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‘Red Flag’ exercises to create more noise around Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Residents that live near Nellis Air Force Base should expect a little more noise around the area for the next few weeks.

The next round of “Red Flag” exercises is set for Jan. 27 through Feb. 14. More than 80 aircraft will leave the base every day for combat training.

They will mostly fly over the Nevada test and training range northwest of the valley. ... Read More

‘Big Game Tailgate’ to air Friday before Super Bowl LIV

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Everybody is getting ready for the Super Bowl, as it is just a week away! If you are looking for ideas to throw the best party, you should watch the “Big Game Tailgate.”

The show will showcase the excitement around the biggest football game of the year. The hosts will be Grammy-award singer Jon Secada and chef and former cast member from the “Real Housewives of Miami” Ana Quincoces.

Some of the things you will be able to enjoy include the coolest tailgate games the best cooking ideas for the game.

The show will air right here on Channel 8, Friday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m... Read More

Post Office hosts passport fair

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For those in the valley that have been needing to renew their passports, they’re in luck! Residents can take advantage of the U.S. Post Office’s passport fair on Sunday.

It will be at the James Brown Facility, near Sunset Road and Paradise Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will offer customers the opportunity to take care of applications, fees and photos. Those that attend should bring their old passport, drivers license and birth certificate.

No appointment is needed, but customers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

USPS recommends travelers apply for a passport or passport card at least two months prior to departure and bring all required documentation to the event.

Fees are as follows:... Read More

Caught on Camera: 2 sperm whales spotted off Southern California coast

NEWPORT, Calif. (KLAS) — Two sperm whales were seen swimming off the coast of Southern California in a video recorded on Friday by a boat captain in the area.

Captain Ryan Lawler, who is also a whale watching tour boat owner, said he steered his boat from Newport Harbor in Orange County to obtain the spectacular view of the mammals.

The whales were swimming within one mile of each other, about five miles off Palos Verdes Peninsula, Lawler said.

Sperm whales tend to stick to deeper waters, making them harder to research than most other animals. An adult sperm whale, among the biggest mammals on earth, can grow up to 16 meters and can weigh up to 57 tons.

The deepest divers known, sperm whales can hold their breath for up to two hours and descend to 3,000 meters... Read More

Man in California is 3rd case of coronavirus confirmed in US

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Southern California, making it the third person to test positive in the U.S. as the fast-moving virus spreads worldwide.

The CDC notified Orange County Health officials Saturday that a potential case of coronavirus tested positive.

The man who tested positive traveled from Wuhan, China. He is in isolation and in “good condition” at a local hospital in Orange County.

There are now nearly 2,000 confirmed cases around the world, and more than 50 deaths reported in China.

The U.S. confirmed two other cases in Washington state and Chicago. Canada said it discovered its first case, a man in his 50s who was in Wuhan before flying to Toronto.

There have not yet been any cases reported in Nevada... Read More

Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

BEIJING (AP) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China on Sunday with 56 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

China’s health minister said the country was entering a “crucial stage” as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger.”

Ma Xiaowei declined to estimate how long it would take to bring the situation under control, but said travel restrictions and other strict measures should bring results “at the lowest cost and fastest speed.”... Read More

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias.

But a federal appeals court in Richmond is set to hear arguments from civil rights groups hoping to keep the challenges alive.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the travel ban, which was first imposed shortly after Trump took office in January 2017... Read More