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US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

Jul. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where there has been uproar over auction houses listing tribal pieces for sale over the years. The lawmakers...

Ex-CIA operative Plame's House bid gets many small donors

Jul. 17, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of small campaign contributions have helped propelled former CIA operative and author Valerie Plame to the financial lead in a crowded primary competition for an open New Mexico congressional seat in 2020. The Democrat raised $236,000 in May and June, with nearly 3,700...

New Mexico leases ranch land to Epstein company

Jul. 16, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state land regulators are reviewing property leases to a company controlled by financier Jeffrey Epstein in light of federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Tuesday delivered lease documents to state...

Feds: Moving land agency will save money, improve decisions

Jul. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a "top heavy" office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation's biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West....

Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

Jeffrey Epstein's New Mexico ranch linked to investigation

Jul. 13, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At the center of Jeffrey Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago — complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby...

Prosecutors fear Epstein may influence witness, urge no bail

Jul. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, labeling him a "serial sexual predator" and saying he might try to influence witnesses after sending $350,000 recently to two individuals,...

Police: Oilfield workers, truck driver killed in fiery crash

Jul. 12, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

Four oilfield workers from Texas and the driver of tractor-trailer rig are dead following a fiery head-on crash on a New Mexico road in the heart of what has become the busiest oil and gas region in the United States, authorities said Friday. The crash happened Thursday morning when the driver of a pickup truck...

The Latest: Police say 5 Texans died in fiery NM crash

Jul. 12, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

JAL, New Mexico (AP) — The Latest on a fatal crash in southeastern New Mexico (all times local): 10 a.m. Authorities say all five people killed in a fiery crash in southeastern New Mexico's oil country were from Texas. New Mexico State Police say the crash happened Thursday morning on a state road east of...