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Officials prepare with #StormArea51 less than 48 hours away

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As time ticks to the start of “Storm Area 51” events this weekend, officials are gearing up from Las Vegas to Lincoln County. However, organizers warn no one really knows what to expect. 

“It’s pretty groundbreaking,” event producer Frank Dimaggio told 8 News Now. “It’s bigger than Hiko. It’s bigger than Rachel. “It’s bigger than Las Vegas.”

Dimaggio described an idea turning into a world-known reality as he worked with Matty Roberts. The 20-year-old started the “Storm Area 51′ Facebook page back in June as a joke. Anyone can conquer it’s become anything but that. 

“There’s a lot of stress and fighting over it,” Dimaggio said. “But I think this was all spawned from curiosity and fun.”... Read More

Cruz Azul claims first ever Leagues Cup title

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In an intense showdown, Cruz Azul outlasted the Tigres for the Leagues Cup Title. Cruz Azul took the cup by a score of 2-1.

A scoreless game for the entirety of the first-half, for what the game lacked in scoring from the get-go, it made up for in intensity. Players came together for a short scuffle midway through the first half.

Aside from the fight, several Cruz Azul chances highlighted the first 45 minutes, with several shots hitting the posts, or just missing.

The first breakthrough came via penalty in the 71st minute. Yoshimar Yotun buried the PK for Cruz Azul following a hard tackle in the box.

Three minutes later, Jonathan Rodriguez received a through pass and scored to up the lead to 2-0. Cruz Azul nearly poured on a third goal soon after and looked to be in total control... Read More

Valley residents mistake skydivers’ parachutes for possible UFOs, meteor

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Well, to be honest — when this video was first sent to us by 8 News NOW viewer Rene Ostos, we had no clue what we were looking at. And ahead of #StormArea51, we too thought for a second that it could have been UFOs. But now we know!

Those weird bright lights that caused quite a stir around the Las Vegas valley were not UFOs or meteors as some viewers guessed. They were simply skydivers trying to land at Sam Boyd Stadium for the League Cup Championship game.

Take a look at the photos below and the video to compare and get a closer look... Read More

TASTE TEST: 8 News NOW employees try to guess flavor of Oreo’s mystery cookie

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Are you looking to make $50,000? Good because Oreo wants to give it to you! All you have to do is guess the Nabisco brand’s mystery-filling flavor.

The new “mystery” cookie looks a lot like traditional Oreos, but it sure doesn’t taste like them. In an effort to gauge what people are probably thinking — 8 News NOW put some its employees to the flavor test!

There were many different suggestions of what the white cream filling could be, but for a lot of staffers, the cinnamon taste was a common theme among guesses... Read More

National OB-GYN shortage affects Nevada; Las Vegas is at highest risk

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Pregnant women could face difficulties when it comes to scheduling prenatal care with their doctors because according to a new study, there’s a national OB-GYN shortage.

The OB-GYN Workforce Study showed Las Vegas is at the highest risk of facing an ob-gyn shortage. Local doctors say the valley has already been dealing with the shortage, but there’s also a potential it could get even worse.

Dr. James Brent Oliver of Southwest Medical has been an OB-GYN for 22 years.

“If you’re gonna go to the hospital in the middle of the night for some reason, which we all end up doing, it’s a good reason to say, ‘hey, here’s your brand new baby,'” Dr. Oliver said.

There aren’t many doctors like Dr. Oliver anymore. According to the study, Las Vegas is the city at the highest risk of facing an OB-GYN shortage. ... Read More

Arby’s reveals Storm Area 51 menu, and it’s out of this world

HIKO, Nev. (KLAS) — Arby’s has been working on a top-secret menu exclusively for the “Storm Area 51 Basecamp” event, and now they are rolling it out. The Arby’s Food truck will have four new special menu items on Saturday at the Alien Research Center in Hiko.

Arby’s Galaxy Shake

Dessert first: The “Galazy Shake.” The drink is topped with fruity, crunchy candies. It features cosmic colors that change as you drink it.

The Redacted on Rye Sandwich

The main course: The “Redacted on Rye Sandwich.” This is an otherworldly take on Arby’s Rachel Sandwich. It’s stacked with roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, slaw and thousand island dressing on rye bread... Read More

I-Team: 2 alleged Aryan Warrior white supremacist will get separate murder trial

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — November trial dates have been set for more than 20 people accused of being in a white supremacist gang. Twenty-three people accused of being Aryan Warriors face various charges such as drug trafficking, attempted murder, murder, and much more.

But the I-Team learned two of the men accused of murder are getting a separate trial because prosecutors intend on seeking the death penalty for them.

On Thursday, the I-Team first released video of the two men identified as Anthony Williams and Tarik Goicechea in prison dragging the body of Andrew Thurgood after they allegedly beat and stabbed him more than 50 times. The incident happened inside a cell in 2016.

Andrew Thurgood

The video shows High Desert State prison guards responded, but then they waited about 12 minutes to take Thurgood to receive medical treatment. 

The victim’s family is suing the Nevada Department of Corrections... Read More