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Now Google's Getting Drones

Firm purchases Titan Aerospace in push to spread Internet access

(Newser) - Amazon's not the only big tech firm with drones in its future . Google has agreed to purchase Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based drone maker, NBC News reports. With two-thirds of the world's population still lacking Internet access, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of... More »

Bones Found in Santa Fe Could Solve 62-Year Cold Case

Inez Garcia went missing in 1952; husband was suspect

(Newser) - It's been 62 years since then-26-year-old Inez Garcia went missing—and investigators may finally have some new clues. In digging up the floor of a garage at the center of the case, detectives on Monday found bone fragments, some charred, and they're having them tested to see if... More »

Costco Trashes 1M Perfectly Fine Jars of Peanut Butter

58 truckloads not allowed to go to food banks

(Newser) - Almost a million jars of peanut butter are being trucked to a New Mexico landfill after Costco refused to either accept them or allow them to be donated to food banks. The peanut butter—made from $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco—is being dumped as... More »

Landfill Search for 'Worst Video Game Ever' Halted

Atari's ET will continue to slumber untouched for now

(Newser) - Truckloads of Atari's 1983 ET game—often listed as the worst video game in history—are believed to be entombed in a New Mexico landfill , and it doesn't look like they'll be unearthed any time soon. The New Mexico Environment Department has nixed a film production company'... More »

Possible Home for Nuke Waste: Salt Beds

Officials want to expand New Mexico facility

(Newser) - The Department of Energy already buries some nuclear waste in salt beds, and some officials think the plan should be expanded so more radioactive waste can also be deposited there. At the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in the desert of Carlsbad, New Mexico, the waste is deposited half a mile... More »

Some Kids May Have Had Warning Before NM Shooting

Social studies teacher hailed as hero for convincing shooter to drop gun

(Newser) - The 12-year-old boy being held in the shooting of two classmates yesterday at a middle school in Roswell, NM, may have warned other students before the attack. "We have preliminary information that possibly some of the students were warned by the individual prior to the shooting not to go... More »

Blue Breaking Bad Meth Showing Up in New Mexico

Dealers apparently hoping to cash in on show

(Newser) - A new type of meth is on the rise in New Mexico, and it would make Walter White proud. Federal investigators say blue-tinted meth, just like the kind seen on AMC's Breaking Bad, is being sold in the state. Authorities say distributors are cutting the drug with chemicals to... More »

Middle School Shooting: 2 Kids Injured, 1 in Custody

Takes place at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico

(Newser) - Two kids were seriously injured today in a shooting at a middle school in Roswell, NM, and authorities say the shooting suspect—another student—is in custody. A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to a Texas hospital, KOB reports. The boy was in critical condition and the... More »

NM Judge: Doctors Can Help Patients Die

Ruling could make state 5th to allow physician-assisted suicide

(Newser) - Terminally ill patients have a right to get help ending their lives, a New Mexico judge ruled yesterday, carving out a massive exception to a 1960s state law that makes assisting suicide a felony. The ruling could make New Mexico the fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide, the New York ... More »

Dog Tests Positive for Pot, Cocaine

New Mexico owner fighting to get her Lab back

(Newser) - A New Mexico woman whose dog tested positive for cocaine and marijuana is fighting to get the canine back after surrendering the Labrador retriever because of a $2,000 vet bill. The Albuquerque Journal reports that 1-year-old Maddie showed "strong positive cocaine" and active marijuana traces in urine tests... More »

New Mexico's Highest Court: Same-Sex Marriage Legal

8 of 33 counties had already been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

(Newser) - New Mexico's highest court has legalized same-sex marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. The state Supreme Court issued its ruling today, putting New Mexico in the club of 16 states and the District of Columbia that allow gay marriage. Eight... More »

Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches

(Newser) - It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN . Yesterday,... More »

NM Governor Stands by Allegations at Youth Ranch

Martinez says teens being held there were in danger of physical abuse

(Newser) - Evidence found at a New Mexico youth ranch for troubled kids corroborates allegations by current and former students of abuse, the governor says. The comments by Gov. Susana Martinez came as she defended the state's handling of an investigation into the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program near Hillsboro... More »

Divers Finally Get to Explore 'Blue Hole' Mystery Cave

New Mexico site has been sealed for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - The last divers to venture into an underwater cave known as the "Blue Hole" in New Mexico were from the state police in 1976, and they were there to retrieve the bodies of two young divers who died while exploring. Upon exiting, the police divers sealed the opening with... More »

Texas, Mississippi Won't Honor Troops' Gay Marriage Benefits

Meanwhile, a new same-sex marriage battle brewing in New Mexico

(Newser) - Texas and Mississippi are defying a Defense Department directive (and a Supreme Court ruling ) granting full benefits to troops in same-sex marriages, by denying those benefits to their respective national guards. In a statement yesterday, the commander of Texas' guard said that the federal rule violates Texas' "Family... More »

3 New Mexico Counties Now Have Gay Marriage

Third county ordered to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today

(Newser) - An Albuquerque judge has ordered the clerk of New Mexico's most populous county, Bernalillo County, to begin issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, ruling today that New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The decision came in a case involving a lesbian... More »

New Mexico Teen Gets Plague

It's the first US case of 2013

(Newser) - Not long ago, authorities detected plague in a California squirrel ; now, New Mexico is home to the country's first human case of 2013. Typically, about seven Americans get the bacterial illness each year, and in this first instance, the afflicted is a 15-year-old boy. People usually contract it via... More »

Albuquerque Cashes In on Breaking Bad With Fake Meth

Town not letting the show's subject matter stop it from making a buck

(Newser) - Sex and the City and Seinfeld tours are big business in New York, so it's no surprise that residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are also trying to cash in on the success of their own locally filmed hit TV show. Only that show is Breaking Bad, a show about... More »

Pregnant Woman Struck by Lightning, Gives Birth

Dad also hit, but all 3 are fine

(Newser) - A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque... More »

Bedridden Woman, 82, Attacked by 400-Pound Bear

She survives, but bear is caught and killed in New Mexico

(Newser) - An 82-year-old bedridden woman suffered scratches on her face and head when a 400-pound black bear broke into her northern New Mexico home and attacked her Tuesday night, state wildlife officials say. The woman told authorities she was in bed with the doors and windows open when the bear broke... More »

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