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Homes burn after shooter kills 2 Honolulu officers

HONOLULU (AP) — A man shot and killed two police officers Sunday as they responded to a home in a leafy neighborhood beneath the rim of a famed volcanic crater near Waikiki Beach, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a call from a woman who said she needed help and found her with a stab wound to her leg, police said Sunday. The suspect opened fire as police arrived, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, said Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard. She said the suspect as well as two women who were in the home were unaccounted for.

Ballard said authorities would continue to search for the shooter, but that it was likely that he was inside the home when it burned... Read More

Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even the bookies are having a problem figuring out a favorite in the Super Bowl.

Odds opened at pick ’em Sunday at many Las Vegas sports books, though the Kansas City Chiefs quickly moved to 1-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Early bettors favored the Chiefs in a game that will almost surely set new legal betting records.

The combination of an attractive matchup, close odds and the spread of legalized sports betting means hundreds of millions of dollars will exchange hands over the next two weeks.

Bettors at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook got an early start after they were offered the pick ’em odds at halftime of the NFC championship game. Oddsmaker Jay Kornegay said about 80 percent of the early money was on the Chiefs and the line moved to Chiefs minus-1.

The over/under total started at 51 1/2 and was at 53 after a bettor put $110,000 on the over... Read More

Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl with 37-20 win vs Packers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — From No. 2 pick in the draft to one of the last two teams standing.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers.

Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship on Sunday.

The 49ers (15-3) advanced to their first Super Bowl in seven years and will play the Kansas City Chiefs in two weeks in Miami for the championship.

“Our team, it’s incredible to be a part of,” Garoppolo said. “We can win so many different ways. Raheem, those guys up front, the tight ends obviously were just dominating tonight. It was fun.”... Read More

Projects planned across North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS,
Nev. (KLAS) —
Big changes are coming to North Las Vegas. That includes updates
to the Deer Springs District and construction on the I-15 & 215
interchange.

With interchange
construction and an upcoming development project on the horizon, the northeast
part of the valley will be transformed.

First, let’s talk about the Deer
Springs District.

It’s the area around Deer Springs
Way, between North 5th Street and Pecos Road. City planners say the district
has the potential to be a vibrant, walkable area with a mix of housing choices
and diverse employment opportunities.

A study is being conducted
to see what would work best to enhance district identity, increase
transportation options and support new residential and commercial development... Read More

UPDATE: Suspect arrested for beating elderly man on bus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police say they have arrested the man who beat an elderly man on a bus last month, causing him to lose an eye. They say 26-year-old Nathaniel Graves is the man shown in the video above who attacked the man.

The attack happened on the afternoon of December 13. Surveilance video shows the suspect put his feet in the victim’s lap. The victim asked the suspect to remove his feet, but Graves refused. After words were exchanged, the suspect stood up and punched the victim several times in the face.

Nathaniel Graves Mugshot

The victim was knocked out and later lost his right eye due to injuries sustained... Read More

Mahomes’ feet, arms, lift Chiefs to Super Bowl over Titans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl in a half-century.

Oh sure, Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry for a 35-24 victory Sunday in the AFC championship.

At last, for the first time since 1970 and the third time overall, the Chiefs (14-4) are Super Bowl bound.

In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco.

“I mean, it’s amazing. It really is,” Mahomes said. “To be here, to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom and to be able to do it here at Arrowhead, these people deserve it. And, we’re not done yet.”... Read More

UPDATE: 2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria.

The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar came a day after the governor fired the director of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency. Vázquez fired him hours after a Facebook video showed angry people breaking into the warehouse in an area where thousands have been in shelters since a recent earthquake.

“There have been actions by government officials that have been completely unacceptable,” the governor said Sunday.

Vázquez said she decided on the additional firings after meeting with leaders of her administration Sunday morning and officials were unable to provide information she requested about other collection and distribution centers... Read More