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Gerardo Gamboa who handed in $300,000 found in the back of his taxi

Las Vegas taxi driver finds - and hands in - $300,000 left on his backseat

A Las Vegas taxi driver proved it is the season of goodwill - after he handed in $300,000 left in the back of his cab.

Nevada gunman Alan Frazier claimed he had botched surgery before hospital rampage

Suspect Frazier opened fire on Tuesday in a medical building, killing one person and injuring two others before shooting himself

Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn - book review: dark and light of a rocker who refused to walk the line

Anyone with a passing interest in music or Hollywood cinema knows that John R Cash was born a white, country cotton-picker in 1930s America, and died revered by millions but an enigma to many of the few he loved.

Timothy Bradley raises his WBO belt after beating Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas

Boxing: Vasyl Lomachenko on title course

Vasyl Lomachenko, the Ukrainian featherweight regarded as one of the finest amateur boxers in history, eased to a fourth-round knock-out victory over Mexican Jose Ramirez on his professional debut.

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time

Court case aims to force MoD’s hand with Freedom of Information requests on drones

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time.

Dangerous Mexican Saul Alvarez ‘never wastes any punches’

Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez preivew: How ginger kid went from Mexico's streets to the MGM in Las Vegas

Humble Alvarez grew up the hard way with underage fights that have shaped him into a ruthless boxer

Michael Victor Lane reportedly said he hit the client several times with a frying pan

British healer ‘killed woman and put body in bin’

Michael Victor Lane is alleged to have killed Ginger Candela, from Las Vegas, in 2009

Area 51 is out there: CIA finally acknowledges the existence of secret 'UFO' airbase

The mysterious piece of land in Nevada has been linked with reports of UFOs, alien bodies and secret government projects

One dead and dozens sick as temperatures hit 51C in blistering US heatwave

Cities and towns across the western United States took emergency measures on Saturday to cope with a heatwave, after dozens of people were taken ill and the region sweltered in dangerous triple-digit temperatures.

Man dies as Las Vegas bakes in extreme heat

A man died and another was in hospital in a serious condition as a heatwave blistered parts of the US.

Fifty states in 30 days: An extraordinary photographic journey across America

The challenge: to visit all 50 US states in 30 days. The purpose: to take a picture of a representative from each state in front of a backdrop both continuous and ever-changing. But can our two reporters make it back in time for Independence Day?

Things are hotting up: a digital thermometer displays the temperature at Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Heatwave set to break records in Death Valley with expected 54C temperatures

A heatwave is expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 54C (130F) in California's Death Valley over the weekend – just short of the 134F reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Sleep at the chef's table in Sin City

Nobu Hotel, Las Vegas

'Near apocalyptic' dust storm causes 27-vehicle pileup, killing lorry driver and leaving several others fighting for their lives

Blinded by dust as the storm tore across Interstate 80, vehicles began ploughing into each other, dramatically stretching limited emergency resources in sparsely populated Humboldt County, Nevada

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will put his unbeaten record on the line

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather to fight Saul Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will put his unbeaten record on the line in a light-middleweight unification world title fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez later this year.

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