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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old son from his elementary school near Jemez Springs has been arrested in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police say 23-year-old Angelica Garcia was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony custodial interference.

An Amber Alert was issued for 4-year-old Angelo Jaramillo, who police say was abducted from the school by Garcia.

Witnesses saw her leave the school in a vehicle and State Police officers later tracked it to a motel off Interstate 40.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leading Democrats in New Mexico are taking aim at Donald Trump as the state's Republican governor withholds her full endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee.

State Democratic lawmakers and party leaders gathered at an outdoor plaza Thursday in Albuquerque to highlight a disconnect they see between Trump's candidacy and New Mexico values. Both major parties are reaching out to constituents days before a registration deadline to vote in New Mexico's June 7 primary election.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor is looking into practices and procedures that led to a backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.

State Auditor Tim Keller announced Thursday a new survey of eight police departments and sheriff offices aimed at identifying root causes of the backlog and better policies and standards that can prevent untested kits from piling up again.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has ruled that a 16-year-old who fatally stabbed a man will be sentenced as a juvenile.

Judge Gerald Baca said Thursday that the teenager who stabbed his mother's 24-year-old boyfriend in the neck appears amenable to treatment and rehabilitation. The maximum sentence he can receive under the juvenile code is confinement until age 21.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is investigating an assault involving three detainees in the juvenile section of the county Detention Center.

They say three of the juveniles involved could face felony charges.

Authorities say a 16-year-old detainee allegedly rushed a door-control panel around 11 a.m. Wednesday and opened three separate cell doors.

That allowed two other teenage detainees to enter the cell of a 14-year-old detainee.

They allegedly attacked him before being subdued with pepper spray.

Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.

In the early 1990s, voters in Oregon were feeling some tax anxiety.

Property values were rising, and many worried that also meant a rise in property taxes. And so, with something called Measure 5, they capped them.

Since schools depend heavily on property taxes, Oregon did something unique. The state decided to use income tax revenue to help offset the effect of this new property-tax cap.

There's just one problem: In tough economic times, income is more volatile than property values. And so began a roller coaster for Oregon's schools.

Firefighters are still battling massive wildfires that forced mass evacuations of some 80,000 people earlier this week in Alberta, Canada.

Canadian police are escorting a convoy of evacuees through the wreckage, CBC News reports, out of the oil sands camps where they had been staying since Tuesday. As many as 8,000 people have been airlifted to safety, reporter Dan Karpenchuk tells our Newscast unit.

Commuters faced scenes of "mash destruction" this morning on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, N.C.

That's right — I-77 South was littered with spuds after a tractor-trailer overturned at around 2 a.m. ET Friday, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Last year, Seattle began phasing in a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Businesses with more than 500 employees are all required to pay that wage by 2018. Smaller companies have until 2021 to comply, but some entrepreneurs are embracing the call for a higher minimum wage ahead of schedule.

One of them is Renee Erickson, a Seattle chef, who this week won the 2016 James Beard Award as the best chef in the Northwest. She employs 100 people at her restaurant group.

SpaceX has done it again. Launching from Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Friday morning, the company successfully landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge. A second part or "stage" continued into space, carrying a communications satellite.

Ten years may not seem like a long time, but in my field, ophthalmology, it has made the difference between going blind and still being able to drive.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old son from his elementary school near Jemez Springs has been arrested in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police say 23-year-old Angelica Garcia was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony custodial interference.

An Amber Alert was issued for 4-year-old Angelo Jaramillo, who police say was abducted from the school by Garcia.

Witnesses saw her leave the school in a vehicle and State Police officers later tracked it to a motel off Interstate 40.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leading Democrats in New Mexico are taking aim at Donald Trump as the state's Republican governor withholds her full endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee.

State Democratic lawmakers and party leaders gathered at an outdoor plaza Thursday in Albuquerque to highlight a disconnect they see between Trump's candidacy and New Mexico values. Both major parties are reaching out to constituents days before a registration deadline to vote in New Mexico's June 7 primary election.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor is looking into practices and procedures that led to a backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.

State Auditor Tim Keller announced Thursday a new survey of eight police departments and sheriff offices aimed at identifying root causes of the backlog and better policies and standards that can prevent untested kits from piling up again.

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