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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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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."

Scientists would like to know more about how cells work. But seeing what's happening inside a cell isn't easy. It's dark in there, and even if you shine a light, many of the critical chemical reactions are invisible.

Now, a team of researchers has found a way to reveal the invisible by attaching what amounts to a reflective tag to a chemical called RNA, a close relative of DNA. Molecules made of RNA have a variety of important jobs inside cells and frequently, doing those jobs requires the RNA to shuttle from one part of the cell to another.

Negotiating Palestinian statehood was an early priority for President Obama's administration. But these days, U.S. diplomats are spending much of their time trying to stop the Palestinians from going to the United Nations to try to win diplomatic recognition.

Palestinians say they have no other choice, since negotiations are deadlocked.

Some former Israeli officials came to Washington this week to urge the U.S. to help.

Rita Leistner is a photojournalist based in Toronto. A selection of her Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

This evening is looking pretty dramatic for Congress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has been working hard to shore up the 217 votes he needs to get his budget bill through the House, will bring the bill to the floor of the House for a vote.

And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if it passes, the Senate will take its own vote on the measure immediately after.

"As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated," Reid said on the Senate floor.

Egypt's Mubarak Will Be Moved To Cairo To Face Trial

Jul 28, 2011

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be brought to Cairo to stand trial next week, a top judiciary official said Thursday. It would be the first time he has returned to the capital since he was ousted from power this spring.

Mubarak, 83, faces charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the revolution that toppled him. He will be tried, along with his sons and former interior minister, in proceedings set to begin Wednesday.

My What Big Eyes You Have, Up North

Jul 28, 2011

A survey of 55 skulls from the 1800s and regions across the globe finds that people who lived in high latitudes had bigger eyes and brains. Researchers at Oxford University say the variations are not due to differences in intelligence but are instead related to ambient light:

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

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.

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