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Nellis Airman Dies in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The Air Force has announced that a Senior Airman assigned to Nellis Air Force Base has died in Afghanistan.

Senior Airman Michael J. Buras of Fitzgerald, Ga., died of wounds suffered during an improvised explosive device detonation.

According to a news release, Buras was assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team at Nellis and already had a Purple Heart award from a previous deployment.

Two other Airmen were injured during the blast and are receiving medical care.

In a statement, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron commander Lt. Col. Mark McCloud said, "Airman Buras was a dedicated professional and a true patriot and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are also with our other two Airmen who were injured and are receiving care in the AOR."

Nellis AFB Honors MIA-POW's

NELLIS AFB, Nev. -- Thousands of American families still don't know the whereabouts of their missing military family members. Some are believed to be in enemy prisons, for others, their fate is unknown.

On Friday, U.S. military bases around world honored those men and women who are listed as an MIA or POW.

"In life or death, we must leave no one behind," said Brigadier General David Thompson, USAF Warfare Center as the ceremony of recognition got underway at Nellis Air Force Base.

Some of the men who attended the ceremony are lucky to be alive.

"I got shot down in the attack on Marcus Islands," said CPO Jack Leaming, POW in Japan 1942 - 1945.

"I fought in combat for 11 months, I got wounded and captured at the Battle of the Bulge outside Belgium, I did six months in a German prison camp and I came out in 1945," said PFC Matthew Bates, POW in Germany 1944 - 1945.

Fatal Crash Numbers Decline Significantly

LAS VEGAS -- New numbers just released by Las Vegas police show fatal car crashes have declined significantly over the past three years.

In a year-to-date comparison, Metro reports 106 fatal accidents in the first nine months of 2007. That number declined to 86 in 2008, dropped again to 60 last year, and the downward trend continues this year with 52 fatal car crashes on our roadways so far in 2010.

That's a more than a 50-percent decrease in the number of fatal car crashes in Clark County since 2007.

With three and a half months still to go in 2010, Metro says it's going to take everyone doing their part on the roadways to keep that downward trend going.

That means slowing down, following at a safe distance, keeping your full focus on the road, and of course never climbing behind the wheel while impaired.

Man Killed in Crosswalk Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The young man killed as he crossed a street in North Las Vegas Tuesday morning has been identified as 22-year-old James Curtis Phillips Jr.

Police say Phillips was struck and killed by a car as he used a crosswalk near Craig Rd. and Berg St. Police say the 29-year-old woman who hit him ran a red light.

Liberace Museum to Close

LAS VEGAS -- The Liberace Museum will close its doors next month. After 31 years of operation, the museum will close to focus on its monetary contributions on the Liberace Foundation. 

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we feel it is important to close the museum to ensure the future of the Liberace Foundation and to keep the legacy of Liberace alive through its continued scholarship program," said Jeff Koep, Chair of the Liberace Foundation.

So far more than $6 million in scholarships have been awarded to 2,700 students.

As for the memorabilia at the museum, it will be maintained while a national touring exhibit is planned.

The board will also continue to research options for a location change to make the museum more accessible to potential patrons.

The Liberace Museum will close its doors Sunday, October 17.

Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Boy Wounded

LAS VEGAS -- Two adults are dead and one child is fighting for his life. All are members of the same family and now Las Vegas police are trying to figure out why the incident happened.

The murder-suicide happened in the northeast part of town near Walnut and Carey.

The incident began as a domestic disturbance and quickly escalated. Police say the middle- aged man who lived at the house shot his sister and then her nephew before killing himself.

Neighbors describe him as a ticking time bomb, saying he was violent and could have erupted at any moment.

"Especially towards his mother. His sister -- he never got along with his sister. She moved in here about two months ago and we knew something was going to happen. Not this soon, maybe sooner. But last night, it's a shame it was the kid though," said neighbor Wanda Pence.

Las Vegas Military Families Welcome Iraq War's End

LAS VEGAS - After more than seven years, U.S. combat in Iraq is finally over. President Obama made the official announcement during a speech to the nation on Tuesday.

Blue Star mother Sandra Rios-Kuta was happy to hear the news. "There are thousands of moms and dads throughout the country that are excited and happy," she said.

Her 21-year-old son, Army Sgt. Kelly Floyd, served nine months in Iraq. He returned home a few weeks ago. "Once you hear, ‘I'm stateside,' it's just a sigh of relief," she said. "(You're) just blessed to hear that you have your child home."

Thousands of other families, however, never received that call. More than four thousand servicemen and women died in Iraq. Tens of thousands more were wounded. "I just hope that the Iraqi people just appreciate the service of our children," Rios-Kuta said.