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US scientist pleads not guilty to lying about China contact

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime scientist for a U.S. laboratory in New Mexico pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he lied about contacts he had with a state-run program in China that seeks to draw foreign-educated talent. Turab Lookman,...

 

US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a former Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Morocco guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico in the early 1990s. The jury reached the...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 4, 2019

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    March 22, 2019

Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being prosecuted because they are Muslims. "This case is a...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    March 15, 2019

New Mexico compound suspects face new conspiracy charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five extended family members who had been living on a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say a 3-year-old boy died before it was raided last year have been indicted on terrorism-related charges that accuse them of...

 

Police: Teen charged after gunshot at New Mexico high school

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old student suspected of opening fire inside a high school in suburban Albuquerque was charged Thursday with attempting to commit murder and carrying a deadly weapon on school grounds, police said. The shooting,...

 

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls. The legislation calls for state-funded task forces and other...

 

New Mexico tribe celebrates return of pueblo cultural items

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal and federal officials celebrated the return Wednesday of dozens of cultural items to Acoma Pueblo's nearly 1,000-year-old village in New Mexico after the tribe spent years pressing for the repatriations of...

 

Federal report: Indian Country criminal prosecutions plateau

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department's track record for prosecuting Indian Country crimes has not significantly changed in recent years, even amid programs and attempts to boost both public safety and prosecutions on tribal lands, a...

 

University head recommends covering controversial murals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A blond-haired, blue-eyed man gazes forward from the decades-old, controversial mural, his arms stretched out holding the hand of a faceless Hispanic man on one side and a faceless Native American on the other. For...

 

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J....

 

US doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said. The...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    July 26, 2018

Police: Native American activist accused of rape in Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American activist accused of raping unconscious women and recording the assaults on video has been arrested in Phoenix after police in New Mexico issued a warrant for his arrest, according to online jail records....

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 12, 2018

Sessions takes fight on border enforcement to New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought his tough stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico on Wednesday, telling border sheriffs that cracking...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 1, 2018

Patchwork health care for reservation inmates raises concern

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At a tribal jail in Washington state, an inmate with a broken leg banged on his cell door, screaming for pain medication, only to be denied. Hundreds of miles away, a diabetic man jailed on the Wind River Indian Reservation...

 

Racial motive disputed in New Mexico school shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Wednesday disputed a Southern Poverty Law Center report asserting that a gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting had been influenced by white supremacist views. The Alabama-based...

 

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching...

 

US poet laureate starts rural reading tour in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. poet laureate has embarked on the first of several trips to bring her poetry to rural pockets of the country where she says book festivals rarely take her. A tour of New Mexico marks Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K....

 

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