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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Author and producer George R.R. Martin will be among the experts participating in an upcoming forum on the film industry and its effects on New Mexico. The discussion is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, the Santa Fe venue purchased and renovated by Martin a few years ago. U.S. Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham will be a part of the panel along with Tony Mark, the executive producer of "The Hurt Locker," and producer and documentary filmmaker Andrea Meditch.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico insurance regulars are warning that consumers may need to be more vigilant as they buy health coverage in the future, under President Donald Trump's executive order for cheaper and less-regulated health plans for individuals. A spokeswoman for state Insurance Superintendent John Franchini on Thursday said the president's order could lead to benefit caps and exclusions for medical conditions as it creates new low-cost insurance options. Trump's order aims to broaden the use of "association health plans" to encourage competition across state lines.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to time served in custody for threatening telephone calls to police officers in New Mexico. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Sean Stinson of El Paso now will be on supervised release for three years after being in custody for 406 days. They say Stinson was arrested in September 2016 for making telephone calls from El Paso to the Las Cruces Police Department and some were recorded. He allegedly threatened to shoot, kill and otherwise injure specific police officers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque car dealership has reached a settlement with a federal agency over employee complaints that claimed two managers repeatedly used racial slurs, posted racist pictures and made offensive jokes about Native American and Muslim employees' religious practices. The Albuquerque Journal reports the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday that Reliable Nissan will pay $205,000 to the three employees who filed the complaints and 11 other minority employees who experienced a hostile work environment.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo City Commissioners approved a six month ban on constructing new billboards within city limits. The Alamogordo Daily News reports the resolution, which was approved Tuesday, is the latest development in the city's ongoing attempt to address residents' concerns with new billboards being erected around town. An ordinance was brought before commissioners on Aug. 22, stating the building of new billboards would be unlawful and billboards already in place would have five years to be removed.

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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.

Freshly pressed stormtrooper outfits, just like the ones worn in the original 1977 Star Wars film, are still legally for sale in Great Britain after the country's Supreme Court ruled that the south London industrial designer who originally made them could keep on making them.

Nuclear Waste Piles Up As Repository Plan Falters

Jul 28, 2011

Second in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 1

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on California's central coast has more than 1,300 tons of nuclear waste sitting on its back porch, waiting for pickup. The problem is, there's no one to pick it up.

In Famine, Peanut Butter-Based Food Rides To The Rescue

Jul 28, 2011

The World Food Program is starting to airlift food to relieve the famine in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The first plane, carrying 10 tons of food supplies, will help feed 3,500 malnourished children for a month, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

In Washington, congressional leaders and the White House are in a financial fight that's being watched around the world. But outside the Beltway, in cities large and small, mayors are grappling with their own economic challenges.

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to tough negotiations. And, fresh from his second stint as a White House adviser, that's where he finds himself now.

Twenty white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., have settled their reverse discrimination case with the city for $2 million in back pay, additional pension benefits and interest. The city will also cough up about $3 million to cover the firefighters' legal costs.

The Hartford Courant explains the how the case came to court:

Today, a federal court heard arguments from a group that wants it to issue a restraining order to stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a prayer and fasting rally planned for Aug. 6 in Houston.

As we reported last month, Perry, a potential presidential candidate, called on his fellow Americans and his fellow governors to join in him in "asking God's forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation."

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