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RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mountain hamlet known of its ski resort is struggling amid little snow and drought this winter. KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca Mountain in Ruidoso, New Mexico has only recorded 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow. Ski Apache director of operations Justin Rowland says the mountain resort saw more than 300 inches (760 centimeters) of snow during the 2010 season. Alto Ski Shop owner Jodee Damron says business has been down about 75 percent.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved confidentiality provisions Monday for aerospace companies working out of a taxpayer-funded space launch facility in southern New Mexico. Exceptions to state open-records laws for trade secrets and sensitive financial information about tenants at Spaceport America cleared the Senate on a 35-5 vote, as the lead sponsor of the measure promised a big payback in future business. The bill now moves to the House, with a three-day window for approval before lawmakers adjourn. Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has approved funding to help shore up a giant, man-made cavern in southern New Mexico that is on the verge of collapse. The House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday to use a portion of excise taxes paid on vehicle sales to underwrite as much as $30 million in spending on the problem over the next three years. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has until Thursday morning to veto or approve the measure.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she's encouraged that a sweeping plan unveiled by the Trump administration calls for investments in rural infrastructure. The two-term Republican governor was among other leaders from around the nation who met Monday with President Donald Trump. Trump's plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion in local and state tax dollars for new investments and repairs of crumbling roads and airports. It also calls for a streamlined permitting process to get projects going.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge awarded a New Mexico woman $2.3 million for the pain, suffering, loss and disability she still experiences a decade after a minimally invasive spine surgery. The Albuquerque Journal reports U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz of Albuquerque awarded Patricia Rue her amount and three other former patients another $10 million in damages, after finding that Quorum Health Resources of Tennessee breached its duty to prevent harm to bone cement spinal treatment patients at Gerald Champion Regional Hospital from 2007 to 2008.

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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.

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.

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