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Today's News

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

    1. GUN RESTRICTIONS MOVE FORWARD IN COLORADO

    House lawmakers in the state approve new ammunition limits, universal background checks. The Senate still needs to consider the proposals.

    2. "HE'S BACK!"

    Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela, but questions remain about the president's health following cancer treatment in Cuba.

    3. DISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM SPRINTER

    Oakley and Nike won't be using Oscar Pistorius in any new ads, in light of the murder charge he faces.

    4. WHAT SPARKED CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP FIRE

    A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room blaze that disabled the vessel at sea, the Coast Guard says.

  • Slew of animal protection bills pending

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets.

    Elizabeth Jennings, executive director of Animal Protection New Mexico, and Dawn Glass, marketing manager for Animal Humane, agree the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year. One reason, they say, is the increased awareness of the link between cruelty to animals and abuse of people.

    "It's a chronic problem," Glass said, "and recent studies have shown that animal cruelty is so closely linked with domestic abuse and child abuse that it shouldn't just be an issue with animal lovers, it should be an issue to everyone in our community."

    Jennings said that awareness has spread throughout the law enforcement community, which is helping the cause.

  • 'Houdini Horse' Gets Attention for Escape Antics
  • Round-the-world UK cyclists killed in Thailand

    LONDON (AP) — A British couple's round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand.

    Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died Wednesday when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said Monday.

    The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.

    The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the couple, who met in art school and spent six years saving money and planning their journey, Peter's father Jerry Root told the Associated Press in an interview.

    "They were both inspirational," Jerry Root said. "They didn't just talk about it, they did it. I couldn't be prouder of them."

  • Today in History for Monday, February 18th
  • Sheriff: Mindy McCready had apparently shot self

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.

    A news release from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says that McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon with what appears to be a single, self-inflicted wound.

    Deputies were sent to a home around 4 p.m. and found her body on the front porch. An autopsy is pending.

    Coroner Waren Olmstead said he didn't have further information on who was taking care of her two sons.

    She arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records.

    In 1996, her "Guys Do It All the Time" hit No. 1 and its dig at male chauvinism endeared her to females. Her other hits included "Ten Thousand Angels," also in 1996, and her album by that title sold 2 million copies.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Thursday

    WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET... WITH AMOUNTS OVER ONE FOOT ACROSS THE PEAKS. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET... WITH UP TO TWO FEET ACROSS THE PEAKS.

    * TIMING... ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON... PEAK TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL IMPACT THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS WHERE SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED INTO THE EARLY EVENING BEFORE DIMINISHING.

    * SNOW LEVELS... RAPIDLY FALLING TO ALL AREAS THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING AND REMAINING AT THE VALLEY FLOORS THEREAFTER.

  • Danica Patrick wins pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's top circuit.

    It was the biggest achievement of her stock-car career.

    "We have a lot more history to make and we're eager to do it," Patrick said.

    Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.

    She waited about two hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. Only four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off.

  • Today in History for February 17th
  • LA outlasts Española Valley to win Saturday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Española Valley Sundevils scoreless for nearly five minutes the fourth quarter as it pulled off the upset.

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr hit key field goals late as the Hilltoppers dropped the Sundevils 48-42 at Griffth Gym Saturday night.

    The two teams played even for virtually the entire game, but Los Alamos, which made the big plays in the fourth quarter, secured the win.

    McKenzie Logan and Erin Kirk both finished with 15 points as part of a balanced scoring attack for Los Alamos. For the Sundevils, their talented guard Lauren Quintana had a game-high 20, but was limited to 6 points in the second half.

    Read more about Saturday’s victory in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.