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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering rethinking New Mexico's complex liquor licensing system in hopes that more local alcohol vendors can help revitalize downtowns in smaller cities like a brewery did for Truth or Consequences.The Albuquerque Journal reports members of a legislative committee agreed this summer to review the licensing system and other ideas to help downtowns. Any proposed changes could be introduced in the 2019 session.Lawmakers cited the Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. as an example of what local alcoholic beverages can do for a city.Rep.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A murder case against a man accused of killing his roommate in Nambe has been dismissed.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a judge ordered Robert Mondrian-Powell set free on Friday. The judge said the state violated Mondrian-Powell's right to a speedy trial, although not intentionally.Prosecutor Marco Serna declined to comment on the judge's decision.Jennifer Burrill is Mondrian-Powell's public defender.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Three Democratic U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a hospice nurse has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining and selling oxycodone.Desiree Ulibarri, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Thursday on conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, an opioid, and conspiracy to acquire and obtain it by fraud and deceit.The 32-year-old is accused of recommending oxycodone prescriptions for patients who did not need them.

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Holloman Air Force Base say an aircraft has crashed but the condition of the pilot is unknown.Arlan Ponder, a spokesman for the 49th Wing, issued a release saying the crash occurred just before noon Friday at Red Rio Bombing Range.The range is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of the base. It is an active Air Force facility that includes 196,000 acres (7,9320 hectares) on White Sands Missile Range.Officials say an investigation is underway. 

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This past Sunday, as many Americans wrapped up their Father's Day celebrations, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller — purported architect of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the southern border — had a hankering for Mexican food.

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Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, bearing flags and seeking a glimpse of a reformist leader whose tenure is just months old. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was in the central Meskel Square to deliver a speech — but not long after he finished, a deadly blast unraveled the crowd.

An explosion narrowly missed Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa Saturday at a rally filled with his supporters, in what the state-owned newspaper The Zimbabwe Herald is calling an assassination attempt.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering rethinking New Mexico's complex liquor licensing system in hopes that more local alcohol vendors can help revitalize downtowns in smaller cities like a brewery did for Truth or Consequences.The Albuquerque Journal reports members of a legislative committee agreed this summer to review the licensing system and other ideas to help downtowns. Any proposed changes could be introduced in the 2019 session.Lawmakers cited the Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. as an example of what local alcoholic beverages can do for a city.Rep.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A murder case against a man accused of killing his roommate in Nambe has been dismissed.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a judge ordered Robert Mondrian-Powell set free on Friday. The judge said the state violated Mondrian-Powell's right to a speedy trial, although not intentionally.Prosecutor Marco Serna declined to comment on the judge's decision.Jennifer Burrill is Mondrian-Powell's public defender.

Just about 10 days ago, Katie Arrington was celebrating a hard-fought electoral win. The conservative South Carolina state lawmaker had dealt longtime incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford a surprising defeat in the state's congressional GOP primary.

Now Arrington, 47, is in the hospital facing quite another kind of fight.

A friend had been driving the U.S. House hopeful Friday night when their car was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong direction on the highway, according to her spokesperson.

The U.S. and South Korea have called off upcoming military exercises that were set to occur over the next three months, the Pentagon announced Friday evening.

According to the statement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the decision to "indefinitely suspend select exercises," including the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which was put on hold earlier this week, along with two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

A Global Guide For Leery Travelers

Jun 23, 2018

With its tropical beaches and a memorable national park, Venezuela was a popular destination for American tourists a decade ago. But years of political and economic turmoil have left its tourism industry in tatters.

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