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Murder Conviction Reversed Thanks to Skype

Court says defendant missed out on right to confront witness

(Newser) - Technology is great, except when you're trying to get someone convicted for murder and you have your DNA expert testify via Skype, which denies the defendant his Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses in court, which in turn gets the defendant (who was convicted and sentenced to life in... More »

Marathon Runner Played Dead in Bear Attack

NM woman says mama bear 'was just being a bear'

(Newser) - A woman was running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico Saturday when she was attacked by a bear, wildlife officials say. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Karen Williams—who suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck, and... More »

Protesters Throw Burning 'Make America Great Again' T-Shirts

Inside, Donald Trump slammed NM's GOP governor

(Newser) - Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning "Make America Great Again" T-shirts, plastic bottles, and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans, and knocked down barricades. Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd... More »

FBI: Stranger Kidnapped, Murdered This 11-Year-Old

New Mexico suspect allegedly lured 2 kids into his van

(Newser) - The Navajo Nation has been shaken by the nightmarish murder of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped along with her 9-year-old brother. Authorities say the body of Ashlynne Mike was found in a remote area near the Shiprock monument in northwest New Mexico on Tuesday, the day after a stranger... More »

New Mexico Students Say This Seal Is Offensive

It has both a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman

(Newser) - The University of New Mexico's official seal depicting a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman is drawing accusations of racism from Native American students, the AP reports. Native American students in the Kiva Club, as well as members of advocacy group Red Nation, call the seal offensive, the Albuquerque Journal... More »

Cops: Some Teens Stole a 'UFO' in Roswell

At least that's what the government wants us to think happened

(Newser) - An unidentified flying object of sorts was found in pieces two miles outside Roswell, New Mexico—after some teens swiped it from a local museum. According to the Roswell Police Department , three teens swiped the decoration from the UFO Museum & Research Center on March 19. It had just been... More »

Recaptured New Mexico Inmate: I Had Fun

Getting out of shackles was easy, he says

(Newser) - The second of two violent felons to escape from a prison van in New Mexico was recaptured on Saturday—and Lionel Clah wasn't exactly repentant. After he was arrested without a fight in Albuquerque, the 29-year-old inmate told reporters he "just had fun" after the escape, NBC News... More »

Violent Felon at Large After Brazen NM Escape

Inmates vanished between prisons

(Newser) - Lionel Clah is probably beginning to regret getting that big tattoo of a feather on his left cheek: Police hope it will help the public identify the escaped 29-year-old New Mexico inmate. Clah, convicted in 2009 of crimes including armed robbery with a deadly weapon, escaped from a prison van... More »

Cops: Man Breaks Into Store, Leaves Cash for Cigarettes

Ellis Battista is still charged with breaking and entering

(Newser) - When you really want a cigarette, a locked door apparently won’t stand in your way. Police say a New Mexico man arrived at a 24-hour convenience store in Las Cruces around 3:30am Sunday to buy a pack of cigarettes, per the Las Cruces Sun-News . After pounding on the... More »

Bomb Found on Rental Car at NM Airport

'Credible explosive device' disarmed, but renters had long wait in Albuquerque

(Newser) - The FBI and the ATF are on the case in New Mexico for a Breaking Bad-like scenario: a "credible explosive device" found underneath a rental car that was returned Sunday to the Albuquerque International Sunport, CNN reports. Police say the vehicle had been rented elsewhere (cops aren't saying... More »

Treasure Hunter Disappears Seeking $2M in Hidden Gold

The treasure was hidden in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric old man

(Newser) - An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans, the AP reports. Forrest Fenn has been flying out in chartered helicopters or planes, searching remote stretches of the... More »

Rescuer Realizes Dead Climber Is His Ex-Wife

'It never even dawned on me that she might be there'

(Newser) - A volunteer rescuer was shocked to learn the body he was sent to retrieve from a popular New Mexico climbing spot was his ex-wife's, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. Scott Hicks and his fellow rescuers were called to Diablo Canyon on Monday after a 59-year-old woman fell 175... More »

Brutal Texas-NM Blizzard Killed 35K Dairy Cows

They were buried alive, frozen, starved to death

(Newser) - A winter storm that slammed West Texas and eastern New Mexico during the last week of December turned out to be far worse than anyone predicted—especially for the region's dairy farmers, who say initial tallies indicate more than 35,000 cows died during the blizzard, the New York ... More »

Fluid Leak Leads Cops to Alleged Bar Shooter

Sostenes Quinones, 22, is arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - New Mexico police investigating a shootout outside a pub arrested a man after following fluid that leaked from a vehicle. Police said a man escorted out of the Dublin's pub in Las Cruces early Friday morning got a gun from his car and shot at security officers and that... More »

Missile Launch to Light Up Sky Across Southwest

Test may be seen for hundreds of miles

(Newser) - An early morning missile test in New Mexico could light up the sky for hundreds of miles Thursday morning, and authorities are ready for the flood of phone calls and emails that are likely to follow. The unarmed Juno target missile will be launched between 6:30am and 7:30am... More »

Son Charged With Stealing Mom's Stew

Holy posole

(Newser) - There's nothing better than mom's cooking, apparently not even if it comes with a side of jail time. The Albuquerque Journal reports 23-year-old Jonathan Ray was arrested after allegedly breaking into his mother's house on Nov. 28 and stealing homemade posole, a "traditional New Mexican holiday... More »

3 Suspects Wanted in $1M Jewelry Heist

Heist may have been planned for weeks: cops

(Newser) - Santa Fe police say three thieves made off with more than $1 million in goods from a jewelry store while employees were distracted by a holiday celebration. A rep says two men and a woman took 11 items from an unlocked case inside Diva Diamonds & Jewels on the Santa... More »

Rare Dino Skull Excavated in Most Unusual Way

It was the only way out for Pentaceratops remains

(Newser) - This was something that had never been seen before—the full skeletal remains of a baby Pentaceratops, a plant-eating dinosaur with large horns that once roamed what's now North America tens of millions of years ago. The fossils first caught the attention of paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum... More »

New Mexicans Dish Up 116-Foot Tamale

Organizers say they've got a Guinness World Record by about 50 feet

(Newser) - A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world's longest tamale yesterday morning. Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state's heritage, assembled a 116-foot, 7-inch... More »

EPA: Wastewater Spill 3 Times Worse Than We Thought

Officials now say 3M gallons of Colo. mine wastewater spilled into Animas River

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency says a wastewater spill from an abandoned mine in southwestern Colorado into the Animas River is much larger than originally estimated. The agency said the amount of heavy-metal-laced water that leaked from the Gold King Mine into the river, turning the water a mucky orange and... More »

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