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  • Richardson's shadow still looms over governor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a historic race where New Mexico will elect its first female governor, the outcome could hinge on voter discontent with a man not even on the ballot: Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The governor's popularity has plunged amid corruption investigations as he nears the end of his second term, and his presence looms large in the race between Republican Susana Martinez and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

  • Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path.

    Faisal Shahzad came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.

  • America's Challenge pilots to pay tribute to missing balloonists

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The America's Challenge gas balloon race will pay tribute to two balloonists who disappeared last week in the Adriatic Sea.

    The deputy director of the race, Kevin Knapp, says pilots are being asked to hang two chile ristras from their balloons, which are to lift off Wednesday evening from Albuquerque.

    One ristra will pay tribute to Richard Abruzzo of Albuquerque, while the other, with a pink ribbon, will pay tribute to Carol Rymer Davis of Denver.

  • NM voters can start to cast absentee ballots

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Election Day is four weeks away but New Mexicans can start voting with absentee ballots.

    County clerks can start mailing out absentee ballots on Tuesday to those who have requested them.

    Voters also can go to their county clerk's office, obtain an absentee ballot and cast it immediately.

    Early in-person voting at other polling locations will start Oct. 16 and run through Oct. 30.

  • OFFICIALS PLAN AUTOPSY IN BABY'S DEATH

    An autopsy has been scheduled Tuesday morning for Grey Vigil, who died Monday. Law enforcement officials are seeking to pinpoint an exact cause of death for the infant boy that was born Friday, Sept. 24, at a Los Alamos residence, and was then reportedly kept concealed in a closet for three days, according to a source with the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Search for missing balloonists officially concludes

    ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard said Monday that it had called off the search for a pair of American balloonists who disappeared last week in the Adriatic Sea.

    The search was called off at 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) after a final attempt to locate Richard Abruzzo, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Carol Rymer Davis, of Denver, had failed, said coast guard spokesman Lt. Massimo Maccheroni.

    Maccheroni said that a robotic vehicle scanned the seabed of the Adriatic for any remains.

  • State Department issues travel alert for European destinations

    The U.S. State Department Sunday morning issued the following travel alert for citizens bound for European destinations:

    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe.  Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks.  European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.

  • Search for missing balloonists 'close to the limit'

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of balloonists in New Mexico lifted off Saturday at dawn amid a somber mood, opening the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta while search crews on the other side of the globe scoured the seas for two of the sport's most acclaimed pilots.

  • Police apprehend smash and grab suspects

    Los Alamos police apprehended two suspects at Anderson Overlook Friday afternoon under investigation for a series of smash and grab thefts plaguing local automobiles in the community for some time.

    Sgt. Fred Rascon, Sgt. Preston Ballew, Det. Jeremy Duran and officers Paige Early and Chris Ross gathered evidence at the scene where the suspects, Aaron Roybal and Nathan Zamora were parked in their red Honda.

    A short time later, police captured a third suspect, Delbert Roybal, who was hiding out at Smith's Food and Drug Center on Central Avenue.

  • CYFD assumes custody of newborn

    Baby Grey Vigil will be transferred from UNMH to hospice care now that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has taken custody of the Los Alamos infant allegedly left in a closet by his mother for three days.


    Katrina Vigil, 25, reportedly hid her pregnancy, gave birth to Grey at her home last Friday and then kept him in the closet. Her mother, Holly Vigil, discovered the baby on Monday and brought him to Los Alamos Medical Center Tuesday.