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  • High speed chase leads to recovery of abducted Missouri boy in NM

    PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico police early Monday found an abducted 5-year-old Missouri boy safe in the back seat of a car after officers were fired on during a highway chase that at times exceeded 100 mph on Interstate 40.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia identified the boy as 5-year-old Devon Denman. Missouri authorities had been looking for him since Saturday, when his father reported the child's mother took the boy at gunpoint.

  • Lab nabs top tech awards

    A super high speed camera.

    Green explosives.

    A way to pull fuel from algae using sound waves.

    Those are a few of the projects that netted five top awards for Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

    The R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year.

    “This work benefits us all by enhancing America’s competitiveness, ensuring our security, providing new energy solutions and expanding the frontiers of our knowledge,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, in a news release.

  • DPS move will slow crime, save money

    The Department of Public Safety Forensic Laboratory will assume control of the State DNA Administrative Center starting in October — a move  that will trim weeks when inputting felon DNA information into the statewide database and save about $400,000 a year, according to the DPS.

    Today it takes six to eight weeks for this DNA information to be entered into the database for law enforcement use.

    DPS estimates it will take about two weeks once the Northern Forensic Laboratory assumes responsibility.

  • Spy swap complete: Russia 10 - United States 4

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. and Russia orchestrated the largest spy swap since the Cold War, exchanging 10 spies arrested in the U.S. for four convicted in Russia in a tightly choreographed diplomatic dance Friday at Vienna's airport.

    Two planes — one from New York's La Guardia airport and another from Moscow — arrived in Vienna within minutes of each other, parked nose-to-tail at a remote section on the tarmac, then spent about an hour and a half before departing just as quickly. A small bus was seen driving between the two planes.

  • Man dies in Thursday shooting at Santa Fe shopping mall

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Santa Fe shopping mall.

    Police Chief Aric Wheeler says a man was shot around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Place mall on the city's southeastern side.

    Wheeler says the man was taken to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and died a few hours later. Police did not immediately release the man's name or other details about the shooting.

  • Violent protests sparked by Calif train killing verdict

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Violent protests erupted in Oakland with stores damaged and dozens arrested after a Los Angeles jury convicted a white former transit officer of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

    Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering Oscar Grant. So Thursday's lesser verdict raised concerns of a repeat of the rioting that followed the shooting on New Year's Day in 2009 on an Oakland train platform. The trial was moved to Los Angeles following the riots.

  • Suicide bombers kill 62, wound 111 in Pakistan

    KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where the army has fought the Taliban, killing 62 people and wounding 111 in one of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan this year.

  • Police arrest main suspect in Taos double murder

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Taos police arrested the main suspect wanted in the shooting deaths of two teens.

    Police announced early Friday that 18-year-old Jose Rivera was located in northeast Taos. Police responded to a residence and ordered everyone out of the home.

    Two people exited the home and while police were watching them, a tactical team member saw Rivera hiding in a drainage pipe nearby.

    Police arrested Rivera without incident and turned him over to the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

  • Six more pot producers licensed

    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Department of Health has approved six more medical marijuana producers.

    That makes 11 nonprofits licensed by the state to provide the drug. The first producer was approved in March 2009.

    Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil said the additional producers will help meet the needs of patients by making medical marijuana more accessible in all regions of the state.

  • U.S., Russia swap spies in Vienna

    MOSCOW — The U.S. and Russia orchestrated the largest spy swap since the Cold War, exchanging 10 spies arrested in the U.S. for four convicted in Russia in a tightly choreographed diplomatic dance Friday at Vienna’s airport.

    The exchange was a clear demonstration of President Barack Obama’s “reset” ties between Moscow and Washington, enabling the U.S. to retrieve four Russians, some of whom were suffering through long prison terms.