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Wildfire destroys, damages 20 homes in Reno neighborhood

A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed or damaged about 20 homes in a Reno neighborhood and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Wednesday. It was one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border.

California ski resort changing name, citing offensive word

California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word “squaw” is a derogatory term for Native American women, officials announced Tuesday. The site was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Vegas mayor draws critics’ ire over remarks about reopening

Nevada officials condemned comments Wednesday by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman after she called for casinos and other non-essential businesses to reopen and suggested the city could serve as a test case to measure the impact during the coronavirus pandemic. One local official called her comments “reckless and dangerous“ and another described them as an “embarrassment.”

Go West: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

As the Democratic presidential race hurtles toward Nevada, candidates in the still-crowded field are jumping in to their first test in a racially diverse, largely urban state with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

Democratic AGs sue to force US to ratify ERA

Three Democratic state attorneys general are suing a U.S. government official to force him to recognize Virginia’s vote this week to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and certify the measure as part of the Constitution.

At the Area 51 ‘raid,’ the real alien invaders were the friends they made along the way

The visitors had come to test boundaries. More than two million people had RSVP'd to the event, titled "Storm Area 51, they can't stop all of us." The meme spread from Facebook to Instagram, Tiktok, Reddit, Discord and Twitter, morphing along the way. People joked about how they intended to "see them aliens." The town of Rachel, Nevada, which is near-ish to Area 51 but about 45 miles from the nearest gas station, braced for visitors.

Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party

Thousands of curious Earthlings from around the globe traveled to festivals, and several hundred made forays toward the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert on Friday, drawn by an internet buzz and a social media craze sparked by a summertime Facebook post inviting people to “Storm Area 51.”

Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the “Storm Area 51” internet drive.