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More Homeowners Opt to Do It Themselves

LAS VEGAS -- The do it yourself trend to home renovation is taking off and customers are saving hundreds in the process.

From landscaping to painting, Rebecca Smith is getting ready to tackle it all. She just bought a foreclosed home that needs a lot of work.

"A lot of cosmetic stuff that needed to be done. Leaking faucets, plumbing, the whole nine yards," she said.

Instead of hiring a professional, Smith says saving money is more of a priority. In an economy that forces people to watch every penny, the do it yourself trend is a necessity.

Home Depot supervisor Corwyn Frierson says the majority of their new customers are either fixing up a foreclosed home they just bought or are improving a home they're forced to stay in to make life a little more enjoyable.

More than 2 Million Cribs Recalled

WASHINGTON  -- More than 2 million cribs from Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp. and five other companies were recalled Thursday amid concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

Most of the cribs were drop-sides, which have a side rail that moves up and down so parents can lift children from them more easily. That movable side, however, can malfunction or detach from the crib, creating a dangerous gap where babies' heads can become trapped, leading to suffocation or strangulation.

The other companies involved in the recall were Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.

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Henderson Chocolate Business Laying off 25 Employees

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A company official says 25 jobs are melting away from the Ethel M and M&M'S World chocolate businesses in Henderson.

Mars Inc. spokeswoman Alice Nathanson said Thursday that about 10 Mars Retail Group employees will relocate to New Jersey, and another 15 Henderson jobs will be eliminated by July. Employees were told of the reorganization in February.

Nathanson says the Henderson factory will keep making Mars chocolate products and maintain its cactus garden. Eight Ethel M retail gourmet chocolate stores in and around Las Vegas will continue to operate, and the Ethel M management team will remain. The companies are part of privately held Mars Inc., of McLean, Va.

The company makes M&M'S candy, Snickers and Milky Way candy bars, Wrigley gum, plus rice, pet food and other products.

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Las Vegas Architects Get Green Recognition

LAS VEGAS -- A local architecture firm is getting national accolades, ranking 18th best in the country. But with nearly 60 percent unemployment among local architects, the company says its not just a pat on the back, the honor may keep them in the black.

The company was recently ranked among the top 20 in the country by Architect magazine.

"These are light shelves, they're made of a highly reflective material," said Mike Purtill, an associate with Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects.

Just take a tour of the company's office building and you will quickly see it is all about basics.

"Its materials, it's shape, it's usage of the materials," said Daniel Chenin, Sr. designer. Built in 1996, their Henderson headquarters is where the company designs buildings, and practices what they preach. The use of natural light saves thousands in electricity every year, and all fixtures are energy efficient.

More Nevadans Turning to Food Stamps

LAS VEGAS - The economy is taking its toll on many Americans. A record number of people are now seeking food stamp assistance. The need is also growing in Nevada. According to the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center, Nevada is seeing a huge jump in the number of people applying for food stamps.

Yvette Reid is one of those people. Out of work for nearly two years, Reid gets about $200 a month in food stamps. With a 16-year-old son at home, she says the extra money is the only way she's able to put food on the table. "When you are used to living one way and now you have to live another, you have to save and scrounge," she said. "Food stamps are just such a help. If it wasn't for that, I don't know how my family would eat."

More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

First-Time Unemployment Claims Increased

WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year. California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.