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  • 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.

  • Listen in on law makers

    If you ever wanted to listen in on the interim committee meetings of state lawmakers at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, here’s your chance.

    A live, streaming audio feed of these meetings is accessible online at www.nmlegis.gov.

    Lawmakers grew accustomed to being broadcast during the 2009 and 2010 regular sessions. Last week the Legislative Council voted to begin webcasting interim committee meetings beginning July 1.

    Because this year’s meetings are being held in Santa Fe as a cost-saving measure, the meeting rooms were already wired.

  • Spy swap with Russia now underway

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with up to 10 guilty pleas planned in New York by defendants accused of spying for Russia in exchange for the release of convicted Russian spies. A Russian convicted of spying for the United States was reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

  • IMF raises world growth forecast but risks rising

    BEIJING (AP) — The global economy is recovering faster than expected but Europe's debt crisis might stall the rebound and governments need to shore up shaky public confidence, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

    The IMF raised its 2010 world growth forecast to 4.6 percent from 4.2 percent in April and boosted estimates for the United States and China. But its quarterly World Economic Outlook warned that "risks have risen sharply" and Europe has to quickly resolve debt problems and restore confidence in its banks.

  • Russia-US spy swap appears to be in motion

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with a Russian convicted of spying for the United States reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna. Defense lawyers in the U.S. say they hoped for an immediate resolution for their 10 clients charged with spying for Russia.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

  • Winchell’s last day on the job

    Today is playing out like any other work day for Donald L. Winchell, Jr.

    He’s been on a term limited three-year appointment as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office manager and said this morning that he’ll finish out today like any other, even though it’s his last day on the job.

    Deputy Site Manager Roger Snyder will serve as acting site manager until Kevin Smith comes on board Aug. 29, Winchell said.

    Meantime, leisure beckons.