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At Democratic convention, record presence for gays

September 5, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

A delegate shows off her President Barack Obama button in the convention hall before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America’s gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by...

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Quebec separatist party may return to power

September 5, 2012 • World NewsComments (0)

Voters make their way to cast their ballots in L’Assomption, Quebec, Canada, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Voters in Quebec weighed returning a separatist party to power as polls opened Tuesday in the French-speaking province, which could edge toward...

First lady’s focus is drawing contrast with Romney

September 5, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she appears at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) —...

Colombia’s ‘Queen of Cocaine’ shot to death

September 5, 2012 • World NewsComments (0)

This undated Florida Department of Corrections booking mug shows Griselda Blanco. Blanco, a convicted drug trafficker who was once known as the “Godmother” and the “Queen of Cocaine,” has been shot to death by an unidentified gunman,...

One jazzy Labor Day at Spring River

September 4, 2012 • Local NewsComments (0)

The Dixieland jazz band, The Roswell Jazz Festival Seven, from left: Jay Thomas on trombone, Larmon Maddox playing the trumpet, Art Director of the Roswell Jazz Festival Michael Francis on keyboard, New Mexico State University music professor James Shearer on...

Minn. report details 2011 collision that killed 2

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A recently unsealed report says a collision last year that killed two motorcyclists in North Mankato was caused by a teenager who veered into oncoming traffic after falling asleep behind the wheel. The crash happened in July 2011, but...

Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/O7pLvr ) the bear was first...

Man’s body recovered from NM’s Navajo Lake

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned at Navajo Lake State Park in northwestern New Mexico. State Parks spokeswoman Jodi Porter says the man, identified as Ken Klassen, was swimming about 100 feet from the shore near Francis Canyon when...

Albuquerque schools moving toward ‘techbooks’

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The days of students using traditional textbooks in New Mexico’s largest public school district appear to be numbered. The Albuquerque Public Schools board recently approved an $11.3 million contract with a company that...

Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley expansion

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley’s request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers. The plan also...