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  • Update: Mesa Vista school bus rolls over; driver dead, kids hurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two students remained hospitalized a day after their school bus went off a road and crashed in an embankment in northern New Mexico.

    The bus driver died and nine students were injured Monday when the bus crashed off State Road 111 near La Madera in Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold said. The mountainous, isolated area is popular for hunting, hiking and camping.

    Images from a KOB-TV helicopter showed the bus lodged in the embankment, in an area of mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain. It appeared to have gone off a cliff around 15 miles from the students' schools in Ojo Caliente, a resort town known for its hot springs. The roads are surrounded by mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain.

    Seventh-grader Xavier Varela told the Albuquerque Journal the accident occurred without warning.

    "I was listening to music, and all of a sudden the bus comes off the road," he said outside a hospital in Espanola, where he was evaluated and released. "I was the only one who stayed in the seat; everyone else was on the floor."

    The driver, Pat Valdez, 69, died at the scene, possibly of a heart attack or other medical condition, authorities said.

  • Lobo guard Snell bails for NBA draft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico guard Tony Snell will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the 6-foot-7 guard will make the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference. Snell's plans were confirmed by family friend and former club team coach Marvin Lea.

    Newly hired UNM coach Craig Neal said he would leave it to Snell to make the announcement. But he did confirm there will be a Monday afternoon news conference at UNM involving Snell.

    Snell averaged 12.5 points per game this past season and hit a team-high 64 3-pointers. He was the Mountain West Tournament MVP.

    Lea said Snell is confident he'll be a late first-round or early second-round draft pick.

  • Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead at 87
  • Wind Advisory noon to 10 p.m. Monday

    WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING THEN PEAKING THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE TAPERING OFF MONDAY EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... 1 TO 3 MILES IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT TRAVELERS ON NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELLING. SUDDEN GUSTS OF WIND MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. EXTRA ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CROSS WINDS.

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    ... STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED TODAY...

  • Today in History for April 8th
  • Louisville, Michigan escape shadows at Final Four

    ATLANTA (AP) — The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.

    The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as more of a blue-collar school.

    The Michigan basketball team knows what that's like. Football rules on the Wolverines' campus — rightly so, said Tim Hardaway Jr., given that program's long, storied history.

    "We still have a ways to go," said Hardaway, Michigan's junior guard. "Football has a lot more national championships than we do."

    Well, it's kind of hard to overlook either team now.

    Louisville and Michigan will meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.

    The Cardinals (34-5) have lived up to their billing as the tournament's top overall seed, blowing through their first four opponents before rallying from a dozen points down in the second half to beat surprising Wichita State 72-68 in the national semifinals.

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  • Louisville beats Wichita State 72-68 in Final Four

    ATLANTA (AP) — The deficit was getting bigger, the clock becoming an enemy and Louisville's options were dwindling.

    "I just kept telling the guys ... 'We're going to make a run. It's about defense,'" coach Rick Pitino said. "The tempo is not ours. Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight. Unbelievable display."

    Impressive comeback, too.

    Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.

    Now the Cardinals (34-5) will try and win it all for their emotional leader on the bench, injured Kevin Ware. As the final buzzer sounded, Ware stood up, grinning as he thrust his arms above his head.

    Louisville will play the winner of Syracuse-Michigan for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986.

    "We just played super hard," said Russ Smith, who led the Cardinals with 21 points. "Nobody wanted to go home."

    Cleanthony Early had 24 for the ninth-seeded Shockers (30-9), who nearly pulled off their biggest upset of all.

  • On Schedule 04-07-13

    Tuesday

    Girls track and field: LAMS at Pojoaque Valley Invite, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Track and field: LAMS at West Las Vegas Invite, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.; Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.