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  • Rio Arriba sheriff looks for clues in 'execution style' double slaying

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Rio Arriba County are investigating a double slaying in the community of Hernandez.

    Sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold says two men were slain execution-style Monday evening.

    Arnold identified the victims as 53-year-old Matthew Maestas and 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Valdez, both of Hernandez.

    Arnold declined to say how the men were killed. But Sheriff Tommy Rodella characterized the killings as brutal.

    Arnold says the men, who were friends, were found dead in Maestas's trailer home north of Espanola just before 5 p.m. He says the victims appear to have been targeted by someone they knew. The assailant or assailants then set fire to the trailer before fleeing.

  • NM apple farm dispute goes to hearing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The operators of an iconic New Mexico apple orchard destroyed by fire and flooding are fighting to be allowed to assign their lease to the San Felipe Pueblo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that longtime operators Dixon's Apple Orchard on Monday tied to persuade a hearing officer to let the pueblo pay them $2.8 million for the lease.

    Becky and Jim Mullane are appealing State Land Commissioner Ray Powell's decision to reject the lease assignment.

    Former state District Judge James Hall is scheduled to hear testimony this week and will make a recommendation in the form of a report to Powell, who can accept or reject Hall's findings.

    The flooding of the Dixon orchard's scenic canyon near Cochiti Pueblo was one result of the giant Las Conchas wildfire last year.

  • Possible Tornado Slams Louisiana

    A possible tornado hit Baker, Louisana on Monday, damaging homes and knocking down power lines.

  • State police blame snow packed roads in fatal crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juarez died Sunday in a two vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police offficers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy had slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

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  • Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.

    Fourth-graders have improved their scores in reading and math over the past four years, according to a study released Tuesday. But progress seems to fall off by eighth grade, where math and science scores are stagnant.

    Meanwhile, kids in countries like Finland and Singapore are outperforming American fourth-graders in science and reading. By eighth grade, American students have fallen behind their Russian, Japanese and Taiwanese counterparts in math, and trail students from Hong Kong, Slovenia and South Korea in science.

  • NM business informs patients about missing laptop

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest independent doctor's group says one of its laptops has either gone missing or has been stolen.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that ABQ Health Partners informed patients about the laptop in a letter and apologized for the potential disclosure of personal information.

    The letter suggests that patients put a fraud alert on their credit lines.

    ABQ Health Partners issued a statement Monday that said the situation involved minimal patient information and that no Social Security numbers, addresses or access to health records were released.

    Lisa Martinez says she received one of the letters. She says her name, date of birth, health plan number and diagnosis information was on a spreadsheet saved on the laptop.

    The company didn't say how many patients received letters.

  • Raw: Smoking Marijuana on Colo. Capitol Steps

    Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.

  • Raw: Crash Site of Music Star Rivera's Plane

    The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to help investigate the plane crash site where Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer was killed in northern Mexico.

  • Forecasters look at white Christmas probability

    From Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Christmas is portrayed as a snowy time. However, many areas of the U.S. do not necessarily have a high probability of a white Christmas*.

    Since many people may have a different idea of what constitutes a white Christmas, it is being defined in this story as a snow depth of an inch or more on Christmas Day.

    Normal December snowfall and temperatures are both critical factors that play a role in who gets a white Christmas. This is due to the fact that snow needs to fall and stay put on the ground to meet the definition.

    Based on data from 1981 to 2010, northern New England, the Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains and Intermountain West have the highest chance, more than 75 percent, of a white Christmas.

    Minneapolis, Minn., Green Bay, Wis., Buffalo, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt., are among the cities in the U.S. that have the highest chance for a white Christmas.

    "It tends to stay colder across the northern tier during the day and night, so when snow falls, it's less likely to melt," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.