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  • 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54--Video Extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54.

    Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.

    The muscular, 6-foot-4 (1.96 meter) Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting in his 30s, "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered," the statement said. "Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

  • Analysis: 4-year progress query puts Obama in box

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's a question that aides to any president seeking re-election should be ready to handle: Are Americans better off now than before he took office?

    This seemingly simple query, however, flummoxed President Barack Obama's team over the Labor Day weekend, throwing the campaign on the defensive just as the Democrats are about to open their national convention.

    Republican Mitt Romney's campaign pounced. Running mate Paul Ryan, speaking Monday in another North Carolina town, amped-up his party's long-running efforts to persuade Americans, once and for all, that Obama's economic record disqualifies him for a second term.

    Democrats acknowledged that Obama's team must get a better handle on the question, an updated version of the Ronald Reagan line that helped sink President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

  • Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports the bear was first spotted at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

    A few hours later, the bear was found along the Santa Fe River, two blocks from the city's historic plaza.

    Officers tranquilized the bear. They believe it may have been injured because it remained in the same place for so long.

    The crowd that gathered to watch the bear included actor and Santa Fe area resident Val Kilmer.

  • Raw Video: Red Bull Heir Arrested in Hit-and-run

    A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday.

  • Forest Service gives nod to Taos Ski Valley expansion

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley's request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers.

    The plan also calls for upgrades to three other lifts, thinning of trees to expand two new glade areas for advanced intermediate to expert skiers, construction of a permanent tubing facility, a snowshoe trail system and a lift-served mountain bike trail for summer visitors.

    Officials hailed the action as crucial for helping the northern New Mexico ski area keep pace with competitors in Colorado.

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  • New Mexico plans summit on economic policies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans a summit in October to gather recommendations for boosting New Mexico's economy.

    The Economic Development Department is organizing the "New Century Economic Summit" in Albuquerque on Oct. 2 to hear from community and business leaders and educators.

    Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela said policy recommendations may be incorporated into legislative proposals and the agency's long-term strategic plan for expanding the economy.

    Barela said the summit needs to consider New Mexico's tax system, infrastructure, economic development incentives and educational programs for preparing a competitive workforce.

    The summit will be held at the Workforce Training Center at Central New Mexico Community College. There is a $25 registration fee, and the public policy group New Mexico First is helping with the summit

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