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Police Arrest Burglary Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- Police have arrested two men who they say were caught burglarizing a home near the Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Police say a detective saw the suspects breaking into an apartment Wednesday night. The suspects loaded property into their cars and then tried to leave the scene.

Officers stopped one of the vehicles without incident, but when they tried to stop the second suspect, the driver intentionally rammed an unmarked police car and tried to leave the area. A short police pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody after crashing his vehicle near Tropicana and Arville.

Both suspects were charged with home invasion, burglary and grand larceny. The suspect who rammed the officer was also charged with battery on a police officer with a deadly weapon.

Police have not identified the suspects.

MMA Fighter Arrested for Sexual Assault

LAS VEGAS -- Former UFC fighter and mixed martial arts veteran Michael Whitehead has been arrested on sexual assault charges. 

Police say Whitehead turned himself into police on Wednesday, April 14th. He is charged with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness.

Police served a search warrant on Whitehead's home on Stuttgart St. after a woman filed a sexual assault report listing him as a suspect. During the search, police say they found what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation with more than 40 plants.

Toyota Sales Still High Despite Recall

LAS VEGAS -- Name, trust and recognition goes a long way. Just ask Phylis Kernick. She's been through three Toyota's and now just signed on for her fourth.

"The car holds up so well, I know I'll get to where I am going," she said.

She already had a 2010 Toyota Camry, but wanted to cash in on the deals the automaker is offering to customers, like zero percent interest for 60 months.

"They could finance this one without any interest rates," she said.

It's these incentives Toyota is resorting to after the massive recalls in hopes of rebuilding it's image.

"We were just shocked and I think the customers were shocked -- the public was shocked and I think it was a blow that woke us up. And our customer base has been more loyal than ever," said Rich Abajian with Findlay Toyota.

Family Court Needs Volunteers

LAS VEGAS -- Dealing with the court system can be very tough for kids in foster care, but there are people to help. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA's, volunteer their time to help these kids. But the tough times are putting the program in jeopardy.

CASA's represent children's needs. They do so in a place that can often be terrifying for children -- family court. Monday they celebrated their 30th anniversary but they aren't too certain about their 31st.

"I never met my dad and my mom, she left when I was 13. It was just me and my little brother on the streets for a little while," said former foster child Chris Stanley. "As my CASA first approached me, she said to me, 'My job is to advocate for you.'"

That former foster child, now 18, is entering UNLV this fall. He's just one of many people who were taken in by volunteers.

Las Vegas Police Arrest Suspect Over Toddler Accident

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a woman in connection with Wednesday's accident that involved two toddlers from a three-story balcony.

Police charged 37-year-old Nicole Taylor with two counts of felony child neglect with substantial bodily harm. Taylor is the natural mother of the 3-year-old girl and the grandmother of the 1-year-old girl.

Passers-by found the children on the ground at their apartment complex. Metro Police raced to the complex near Warm Springs and Durango. When they arrived, however, the girls were gone. "We discovered that the two children had been removed from where they were laying outside and taken back into the apartment, we believe, they live in," Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said.

When police found the girls, they determined the toddlers needed immediate medical care. Emergency crews air-lifted the girls to University Medical Center.

Las Vegas Schools Facing 1,000 Layoffs

LAS VEGAS  -- Cash-strapped Clark County school trustees are poised to lay off more than 1,000 employees by July 1 unless the Las Vegas-based district can find another way to close a big budget shortfall.

Board members of the nation's fifth-largest school district approved a tentative spending plan late Wednesday that aims to close most of a $140 million budget gap left by reduced state funding and declining property tax revenues. The board has until June 8 to submit a final balanced budget to the state.

Administrators say classroom and administrative positions are on the block. But specifics haven't been made public. Officials say they hope the district's four employee unions will agree to concessions including salary reductions and furlough days to reduce the number of layoffs.

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First-Time Unemployment Claims Increased

WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year. California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.