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  • Federal agency guns for weapons smugglers in seven U.S. cities

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal agency trying to stop guns from being smuggled from the United States into Mexico for use by drug cartels has formed teams in seven American cities to combat the problem.
    The teams set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are a follow-up to earlier temporary groups of investigators who worked in Houston and Arizona and seized about 2,000 guns.

  • Sandia mourns death of former executive

  • American woman released from prison in Iran arrives in US

    NEW YORK (AP) — A spokeswoman says an American woman who was held in Iran for more than 13 months has returned to the United States.

    Spokeswoman Samantha Topping says Sarah Shourd arrived in the country Sunday morning. She wouldn't specify where but says Shourd is on her way to New York for a news conference later Sunday.

    Shourd, her fiance and another man were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border. Iran has accused them of spying. Their families say they were hiking, and if they crossed the border, they did so accidentally.

  • Sheriff's search for 13 members of LA-area 'cult'

    PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five adults and eight children from a "cult-like" group in Southern California have been reported missing by their families.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's captain Mike Parker says the group from the Palmdale area disappeared Saturday and left behind evidence that they were awaiting the rapture or some catastrophic event.

  • Fire facility to debut

    Construction of an addition to the training tower at Fire Station 2 on DP Road is finished.
    The tall metal firefighter Practical Learning Center will accommodate training in search and rescue, high-rise attacks, single and multiple company evolutions, confined space rescue, lost or trapped firefighters, victim removal and other simulations.
    “We’ll be able to do live structured fire drills here instead of bringing the whole department down to the training academy in Socorro,” Lt. Larry Romero said.

     

  • Americans’ wealth fell in spring as stocks tanked

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ wealth shrank in the spring for the first time since early 2009 as financial turmoil eroded stock portfolios.
    The Federal Reserve says household net worth fell 2.7 percent — or $1.5 trillion — in the April-to-June quarter. The decline left Americans’ net worth at $53.5 trillion.
    Shriveled stock portfolios were the biggest force dragging down wealth. Wall Street was shaken by fears over Europe’s debt crisis. Since then, stocks have recovered most of their losses from the April-June quarter.

  • Tornado may have hit NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.
    The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Council seeks input on flyovers

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking feedback on proposed low-altitude flights by the U.S. Air Force in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
    Called Low Altitude Tactical Navigation, airspace would be provided for aircrew members to train on C-130 aircraft and the CV-22 Osprey.
    The input is needed for the Air Force’s Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential consequences of the LATN, according to a written statement from the county.

  • Gunman shot and killed on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington say police shot a man who pointed a gun at them on Capitol Hill.

    U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says officers were told around 5 a.m. Friday to be on the lookout for a man with a gun.

  • Weather service to probe if tornado hit Big Apple

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.

    The National Weather Service planned to spend the day investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.