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NV tortoise emerges from burrow in sign of spring

Mojave Max                          Photo credit: Shana Vanlancker

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A famous southern Nevada tortoise has emerged from his burrow in another sign that spring has begun.

Clark County officials say Mojave Max made his seasonal debut at 4:10 p.m. Monday at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The tortoise goes into hibernation every winter and emerges each spring as his internal clock responds to warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours.

Schoolchildren in the area guess when Max will emerge as part of an annual contest that's been running since 2000. The winning student receives prizes including a year-long pass to national parks, a laptop computer and a digital camera.

The winner has not yet been announced.

The earliest the tortoise has emerged is Feb. 14, and the latest is April 17.

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City of Las Vegas planning two concerts in the park in May

City of Las Vegas planning two concerts in the park in May

The city of Las Vegas is offering two free concerts in May as part of the city's Las Vegas Arts Connection community outreach.

The first concert will be at 7 p.m. May 9 at Bruce Trent Park, 8851 S. Vegas Drive.  The Red Rock Ramblers will play a mix of bluegrass, classic country, swing and gospel music.

The second concert will be 7 p.m. May 16 at Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way. John Earl's Boogieman Band will perform some of their original works that feature a Delta and Chicago Blues tone. They will also perform classic songs from that genre.

Police looking for men who robbed store

Police looking for men who robbed store

Metro Police are looking for two men who robbed a store near Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard.

According to police, the men walked into the business at around 5:30 a.m. March 12. The first man went to the counter, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the employee.

The second man then walked behind the counter, approached the employee, who was sitting down, and punched her in the face. He then took money from the register, while the first man stole items from the store.

Both men then left the scene on foot.

The first man police are looking for is described as a black man in his 20s or 30s who is about 5 foot 9 and 160 pounds. He was carrying a handgun and was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt.

The second man police are looking for is a black man in his 20s or 30s who is about 6 foot and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a plaid sweatshirt and a scarf around his mouth and nose.

Metro investigating stabbing

Metro Police are investigating a stabbing that sent a woman to the hospital.

According to police, the stabbing happened just before 5 a.m. Friday near Sahara Avenue and Durango Drive. The victim was taken to University Medical Center in unknown condition.

Detectives are investigating. They do not have a motive or a description of a suspect at this time.

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Jamba Juice job fair set for Thursday

Anyone looking for a summer job should check out a job fair planned for Thursday at the Jamba Juice store on Sahara Avenue and Ft. Apache Road.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several positions are available, including shift leads and shift managers for Jamba Juice locations around southern Nevada.

Those interested in a job should fill out an application online at jambajuicelv.com and should bring a resume. Members of the management team will be on hand to interview potential employees.

Nevadans scramble as Obamacare deadline looms

LAS VEGAS -- The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, hits at midnight Monday.

Right now, people are scrambling to get their applications submitted in time

The Nevada Health Link website is overwhelmed, and in some cases, it keeps crashing. However, there is a way for people to qualify for a special 60-day extended enrollment.

People just need to get their names in the Nevada Health Link system to extend the deadline. People can do that by creating an account on the website.

Lines of people are looking to get coverage before Monday's midnight deadline.

"Some people are kind of kicking themselves that they waited until the last minute!" Patti McCoy, director of Nevada Health Co-Op, said.

Coroner IDs woman killed crossing the street

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman killed while crossing the street as 59-year-old Quida Maria Gee from Las Vegas. The coroner says the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death is accidental.

According to Metro Police, the crash happened just before 6 p.m. Thursday at Durango Drive and Sahara Avenue.

Police say Gee was walking eastbound across Durango Drive, outside of a crosswalk, when a Yukon Denali that was heading north on Durango Drive hit her.

Witnesses told police Gee walked into the path of the SUV. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Durango Drive was shut down between Starboard Drive and Sahara Avenue for the investigation.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. 

This is the 24th fatal crash in Metro's jurisdiction this year.