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BERNALILL0, N.M. (AP) — Sandoval County Sheriff's officials say a former UFC fighter has been arrested in Rio Rancho. They say 39-year-old Isaac Vallie-Flagg, of Albuquerque, was taken into custody Friday while allegedly attempting to burglarize a commercial property. Authorities say Vallie-Flagg had cut the chain to the gate of the property and driven onto the grounds. Sheriff's deputies say he was found in possession of numerous identification cards, Social Security cards, a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle with a silencer. It's unclear if Vallie-Flagg has a lawyer yet for his case.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the New Mexico impact of the federal government's partial shutdown (all times local): 2:50 p.m. You can still visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico during the federal government's partial shutdown but don't expect to go underground to see the namesake cavern itself. Park officials say all park roads and trails remain open but that the cavern and the park's visitor center are closed to visitors. Carlsbad Cavern has a huge underground chamber called the Big Room with ceiling formations called stalactites.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of flu deaths in New Mexico continues to rise. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the latest figures attribute 16 deaths in New Mexico to the flu but a state Department of Health spokesman says the number is likely higher. Department spokesman David Morgan says that's because many of this season's 60 deaths from pneumonia are related to the flu. The 16 total flu deaths reported Friday are an increase of nine from figures from the previous week. At that point, there were seven deaths from the flu.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A national monument in northern New Mexico is mostly closed to visitors because of the federal government shutdown. Officials of Bandelier National Monument at Los Alamos say campgrounds, the visitor center and other main areas of the monument are closed as of Saturday but that the entrance road and some trails remain open. Some trails and access roads were already closed for winter. Superintendent Jason Lott says the closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the monument's fragile archaeological features and natural resources.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to provide electricity for Facebook's new data center. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Public Service Co. of New Mexico's request for the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday comes after Facebook announced plans to expand the data center under construction south of Albuquerque. The utility has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc.

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After six hours of uncharacteristic sniping and emotion, Germany's Social Democrats at a party congress in Bonn on Sunday voted 362-279 to enter into formal talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a new German government.

It's a vital step to ending a nearly four-month long political crisis in Germany after last September's elections failed to give any party – including Merkel's conservatives – a majority. Previous attempts by the chancellor to join with other German political parties in a governing coalition failed.

BERNALILL0, N.M. (AP) — Sandoval County Sheriff's officials say a former UFC fighter has been arrested in Rio Rancho. They say 39-year-old Isaac Vallie-Flagg, of Albuquerque, was taken into custody Friday while allegedly attempting to burglarize a commercial property. Authorities say Vallie-Flagg had cut the chain to the gate of the property and driven onto the grounds. Sheriff's deputies say he was found in possession of numerous identification cards, Social Security cards, a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle with a silencer. It's unclear if Vallie-Flagg has a lawyer yet for his case.

After talks with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan where he was made to explain and navigate the fallout from the Trump administration's controversial decision last month to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Vice President Mike Pence is now on his way to meet with the Israeli government, which many expect will receive him warmly. Pence is not scheduled to speak with Palestinian leaders during his tour of the region.

While a lot of furious negotiation has been going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to end a partial government shutdown, to voters and cable news viewers it may look like most of the work in Washington is going into pointing fingers.

As the countdown to shutdown hit zero, an official White House statement called Democrats "obstructionist losers."

Democrats pointed to President Trump's inconsistent statements on immigration to say he's an unreliable negotiating partner.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

As the federal government's partial shutdown enters its second day, there are few discernible signs that lawmakers are on track to speedily resolve their standoff.

Instead, the two sides have spent the weekend digging in and getting their message out, and President Trump opened Sunday hinting at a "nuclear" solution.

Last week in the Russia investigations: Will "infiltration" be the new "collusion" or "obstruction?" Another skirmish over executive privilege? Is the Russia imbroglio about the money-go-round? And will the shutdown disrupt Mueller's investigation?

The inside game

How much did Russia "infiltrate" political organizations inside the United States as part of its attack on the 2016 presidential election?

It was a highlight of the latest season of the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign: The year is 1961, the Cold War is heating up and the queen (played by Claire Foy), feeling self-conscious after learning that First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) called her "incurious" at a dinner party, decides to take a more proactive role in dealing with Ghana, a former colony whose new leader, Kwame Nkrumah (Danny Sapani), appears to be getting too cozy with the Soviets.

As President Trump marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, his lawyers are preparing for next week's preliminary arguments in a suit that alleges he is violating the Constitution's anti-corruption provisions, known as the foreign and domestic Emoluments Clauses.

President Trump is delivering on one of his biggest and most significant campaign promises: He is starting to reshape the federal judiciary.

In his first year in office, Trump welcomed a new, young and conservative lawyer, Neil Gorsuch, onto the Supreme Court. And he won confirmation of 12 federal appeals court judges — a record.

Please sign up here to get occasional updates from WBUR's ongoing series, "This Moment in Cancer."

Even three queasy pregnancies didn't prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

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