April 16th, 2013
03:37 AM ET

Immigration bill: Must secure border

The border with Mexico must be secure.

This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.

Undocumented immigrants may also not reach the status of fully legal residents under the proposed legislation, until the Department of Homeland Security has implemented measures to prevent "unauthorized workers from obtaining employment in the United States."

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New Mexico teen indicted in family killings
Nehemiah Griego, 15, is being charged as an adult in the deaths of his parents and three siblings.
February 6th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

New Mexico teen indicted in family killings

A teenager accused of gunning down his parents and three siblings in their New Mexico home last month has been indicted on five counts of murder.

Investigators said Nehemiah Griego, 15, had hoped to go on a killing spree and die in a shootout with police.

A Bernalillo County grand jury also indicted Griego on Monday on three counts of intentionally caused child abuse and three counts of death of a child under 12, charges that relate to the killing of his two sisters and brother. Griego is being charged as an adult, prosecutors announced.

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January 23rd, 2013
08:02 PM ET

New Mexico governor takes aim at immigrant driver's licenses

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she plans a new push to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Martinez, who has tried to get the law repealed twice before, described it as dangerous in a post on her official Facebook page.

"I am once again asking the legislature to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," said Martinez, a Republican. "I am always willing to discuss this issue with legislators from both parties and explore ways to find common ground, but I believe the most effective solution is to simply repeal this dangerous law."

Her comments are the latest salvo in a nationwide debate over the controversial issue.

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January 22nd, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Sheriff: Teen accused of killing 5 wanted a massacre

A teenager accused of gunning down his parents and three siblings in their New Mexico home had hoped to go on a killing spree and die in a shootout with police, investigators said Tuesday.

Nehemiah Griego, 15, will stand trial as an adult in the weekend killings, prosecutors announced. He was arrested Saturday night, after deputies found the bodies of his mother, father, brother and two of his sisters in their home on the outskirts of Albuquerque.

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October 25th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Suspects at large after shooting at Air Force base annex

A group of people got into a fight with a U.S. airman Thursday inside a gated housing area of an Air Force base in New Mexico.  One of them grabbed his gun and shot him, police say.

Now authorities in Albuquerque are searching for the suspects.

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As New Mexico fire continues, residents allowed back
July 3rd, 2011
06:38 PM ET

As New Mexico fire continues, residents allowed back

Residents of northern New Mexico got a reprieve Sunday from a wildfire that has burned more than 120,000 acres when authorities announced that evacuees could return home.

The move came after relatively favorable weather conditions - including fairly high humidity and weak winds - in recent days, said Brad Pitassi, an Incident Management Team spokesman for the Southwest.

He stressed that the fire remains "very active," noting it was only 11% contained by Sunday afternoon.

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On the Radar: Kabul hotel attack, wildfire near nuclear lab, teens and drugs
Flames shoot from the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul early Wednesday.
June 29th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

On the Radar: Kabul hotel attack, wildfire near nuclear lab, teens and drugs

Kabul hotel attack – Eight suicide attackers and 10 others were killed in an attack at a Kabul hotel popular with Westerners, journalists and politicians. President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that the attack at the Inter-Continental won't interrupt the power handover from international troops to Afghan forces. Police say the number of dead may go up as they continue to search the hotel. One guest, a student, began to write his will inside his room while he heard shooting and explosions outside his room, because people he contacted outside the hotel told him it was safer if he stayed put. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the carnage. Stay with CNN.com for developments in this story, and check out CNN.com's Afghanistan Crossroads blog which focuses on life in Afghanistan.

Wildfire near nuclear lab – The wildfire near Santa Fe, New Mexico, is within miles of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, so the facility will remain closed at least through Thursday. Officials say the nuclear and hazardous materials at the lab are safe.

First presser since March at White House – President Barack Obama will hold his first news conference since March on Wednesday. He's expected to field questions about Afghanistan, American involvement in Libya, and the United States economy. He's also expected to address the debt ceiling crisis and present his position that the federal government should be allowed to borrow more money.

Teen drug use big problem – A new study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse finds 90% of people who become addicted started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18. Columbia University, which published the study, is calling it America's top health problem.

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On the Radar: Mobster in court, wildfire in New Mexico, Giffords in Texas
Law enforcement officials announce the arrest of reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger last week.
June 28th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Mobster in court, wildfire in New Mexico, Giffords in Texas

Bulger goes to court A hearing for reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is expected Tuesday afternoon in Boston. A federal judge will decide if Bulger can afford to pay for his own attorney. The U.S. attorney's office in Boston is challenging the notion that the federal government can pick up his legal tab. Investigators say they found more than $800,000 in cash hidden in the walls of his home when they arrested Bulger last week in Southern California.

