Follow scenic byway to historic Nipton, Calif.

The two-lane highway from Searchlight to Nipton, Calif., runs 21 miles through scenic high desert and rugged foothills. It often boasts a fair springtime show of desert wildflowers, many varieties of cactus and an extensive forest of Joshua trees.

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Santa Cruz gets spot on Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard

Leo Santa Cruz, the World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion, will fight on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view portion of the undercard May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden. Santa Cruz will meet Zsolt Bedak of Hungary.



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Sandoval’s painkillers plan faces Senate deadline

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s prescription drug proposal, designed to help prevent highly addictive painkillers from being dispensed to people without a medical need, must pass out of the Senate by Tuesday to stay alive.