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  • Huntsman getting into GOP race

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who until the spring served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China, is running for president, officials said Tuesday.

    The Republican planned to formally announce his intentions June 21 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, these officials familiar with Huntsman's thinking told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid publically pre-empting Huntsman. He was set to suggest as much later Tuesday in an appearance in New York City.

  • Bachmann brings flair, tea party clout to GOP race--video extra

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One hand clutches a crisply folded U.S. flag with a concealed weapons certification protruding; the other slides discreetly into a denim coat pocket. Behind the beaming state lawmaker, a silhouette target with bullet holes square in the chest. Next to her nameplate, a "No New Taxes!" sticker.

    The 2005 photo captures Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann's essence.

    In Bachmann's quick rise from state lawmaker to unofficial tea party ambassador in Washington, her brazen style has kept Republican leaders on edge and appealed to those in the GOP searching for a fresh, unfettered voice. She relishes the spotlight and seldom cedes ground.

  • NM governor to tour fire near NM-Colo. Border

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is headed to Raton this evening, where she will be briefed on a raging wildfire that has charred more than 24,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border.

    The Track Fire has forced hundreds of residents from their homes, damaged the community's watershed and closed a major interstate that links to the two states.

    The governor tells The Associated Press that officials will do what they can to open Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colo., as soon as possible but the priority is safety. She says the fire and wind gusts have resulted in zero visibility along the corridor.

  • CORRECTION: County Council meeting location

    A notice that appeared in Update in Sunday's paper incorrectly listed the location for the county council meeting Tuesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • Congress returns to work, Weiner goes to treatment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Anthony Weiner's behavior has been "inappropriate" and "a distraction," the White House said Monday as the House of Representatives returned to work for the first time since eruption of the sexting scandal that has brought calls for the New York Democrat's resignation.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't say whether President Barack Obama believes Weiner should resign — as other Democratic leaders have said.

  • States' budget challenges differ

    The country is pulling out of the Great Recession, but an Associated Press review of 50 balance sheets shows state budgets ravaged by declining tax revenue and bank accounts far leaner than they were when the downturn took hold.

    Many face massive liabilities for years to come. Budget and other fiscal data compiled by the AP show that across the 50 states, the $734 billion in cumulative revenue available for the coming fiscal year has dropped by about $34 billion, or 5 percent, from the 2007-08 fiscal year, when the recession began.

    Some states are in far worse shape. New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Illinois and Louisiana reported deficits that are more than 20 percent of their state's general fund.

  • 40 years after leak, Pentagon Papers coming out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty years after the explosive leak of the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study chronicling deception and misadventure in U.S. conduct of the Vietnam War, the report is coming out in its entirety on Monday.

    The 7,000-page report was the WikiLeaks disclosure of its time, a sensational breach of government confidentiality that shook Richard Nixon's presidency and prompted a Supreme Court fight that advanced press freedom. Prepared near the end of Lyndon Johnson's term by Defense Department and private foreign policy analysts, the report was leaked primarily by one of them, Daniel Ellsberg, in a brash act of defiance that stands as one of the most dramatic episodes of whistleblowing in U.S. history.

  • Tribes line up against new casino

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s Indian tribes are lining up against one of their own as the federal government once again is considering a controversial proposal to let a northern New Mexico pueblo partner with a Santa Fe art dealer to build a hotel and casino along the Texas-New Mexico border.
    The New Mexico Indian Gaming Association Inc., which represents tribal casino operators, recently filed comments with the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposing the plan, according to Mark Chino, president of the Mescalero Apache tribe, which operates Inn of the Mountain Gods resort and casino in the Ruidoso area.

  • Just Married at the Justice Center

    This newlyweds’ vehicle was parked outside the Los Alamos County Police Department earlier this week.

  • State Briefs 06-12-11

    State agencies laying off 44

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.
    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.