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Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people

Jun. 23, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government. The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and...

Senators press feds on commitment to Native American safety

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on proposed legislation. The...

The Latest: Senators press feds on response to Native safety

Jun. 19, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on federal legislation aimed at addressing violence against Native American women (all times local): 4 p.m. Lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after two officials...

Trump to honor US military during Fourth of July address

Jun. 19, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's participation in the nation's annual Fourth of July celebration will include a Trump speech honoring America's armed forces, along with music, military demonstrations and flyovers, the administration announced Wednesday, about two weeks before the patriotic...

Watchdog to investigate Interior moves on Utah monument

Jun. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open lands cut from a Utah national monument by President Donald Trump to leasing for oil, gas and coal development, a pair of Democratic congress members said Monday. The...

Census head assures Latinos, Native Americans on 2020 count

May. 29, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 2020 Census will remain independent and will avoid political pressures amid uncertainty over how the bureau will question immigrants, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said Wednesday. Dillingham told reporters in Albuquerque that U.S. Census workers would make sure...

Interior boss: No monument changes planned, but up to Trump

May. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it's ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The comments at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee meeting are the latest...

Democrat cautions about Trump's July 4th extravaganza

May. 22, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall could become a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers' dime, a Democratic senator cautioned Wednesday. But Interior Secretary David Bernhardt defended Trump's still-vague Independence Day plans for Washington,...

Today in History

May. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2019. There are 227 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 18, 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed "separate but equal" racial segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Education...

Former CIA operative and Trump critic runs for Congress

May. 9, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has decided to run for the Democratic nomination to an open congressional seat in New Mexico, taking on an already crowded field in a heavily Democratic district in the northern part of the state. Plame told The Associated Press on Thursday that she...