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Facebook invests in renewables with Texas solar project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable...

 

AP Explains: Militias have patrolled US border for decades

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An armed group in New Mexico whose leader faces federal firearms possession charges drew national attention last month for detaining asylum-seeking Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border. It's not the first...

 

Ex-spy Valerie Plame eyes run for Congress in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former CIA operative, author and activist Valerie Plame said Friday she is considering a 2020 run for an open U.S. congressional seat in New Mexico. Plame told The Associated Press she is spending time with residents and...

 

New Mexico honors Dolores Huerta as birthplace sits vacant

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dolores Huerta, the Mexican-American social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, was honored by state lawmakers Wednesday, some of whom vowed to work to save her birthplace that now sits abandoned. The...

 

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,...

 

Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been dogged for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls — accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor's plea...

 

Border town invaded by Pancho Villa rejecting talk of troops

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — A small New Mexico border town once attacked by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is rejecting talk of a wall and troops while embracing its legacy to draw tourists. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has cited Villa's 1916...

 

Republican not conceding US House race as results certified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key county certified results Tuesday of a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico showing Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeating Republican Yvette Herrell. But Herrell is refusing to concede and is...

 

Democrat Haaland keeping money edge in US House race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Debra Haaland is maintaining her fundraising edge over her Republican and Libertarian opponents for an open U.S. House seat in central New Mexico. According to new Federal Election Commission filings, the Laguna Pu...

 

AP Explains: How US birthright citizenship emerged, endured

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to end a constitutional right that automatically grants citizenship to any baby born in the United States. Trump, in an interview with "Axios on HBO," said his goal is halting...

 

Border towns key in close US House races amid wall talk

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Flashing lights shook William Johnson from a deep sleep around midnight earlier this month when U.S. Border Patrol agents surrounded his home. The 71-year-old retired chef peeked out a window, then waited for a knock at the...

 

New Mexico Dem outraises GOP hopeful in key US House race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Xochitl Torres Small raised more than three times as much money from July through September as Republican Yvette Herrell in a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico, according to newly released...

 

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of...

 

Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded. Defense attorney Samuel...

 

FBI: Solar observatory closed after child porn case opened

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor's computer found at the observatory, and agents tracked...

 

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 Senate hopefuls vow to help Trinity Test descendants

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's three senatorial candidates are promising to help descendants of families who lived through the Trinity Test — a change that descendants say comes after they've worked to get their stories out. Democratic...

 

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound....

 

New Mexico gov hopefuls vow to help Trinity Test descendants

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates are promising descendants of families who lived near the world's first atomic bomb test to help them receive financial support from the U.S. government to compensate for generations of...

 

AP-NORC Poll: Latinos see health care communication barriers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a new study c...

 

Rural students struggle on New Mexico's standardized tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some rural New Mexico school districts with sizable Native American student populations continue to struggle on the state's standardized test even as Native Americans statewide show progress and larger school districts near...

 

New Mexico races could help decide party control of US House

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters selected nominees in two key congressional races that could help determine which party controls the U.S. House and make history in November's general election. Former state Democratic Party leader Debra...

 

New Mexico vote in tight races for 2 Congressional seats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will narrow the field Tuesday in two competitive congressional races, including one in a district along the Mexico border involving a GOP-held seat that Democrats have long targeted. The state's other...

 

Report: Drought expands; Oklahoma sees worst conditions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought is tightening its grip across the American Southwest as extreme conditions spread from Oklahoma to Utah, according to new federal data released Thursday. On the southern high plains, Oklahoma remains ground zero for...

 

AP Explains: Why US militarization of border isn't new

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's promise to use the National Guard to secure the U.S.-Mexico border isn't a new concept and is something the U.S. has done in the past for varying reasons. Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack...

 

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