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Drought Lifts Western US —Literally

California mountains half an inch higher these days

(Newser) - If you're in the western US, the ground you're standing on may be a little higher than it was a few years ago. The drought that's been plaguing the West has resulted in an "uplift effect," scientists find. The "growing, broad-scale loss of water"... More »

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

New Mexico man admits stealing scooter from Walmart

(Newser) - On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking... More »

Teen Invents Way to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

System tracks parents as they leave the vehicle

(Newser) - An inventor has developed a possible solution to the recurring problem of kids left in hot cars—and she did so before even graduating from high school. Alissa Chavez, 17, came up with the basic idea for her lifesaving contraption for a school science fair, the Washington Post reports. (Yes,... More »

Survivor: Teens Giggled as They Beat Homeless Men

Bond set at $5M for NM trio accused of killing 2

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque accused of beating two homeless men to death acted like the attack was hilarious, says a man who escaped. "They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless," the victim—who says the group was just "quietly sleeping and watching... More »

Cops: NM Teens Preyed on Homeless, Killed 2

Sleeping men were beaten to death

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque, NM, took part in the violent murder of two homeless men over the weekend, say police, who suspect the teens could be behind dozens of other attacks. Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya were arrested on Saturday for the murder of two... More »

Vet Dies Waiting for Ambulance... in VA Hospital

He collapsed in Albuquerque VA center cafeteria

(Newser) - Another black eye for the Veterans Health Administration? A 71-year-old veteran died on Monday after waiting up to 30 minutes for an ambulance—while already at a Veteran Affairs hospital. Officials say the man collapsed in the Albuquerque hospital's cafeteria, which is around 1,500 feet from the emergency... More »

Insane Grasshopper Invasion Hits Albuquerque

Swarms actually show up on weather radar

(Newser) - Albuquerque is dealing with so many grasshoppers that their swarms look like rain on weather radar, ABC News reports. "We have actually been noticing the insects on radar since about Memorial Day," says a National Weather Service rep. At first, the service couldn't figure out what the... More »

Feds: Albuquerque Cops Use Excessive Force

Report slams department for violating civil rights

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico's biggest city routinely violate people's constitutional rights with a pattern of excessive and deadly force, a damning Justice Department report finds. The department's civil-rights investigation found that the majority of the police shootings in Albuquerque over the last few years were unjustified and... More »

Albuquerque Erupts Over Police Shootings

Hundreds of protesters take to streets

(Newser) - What started as a peaceful protest yesterday in Albuquerque ended up with at least six protesters arrested, one officer injured, and more than two dozen canisters of tear gas thrown into the hundreds-strong crowd. Demonstrators started rallying downtown at noon, protesting against officer-involved shootings in the city, particularly the March... More »

People Not Happy About Fake Breaking Bad Funeral

Walter White gravesite, headstone anger some

(Newser) - A fake funeral was held Saturday for Breaking Bad character Walter White in Albuquerque, offering some 200 fans a chance to pay their last respects to a show that, as one attendee put it, "brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque.... 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 »

Woman Unmasks Burglar: It's Her Grandson

Just as she suspected

(Newser) - An Albuquerque grandmother thought she recognized a masked burglar who entered her home on Friday morning—and when Pamela Dearinger managed to rip off his bandana, her suspicions were confirmed: It was her grandson, police say. Thomas Clark, 22, came in through the back door while she was watching TV,... More »

5 Things That Make This DWI Crazier Than Most

For starters, police say the driver was having sex

(Newser) - The run-of-the-mill part of this arrest is that a 25-year-old Albuquerque man faces charges including DWI and evading police. But some highlights from the report in the Albuquerque Journal show how special it really is:
  • Police say a drunken Luis Briones was having sex with a woman while attempting to
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Mom Rams Suspect's Car After Daughter Is Taken

5-year-old is safe; suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An amazing story out of Albuquerque, where police say a mother foiled the kidnapping of her young daughter by giving chase in her car. She eventually rammed the suspect's vehicle with her own. A suspect is in custody, and he matches the description of an assailant in a previous... More »

4 Choir Members Stabbed at Albuquerque Church

Knifeman yelled 'false preacher'

(Newser) - Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a knifeman leapt from the pews and attacked the choir at the end of a Sunday service in an Albuquerque church yesterday. The man yelled "false preacher" as he charged the choir, witnesses tell KOAT . A suspect identified as Lawrence Capener, 24, was... More »

Cops: NM Shooter Ambushed His Dad Last

Nehemiah Griego, 15, loved video games

(Newser) - Police near Albuquerque released new details about 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, who is accused of shooting to death his parents and three siblings over the weekend:
  • Griego shot his mother while she slept about 1am Saturday, say police. Then he allegedly killed his 9-year-old brother, described as "awake and distraught"
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NM Teen Planned to Keep Shooting, Head to Walmart

But instead, a friend convinced him to meet at church

(Newser) - The New Mexico teenager accused of killing his parents and three siblings planned to keep killing until police shot him dead, authorities believe. Nehemiah Griego, 15, told police that he put several loaded weapons, including an AR-15 assault rife, into the family van with the intention of driving to the... More »

Cops: 5 NM Murder Victims Were Teen's Own Family

Boy, 15, charged with killing parents, 3 siblings

(Newser) - The two adults and three children allegedly shot dead by a 15-year-old boy in New Mexico were the teenager's own family, police say. The victims have been identified as respected local pastor, Greg Griego, his wife Sarah, and their children Zephania, 9; Jael, 5; and Angelina, 2, KOB reports.... More »

Plague Making a Comeback— Among the Rich

It's catching on among affluent New Mexicans

(Newser) - The Black Death appears to have gotten a toehold in an unlikely community: affluent New Mexicans. That's the conclusion of a new report studying reported cases in the US since 1976, and it's a pretty surprising one, given that the plague has historically cropped up among impoverished people... More »

Boxing Great Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

Troubled five-time world champ found dead at home

(Newser) - The boxing world is mourning five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who was found dead at his Albuquerque home on Sunday. The prizefighter, whose career was marked by drug and alcohol addiction, arrests, and depression, was just 45. Police say foul play is not suspected. Tapia's mother was murdered when... More »

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