New Mexico wildfire A blaze is creeping close to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, which will remained closed Tuesday. Thousands  of people who live nearby are being evacuated. Officials said all nuclear and hazardous materials at Los Alamos are protected. The lab in Los Alamos, a center of American nuclear science, is one of the nation's top national-security research facilities.

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June 27th, 2011
08:43 PM ET

Thousands flee as wildfire nears Los Alamos lab

A raging wildfire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents as firefighters battle hot temperatures and high winds, authorities said Monday.

Los Alamos, a center of American nuclear science, is one of the nation's top national-security research facilities.

The fire near the lab has raised concerns about whether hazardous materials kept there are being adequately guarded. Authorities say they are.

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June 21st, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Professor accused of running online prostitution ring

A New Jersey professor has been arrested in New Mexico for allegedly operating a prostitution website, police said.

David Flory, 68, who teaches physics at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was arrested on 40 counts of promoting prostitution.

Flory told police he did it as a hobby and did not make any money from it.

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June 19th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

7 states face extreme fire risk Sunday

Firefighters across the southwestern United States on Sunday could face some of the worst weather conditions of the season for battling blazes currently raging across the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of Arizona, all of New Mexico, much of north Texas and portions of Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Utah for Sunday. A red flag warning means weather conditions - mainly high heat, low humidity and strong winds - pose an extreme fire risk.

"The winds certainly will be very gusty and strong," said Ken Daniel, NWS meteorologist in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Any new fire starts would have the potential to have explosive growth."

Dozens of wildfires already are burning in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, according to InciWeb, an online interagency database that tracks fires, floods and other disasters.

Sunday's forecast calls for winds of 30 mph or more in some areas, with gusts of up to 50 mph, Daniel said.

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June 14th, 2011
08:47 PM ET

Fire rages at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

A fast-growing wildfire in southeast New Mexico prompted the evacuation Tuesday of White City, a small community on the outskirts of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a fire official said Tuesday afternoon.

The blaze, which has so far spread to some 16,000 acres, is 10% contained, said Jennifer Myslivy, a spokeswoman for the incident management team in charge of the firefighting effort.

"It's very active," she said. "The wind is going to push it and keep (it) growing."

Myslivy estimated that about 300 people, including tourists and visitors to the park, were affected by the White City evacuation order.

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Monday's intriguing people
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or Ronaldo, as he is known world-wide, is a two-time World Cup champion.
February 14th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

The Brazilian soccer legend, known simply as Ronaldo, is expected to announce his retirement from the sport Monday, according to media reports.

"I wanted to continue, but I can't," the Corinthians player said in Sunday's Estado de São Paulo newspaper. "I think of a play, but I can't execute as I'd like. It's time. But it was so damn beautiful."

At age 34,  the three-time FIFA player of the year and two-time World Cup champion may be seen as an old man in today's sport, but in his day he was all kinds of awesome.

Serene Branson

The CBS Los Angeles reporter and two-time Emmy nominee was treated by paramedics late Sunday after an on-air incident, shown on Youtube, where she was reporting on the Grammys but stumbled badly over her lines. She attempted to repeat them but her words became even more incomprehensible.

While the station has yet to release a statement on Branson’s condition, news reports have speculated that Branson may have suffered a stroke live on air.

A CBS colleague, Edward Lawrence, tweeted that the station is “looking into” the incident.

Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall

The Lordsburg, New Mexico, couple, both centenarians, mark their 82nd wedding anniversary on Monday, according to the Silver City Sun-News newspaper in New Mexico.

The couple, originally from Arizona, got married on Valentines Day 1929, the newspaper reported. Marshall Kuykendall, 103, and Winnie Kuykendall, 102,  were recently named the longest-wed couple in the United States by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program.

The couple's only child, Marilyn Miller, told the Sun-News the secret to her parents' union was that they took their vows seriously.  "My dad said they signed a certificate of marriage and made a commitment 'till death do us part,' and they believe in keeping their commitment," Miller was quoted as saying.

Habitat proposal for endangered jaguar put off
The number of jaguars in the wild is unknown.
January 11th, 2011
12:51 PM ET

Habitat proposal for endangered jaguar put off

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put off for a year proposing a critical habitat area in the Southwest for endangered jaguars.

