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  • NM judge rules same-sex marriage license valid

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge in Santa Fe has ruled a marriage license issued by a Sandoval County clerk to a same-sex couple was valid, and therefore subject to divorce.

    Judge Sarah Singleton made her decision Monday in a hearing over a June 2009 divorce petition brought by Angela Carrejo against JaNelle Haught.

    Singleton did not rule whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico, but looked only at the issue of whether the same-sex marriage licenses were invalid.

  • House approves more agents, drones on border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare moment of bipartisanship Tuesday, the House approved $600 million to pay for more unmanned surveillance drones and about 1,500 more agents along the troubled Mexican border.

    Getting tougher on border security is one of the few issues that both parties agree on in this highly charged election season. But lawmakers remain deeply divided over a more comprehensive approach to the illegal immigration problem, and it's unclear if Congress will go beyond border-tightening efforts.

  • New Mexico gets ready for health care reform

    Santa Fe – To prepare for implementing health care reform, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Health Care Reform (HCR) Leadership Team will meet from            10 a.m.-noon Aug. 18 at the Human Services Department, located 37 Plaza la Prensa in Santa Fe.

  • Department store eyed for Trinity

    Kroger is again interested in putting an expanded grocery store that would include retail items such as clothing, electronics, toys and jewelry at the new Trinity site.

    “The concept has been approved,” said Allen Branch, one of the principals of Branch Realty of Santa Fe. “They want to anchor the center.”

  • Teacher inspired Bosshardt’s career

    Ninth-grade social studies inspired Brian Bosshardt, assistant county administrator, to pursue a career in public service.

    “I had a wonderful ninth-grade social studies teacher who instilled in me a love for politics and government. She was just a wonderful teacher,” Bosshardt said.

    Bosshardt graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., with a degree in political science and earned his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University in Tempe.

  • Lightning sparks electrical outages

    It took more than 12 hours for Department of Public Utilities crews to locate a line fault, which left up to 20 businesses in East Gate Park in the dark Monday.

  • Fingerprint sharing led to deportation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Records show that about 47,000 people were removed or deported from the U.S. after the Homeland Security Department sifted through 3 million sets of fingerprints taken from bookings at local jails.

    About one-quarter of those kicked out of the country did not have criminal records, according to government data obtained by immigration advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit. The groups plan to release the data Tuesday and provided early copies to The Associated Press.

  • Breaking News Eight Arrested in Anti-Nuke Protest at LANL

    An anti-nuclear protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory this afternoon led to the arrest of six men and two women.

    A national youth-led network working for nuclear abolition called “Think Outside the Bomb,” began their five-hour event with a vigil at Ashley Pond.

    The group of about 120 people then filed onto the far-right traffic lane of Trinity Drive marching west toward LANL. As traffic bogged down, police arrived in patrol cars and provided an escort of sorts in front, behind and somewhat along side the marchers.

  • Dangerous Ariz. escapees believed to be in Yellowstone area

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The search for two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and their suspected accomplice has turned to the vast Yellowstone National Park area after one of the inmates was linked to a double homicide in New Mexico and efforts to find them intensified.

  • Police: 1 of 2 Ariz. escapees captured in Wyoming

    PHOENIX (AP) — Federal agents on Monday captured one of two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison as he walked, armed with a handgun, outside a Wyoming church, and were still hunting for the other fugitive and a suspected accomplice.

    Convicted killer Tracy Province told authorities he was relieved that the manhunt was over when he was arrested around 6:20 a.m. in Meeteetse, Wyo., about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park, said David Gonzales, the U.S. Marshal for Arizona.