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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fees for visiting New Mexico state parks are being waived Friday as officials encourage people to spend more time outdoors. Officials say the $5 day-use fees for all 34 state parks are being waived.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has hired a chief financial officer for its athletics department in the wake of controversy over spending and other fiscal matters. The new athletics CFO is Rob Robinson, who also will serve as senior associate athletic director. Robinson is currently senior associate athletic director for finance and administration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The voluntary deployment of six Las Cruces police officers from their southern New Mexico city to Puerto Rico to help with the recovery from Hurricane Maria has been extended by two weeks. Police Chief Jaime Montoya says the officers who deployed Nov. 14 were to have returned Saturday but now are to return on Dec. 9. Montoya says the officers are working with state police personnel from Boston, New Jersey, Montana and New York on duties ranging from traffic control to calls involving looting, crashes and crisis intervention.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After serving in the state House for more than four decades, State Rep. Nick Salazar says he plans to retire at the end of his current term. The Albuquerque Journal reports Salazar is New Mexico's longest-serving lawmaker and is among the 10 longest-serving members of any legislature in the country. The 88-year-old Democratic lawmaker from Ohkay Owingeh in the Espanola area was first elected in 1972 and has won 23 elections in a row ever since. He represents a district that includes parts of Rio Arriba, Mora, Colfax and San Miguel counties in northern New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sheriff of New Mexico's most populous county will not require his deputies to use body cameras because he says the media would use the footage to unfairly criticize the officers. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales told KOAT-TV in a story published Tuesday that the video "gives a lopsided, one-sided story, which I think is a disservice to the whole community." His stance has drawn criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and the New Mexico Foundation of Open Government.

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Oscar Pistorius will be serving an additional 13 years in prison, after a South African court increased the double-amputee and former Olympic athlete's sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In 2016, a judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for shooting Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his house in 2013.

The government appealed that sentence, saying it was too lenient.

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The world's oceans are rising. Over the past century, they're up an average of about eight inches. But the seas are rising more in some places than others. And scientists are now finding that how much sea level rises in, say, New York City, has a lot to do with exactly where the ice is melting.

A warming climate is melting a lot of glaciers and ice sheets on land. That means more water rolling down into the oceans.

But the oceans are not like a bathtub. The water doesn't rise uniformly.

Democrats' success in this month's elections was bigger than expected, and was fueled in part by strong opposition to President Trump. In the last few weeks, there's been a lot of chatter about whether that means a big, blue wave is forming off the political coast that could potentially crash into the 2018 midterm elections.

We asked Republicans and Democrats what the off-year elections could mean for their parties next year. Here are five takeaways.

1. Good news for Democrats

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NASA has big hopes for virtual reality technology. The agency is developing a suite of virtual reality environments at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, that could be used for everything from geological research to repairing orbiting satellites.

One displays fiery ejections from the Sun. In another, scientists can watch magnetic fields pulse around the earth. A virtual rendering of an ancient lava tube in Idaho makes scientists feel like they're standing at the bottom of an actual cave.

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