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States With the Least-Skilled Drivers

You might want to take a defensive driving course in Big Sky Country

(Newser) - If you like the freedom of the open road, there are some states where you might want to take a defensive driving course first. In its assessment of the most dangerous states to drive in (New Mexico took that top "honor"), YourMechanic looked at a variety of factors,... More »

Migrant Girl, 7, Dies in Border Patrol Custody

She was part of group that surrendered after crossing desert

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is facing some tough questions after the death of a 7-year-old girl in its custody. The girl, a migrant from Guatemala, died from dehydration and shock after she was taken into CBP custody with her father on Dec. 6, the Washington Post reports. They were part... More »

'Do You Have a New Mexico Passport?'

DC courts clerk wasn't sure that New Mexico was a state

(Newser) - New Mexico is among the 50 states, everybody knows that. Well, everybody but a clerk and supervisor at the Washington DC Courts Marriage Bureau. Just ask Gavin Clarkson, a New Mexico resident who recently got a marriage license in the country’s capital (which is not a state). When Clarkson... More »

George Lopez Accused of Assaulting Man Who Said 'MAGA'

The actor was chilling at Hooters in New Mexico

(Newser) - George Lopez has been charged with battery after scuffling with an apparent Trump supporter in New Mexico. Their accounts differ, but it happened at a Hooters in October, and the still-unidentified victim shot their encounter on a video posted by TMZ . According to police, Lopez says he was chilling with... More »

Breaking Bad Film to Cover Kidnap, Escape

Mysterious project comes from series creator Vince Gilligan

(Newser) - We may not have seen the last of Breaking Bad. Series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour film linked to the original AMC show, arguably one of the best of all time. Per the Albuquerque Journal , the film set to begin production in New Mexico mid-month under the... More »

Hunter Says He Was Shot by 'Good Dog'

He left shotgun with dogs in backseat of pickup

(Newser) - When Sonny "Tex" Gilligan was shot in the back, he initially thought he was being fired on from outside his vehicle. Then he remembered the shotgun he had left in the backseat of his pickup with Charlie, his 120-pound Rottweiler mix, and two other dogs. The 74-year-old, who was... More »

10 Most, Least Politically Active States

DC tops the list, New Mexico brings up the rear

(Newser) - In less than three weeks, people will converge en masse upon the polls, though how many turn out may depend on the state and how seriously people in each one take their civic duty. WalletHub looked more closely at all 50 states, plus DC, across 10 metrics for political engagement,... More »

Netflix Has Big Plans for Massive New Mexico Complex

Company has purchased its first production studio

(Newser) - Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new US production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. It's the company's first purchase of such... More »

Child Porn Caused Closure of New Mexico Observatory

After laptop was seized, janitor warned of 'serial killer'

(Newser) - After the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico mysteriously closed for 11 days , citing unspecified "security concerns," rumors of alien sightings or other strange cosmic goings-on proliferated. But the real reason was apparently the disturbing behavior of an Earthling janitor, reports the Albuquerque Journal . According to a federal... More »

High School Shop Class Gives Veterans a 'Dignified' End

Gino Perez's shop class has crafted 18 urns

(Newser) - More than 40,000 veterans spend their nights homeless, per Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers. A high school shop class in New Mexico is making sure 18 such veterans' eternal rest is a dignified one. CNN profiles the wood and metal shop class led by Gino Perez at... More »

Observatory to Reopen After 11-Day Closure for Security

NM facility hasn't disclosed nature of threat

(Newser) - An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that had been closed since early September because of an undisclosed security concern is scheduled to reopen on Monday, officials managing the facility said. The Sunspot Solar Observatory no longer faces a security threat to staff, the Association of Universities for... More »

Spa's 'Vampire Facials' May Have Had Scary Consequence

NM spa may have spread HIV, authorities say

(Newser) - "Vampire facials," in which a patient's blood is drawn and then injected back into their face after patelet-rich plasma is isolated, have resulted in real-life terror for the clients of a New Mexico spa. The state Department of Health says people who received the facials or other... More »

At Least 7 Killed in 'Terrible' NM Bus Crash

'It was an awe-inspiring, terrible scene'

(Newser) - At least seven people were killed and others were seriously injured Thursday in a head-on crash involving a commercial passenger bus and a semi-truck along Interstate 40 in New Mexico, near the Arizona border, authorities say. Preliminary information indicated the semi was headed east when it blew a tire, sending... More »

Prosecutors: Boy Died in Exorcism-Like Ritual at Compound

Defense lawyer describes it as 'faith healing'

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy whose remains were found at a New Mexico compound where children were allegedly trained to conduct school shootings died during an exorcism-like ritual, prosecutors say. Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, allegedly taken from his Georgia home late last year, suffered from seizures, and his father believed he was possessed by... More »

Prosecutors: Kids Trained to Kill at NM Compound

The 11 kids removed from a desert home were being trained for school shootings, cops say

(Newser) - The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday. Per the AP , the documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border... More »

Case of Raided New Mexico Compound Takes Grim Turn

Body of a boy was found on a property where 11 children were removed days earlier

(Newser) - Searchers found the remains of a boy after raiding a makeshift compound last week in search of a missing Georgia child, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found Monday during a search in Amalia, near the Colorado border, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. Authorities were awaiting positive identification of... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Body Found in Dirt Mound Feels Like 'Deja Vu': Police Chief

Bones emerge a half-mile from graves of 11 female victims

(Newser) - Nearly a decade ago, the remains of 11 women who disappeared in New Mexico in the early 2000s were found buried in shallow graves in what's become the state's largest unsolved serial killing. As macabre as it was, police immediately suspected more graves remained hidden, given the unsolved... More »

New Mexico Wildfire Doubles in Size, Threatens Village

Meanwhile, California wildfire is officially extinguished

(Newser) - A wildfire threatening a village in northern New Mexico has doubled in size to over 42 square miles as firefighters try to protect nearly 300 homes and a Boy Scouts camp, the AP reports. Fire management team spokeswoman Sandra Lopez said the fire on Saturday was about 3 miles west... More »

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