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  • FBI access to e-mail and Web records raises fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law.

    With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding it? Only time and a suddenly on guard Congress will tell.

  • Governor mulls pardon for Billy the Kid

    SANTA FE — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger.

    As it turns out, the feud isn’t completely over.

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is considering granting a posthumous pardon to Billy the Kid, angering descendants of Garrett who call it an insult to recognize such a violent outlaw.

  • Survey: Drugs not often used at school

    What goes through the minds of teen drug users?

    Members of the Youth Mobilizers, Y program, created a survey to find out.

    The survey was conducted in January and February. High school graduates Josh Dolin and Emi Weeks, senior Katarina Juarez and junior Myles Gurule each took a role in the survey. The Mobilizers interviewed 50 high school students who were thought to use drugs or drink alcohol.

    “It was surprising how honest people were,” Weeks said.

    The survey results showed:

  • Huge developer eyes Trinity site

    If North American Development Group wins the Trinity Site redevelopment lottery, upscale retail is in Los Alamos’ near future.

    The Canada- and U.S.-based developer, which owns or runs more than 10 million square feet of shopping center space, would like to develop a “pedestrian friendly” center in Los Alamos.

  • Arizona preparing appeal of immigration ruling

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is preparing to ask an appeals court to lift a judge's ruling that put most of the state's immigration law on hold in a key first-round victory for the federal government in a fight that may go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Gov. Jan Brewer called Wednesday's decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton "a bump in the road" and vowed to appeal.

  • Stocks fall as traders await Friday's GDP report

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Thursday as investors took a dim view of the latest report on unemployment and warily waited for the government's reading on second-quarter gross domestic product.

    Stocks initially rose on some upbeat earnings reports, but momentum quickly faded. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 74 points in midday trading and other major stock indexes also fell.

  • Mother Nature helps firefighters battle Calif fire

    TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Calm, cool weather Thursday morning dampened a wildfire that destroyed 25 buildings north of Los Angeles, but crews were prepared for afternoon winds that could kick up the flames again, a fire spokesman said.

    The blaze had burned about 2¼ square miles and still threatened about 150 homes, but it was 25 percent contained. If the weather cooperates, the fire should be fully surrounded by Friday, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman John Buchanan.

  • As many as 6,600 Arlington National Cemetery graves mixed up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Estimates of the number of graves potentially affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery's former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster.

    John Metzler, who ran the famous military burial ground for 19 years, said he accepts "full responsibility" for the problems.

  • LAPD passes 217 standards for accreditation

    “For me, as a professional, this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told County Councilors during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Although it is not official yet, the police department completed the New Mexico Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

  • Teams fight Hazmat challenges

    The trailer smelled like danger.

    The air buzzed with an ominous droning and telltale signs that foul play was afoot were scattered everywhere.

    Snapshots of birds with blistered-looking beaks were tacked to the walls, a text book about influenza was open on a table and in a back room plastic cages held chickens and ducks.

    The scenario described a disgruntled university student diabolically working on a scheme to spread a disease through poultry. It was a group of firefighters’ job to respond to this scene.