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ABC News(HAWTHORNE, Nev.) — Several hundred people showed up for a vigil Tuesday night in Nevada to remember the seven Marines who were killed on Monday during a training exercise.

The Marines, who were from the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., were conducting live fire maneuver training at the Hawthorne Army Depot 140 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., on Monday when Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman said it appeared a mortar round exploded in a tube at 9:55 p.m. PT.

Eight others were wounded in the blast.  The survivors are being treated at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for injuries that include trauma fractures and vascular injuries, hospital spokeswoman Stacy Kendall told ABC News.

Lukeman said the identities of the servicemembers would be made public 24 hours after all of the next of kin were notified.

The Marines had been training at the Hawthorne Army Depot and the nearby Mountain Warfare Training Center for the past month, Lukeman said.  The training was not in anticipation of an imminent deployment, he said.

The mountainous desert terrain of the 230-square-mile depot is used as a training location for special forces since it “provides a realistic simulation of the situation in Afghanistan,” according to the depot’s website.  The depot is also used as a storage site for ammunition awaiting demilitarization.

The Marines have issued a suspension on the use of all 60mm mortars and there associated tubes while they conduct a review of what caused a round to explode.  The suspension will affect mortars used both in training and in deployed settings.

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Dec 072012
 

Citrus Heights Police Dept.(CARSON CITY, Nev.) — The woman who was stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains survived for six days by eating tomatoes and snow until she was found by her brother, who was part of a team searching for her and her boyfriend.

Paula Lane, 46, was rescued on Wednesday.  Her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, died.

He had left her to find help after their Jeep got stuck in the snow as they drove from Clifton’s mother’s home in Citrus Heights, Calif., to their own home in Gardnerville, Nev., Nov. 29.

They were reported missing the following day after Lane failed to meet her mother for a planned dinner and wasn’t reachable by cellphone, according to KXTV, an ABC News affiliate in Sacramento, Calif.

The couple are believed to have taken their Jeep Cherokee off-roading when they became stuck off Highways 88-89 in Alpine County.

The area where they got stuck was so remote that cellphone service was limited.  The couple were unable to call for help, and police couldn’t locate them using their cellphones.

Clifton, 44, never returned to Lane.  His body was found Wednesday, several miles from the highway.  Police have not yet confirmed how he died, but they don’t believe foul play was involved.

Lane had set out to find help after her boyfriend failed to return.

Lane’s family is happy she is alive.

“It’s been a rough haul, waiting all those days, trying to know if she’d made it or not,” Lane’s older sister, Linda Hathaway, said at a news conference Thursday at Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital, the Carson City, Nev., facility to which Lane was taken and treated for first-degree frostbite and malnourishment.

Police had launched a manhunt for the missing couple, but bad weather at times prevented authorities from sending up planes or helicopters.

Hathaway had given up hope, and said she had prepared her sister’s 11-year-old twin sons for the worst.

“We sat them down to tell them that their mother may not come back,” she said.

But the women’s brother kept searching along the route that Lane would have taken home.  Lane and Clifton routinely made the drive from Citrus Heights to Gardnerville.

Hathaway said her brother eventually found Lane crawling along Highway 88.

Dr. Vijay Maiya, Lane’s physician, said his patient had apparently found shelter by “hiding out in a hollow tree,” in addition to eating the tomatoes they had with them.

“She is medically stable.  She’s recovering nicely,” Maiya said at the news conference, adding that 25 percent of Lane’s recovery would be physical and 75 percent would be “emotional.”

Maiya expects to keep Lane in the hospital through the weekend to monitor her recovery.

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Nov 022012
 

Steve Pope/Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) — Paul Ryan had a direct message for Nevadans on Thursday: “Early voting doesn’t end until tomorrow so don’t forget that you can get out and early vote.”

Ryan told several hundred people in this battleground state that Nevada is “crucial.”

“A handful of states are going to determine this thing,” he said at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Ryan then told the crowd to talk to those in their lives who may have helped Barack Obama defeat John McCain there four years ago.  It’s a theme he’s struck at many campaign stops.

“In a state where you have unemployment above 11 percent, [hope and change is] not working,” he said.

According to the Nevada Secretary of State, 533,064 votes have already been cast, which is 55 percent of the total votes cast in 2008.  Of those ballots, 235,514 are from registered Democrats, 200,678 are from registered Republicans, and 96,872 are from “other.”

A Pew Research Center survey finds the race is neck-and-neck among early voters, a stark contrast with this point in 2008, when Obama led McCain by 19 points among those who had voted early.

Ryan headed to Las Vegas next, where he greeted volunteers at a campaign office.  President Obama was also in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon holding a rally in front of 4,500 people on his first day back on the campaign trail after taking a break from politics to deal with the devastation of superstorm Sandy.

The president and Ryan have been circling each other on Thursday.  Both stopped in Wisconsin and Colorado.  The GOP vice presidential nominee began his day in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., after taking his children trick-or treating Wednesday night, then held an event in Greeley, Colo.  The president was in Green Bay, Colo., where Ryan was Wednesday, and ended his day with an event in Denver Thursday evening.

Ryan will head back to Colorado on Friday, stopping in Montrose before traveling to Iowa for a campaign event in Cedar Falls, and ending the day with a joint rally with his running mate, Mitt Romney, as well as scores of other surrogates in West Chester, Ohio.

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Nov 012012
 

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) – After canceling campaign events for three days to oversee the response to the devastating storm, President Obama, back on the trail, told supporters in two key battleground states Thursday that Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder that “when disaster strikes, we see America at its best.”

“All the petty differences that consume us in normal times somehow melt away,” the president told 4,500 Nevadans at a rally in Las Vegas. “There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm, just fellow Americans, leaders of different parties working to fix what’s broken, neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy, communities rallying to rebuild, a spirit that says, In the end we’re all in this together, that we rise or fall as one nation.”

The storm provided Obama with a chance to showcase bipartisan leadership in the final run-up to the election and to cast himself as a take-charge commander-in-chief.

He spent Wednesday touring damaged areas with Republican New Jersey governor and prominent Romney-backer Chris Christie. In a show of bipartisanship, and a budding political “bromance,” the president and Christie have publicly praised the others’ preparation for and response to the hurricane.

On Thursday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for a second term, citing climate change and saying Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.”

“We are awed by the destructive power of nature. We’re mourning those who’ve been lost. And we’re — we’re going to pledge to those whose lives have been turned upside down that we will not quit until we have given them all the help they need to recover,” the president said in Las Vegas.

As he flew to Nevada from his first post-Sandy campaign event in Wisconsin, the president called state and local officials responding to the storm from Air Force One.

“The thing that I repeated to them every time that I talk to them is, America will not forget them. We are going to make sure they get everything they need. We’re going to cut through the red tape and the bureaucracy,” he said.

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Oct 262012
 

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(LAS VEGAS) — Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized Friday after a crash that involved mutiple cars, four of them a part of the senator’s caravan, ABC News has learned.

The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. on I-15 in Las Vegas, and involved two cars not in the Senate majority leader’s caravan, according to ABC television affiliate KTNV.

Reid’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

This story is developing…

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