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Arizona Fire Sends Smoke to Albuquerque

New Mexico has its own blazes to worry about

(Newser) - A wildfire in Arizona that had neighboring New Mexico breathing in smoke was one of several blazes scorching the drought-stricken Southwest, signaling what could be a devastating summer. Residents in New Mexico's largest city woke up Wednesday shrouded again in smoke from the Arizona fires, the AP reports. The...

'Dongcopter' Comes for New Mexico Mayoral Candidate

Man facing several charges after allegedly punching the candidate, a sheriff

(Newser) - A New Mexico sheriff hoping to become mayor of Albuquerque had his largest campaign event interrupted Tuesday by a drone dangling an adult toy. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales was responding to a question from a woman in the audience of 70 at Revel Entertainment Center when a drone buzzed...

Biggest Cash Vaccination Prize Announced

New Mexico announces $5M grand prize in its vaccine lottery

(Newser) - New Mexico is going big in its quest to get residents vaccinated for COVID-19. The state on Tuesday announced its own vaccine lottery, an increasingly popular way to incentivize the vaccine in the US, and its grand prize is the largest cash award yet: $5 million. Overall, $10 million in...

New Mexico Man Accused of Plotting to Kill Biden

John Thornton also threatened to kill ex-wife and staff at computer firm, investigators say

(Newser) - A New Mexico man is accused of sending text messages threatening to overthrow the government and execute President Biden, among numerous others, including his ex-wife. The FBI says Las Cruces resident John Thornton, 39, sent threatening messages to people in Florida and Texas, the Las Cruces Sun News reports. "...

Wildlife Experts Say Jaguars Should Roam Southwest Again

New paper argues they could be re-introduced to Arizona and New Mexico

(Newser) - Scientists and wildlife managers have united to make a pitch: They say it's time to bring back jaguars to the American Southwest. In a new paper in the journal Conservation Science and Practice , the authors say the big cat could be successfully reintroduced to a mountainous area spanning Arizona...

FBI: Aryan Brotherhood Member Left Car, 3 Bodies at Hospital

Slain men were also gang members

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico are still trying to piece together the details of a triple slaying in Albuquerque, but they're pretty sure there was a gang connection: Three men found shot to death in a vehicle and the man who left the car in a hospital's parking lot...

He Got in His Car After Grocery Shopping. Then, 'Holy Cow'

Man had 15,000 bees waiting for him in his vehicle in an Albertsons parking lot in Las Cruces, NM

(Newser) - Ever get behind the wheel and feel the creepy sensation that someone or something unwelcome is in the car with you? That's what happened to a man in Las Cruces, NM, over the weekend after a short trip to the grocery store, but to his horror, there wasn't...

This Is the Least Stressed-Out State in America

South Dakota is chill, but Nevada needs to start meditating

(Newser) - We don't know if we'd believe anyone who said they hadn't felt some level of stress over the past year, all things considered. Money issues and the pandemic are the top two things Americans are anxious about right now, per WalletHub , which notes that some states are...

Suspect Admits to Killing 16: Police

Sean Lannon was charged with one slaying when he confessed to others, prosecutor says

(Newser) - A suspect charged in a New Jersey slaying not only admitted the crime but told police he killed 15 other people in New Mexico, authorities said. One of the New Mexico victims was Sean Lannon's estranged wife, CNN reports. A prosecutor made the revelation Friday in court, during a...

Suspect Is Arrested After Murders in NJ, NM

Sean Lannon was apprehended in St. Louis

(Newser) - A fugitive wanted in connection with a quadruple murder in New Mexico and a killing in New Jersey is now in custody. Sean Lannon, 47, was arrested in St. Louis Wednesday morning after a cross-country manhunt, CBS Philadelphia reports. He is accused of killing four people—including ex-wife Jennifer Lannon—...

New Mexico Bill Gains Unexpected Pair of Supporters

It has to do with police immunity reforms

(Newser) - Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights violations. Ice cream entrepreneurs and civic activists Ben Cohen...

Vaccine Doses Tossed After 'Human Error'

They spent too long out of the fridge at Wisconsin clinic

(Newser) - Some 500 doses of the precious Moderna coronavirus vaccine have been thrown out at a clinic in Wisconsin after an "unintended human error." Fifty vials, each containing 10 doses of vaccine, were removed from a refrigerator at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, some 20 miles north of...

Washington Inaction Forces States to Step Up

States consider pandemic relief as America logs 13M COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed...

6 of the 10 Healthiest US Counties Are in One State

Colorado is doing something right

(Newser) - You can put good health habits into play no matter where you live, but some places just make it easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle. US News & World Report examined close to 3,000 counties (or county equivalents) across America, looking at more than 80 metrics across 10 categories:...

'Maybe Millions' of Birds Dying of Unknown Causes
Masses of Migratory Birds
Are Dropping Dead
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Masses of Migratory Birds Are Dropping Dead

Necropsies are underway in New Mexico

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of birds are dropping dead in New Mexico, alarming biologists who suspect wildfires could be playing a role. A large number of migratory birds were found dead at the US Army White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument on Aug. 20, before more...

Passerby Saves Near-Death Hiker, Stranded for 2 Weeks

'Never had we found somebody who had been out for that long'

(Newser) - John Utsey was hiking with his two kids in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest on Saturday when his daughter got out of sight. He called out loudly and heard her answer from around a bend, farther up the trail. "Then I heard somebody else answer from way...

2-Time Escapee Is Caught After 46 Years

Fugitive Luis Archuleta nabbed in New Mexico

(Newser) - Luis Archuleta escaped from prison before shooting and injuring a rookie Denver police officer on Oct. 3, 1971. He was convicted of assault of a police officer with a deadly weapon in 1973, but escaped from prison again the following year, per the Santa Fe New Mexican . It was the...

Teen Wins $250K for Malnutrition- Busting Tool

Inspired by her 3 siblings and an Ethiopian drought, Lillian Peterson aces Regeneron science contest

(Newser) - A high school senior in New Mexico has a bright future in STEM—and it just got much brighter with the announcement she beat out 40 other finalists to win a prestigious science and math competition. NPR reports that 17-year-old Lillian Kay Petersen of Los Alamos has taken home the...

This State Has the Best School System in America

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub ranking; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - After a school year disrupted by COVID-19, parents are more concerned than ever about their children's education. The coronavirus aside, how well public schools fare across America is often dictated by the funding they receive, which is one of the factors WalletHub took into account in its examination of...

NM Cop in Fatal Video: 'I'm Going to ... Choke You Out, Bro'

Lawyer says neck restraint was sanctioned by police at the time of suspect's death in custody

(Newser) - The former New Mexico police officer who used a fatal chokehold on a Latino man is now charged with second-degree murder. Former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 29 death of Antonio Valenzuela. State Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the new...

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