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President Obama Visits the Hoover Dam

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(BOULDER CITY, Nev.) -- It could be considered the mother of all study breaks: a 30-mile trek in a presidential motorcade to visit one of the greatest feats of American public works of all time.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did Tuesday afternoon, pausing from intensive debate preparations for an hour-and-a-half excursion to the Hoover Dam.

“Its spectacular and I’ve never seen it before,” Obama told reporters from a heliport overlooking the dam.  “I didn’t realize it was so close by.”

The dam is frequently cited by Obama as an example of American ingenuity and the value of government-funded investment in public infrastructure.

As he looked north up the river gorge, Obama marveled at the dam’s construction and power output as he chatted with Assistant Dam Manager Rob Skordas and U.S. Interior Department official Janel Brawner-Potucek.

“The power generated here, where’s it going?” Obama asked Skordas.

“Mostly Southern California,” he replied, surprising Obama.

“Not Vegas?” the president said.  “I always assumed Vegas got its power from here.”

“Yeah, you always assume this dam is powering all those lights,” said Skordas, referring to the colorful illumination on the famous Vegas Strip.

Skordas and Brawner-Potucek appeared to be the only Nevada voters with whom Obama has interacted Tuesday outside his lakeside oasis in Henderson.  Aides have said the president chose to hold his so-called “debate camp” here in order to take advantage of opportunities to meet with voters in this key swing state. On Monday, he met with campaign volunteers at a local field office.

The president declined to answer questions from the press pool accompanying him about his progress in preparing for Wedneday night’s debate or the performance of Sen. John Kerry, who is standing in as Mitt Romney.

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NTSB to Investigate Helicopter Crash Near Vegas That Killed Five

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced early Thursday morning it has launched an investigation into a helicopter crash near Las Vegas Wednesday that killed all five people on board.

The chopper, operated by Sundance Helicopters, was on a sightseeing tour of Hoover Dam about 30 miles away from Las Vegas Strip, when it went down around 5 p.m. in the mountains surrounding Lake Mead.  Officials confirmed that all passengers were killed.

As National Parks Department spokesman Andrew Munoz explains, the scene of the crash is very remote, making it difficult for rescue and investigative teams to reach the site.

"The area itself is rugged...mountains and there's no easy access in by vehicle," Munoz says.

For its part, the NTSB will use a team of 12 members to look into the crash.

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Female Body Found Near Lake Mead, Hoover Dam

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Authorities at Lake Mead say that tourists discovered the body of a woman Thursday morning just northeast of the Hoover Dam on the Arizona side of the lake, ABC affiliate KTNV reports.

The tourists that discovered the body say the woman appears to have been burned.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office and park rangers are investigating, according to KTNV.  Officials have also said the body will be brought to Las Vegas for an autopsy.

No identity has been determined, but investigators speculate the body might be that of missing Las Vegas dancer, Debbie Flores Narvaez.

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