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Today's News

  • Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of the nation's poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades.

  • Gunmen attack school van in Pakistan; 5 dead

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

    At least 12 boys, two girls and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Qayyum Khan.

  • CDC issues cantaloupe warning after Listeria outbreak

    DENVER (AP) — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.

    The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after 15 cases of a strain of Listeria were reported from four states, including 11 from Colorado, two from Texas, and one each from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Suspected cases were being investigated in other states.

    The agency said it was the first Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe in the United States.

  • Leila Lopes of Angola is crowned Miss Universe--video extra

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes hopes her victory will allow her to assist her native Angola further escape its history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combatting HIV around the globe.

    Speaking in a timid voice early Tuesday shortly after taking the crown in South America's largest city, the 25-year-old Lopes said that "as Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people."

    "I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."

  • Idaho man who lured 12-year-old NM girl for sex pleads guilty

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 19-year-old Idaho man who had sex with a 12-year-old New Mexico girl whom he met while playing a multiplayer Internet role-playing game has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boise.

    When he's sentenced Dec. 2, Alexander Lynn Trowell of Nampa faces up to 30 years behind bars, a $250,000 and lifetime supervision.

    Trowell met the girl from New Mexico in 2010 playing World of Warcraft online.

    In his plea agreement, Trowell told prosecutors he eventually helped her run away to Idaho by purchasing her a plane ticket.

    On April 20, the girl took a taxi to the airport and flew to Boise where she met with Trowell.

  • Poll: Americans feel safe, but Congress shouldn't

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be in the doghouse with the American public, but the broader government — especially the military — gets high marks for keeping the nation safe and secure, a new poll suggests.

    What's more, nearly seven in 10 Americans are trying to make things better by volunteering, a sign that optimism survives in a nation riled by partisan policy fights and economic uncertainty.

  • Obama wants tax hikes to pay for his jobs bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already rejected, and he accused them of political motives if they still refuse to go along.

    "The only thing that's stopping it is politics," Obama declared.

    The president's proposal drew criticism from House Speaker John Boehner, who'd previously responded in cautious but somewhat receptive tones to the $447 billion jobs plan made up of tax cuts and new spending that Obama first proposed in an address to Congress last Thursday.

  • Los Alamos MainStreet program gains national accreditation

    Los Alamos is among 11 local New Mexico MainStreet projects over the past year that have earned recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

    Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, whose department houses the New Mexico MainStreet program, noted the MainStreet projects around the state.

  • Valles Caldera area open, fire restrictions lifted

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve are lifting fire restrictions, but surrounding areas on the Santa Fe National Forest remain off limits due to post-fire dangers.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says safety is the top concern. She says entering the burn area of the Las Conchas fire poses serious risks that include falling trees, rolling rocks and flash flooding threats.

    Officials say violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, or both.

    At the preserve, officials say recent rainfall has improved conditions and public access to the burned area will be approved by preserve staff on a case by case basis.

  • NM police make prostitution busts at State Fair--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they've made some prostitution-related busts at the New Mexico State Fair.

    KRQE-TV reports that five prostitutes and three pimps were arrested Saturday night near the state fairgrounds.

    Two vehicles used to transport the prostitutes also were seized along with firearms that were in the possession of the pimps.

    State Police has 31 officers on patrol at the fair and it's a safe scene within the fairgrounds.

    Undercover officers also are patrolling the fair in an effort to keep the danger out of the park.

    On Sunday, police are taking extra precaution with unattended bags and suspicious vehicles because of the 9/11 anniversary.