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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say volunteers are needed to get the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos started. Park Ranger Kirk Singer told the Los Alamos Monitor last week around 10 volunteers are being sought to work the visitor's center and help plan guided ranger walks. During the World War II-era Manhattan Project, scientists in the then-secret town of Los Alamos worked to develop an atomic bomb later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Countermeasures against directives from President Donald Trump are making their way through New Mexico's Democratically controlled Legislature. Lawmakers in Santa Fe prepared Monday for an upcoming vote in the House of Representatives on a bill to block state cooperation with federal efforts to extend a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a Delaware-based company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and growing medicinal plants, including marijuana. Bright Green Group of Companies is partnering with Acoma Pueblo on a project supporters say will net more jobs for rural New Mexico, a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Company and tribal officials are meeting at the site Tuesday to mark the start of construction, which is expected to take about two years.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities have given the green light on a key step to upgrade a southern New Mexico road to an aerospace economic hub. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/QvjqL1) that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management this month issued decisions on an environmental review of the proposed road improvements. That would lead to a graveled or chip-sealed road being built from Interstate 25 to the remote spaceport in southeastern Sierra County. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority is paying for the roughly $14 million road improvement project.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools will keep its broad protections for transgender students even though the Trump administration is reversing a federal directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2lgnLCH) that the district will keep its policy until the Trump administration issues explains its policy of letting the issue be decided at the local level.

Parents of teens know how tricky it is to keep their kids physically safe while balancing their need for greater independence, but when it comes to keeping them safe online, it can be even trickier.

Sweeney Todd is a piece of theater that should make you lose your appetite. The grisly musical by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of a demonic barber whose clients become the filling for meat pies. Many productions leave the stage soaked in blood.

Bomb threats forced evacuations at Jewish schools and community centers in 11 states Monday, with the Jewish Community Center Association confirming threats in states ranging from Florida to Michigan. In Ann Arbor, Mich., police gave the all-clear after a Hebrew day school was threatened, forcing students to leave.

National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore is 11 years into a 25-year endeavor to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds. So far, he's photographed 6,500 different species, which leaves approximately 6,000 to go.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say volunteers are needed to get the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos started. Park Ranger Kirk Singer told the Los Alamos Monitor last week around 10 volunteers are being sought to work the visitor's center and help plan guided ranger walks. During the World War II-era Manhattan Project, scientists in the then-secret town of Los Alamos worked to develop an atomic bomb later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Harvard historian Caroline Light grew up with guns. Her family lived in Southwestern Virginia, and her parents regularly enjoyed hunting and shooting skeet (clay targets). They used guns on a recreational basis, not for what Light calls "do-it-yourself self-defense."

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Countermeasures against directives from President Donald Trump are making their way through New Mexico's Democratically controlled Legislature. Lawmakers in Santa Fe prepared Monday for an upcoming vote in the House of Representatives on a bill to block state cooperation with federal efforts to extend a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a Delaware-based company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and growing medicinal plants, including marijuana. Bright Green Group of Companies is partnering with Acoma Pueblo on a project supporters say will net more jobs for rural New Mexico, a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Company and tribal officials are meeting at the site Tuesday to mark the start of construction, which is expected to take about two years.

President Trump's budget will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending, while slashing domestic programs by the same amount. The president told the nation's governors on Monday that his plan "puts America first," and that "we're going to do more with less, and make the government lean and accountable to people."

An official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, who spoke to reporters only if not named, said most agencies will see budget cuts, including foreign aid, which comprises less than 1 percent of federal spending.

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