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Facebook oversight board upholds Trump social media suspension

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — for now.

The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

While upholding the suspension, the board faulted Facebook in a statement for the way it made the decision.

The board said the ongoing risk of serious violence justified Facebook’s suspension at the time, but said it “was not appropriate for Facebook to impose an ‘indefinite’ suspension.”

The board said Facebook was seeking to avoid its responsibilities by applying “a vague, standardless penalty” and then referring the case to the board to resolve.

The board agreed with Facebook that that two of Trump’s Jan. 6 posts “severely violated” the content standards of both Facebook and Instagram... Read More

UPDATE: Lake Mead at Pecos reopens following homicide investigation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Lake Mead Boulevard at Pecos Road has reopened following a homicide investigation in the area Wednesday morning.

Eastbound and westbound lanes were closed from about 1 a.m. to 6:20 a.m. this morning.

LVMPD has not released any other details about the homicide at this time. ... Read More

'It's like it just hits you, and you break': Family of teen murder victim calls for change as homicides increase

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As homicide numbers rise in Las Vegas, 8 News Now spoke with Metro Police to see why the figures have come close to doubling since this time last year. 

Those affected said they want the troubling trend to stop, including the family of a Las Vegas teenager, who was shot and killed earlier this year. 

A beaming light to those who loved her, Nakaila Daniels lost her life before it could ever truly start. 

"She just shined in everyone's life," Daniels' godmother, Kathy Lafleur, said. 

The 17-year-old was shot and killed after an argument outside a northeast valley apartment. Officers discovered her body on Feb. 2. 

"Trying to realize that life is going to go on,"  Johneshia Daniels, Nakaila's mother, shared. "But I'm missing a real part of me."

Family members also described the moment the girl's mother received the call that changed everything. ... Read More

#GetVaxxedNV: Encouraging young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Commissioners partnered with The Space Tuesday night to host an informative live-streamed event called “#GetVaxxedNV.” The goal? Encourage those 16 to 25-years-old to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

"I think there is definitely an invisibility issue, but there is also a fact versus fiction issue that we are facing, as well," said Commissioner Michael Naft. "That is why it is important that we have this honest conversation, where we have healthcare experts here to answer questions."

The program lasted for about an hour. It was a roundtable discussion up on stage, where athletes from UNLV and the Las Vegas Raiders spoke about why they felt the need to get vaccinated.

Dr. Fermin Leguen, chief medical officer of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), was also in attendance... Read More

Cinco de Mayo: A list of events and specials around the Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Restaurants and bars are ramping up for Cinco de Mayo celebrations Wednesday and many are forecasting a boom in customers for the day that commemorates the victory of an outnumbered Mexican army against the French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla and no, this is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.

Cinco de Mayo, has become an unofficial holiday that is popularly celebrated in the U.S., even more so, than in Mexico. 8 News Now has gathered some of the events, celebrations and deals being offered around the Las Vegas valley, you can scroll down the list of events and specials here.

SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENTS AROUND THE VALLEY... Read More

Catching up with Star Wars Rebels' Julie Dolan at Rogue Toys

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- May the 4th is considered a holiday for Star Wars fans. Rogue Toys is one place in the Las Vegas valley where fans can get together, find collectibles, and share their Star Wars experience growing up.

You can find your favorite collection of Star Wars memorabilia at any Rogue Toys location around Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Reporter Roqui Theus up with Star Wars Rebels' Julie Dolan at the store... Read More

Millennium Fandom Bar celebrating May the Fourth in style

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Millennium Fandom Bar has opened once again after being closed during the pandemic. The establishment just off the Las Vegas Strip is celebrating May the Fourth by throwing an opening night party in honor of "Star Wars."

From drinks to artwork, to pop-up photo booths and movies playing in the background, it is sure to be a good time.

Happening #NOW #MayThe4thBeWithYou @FandomBarLV Celebrating Everything Star Wars! From themed drinks to games to movie screenings to cosplay! #8NN pic.twitter.com/KHCp9g4QLr... Read More