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ALBUQUERQUE – An American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a New Mexico airport after passengers reported smelling smoke or fumes.

A spokesman for Albuquerque International Sunport, Daniel Jiron, said Flight 117 from JFK to LAX landed without incident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He said someone reported a man had lit matches.

Jiron said the man was removed and Transportation Security Administration personnel and the FBI made a sweep of the plane.

He added the plane was cleared, passengers reboarded and the flight left for Los Angeles about 10:30 p.m.

 There were no reports of injuries among the 169 passengers and crew.

The man’s name was not released.

Grant to help

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SANTA FE – Voters have approved a $35 million bond that will give community college students a chance to complete their education in Santa Fe.

About one-third of the funding will be used for a new higher education center.

Administrators with Santa Fe Community College said the center is expected to be ready for classes by the fall of 2012.

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