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  • Firefighters finally catch break in Arizona

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz.  — For the first time in more than a week, crews made some headway in the fight against a major wildfire in Arizona’s eastern mountains that destroyed dozens of buildings and kept thousands of evacuees away from their homes.
    Officials said the 603-square-mile blaze was 5 percent contained, after helicopters and a large air tanker dropped fire retardant and ground crews lit blazes to burn up combustible materials nearby. They said among the buildings destroyed so far were 22 homes in the resort community of Greer, and five others were damaged.
    Fire information officer Jim Whittington said unfortunately, losing homes to wildfires has become too common.

  • In quest of some shade

    Three deer found their way to this Yucca Street residence to get some shade and protection from the sun.
    With the dry conditions, there is a good chance the deer were looking for water as well.

  • LA leaders endorse Wilson candidacy

    Seventeen local leaders came out publicly Thursday to endorse Republican Heather Wilson in her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. She is seeking Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s seat who is retiring next year.

    Wilson’s endorsers noted her leadership in response to the Cerro Grande Fire, which devastated Los Alamos in May 2000 as well as her support for the national laboratories and their role in the nation’s defense.

  • Ex-spy agency official strikes plea bargain

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge in Baltimore dismissed Espionage Act charges against a former official with the National Security Agency accused of leaking classified documents, accepting his guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.

    Thomas Drake's plea deal pleased civil-liberties advocates but is a setback for the Obama administration's effort to crack down on leakers. The administration is pursuing charges against four other accused government leakers under the Act, regarded by critics as vague and overbroad.

  • Alaska releases Sarah Palin's emails

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials on Friday released thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her first 21 months as governor, giving a fresh glimpse at the time when she rose to national prominence and became the GOP vice presidential nominee.

    Reporters and photographers crowded into a small office to pick up the six boxes of emails — 24,199 pages and weighing 100 pounds. Some carried boxes down the stairs and others, wheeling them on dollies, scrambled to be the first ones to reach elevators.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for people paying for sex. The department launched a sting this week called "Operation Curb Side."

    KRQE-TV reports police arrested 30 people Thursday including a husband and wife in search of prostitutes.

    Police say suspected johns approached undercover officers about every five to 15 minutes during their investigation. Some were willing to pay with cash and others wanted to pay with drugs.

    Police say it's part of a bigger problem that includes drug abuse. Detectives say most prostitutes are drug addicts in need of serious help.

    Albuquerque police say they plan to continue the sex sting throughout the summer.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for people paying for sex. The department launched a sting this week called "Operation Curb Side."

    KRQE-TV reports police arrested 30 people Thursday including a husband and wife in search of prostitutes.

    Police say suspected johns approached undercover officers about every five to 15 minutes during their investigation. Some were willing to pay with cash and others wanted to pay with drugs.

    Police say it's part of a bigger problem that includes drug abuse. Detectives say most prostitutes are drug addicts in need of serious help.

    Albuquerque police say they plan to continue the sex sting throughout the summer.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for people paying for sex. The department launched a sting this week called "Operation Curb Side."

    KRQE-TV reports police arrested 30 people Thursday including a husband and wife in search of prostitutes.

    Police say suspected johns approached undercover officers about every five to 15 minutes during their investigation. Some were willing to pay with cash and others wanted to pay with drugs.

    Police say it's part of a bigger problem that includes drug abuse. Detectives say most prostitutes are drug addicts in need of serious help.

    Albuquerque police say they plan to continue the sex sting throughout the summer.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting
  • Crews protect resort town from Ariz. fire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews working feverishly overnight managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, but some homes were lost, officials said Thursday.
    Fire information officer Suzanne Flory said overnight operations went well, particularly in the community of Greer, where the blaze had made a significant run Wednesday.
    “Firefighters had a good stand and were able to protect the main part of town, but structures were lost,” Flory said.
    At least a half-dozen homes or cabins burned as the fire moved through the east side of Greer, said Jim Whittington, another fire spokesman.