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  • Feds say affidavit shows China paid NM scientist

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for a former Sandia National Labs scientist accused of stealing research says his client has not committed espionage.

    Brian Pori said Monday a search warrant affidavit only states what authorities hope to find to prove Jianyu Huang was passing data to universities in China.

  • Weather conditions helping fight Little Bear Fire

    RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters say they are continuing to take advantage of favorable weather conditions to battle a wildfire in southern New Mexico that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses.

    Meanwhile, officials said Monday that the ranging blaze in the Gila Wilderness, already the largest wildfire in state history, grew another 1,000 acres and is now 463 square miles. That fire is 80 percent contained.

  • Colo. firefighters face more powerful winds

    DENVER (AP) — More residents were out of their homes Monday as fire crews face another day of powerful winds fueling a wildfire that has charred about 90 square miles of forested mountains in northern Colorado.

    The fire danger was high across much of the Rocky Mountain region because of hot, dry weather and expected gusty winds.

    Firefighters at the High Park fire west of Fort Collins dealt with 30 mph winds and gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn't enough to quell the fire.

  • New Mexico ends straight-ticket voting option

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fixture on ballots for decades, the option to vote a straight party ticket is disappearing in New Mexico and won't be available when people head to the polls in November.

    Voters historically could easily choose to support a party's entire slate of candidates by making just one mark on the ballot or pressing a single button or level on a machine. But Secretary of State Dianna Duran has decided not to allow that in this year's general election because there's no provision in state law specifically authorizing it.

  • Today in History for June 18th
  • Rodney King, key figure in LA riots, dead at 47--Video Extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, died Sunday. He was 47.

    King's fiancé called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to report she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin.

    Officers arrived to find King unresponsive in the water, Hardin said. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

  • Wildfire Destroys Most Homes in Colo. History
  • Today in History for June 17th
  • Trails are open and on the mend

    Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin pores over a map of the trail system surrounding Los Alamos. Most of the trails are marked in pink, an indicator of unrepaired damage from the Las Conchas fire. A few small areas have a bold red line over them, highlighting sections where repairs have been completed.

    Martin does not appear to be overwhelmed by the task ahead of him, in spite of the fact that this is the second time he has been through this. Martin led trail recovery efforts after the Cerro Grande fire 12 years ago.

  • Survivors Lap

    The Los Alamos Relay for Life kicked off Friday night, in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Above, several cancer survivors take a lap around Ashley Pond during the survivors lap. At left, two bagpipers led the survivors lap.