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Today's News

  • Saudi man charged with plotting terrorist attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A young college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas purchased explosive chemicals over the Internet as part of a plan to hide bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages to blow up dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, the Justice Department said Thursday.

    "It is war ... until the infidels leave defeated," the student wrote in online postings.

  • Iraqi PM to country: Stay away from Friday protest

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister warned his people to boycott a planned anti-government protest scheduled for Friday, saying it was being organized by supporters of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida.

    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave no proof for his assertion in a nationally televised speech Thursday, which echoed similar blanket statements he's made blaming terrorists and Saddam loyalists for an array of problems in the country.

  • Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States on Thursday to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker.

  • Stocks mixed as oil rises, jobless claims fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered between gains and losses Thursday as investors weighed good news on the job market against increasingly violent protests in Libya.

    The Labor Department said fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market is recovering. The four-week average for applications, a figure closely watched by financial analysts, fell to the lowest level in more than two and a half years.

  • Judge says WikiLeaks' Assange can be extradited

    LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in a sex crimes inquiry, a British judge ruled Thursday, rejecting claims by the WikiLeaks founder that he would not face a fair trial there. Assange's lawyer said he would appeal.

    Judge Howard Riddle said the allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women against Assange meet the definition of extraditable offenses and said the Swedish warrant had been properly issued and was valid.

  • Space shuttle Discovery fueled for final flight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's most traveled space shuttle, Discovery, was fueled for an afternoon liftoff Thursday on its final voyage after nearly three decades of service.

    NASA began pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel into Discovery shortly after sunrise, as the six astronauts assigned to the space station delivery mission sat down for breakfast at crew quarters. It was their second stab at this. November's launch attempt never made it past fueling.

  • Senate confirms NM homeland security secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed retired Air Force Col. Michael Duvall as secretary of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Duvall is the third member of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cabinet to win confirmation.

    The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of Duvall's nomination.

    He was commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque from July 2008 to April 2010, when he retired.

    Duvall is a 1984 Air Force Academy graduate.

  • Higher oil prices would hamper global economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. and global economies are finally strengthening, they face a new danger: Rocketing oil prices, which topped $100 a barrel Wednesday.

    The U.S. economy can likely absorb $100 oil and keep expanding, even though gasoline prices would rise further and growth would slow. But it would hurt.

  • NZ earthquake toll at 76 dead, 238 missing

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The sister and brother sat huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of an office tower that collapsed with their mother inside.

    They hadn't heard from Donna Manning since a powerful earthquake tore through one of New Zealand's largest cities a day earlier, killing at least 76 people and leaving 238 missing. Still, there was hope.

    "My mum is superwoman, she'd do anything," Manning's 18-year-old daughter Lizzy said, tears streaming down her face.

  • Skandera defends education qualifications

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is defending her experience in the education field after facing questions over whether she meets constitutional requirements for the job.

    The New Mexico Constitution states that the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator."