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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson. The New Mexico State Investment Council approved the settlement Tuesday with Eastern Real Estate Development after discussing the matter out of public view in an executive session.

New Mexico Governor May Reconvene Legislature

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is contemplating the need for a special Legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves. Martinez on Tuesday said her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state's fiscal imbalance and that a solution may involve a short, pre-negotiated Legislative session. New Mexico is one of several states dealing with general fund declines linked to reduced energy prices and production.

Clinton Campaign Seeks To Make Most of Kaine's Spanish

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is fluent in Spanish, and moved easily between languages when he spoke at his first campaign event with his Democratic running mate Hillary Clinton. Some Latinos say there's a practical value to Kaine's skills because they allow the vice presidential candidate to communicate more directly with the nation's immigrant communities. But they add the days are gone when that alone is enough to win over Hispanic voters. Latinos make up about 17 percent of the nation's population, and roughly half — 27.3 million — are eligible to vote in 2016.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An upcoming hearing will determine whether statements made by a Border Patrol agent can be used in his trial for the fatal 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager. According to court documents, Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz made statements acknowledging the fatal shooting and became ill. He is accused of shooting through gaps in the fence in Nogales and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. A grand jury indicted Swartz in September on a murder charge.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say an eight-month investigation into a New Mexico drug ring has netted heroin trafficking charges against 10 people. Authorities say the drug syndicate led by 67-year-old Raymundo Munoz distributed heroin in Dona Ana County, which is situated along the U.S.-Mexico border. He and suspects Juan Francisco Rivera, of El Paso, Texas, and Blanca Elias Tovar were arrested Monday by the Drug Enforcement Administration after authorities say Tovar crossed the border and was driven by Rivera to a meeting with Muñoz. The U.S.

With antibiotic-resistant super bugs on the rise, researchers are on an urgent hunt for other bacteria that might yield chemicals we can harness as powerful drugs. Scientists once found most of these helpful bacteria in soil, but in recent decades this go-to search location hasn't delivered.

Now, researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany say that to find at least one promising candidate, we need look no further than our own noses.

A judge granted John Hinckley Jr. his freedom this week, 35 years after Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan.

His release from a mental hospital comes with a handful of limitations: Hinckley will live with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va., he cannot contact his victims, their relatives or the actress he was obsessed with at the time of the shooting, Jodie Foster.

Donald Trump urged Russian agents to "find" his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails and release them, an unprecedented move by a candidate for president encouraging such a foreign breach.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," the GOP presidential nominee said at a news conference in Miami on Wednesday. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has dropped the remaining criminal charges connected to Freddie Gray's death but she stands by the legitimacy of the original charges.

Hilda Solis, former U.S. labor secretary, took the stage at a meeting of the Hispanic caucus in Philadelphia this week and immediately launched into Spanish.

Solis, who is the first Latina to have served in a cabinet position, issued a ringing endorsement of the vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket.

"We are here to support Tim Kaine, our next vice president," she said. "Que habla muy bien Español. Mejor que yo!" (Who speaks good Spanish, she said, Better than I do.)

A pet 75-pound tortoise has been reunited with his owners who were forced to leave him behind, after sheriff's deputies found the animal trying to escape the wildfires that had prompted an evacuation order in Los Angeles County.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson. The New Mexico State Investment Council approved the settlement Tuesday with Eastern Real Estate Development after discussing the matter out of public view in an executive session.

New Mexico Governor May Reconvene Legislature

1 hour ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is contemplating the need for a special Legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves. Martinez on Tuesday said her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state's fiscal imbalance and that a solution may involve a short, pre-negotiated Legislative session. New Mexico is one of several states dealing with general fund declines linked to reduced energy prices and production.

Clinton Campaign Seeks To Make Most of Kaine's Spanish

1 hour ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is fluent in Spanish, and moved easily between languages when he spoke at his first campaign event with his Democratic running mate Hillary Clinton. Some Latinos say there's a practical value to Kaine's skills because they allow the vice presidential candidate to communicate more directly with the nation's immigrant communities. But they add the days are gone when that alone is enough to win over Hispanic voters. Latinos make up about 17 percent of the nation's population, and roughly half — 27.3 million — are eligible to vote in 2016.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is such a crazy, turbulent storm that it creates sound waves that travel hundreds of miles up and actually heat the planet's upper atmosphere.

That's the conclusion of scientists who found a striking hotspot right above the Great Red Spot. They describe their finding Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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