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US attorney general says feds will focus on high-crime areas

Nov. 12, 2019 8:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities will coordinate with state and local law enforcement officers to crack down on violence in cities with high crime rates in the coming months after arresting hundreds of fugitives under a program underway nationwide, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said...

2 dead, 14 injured during traditional ceremony in New Mexico

Nov. 6, 2019 7:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The call for help came at 8:30 a.m. from an especially secluded pocket of the Navajo Nation: A man and woman were unresponsive inside a traditional structure and 14 others were suffering from smoke inhalation after a nighttime ceremony. Navajo Nation police said Wednesday they are...

George Orwell New Mexico exhibit bares 'doublespeak' legacy

Nov. 5, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Those were the slogans of the Party in George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984" that allowed the superstate of Oceania to keep its population under control. The Thought Police thwarted dissent. The Ministry of Truth promoted lies....

New Mexico man gets life for killing family as teen

Nov. 1, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting his parents and three siblings in New Mexico as a 15-year-old was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in a case that has tested the limits of mental treatment for juvenile offenders. Judge Alisa Hart sentenced...

Father convicted of making kids panhandle money for drugs

Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has found a New Mexico father guilty of human trafficking for forcing his children to panhandle and using the money to buy drugs. Authorities say all three children of 39-year-old James Stewart Sr. testified against their father, who could face up to 51 years in prison....

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District...

UFC's Jon Jones won't face battery charge in strip club case

Oct. 16, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not be charged with battery for an alleged assault of a New Mexico strip club waitress. Prosecutors in Albuquerque said Tuesday that witness statements didn't corroborate allegations that Jones placed a waitress in a chokehold and...

Prosecutors seek life for New Mexico man who killed family

Oct. 15, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man convicted of killing his parents and three younger siblings when he was 15 apologized to the rest of his family Tuesday as he asked a judge for an opportunity at rehabilitation and redemption. Nehemiah Griego, now 22, was the last person to address the court during...

Some states celebrate indigenous people instead of Columbus

Oct. 14, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. New Mexico, Vermont and Maine are among the latest to pass measures doing away with Columbus Day celebrations in deference to...

Gas balloon teams reach Canada in annual distance contest

Oct. 12, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Polish balloon pilot Krzysztof Zapart and American teammate Andy Cayton are the apparent winners of the 2019 America's Challenge gas balloon race. The team crossed the Canadian border and landed Thursday just south of Hudson Bay, having traveled more than 1,600 miles (nearly 2,600...