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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The percentage of New Mexico students who graduate high school is holding steady at 71 percent, and state education officials said they were particularly encouraged that the rate among Hispanic students has climbed more than 10 percent since 2011. Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski released the latest statistics Friday, saying there have been improvements for the state's Hispanic, black, low-income and disabled students. The graduation rate for Hispanic students in 2011 was less than 60 percent.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team of special prosecutors has cleared the former Albuquerque police officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman in April 2014. The team headed by special prosecutor Michael Cox announced Tuesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Jeremy Dear for the shooting death of Mary Hawkes. In a letter to Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier, the prosecutors say it is impossible prove that Dear did not believe Hawkes posed a threat when he opened fire.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque. State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review. The state auditor and city's inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A group of religious residents in a southeastern New Mexico city is rallying around a Ten Commandments monument from public property. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the residents crowded a commissioners' meeting this week in Hobbs, New Mexico, to speak out against a another group's effort to take down the marker. The move came after members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said the Hobbs monument violated the separation of church and state.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they found two bodies in southern Santa Fe County, in an investigation that apparently started after a rancher discovered a dead woman stuffed into a garbage container along the road near his home. The Santa Fe County sheriff's office says the rancher, Fidel Montoya of Stanley, found the deceased woman Monday, and calls the deaths "suspicious." The bodies have been sent to the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

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President Trump on Friday announced a fresh round of sanctions against North Korea in an attempt to block oil and other prohibited products from getting to the Asian nation.

"We have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed," Trump said at the conclusion of his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxen Hill, Md., just outside Washington. "Hopefully, something positive can happen. We will see."

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Rick Gates, the business partner of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges and will begin cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Gates appeared in federal court on Friday afternoon. He told Judge Amy Berman Jackson he was making the plea of his own free will.

One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns.

"Percocet or Vicodin," says Dr. Peter Bakes, an emergency medicine specialist at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. "Medications that certainly have contributed to the rising opioid epidemic."

For the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar and what authorities describe as a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing, the prospect of returning to their home villages might be more than just daunting. As satellite photographs show, a return home might be simply impossible.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team of special prosecutors has cleared the former Albuquerque police officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman in April 2014. The team headed by special prosecutor Michael Cox announced Tuesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Jeremy Dear for the shooting death of Mary Hawkes. In a letter to Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier, the prosecutors say it is impossible prove that Dear did not believe Hawkes posed a threat when he opened fire.

A top official at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund has announced his resignation following allegations that he engaged in inappropriate behavior during a previous job at the aid organization, Save the Children.

On the day Olga Skripnik fled her home in Crimea, many of her fellow Crimeans were celebrating.

On March 16, 2014, separatist leaders in the Ukrainian province rushed through a referendum on joining Russia in violation of Ukraine's constitution. The controversial measure, which few countries recognized, passed overwhelmingly under the watchful eyes of a Russian occupation force that had seized the Crimean Peninsula two weeks earlier.

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