends Cavalry to Afghanistan

Over the weekend, hundreds of local soldiers geared up for an upcoming deployment. More than 600 will be heading to Afghanistan. The deployment is still a few months, but on Sunday, they were making sure everyone was ready.

The Nevada Army Guard's 1st squadron/221st Cavalry job will be two-fold. They will act as security forces for teams rebuilding the country and help keep civil order. It's a dangerous mission in an area that has become the central focus in the war on terror.

The solider's will be on an assignment that's going to involve combat with the Taliban on a day-to-day basis. So members of the unit were beginning refresher training for their mission. They were assembling their weapons and preparing the paperwork so that their families will get the benefits while they are away.

As soldiers, they say they prepare for battle and knew the possibility that they would be sent to war.

Toddler's Death Ruled Accidental

Authorities are calling the death of a 2-year-old boy who was crushed by a falling TV on Thanksgiving Day an accident.

The Clark County coroner's office says Rafael Lopez received a fatal head injury in the Thursday accident at a home near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. Police are investigating, but officers who went to the house said it appeared to be an accident.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Stand-off Suspect Facing Multiple Charges

Police say a man who kept a baby with him while he kept police at bay for 11 hours is facing multiple charges including battery domestic violence and child endangerment.

Jail records show that 26-year-old Jose Angel Ponce was freed Friday from the Clark County jail pending court appearances on four charges -- also including possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession.

Officer Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police spokesman, says Ponce was sought on a warrant charge of battery domestic violence but refused to leave the a northeast Las Vegas home when police arrived Christmas night.

Cassell says a 1-year-old child who was with Ponce during the standoff was released unharmed when Ponce surrendered to SWAT officers shortly before 7 a.m. Friday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)