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Water main break, sinkhole closes part of Eastern Ave.

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol says a water main break downtown has closed part of Eastern Avenue.

The break that happened early Sunday morning caused a portion of the road to collapse near Eastern Avenue and Stewart Avenue.

Northbound Eastern Avenue at Stewart has been closed due to the sinkhole. Southbound lanes have not been affected.

A small amount of standing water is still in the road from the water main break.

Reconstruction has already begun. Officials have not said when the road or the water main will be fixed.

NHP is advising drivers to use alternative routes.

March against genetically modified foods draws large crowd

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of people hit the streets of Downtown Las Vegas Saturday to march against the sale of genetically modified foods.

This is one of many rallies worldwide marching against an agriculture company called Monsanto. They produce genetically modified foods known as GMOs.

Marchers say they want companies to label food properly, so people can choose to eat it or not.

"All the toxins, all the pollutants, all the chemicals in that food is not healthy for you," said marcher Anna Robles. "You're eating this food and you're getting sick and then you're going to the doctor and getting pills for whatever you're getting relief for."

The concerned citizens group GMO Free Vegas organized the march and also had a festival to educate people about GMOs.

The group is also working with CCSD schools by growing gardens to teach children about organic foods.

Man rescued after getting stuck in palm tree

LAS VEGAS -- A man stuck in a palm tree was rescued by firefighters Saturday morning near Charleston Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, he was trapped in a palm tree on 6th Street about 40 feet off the ground at around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters said it took about 30 minutes to free the man of the dense, dead palm fronds.

Authorities have not released the reason why the man was in the tree.

This is the third palm tree incident in the past few months. In December, a man was found dead after he went up a palm tree to trim its fronds in North Las Vegas. In January, 46-year-old Daniel Wynn Smith died after getting stuck in a palm tree in North Las Vegas.

Police: 2 arrested following barricade in West Las Vegas apartment

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested two people following a barricade situation Friday at an apartment complex in west Las Vegas.

West Lake Mead Boulevard between Tonopah Drive and Simmons Street reopened to traffic after being closed for nearly three hours during the standoff and the lockdown at West Preparatory Academy was lifted.

According to police, a man barricaded himself inside an apartment after a constable showed up to serve him papers. The constable called police when the man threatened him. There were reports that gunshots could be heard coming from the apartment.

No one was reported injured.


200 Zappos workers take buyouts after company cuts managers

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hundreds of employees are leaving the Las Vegas-based Zappos company headquarters as the retailer does away with traditional manager roles.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the company confirmed Tuesday that 210 workers had opted for buyouts, or about 14 percent of its 1,503 employees.

The company has said it is restructuring to a "self-organization" accountability system and "people manager" positions were eliminated April 30.

CEO Tony Hsieh also spoke at the Collision technology conference Tuesday, making reference to Zappos' changing hierarchical structure.

He compared the move to the organic structure of the Internet growing without a central authority.

The company was founded in 1999 in San Francisco and moved to Las Vegas in 2004. It was acquired by Amazon in 2009.

No one hurt in 4-plex fire near downtown

LAS VEGAS — Firefighters battled a fire at a four-plex near downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to the building just before 10 a.m. near 13th Street and Mesquite Avenue, just north of U.S. 95. 

Firefighters said no one was hurt in the incident. 

The cause of the fire is not known.

Treatment centers seeing more adult spice users

LAS VEGAS -- Spice use among adults is becoming more prevalent while the number of teens who use it appears to be dropping, according to drug treatment centers across the Las Vegas valley.

Nearly six percent of high school seniors reported using spice last year which was about half the percentage of teen spice users in 2012.

Treatment centers are seeing a new trend among their patients.

"The change now is with the adult population," said Leo Magrdichian, deputy director, WestCare Nevada, Harris Springs Ranch.

He runs WestCare's rehabilitation facility near Mount Charleston. 

"I can say that up to 75 percent of the adults that we provide treatment to here in this program have smoked spice," Magrdichian said.

He admits that statistic is more anecdotal than scientific and based on surveys of patients.