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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona woman is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to a heroin trafficking charge in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Tabitha Marie Ochoa, of Nogales, entered her plea Friday in an Albuquerque court. Ochoa and a female co-defendant were arrested in February after law enforcement officers found nine bundles of heroin weighing more than five pounds in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Ochoa pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An expert believes a former New Mexico deputy had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal driving limit the night he allegedly killed his partner. Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2rAcTE5 ) psychologist Cecile Marczinski gave her testimony at Tai Chan's retrial on Thursday. Chan is accused of murder in Jeremy Martin's 2014 death. Marczinski says she calculated Chan's blood-alcohol level from that night by using receipts, witness statements, his body weight and an accepted scientific formula.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused two men and a woman of operating a sex trafficking ring in Albuquerque. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Cornelius Galloway, 28-year-old Matthew Woods and 43-year-old Danielle Galloway were indicted on charges of commercial sex trafficking, commercial sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy. Woods also has been indicted for attempting to recruit a victim. Cornelius Galloway allegedly ran the sex trafficking organization that started last October.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she's confident agreements will eventually be reached with Democrats as New Mexico looks to solve a budget crisis. The governor's office says Martinez met Friday with Democratic leadership from the House and Senate. They discussed restoring funding for higher education, but there appears to still be an impasse over taxes. The governor reiterated that she won't support any stand-alone tax hikes but that she's hopeful lawmakers will start talking about overall tax reform.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in a southern New Mexico county have found a century-old document inside a box of unarchived records that sheds light on the death of the Old West lawman who gained fame for killing Billy the Kid. Dona Ana County officials say the 1908 coroner's jury report refers to the investigation of the death of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett. Historians long-looked for official documents assigning blame for Garrett's mysterious shooting.

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Last night, the House of Representatives postponed a vote on its debt ceiling bill.

In the Texas trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the suspect fired his lawyer and told the judge in the case that he wants to defend himself. The proceedings went forward Thursday, with plenty of dramatic moments.

We all know congressional negotiators are trying to balance party and ideology, principle and pragmatism. But negotiators are people, too, and psychology has some useful things to say about the ongoing debt-ceiling standoff. Here are some key ideas to keep in mind.

Tundra Fires And Climate Change: More Bad News

Jul 28, 2011

It may be cold up there in the Arctic, but that doesn't mean it doesn't burn. And as the planet gets warmer, tundra fires are not only becoming more common, they may also shift a huge amount of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, a new study reports.

Back in 2007, lightning struck the remote North Slope of Alaska, igniting the largest fire to hit the region since modern recording began in the 1950s. The fire burned for nearly three months until snowfall finally put it out in October. It left behind a charred scar of 400 square miles — big enough to see from space.

Just as the Washington narrative had started to shift a bit from "House Speaker John Boehner doesn't have the juice to get his conference to support him" to "Boehner is getting his fellow Republicans to rally around him" it shifts back to the former.

That's because he was unable to get enough members of the Republican conference to commit to voting for his debt-ceiling increase.

An image of gout is easy to conjure up: The portly, elder royal resting his foot on a pillow, with a swollen, red and extremely painful big toe. It could be Henry VII, who was afflicted with the "disease of kings."

But today gout seems to be the disease of the average middle-aged American who's pudgy, consuming too much meat, and drinking too much alcohol — not unlike what the royals used to do.

OK, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. But the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America says that none of the declared Republican candidates for president — nor any of those thought to be waiting in the wings — would pass muster with voters who support a woman's right to choose.

Former Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead

Jul 28, 2011

Hideki Irabu, a Japanese pitcher who debuted for the New York Yankees in 1997, was found dead after an apparent suicide in Los Angeles.

The AP reports:

"The body of Irabu, 42, was found at 4:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday, county sheriff's Sgt. Michael Arriaga said."

"'He was found dead by an apparent suicide,' he said."

"Irabu lived in Rancho Palos Verdes but it was not immediately clear whether it was his home, the sergeant said."

Too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can damage your liver or worse.

Now to reduce the risk of accidental overdoses, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil division, marketer of the painkilling mainstay, is lowering the maximum dose for Extra Strenth Tylenol to six tablets a day from eight.

Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of United States National Team for men's soccer.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati thanked Bradley for his five years at the helm of the team but said now is the right time to make change. "It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob," Gulati said.

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