The proposal was supposed to be made this month, but the agency lacks sufficient data on the animal's habits and needs, it said Monday in a news release.

Designation of critical habitat merely identifies areas where endangered species can survive. It does not affect land ownership or establish a refuge or preserve.

Jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico, part of a population that is based in northern Mexico, rarely are found more than 40 miles north of the border, the wildlife service says. No females or breeding have been seen in the U.S. in more than 40 years, it says.

The greatest threat to jaguars in the United States is killing of individual animals, not habitat loss, the wildlife service said in January 2010.

According to the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, jaguars stand about 2.5 feet tall, are 5.5 to 8 feet long from nose to tip of the tail, and weigh 100 to 250 pounds. The number surviving in the wild is unknown.

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New Mexico chimps won't be used in additional research, pending review
The Institute of Medicine will reassess the scientific need to continue using chimpanzees for biomedical discoveries.
January 6th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

New Mexico chimps won't be used in additional research, pending review

More than 180 chimpanzees, used in research testing for decades and set to be transferred from a New Mexico colony to a Texas research facility for possible use in further testing, will not be moved pending a review of the situation, officials have said.

The chimpanzees are currently housed at the nonresearch Alamogordo Primate Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They "will remain there pending an Institute of Medicine (IOM) in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees to accelerate biomedical discoveries," the National Institutes of Health said in a statement issued Tuesday.

The 186 chimpanzees were set to be moved early this year to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, where they could be used in additional experiments.

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Police looking for University of New Mexico Hospital shooter
Someone shot a gun Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Hospital, but no one was injured, a spokeswoman said.
January 4th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Police looking for University of New Mexico Hospital shooter

[Updated at 8 p.m. ET] A suspect fired his gun inside the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque Tuesday, but no one was injured, the university and police said.

Witnesses told officers that a female patient was with her child when the woman's boyfriend entered the room, police said. The couple began to argue.

At some point during the altercation, the suspect pulled out a small handgun and purposefully fired it, according to a statement from the Albuquerque Police Department.

He then fled. Video shows the man leaving the hospital about an hour later, said police, adding that the search for the suspect continues.

"They confirm one person was in the hospital and shot his gun inside the hallway, but no one was injured," said Cindy Foster, a spokeswoman for the UNM Health Sciences Center.

The university lifted a lockdown order it had previously issued for all personnel in the central and northern portions of the campus.

CNN affiliate KRQE reported that the incident began shortly after 3 p.m.

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On the Radar: Billy the Kid, snowy East Coast, Australian floods
December 29th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

On the Radar: Billy the Kid, snowy East Coast, Australian floods

Billy the Kid pardon? New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has promised to make a decision by Friday on whether to grant a posthumous pardon to notorious Old West gunslinger Billy the Kid.

Richardson will be deciding only the matter of a promise to the outlaw made by territorial Gov. Lew Wallace, Richardson spokesman Eric Witt said. "We're not offering a blanket pardon for everything he did."

Wallace had promised to grant the Kid (who also went by the name William Bonney) amnesty for the fatal shooting of Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady and other "misdeeds" if he agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating another murder. Bonney cooperated, but the pardon didn't happen.

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November 2nd, 2010
11:05 PM ET

Republican governors take hold in Pennsylvania, NM

Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:

Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett has defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term-limited.

New Mexico Republican Susana Martinez has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is term-limited.

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October 4th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

Italy ends search for missing American balloonists

Authorities in Italy have called off the search for two Americans who went missing during a gas balloon race last week.

The search ended Monday afternoon and will not resume, said Massimo Maccheroni of the Italian coastal guards. No balloon debris was found during more than four days of searching, he said.

A balloon carrying Richard Abruzzo of New Mexico and Carol Rymer-Davis of Colorado over the Adriatic Sea near Italy made a rapid descent during rough weather, conditions that would make their survival "unlikely," race organizers have said.

"This is very pessimistic information," said a statement from the race organization - Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett.

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September 29th, 2010
06:15 PM ET

American balloonists missing during race over Europe

Two Americans competing in an international gas-balloon race were reported missing Tuesday morning, hours after their balloon crossed Italy and went over the Adriatic Sea.

Race officials said they lost contact with the balloon of Richard Abruzzo of New Mexico and Dr. Carol Rymer Davis of Colorado, competing in the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, as it was over the sea shortly after 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).

Severe thunderstorms were in the vicinity of the balloon – which launched from the United Kingdom on Saturday - when race officials received the last signal from the balloon’s tracker device, race flight director Don Cameron said in a written statement.

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