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  • Census report: New Mexico’s poverty rate rises in ‘08-’09

    SANTA FE (AP) — More New Mexicans have fallen into poverty during the past two years and the state has the third highest poverty rate in the nation, according to the latest Census Bureau report.
    The increase in poverty reflects the recession taking a firmer hold in New Mexico, said Gerry Bradley, an economist and research director for New Mexico Voices for Children, an Albuquerque-based group that advocates for social programs benefiting the poor and children.
    The poverty rate in New Mexico was 19.3 percent in 2008-2009 compared with 15.5 percent in 2006-2007.

  • Anti-fraud arts, crafts law gets muscle

    ZUNI (AP) — Zuni silversmith Tony Eriacho stands behind tables of American Indian jewelry and crafts that are not what they seem.
    He picks up a necklace of Indian-style fetish animals made in the Philippines; dangles an earring with colored stones made of plastic; explains that what looks like solid turquoise is glued-together dust of turquoise and other rocks; uses a magnet to pick up beads supposedly made of silver, which isn’t magnetic.

  • American hiker Shourd begins her long journey home

    MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — An American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to “extend your prayers” to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying.

  • It’s official: twisters slammed NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — The storm that churned through New York City spawned two destructive tornadoes and a fierce macroburst with wind speeds up to 125 mph that barreled across a large swath of Brooklyn and Queens, authorities said Friday.
    The storm on Thursday evening toppled trees, peeled away roofs and killed a woman in a car who had just swapped seats with her husband.
    The fury of wind and rain that pummeled the area was New York City’s ninth and 10th tornadoes since 1950, the National Weather Service said.

  • 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.