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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has told business and community leaders that the city is facing a budget deficit as gross receipts tax revenues fail to come in at the rate projected in the spending plan approved by the City Council earlier this year. The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Keller said the last administration did a lot for the city's infrastructure, but also left his administration some unfinished business. Keller said the budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, was based on 3 percent gross receipts tax growth.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is rewriting its policy against sexual harassment in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked. A panel of lawmakers plans to publish and discuss a first draft of proposed anti-harassment rules on Friday in Santa Fe. The current policy was adopted in 2008 and relies on the heads of legislative agencies or chief clerks to vet complaints.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are beginning to file legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session that starts in January. Friday marks the first day to introduce bills for a 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 15. Anti-crime proposals and budgetary changes expected to dominate the agenda. Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for her final year in office and is expected to back public safety legislation and push other longstanding priorities such as tax reform.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona. Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott. Tribal officials say Draper lived in Chinle, Arizona. Draper and other Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original 29 who developed the code. He was part of the 5th Marine Division, fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart as well as a Congressional Silver Medal.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the last member of a Taos County-based drug trafficking ring to plead guilty faces up to eight years and four months in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 43-year-old Jason Duran of Albuquerque pleaded guilty Wednesday to an information charging him conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. According to the office, Duran acknowledged conspiring with others to distribute heroin in Taos County from 2012 through 2015. Eight co-defendants have also pleaded guilty.

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A woman in Long Island, N.Y., has been arrested and charged with using Bitcoin to transfer more than $85,000 in stolen funds to support the Islamic State.

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, is charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. She pleaded not guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, N.Y.

Between my dad's love for upstate New York's sharp cheddars and the annual gift-pack of farmhouse cheeses my brother sends from California, cheese figures pretty heavily in my holiday season. This year Bronwen and Francis Percival's new book, Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese, makes that not just cause for pleasure, but reflection as well.

A viral video making the rounds Friday has one of President Trump's judicial nominees in an uncomfortable spotlight.

Matthew Petersen has been nominated for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, one of the nation's most important federal courts. Petersen is now a member of the Federal Election Commission.

But his trouble began during Wednesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee when, among a panel of five nominees, he alone told Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., that he had never tried a case in court.

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Britain's senior-most military officer is warning that an improving Russian navy poses risks to undersea communications and Internet cables, saying any disruption could do "catastrophic" damage to the economy.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said Britain and NATO need to prioritize protecting communications cables running along the seabed between countries and continents to prevent them being severed.

The average American reads at an 8th-grade level, but the patient information that doctors and hospitals provide often presumes that people have much more advanced reading skills.

So some researchers decided to see what happens when 9-year-olds write the patient guides.

Behold, the cocktail avocado. No, that's not a weird cucumber. It's the latest in avocado innovation, on offer at British retail chain Marks & Spencer.

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