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Residents in small town in Spain prepare for “world’s biggest food fight”

Buñol, Spain (KLAS) – The small town of Buñol is covered in tarps, hanging from business fronts and homes. Its residents are preparing for a storm, but not the kind you’re thinking of.

Everyone is getting ready for the “world’s biggest food fight”, which takes place the last Wednesday of August. ‘La Tomatina’ dates back to 1945, according to the event’s official website. It’s said the tradition started when a group of young boys accidentally caused a parade participant to fall. The man began hitting everything in his path, and a vegetable stall became the source of ammunition for an angry crowd.  

Now, each year, residents and tourists from over the world take part, pelting each other with 120 tons of tomatoes.

Check out more about the preparations in the video above. ... Read More

McCarran International Airport to test facial recognition technology

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Facial recognition technology will be used on a short-term basis at McCarran International Airport to test the system, according to a document released by the Department of Homeland Security. It’s aimed at improving speed, efficiency and security at the TSA checkpoints.

“TSA will assess its ability to compare the passenger’s live facial image at the checkpoint against an image taken from the passenger’s identity document for passengers who opt to participate,” the document states.

Currently the TSA verifies a passenger’s identity manually by comparing an identity document with the passenger’s face and boarding pass.

The document doesn’t say when this will start at McCarran... Read More

Former UNLV football great Mike Thomas dies at 66

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UNLV has announced Mike Thomas, widely considered the greatest running back in school history, died at 66 years old in his home state of Texas.

Thomas transferred to UNLV from the University of Oklahoma and became the program’s only two-time first team All-American. As a junior in 1973, he set a school record with 20 touchdowns and led the nation in rushing yards with 1,741. At the time, that was just 35 yards shy of the NCAA single-season record.

In his senior season, Thomas racked up 1,408 yards and 17 more rushing touchdowns, leading the Rebels to their only undefeated regular season and a D-II ranking as high as No. 2 before losing in the national semifinal game.

Thomas has the record for most rush yards in a game — 314 yards vs. Santa Clara in 1973.

Thomas also put together a solid pro career, earning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 1975 and making the Pro Bowl in 1976... Read More

Gun sellers using loopholes on Facebook Marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLAS) — Facebook says you cannot use the social media platform to sell guns, but that’s not stopping gun sellers and gun buyers from connecting on the site.

Here’s how it works: the gun seller posts a photo of a gun box or gun case at a price far higher than it should cost. The seller invites a private message from interested buyers, who find out that the case or box includes a weapon, ammunition or other items prohibited for sale by Facebook.

Washington Correspondent Morgan Wright has more in the video above... Read More

Woman dies from injuries after hitting rock wall in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. — A single-vehicle accident along CA-190 in Death Valley National Park resulted in the death of the driver, according to California Highway Patrol. The crash happened on Sunday, Aug. 25.
 
A park visitor first reported the accident to park rangers in Furnace Creek Visitor Center around 3:09 p.m. When park rangers arrived at the accident scene, just 10 minutes later, the SUV was found smashed up against a rock wall.

There were five National Park Service employees and a California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the wreck... Read More

Discovery Children’s Museum unveils new exhibit

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas unveiled a new exhibit Tuesday. It’s an Eco City exhibit and features a Subaru Car Care Center. Subaru of Las Vegas announced their new partnership with the museum to showcase this exhibit.

Parents and kids can learn about cars and maintenance programs. The exhibit creates real-life experiences with interactive activities. It gives children the opportunity to learn about environmentally responsible manufacturing and eco-friendly cars. Kids also learn how to determine if a car will pass its annual inspection and how to properly dispose of oil... Read More

Dolphin calf makes debut at The Mirage

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An adorable baby dolphin made its debut earlier this month in Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. She was born to first-time mother Bella on the morning of August 16.

The Animal Care team says the female calf came to the surface immediately after the birth to get her first breath.

Bella and her newborn calf coming up for air.

Bella and her calf are in the Birthing and Research pool, which is open to the public. You can stop by and see them anytime during normal hours. The father to the calf is Razzle, a 30-year-old that is currently at Sea World San Diego.

Plans for naming the calf will be announced at a later date. ... Read More