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NEVADA SENATE-HEALTH OVERHAUL

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller's sliding positions last year on a long-held GOP promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act are providing plenty of fodder for Democrats and activists hoping to stymie his re-election. By Michelle Price. SENT: 700 words.

LAS VEGAS POLICE-RESTRAINT DEATH

LAS VEGAS — Charges including involuntary manslaughter were dropped Thursday against a former Las Vegas police officer accused of using an unapproved chokehold in the death of an unarmed man following a chase out of a casino last year. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he sought dismissal of the case because a grand jury last week refused to indict the former officer, Kenneth Christopher Lopera, in the death of 40-year-old Tashii Farmer Brown. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 630 words.

TESLA HACKER-LAWSUIT

RENO, Nev. — A former Tesla Inc. employee at the electric car maker's battery plant in Nevada is seeking at least $1 million in defamation damages after it accused him of hacking into computers and stealing confidential information leaked to the media. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 700 words. With AP Photo.

EARNS-MGM RESORTS

LAS VEGAS —Industry analysts have grilled MGM Resorts International executives after the company forecast weak results for the current quarter because— just like its competitors — it expects fewer scheduled entertainment events and lower room rates in Las Vegas this summer. Chairman and CEO Jim Murren pushed back. He highlighted the company's casino revenue from its Las Vegas Strip properties and its recent moves to strengthen its position as the legal sports betting market expands in the U.S. By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 490 words, AP Photos.

DEMOCRATS-CORPORATE MONEY

WASHINGTON — Money in politics is emerging as a new test for Democratic candidates, with scores of politicians pledging to reject corporate PAC donations. One group seeking changes, End Citizens United, says more than 170 candidates say they're not accepting corporate PAC donations. Their ranks include a handful of Democrats widely rumored to be exploring presidential bids. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Just a month into the budget year, fire-ravaged California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual firefighting budget, at least $125 million, officials say. By Jane Hair and Brian Skoloff. SENT: 510 words, photos, videos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration, under court order, must submit a plan to reunify hundreds of children who remain separated from the parents after being split apart by immigration authorities along the U.S. border with Mexico. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 500 words.

BRIEFS:

— VOTER REGISTRATION: The number of registered voters increased slightly last month as political parties and activists on the left and right work to boost their numbers ahead of this year's midterm elections.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULT: A 44-year-old Nevada man has been ordered to spend 105 years in prison before he's eligible for parole after he was found guilty of child sexual assault and lewdness involving a young relative.

— MOTHER KILLED-SONS ARRESTED: Nye County authorities say two 17-year-old Pahrump boys are accused of fatally stabbing their mother.

— OPIOID MAKERS-LAWSUIT: Las Vegas city officials have voted to sue opioid manufacturers and have hired a law firm to represent the city.

SPORTS:

BBO--FREE AGENT RENTALS

NEW YORK — A segment of baseball's trade market is the sports version of Airbnb: Stars check in for short-term stays before moving on to permanent homes. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKL--WNBA INCREASED TECHNICALS

NEW YORK — Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break, 11 more than all of last season. Coaches have picked up another 30 technical fouls already with nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 940 words.

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