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ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — State officials are urging thousands of residents in one southeastern New Mexico community to boil their water after tests turned up E. coli contamination in their water system. The New Mexico Environment Department says the boil advisory issued over the weekend includes the city of Artesia as well as surrounding homes that rely on the Morningside Water Users Cooperative. The Artesia municipal water system serves about 14,000 people. The Morningside system serves an additional 358 customers. State officials say the presence of E.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A pastor and family friend says a boy who was pulled from a pond following a July 4 swimming accident at a Clovis park has died. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (http://bit.ly/2ty3ZXh) Gevion Lewis turned 13 eight days after the accident at Hillcrest Park. He never regained consciousness after being under the water for about 10 minutes. Bonetta Hutson, the worship leader at the church Lewis and his family attended, said she was with the family and prayed with them Friday as they made the decision to remove the boy from life support.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — After more than 50 years of litigation, a federal judge has brought an end to a water-rights lawsuit involving four Native American communities and various residents in northern New Mexico. The lawsuit, known as the Aamodt Case, began in 1966. U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson's decree on Friday puts an end to it, unless someone appeals — again. Johnson affirmed a 2010 settlement calling for a regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin. The settlement also puts rules in place for well owners to either tie into the system or continue using their wells.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is revising guidelines related to the hiring of nurses in hopes of bolstering recruiting in rural and underserved areas of the state. The Health Department made the announcement Monday, saying state agencies will be able to hire recent graduates who are unlicensed but have obtained short-term permits to practice under the supervision of a licensed nurse or nurse practitioner. Gov. Susana Martinez says the changes will help alleviate a critical shortage around the state.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A group of residents in eastern New Mexico want to launch efforts aimed at recalling Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/2WYUSJ) the group is asking a state district judge to allow them to circulate a recall petition. Records show the petition claims "Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ...

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According the latest projections from National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Don is expected to make landfall along the South Texas coast Friday night into Saturday.

The Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm warnings for a good deal of the Texas coast, stretching from San Luis Pass near Galveston to Port Mansfield near Padre Island.

After 50 Years, Cuban Houses To Go Up For Sale

Jul 28, 2011

In the years after Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, Havana's neighborhoods went through an extraordinary upheaval. As wealthy and middle-class families fled, poorer Cubans moved into their homes.

Now, communist authorities are preparing to legalize property sales for the first time in 50 years, and the city's old racial and class divisions are already creeping back.

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Bombs In Norway Breaking Down Multiculturalism?

Jul 28, 2011

The confessed Norway attacker Anders Behring Breivik says he intended to send a "wake up call" to Europe, which he sees as being taken over by Muslims. The attacks are raising tensions about immigration and multiculturalism in Europe. Host Michel Martin explores this issue with an NPR correspondent based in Paris and the author of several books about Islam in Paris.

The Challenge Of Integrating Muslims Into Europe

Jul 28, 2011

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation about Europe's multiculturalism amid the deadly attacks in Norway, which Anders Behring Breivik has acknowledged committing. Martin hears from Paris-born journalist Nabila Ramdani and Eleanor Beardsley, an NPR Correspondent based in Paris.

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The AP is now reporting confirmation from the FBI that Abdo had "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder" when he was arrested.

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An AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Ky., has been arrested in Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood. Army Pfc. Naser Abdo was being held Thursday, a day after his arrest by local police at a motel in the central Texas town.

Intelligence Chief: Norway Terror Suspect Is Lone Wolf

Jul 28, 2011

Norway's domestic intelligence chief told the AP that the man suspected of killing 76 people in a bombing and shooting rampage likely acted alone.

"It's a unique case. It's unique person. He is total evil," Janne Kristiansen, the director of the Norwegian Police Security Service told The Associated Press.

For several months, opposition troops have squared off against Moammar Gadhafi's forces on the ground in Libya. But for the most part, there's been only incremental movement along the front lines.

Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?

"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something. But a desire to do something is quite different than actual implementation. I think that this is a group that that has not only suffered the loss of its leader, but was already in very bad shape before that happened."

As the U.S. teeters closer to the brink of debt default, the political stalemate is being watched closely by its biggest foreign creditor, China. At last count, Beijing owned almost $1.2 trillion of U.S. Treasury debt.

Chinese officials have been quietly expressing their concern, but Beijing's options are limited.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met senior Chinese official Dai Bingguo in Shenzhen on Monday, the mood was friendly. But behind the scenes, anxiety in China is rising as the minutes tick closer toward that Aug. 2 deadline.

Writer's Mystery Endures, Long After He Vanished

Jul 25, 2011

Everett Ruess could have been one of this country's greatest wilderness writers, a poet and author on a par with John Muir or Edward Abbey.

But we'll never know for sure, because Ruess disappeared without a trace in November 1934. With two burros trailing behind him, he left the remote southern Utah town of Escalante, heading down the desolate Hole-in-the-Rock Trail towards the Colorado River in search of his favorite things: beauty and solitude.

About a week down the trail, Ruess ran into two sheepherders and camped with them for a couple of nights.

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