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Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

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Median Las Vegas-area home prices back above $200K

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Southern Nevada real estate agents say the area's median home price has climbed back above the $200,000 mark in November.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that the median home price of $202,000 is up 1.1 percent from October, and up 10.4 percent from the same time a year ago.

Association chief Heidi Kasama says real estate agents are selling fewer properties overall each month, but more in the higher price brackets.

She says she expects the housing market to remain fairly stable through 2015.

Home prices remain well below their June 2006 peak of $315,000, but above their January 2012 trough of $118,000.

The total number of homes sold in November was nearly 2,500, down about 400 from October.

Metro: Elderly couple found dead near Rampart and Cheyenne

LAS VEGAS -- A preliminary investigation indicates a man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, Metro Police said.

Officers were called to a home in the 9100 block of Firebird Drive Wednesday around 5:46 p.m. Once on scene, detectives found an elderly couple dead inside of a home in the Sun City Summerlin neighborhood.

Their names and ages haven't been released.

The home is near North Rampart Boulevard and West Cheyenne Avenue.

President Obama leaves Las Vegas

 LAS VEGAS -- After spending the weekend in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama left Nevada Sunday to return to Washington D.C.

Air Force One departed from McCarran International Airport around 10:45 a.m. Over the weekend, Obama stayed in Henderson and spent some time golfing at Reflection Bay Golf Club.

The president arrived in Las Vegas on Friday for and visited a Las Vegas High School to sign an executive order on immigration.

With him aboard Air Force One was a delegation of congressional Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford.

The president says his executive order will protect as many as 5 million immigrants who are illegally in the United States from deportation.

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Freeze warning issued for central, northeast Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a freeze warning for central and northeast Clark County. The watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and these conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Here are some safety tips for dealing with freezing weather from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Keep anything that can burn, such as clothing, furniture, mattresses and paper products at least three feet away from any heat sources such as furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves and water heaters.

Driver sentenced in Summerlin Pkwy crash that killed 2

Feb. 5, 2014

LAS VEGAS -- A motorist whose pickup truck crossed the landscaped median of Summerlin Parkway earlier this year and slammed head-on into a car, killing two people, was sentenced on Thursday afternoon.

Fifty-one-year-old Gustavo Garcia-Martinez of North Las Vegas was sentenced to 8 to 20 years in prison.

He apologized to the family before the sentencing.

The Feb. 5 crash killed Savanna Gonzales and her boyfriend, Frank Spenia.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

Coroner IDs man, 73, found in Vegas trash bin

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 73-year-old man whose body was found in a trash bin near his Las Vegas apartment.

Clark County coroner's officials say Richard Fierro was the man found dead about 7 a.m. Tuesday in an apartment complex in The Lakes area, several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. A cause and manner of death haven't yet been released.

Police say Fierro may have suffered a medical episode before he died.

Detectives say there was no visible sign of trauma, and nothing appeared to be missing from the apartment where the man lived alone.