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  • Gov frees up emergency funds for NM gas outage

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an executive order that frees up as much as $750,000 in state emergency funds for costs incurred by state and local entities as a result of last week's natural gas outage.

    The state has received disaster declarations from 13 local governments within the last two days, and more are expected.

  • Arizona Sen. Kyl won't seek re-election

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republican Jon Kyl said Thursday he won't seek re-election to a fourth term in the U.S. Senate in 2012, creating another open seat as Republicans try to take back control.

    Kyl, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said at a news conference that it was time to give someone else a shot at the seat he's held since 1994.

  • Egypt army takes control, sign Mubarak on way out

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military announced on national television that it stepped in to "safeguard the country" and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down Thursday.

    State TV said Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo.

  • Otero, Lincoln County residents told to boil water

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents in Otero and Lincoln Counties are being told to boil water before drinking, cooking or washing dishes.

    The New Mexico Environment Department's precautionary boil water advisory includes all of Ruidoso.

    Health officials say they issued the warning because extreme weather conditions have frozen and ruptured water pipes, possibly contaminating the water supply.

  • 3 dead in Pa. natural gas explosion; 2 missing

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. Three people were killed, including an infant, and at least two others were unaccounted for Thursday.

  • NY Rep. Lee resigns after shirtless photo surfaces

    CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York abruptly resigned with only a vague explanation of regret after a gossip website reported that the married congressman had sent a shirtless photo of himself flexing his muscles to a woman whose Craigslist ad he answered.

  • NKorea: No military talks with 'traitor' SKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's abandonment of military talks with South Korea is merely the latest feint in a long duel between the two rivals, according to analysts who see further provocative actions from Pyongyang coming next.

    The communist country refused to hold further talks Thursday after walking out of their first discussions in months the day before, blaming the South for insisting on putting the deadly sinking of a warship on the agenda.

  • GOP invites business to vent about regulations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On issues ranging from the air we breathe to the noise factories make, business leaders want the government to stay out of their way. And the Republicans, looking toward the 2012 elections, are listening.

    The House's principal investigative panel, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is taking its turn Thursday in a hearing designed to give a voice to business complaints about government regulations.

  • Sandia team helps Kazakhstan with nukes

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team from Sandia National Laboratories helped the country of Kazakhstan move nuclear materials — enough to build an estimated 775 nuclear weapons — to safety.

    Shipping containers holding casks of nuclear materials were loaded onto special trains for an 1,800-mile journey to long-term storage in the Central Asian country's interior.

  • National health care month

    ALBUQUERQUE — February is National Wise Health Care Consumer Month and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) would like to take this opportunity to pass a long a simple message: Call Before You Go.
    If you think you or someone in your household has been poisoned, call NMPDIC at 1-800-222-1222.
    Calling your poison center with a poison emergency saves you time and reduces health care costs.