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Nevada sued after ‘WTF Party’ rejected for profanity

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who was told by the state of Nevada that he couldn’t register the name “WTF Party” for political candidates is suing election officials, claiming his free speech rights were violated.

The Nevada secretary of state “has prevented the WTF Party from qualifying as a minor political party based on political speech,” the lawsuit says.

Plaintiff Jeffrey Berns was told his proposed party name represents “an acronym that commonly serves as a substitute for a well-known profanity.”

Documents filed Monday with the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno include a state rejection letter that inserts an asterisk instead of the “F”.

Attorney Rick Hsu, who represents Berns, said in an email Thursday that a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds the right to form political parties... Read More

Oops! Rescue operation launched to help stuck raccoon

NEWTON, Mass. — A raccoon in Massachusetts found himself in a precarious situation when he got stuck in a storm grate.

Firefighters from the Newton Fire Department, along with backup responders, worked hard to get the critter freed from the grate. In all, about 10 people worked to rescue this teen raccoon.

It was no easy task. Firefighters tried what is usually a fail-safe move by lubricating the raccoon’s head with dish soap in hopes he would slip out, but that didn’t work. The grate was then removed from the sidewalk and gauze was used to compress the raccoon’s neck to try and remove him and that did work either.

A veterinarian had to sedate the raccoon so it would relax and could be safely released... Read More

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges, judge denies bail

NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts as his lawyers continued to label the alleged victims disgruntled “groupies.”

A sullen-looking Kelly appeared in a Brooklyn courtroom where a magistrate judge also denied his request for bail, agreeing with prosecutors that he’s a flight risk and danger to public safety. His defense attorneys, who argued he should be released so he could better fight the charges, said they would appeal the ruling.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls into illegal sexual activity. Prosecutors say he isolated them from friends and family and demanded they call him “Daddy.”... Read More

Poll: Chicken or beef, you pick

Chicken beats beef when it comes to America’s favorite fast food. In a recent consumer satisfaction poll by Market Force, Chick-fil-A edged out In-N-Out Burger for the highest customer loyalty with a 79 percent rating.

In-N-Out, which held the top spot last year, came in second for overall customer satisfaction. The West Coast chain remains America’s favorite burger joint. On the flipside, McDonald’s came in last in the burger category.

According to a poll on the 8 News Now Facebook page, people seem to like the burger more. Take our poll and let us know which you prefer. ... Read More

Ex-UFC fighter War Machine is getting married despite serving life sentence, according to TMZ

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Former UFC fighter and convicted abuser, War Machine, is reportedly tying the knot with his girlfriend of 3 years.

TMZ says the ex-MMA fighter, who is currently serving a life sentence for the battery, strangulation, and kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack; is marrying his pen pal fiance, Ashley Farrington.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ … he will marry Ashley Farrington at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. She’s the woman who befriended him after writing letters to him back in 2017.

As we first reported … their relationship evolved to visits in prison and eventually their engagement. There will be no traditional honeymoon — the impending nuptials are happening despite Nevada’s strict rule of no conjugal visits... Read More

School supply drives: Las Vegas community gives to students who need help

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — From pencils and paper to shoes and shirts, help is available for families as classes begin on Aug. 12.

School supply drives around the valley have been collecting items for weeks, and organizations are now working to get donated items to the students who need them.

Families should contact school counselors for help to tap into the programs that bring supplies to students. Almost all programs work through school referrals.

The Assistance League of Las Vegas and Project 150 are two of the organizations that are involved with schools.

Here’s a list of more organizations that help... Read More

Plane makes emergency landing on road

PARKLAND, Wash. — A single prop plane made an emergency landing on a road in Parkland, Washington, near Tacoma on Thursday morning.

The pilot was able to land on the normally busy street during a break in traffic. He even came to a stop at the red light.

According to Washington State Patrol, there was a malfunction with the plane’s fuel system.

No one was injured. Trooper Clint Thompson happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch the amazing landing. The trooper helped the pilot push the plan to a nearby parking lot... Read More