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Laughs more amusing than hilarious in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

Pity the old-timer who, after seeing the posters and only half-watching the commercials, buys a ticket for “A Million Ways to Die in the West” without even a passing awareness of its co-writer, director and star, Seth MacFarlane. The poor guy may never leave his Barcalounger again.

Silver medallion minted for Nevada’s 150th anniversary

In preparation for Nevada’s sesquicentennial on Oct. 31 this year, Nevada has new commemorative coins and Gov. Brian Sandoval minted the first medallion in the third of a series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the silver state.

Co-champions reign in National Spelling Bee

When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both were champions, a Spelling Bee finish unseen in more than half a century.

NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers

The NBA canceled a hearing to oust Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on a record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Santa Barbara deputies didn’t watch videos, say killer seemed OK

Law officers who visited Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn’t watch them because he seemed OK when they visited him.

High school security officer fired after dumping student from wheelchair

A San Francisco Bay Area school district has fired a high school security officer who faces a felony charge after he repeatedly slapped a handcuffed, wheelchair-bound student suffering from cerebral palsy and dumped him onto the floor, authorities said.

Mom might sue over ‘pay to potty’ classroom policy

A mother of a Washington state elementary school student is considering legal action after she says a third-grade teacher’s pay-to-potty policy led to her daughter having an accident in class.

Elko rancher, others ride grazing petition to Nevada governor

Elko County rancher Grant Gerber and about 40 others rode up to the grounds of the state Capitol on horseback Friday to present Gov. Brian Sandoval with a petition calling attention to the plight of Nevada ranchers in their ongoing fight with federal authorities over grazing on public lands.

Cook licked sandwiches served to officers, authorities say

A cook at a New Mexico facility that trains state corrections employees faces battery charges after authorities say she secretly licked sandwiches then served them to probation and parole officers.

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