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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say charges won't be filed against a woman who yelled at a hijab-wearing shopper in a grocery store, calling her a terrorist. A hijab is a type of headscarf worn by some Muslim women. The Albuquerque Journal reports that police say charges weren't filed because the Muslim woman was not physically attacked or afraid that she was going to be. The incident occurred just before Thanksgiving. Employees of the Smiths grocery stepped between the two women, took the yelling woman to the parking lot and later walked the Muslim shopper to her car.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a charred body was found in the wreckage of a mobile home that sustained heavy damage during a fire in Taos. According to state police, the body was found Monday, a day after the Taos Fire Department responded to the fire and put it out. State police say the dead person's identity and cause of death aren't known. No additional information was released.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — An author working on a book about President John F. Kennedy and the space age believes he has solved a photos mystery. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (https://goo.gl/AhlVgH) that John Bisney has identified many people in photos taken during President John F. Kennedy's visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory on Dec. 7, 1962. Bisney had asked the newspaper to help his ID key people on some of the photos. He is working on a book called "The Space Age Presidency of John Kennedy." The book is expected to be released in spring 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's senators are asking for millions of dollars more to help with recovery efforts at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich also want more money for cleanup projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The New Mexico Democrats outlined their nearly $65 million request in a letter sent earlier this month to a Senate appropriations subcommittee. Most of the request stems from recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A fire has damaged a southern New Mexico tortilla factory. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/v1Ftl1) that Las Cruces firefighters responded to the blaze Wednesday afternoon at La Bonita Mexican Food Products. Las Cruces Fire Department Deputy Chief Jason Smith says the cause of the fire is still under investigation No injuries were reported. La Bonita Mexican Food Products was created by Roberto Estrada in 1968. According to the most recent records on file with the Better Business Bureau, Estrada still owns the business.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque middle school is getting some help from a bestselling writer. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://goo.gl/m1QIVA) James Patterson recently gave Truman Middle School a $6,800 grant to support its library. Officials say the school plans to use that money to add 40 audio books along with hardcover versions to its collection The author and literary philanthropist told The Associated Press in March that for a second year he's donating $1.75 million to the country's school libraries.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases. The agency announced Thursday that it has identified six patients from Chaves County with confirmed Legionnaires' disease since the first week of October. Two of the six patients have died — a 69-year-old woman and a 65-year-old woman. But authorities say all six had other health issues that increased the risk of infection. State health officials are working to determine the source of the bacterial infections that can cause pneumonia.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Clovis man, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 killing of his mother's boyfriend. State Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Albert Jose Ramirez will remain in prison after the court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division by affirming the murder conviction. Ramirez appealed his conviction citing seven arguments. The state Supreme Court disagreed with all of them.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in prison in an identity theft case in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Clinton William Yetter, of Gainesville, also was sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised release after he serves his prison term. Yetter was indicted in May 2013 on two counts of making false statements and two counts of aggravated identity fraud. The indictment alleged that Yetter made the false statements while applying for U.S. passports in New Mexico's Bernalillo County in October 2011 and May 2012.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a plea agreement in the shooting of a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl during a road-rage dispute in October 2015 (all times local): 10:05 a.m. The suspect charged in a shooting that killed a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl during what police say was a road-rage fight has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge. Tony Torrez apologized to the victim's family at his plea hearing Thursday, a day after he accepted a plea deal with prosecutors.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been convicted of public corruption and gross immorality for allegedly offering $2,000 to a female office employee to have sex with him. Prosecutors say the District Court jury verdict Wednesday means Gutierrez has been effectively removed from office. Gutierrez testified that what he said to the employee was a compliment, not a sexual proposition. District Attorney Mark D'Antonio applauded the jury's decision, saying that Gutierrez has been held accountable for abusing his office.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to treat dozens of containers of radioactive waste that were inappropriately packed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories. It was a similar container from Los Alamos National Laboratory that ruptured in 2014, forcing the closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository. The chemical reaction that caused the breach was spurred by organic cat litter that was meant to absorb moisture.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a funding crisis in the New Mexico judiciary system (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A state prosecutor is asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to order public defense attorneys back to work on behalf of indigent defendants at courts in Lea County. District Attorney Dianna Luce said Wednesday she has submitted an emergency petition that urges the Supreme Court to intervene in cases where legal representation was declined or withdrawn by the Law Offices of the Public Defender.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's incoming secretary of state will take office early to replace a temporary appointee to the state's top oversight post for elections and campaign finances. The Secretary of State's Office announced Wednesday that Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on Dec. 9 rather than wait until the start of the new year. Toulouse Oliver was elected as a Democrat to serve out the final two years of a term vacated by Republican Dianne Duran, who resigned in 2015 and was convicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for the Albuquerque man charged in a road rage shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl say they have reached a plea deal with prosecutors a day before the trial in the case was expected to begin. Defense attorneys Todd Farkas and Stephen Taylor say their client Tony Torrez will plead guilty to second-degree murder under the plea agreement that calls for him to serve a 16-year sentence. His sentencing hearing is set for tomorrow. Torrez who was arrested a day after the Oct. 20, 2015, shooting had been charged with first-degree murder and assault.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas say they will hold 100 community forums on immigrant rights from now until the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas announced Wednesday the forums will be aimed at educating immigrants on their Constitutional rights and how to prepare for possible raids by federal immigration agents. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to end a program that gave immigrant students living in the country illegal temporary status.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that a man accused of using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque remain in jail while awaiting trial. The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/EXnvBW ) reports that Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen said during a detention hearing Wednesday that prosecutors have a strong case against 28-year-old David Hickman. Defense attorney Alonzo Padilla had requested that Hickman be released to a halfway house so he could receive counseling while awaiting trial.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a woman is accused of using knives and a chain saw to stab and cut her boyfriend after restraining him inside his car. Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says it's unclear why 30-year-old Kayla Martinez Bailey allegedly attacked the boyfriend, who was hospitalized with wounds reported to not be life-threatening. Trujillo says the victim suffered multiple stab wounds, two bite wounds and two lacerations from being struck with a chain saw during the incident Monday. Trujillo says police reports don't indicate whether the chain saw was running.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has found the state's chief public defender in contempt for failing to provide lawyers to defendants who couldn't afford them. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2gVDBVn ) that Lea County District Judge Gary Clingman also imposed a $1,000 fine in each of five criminal cases in which the public defender's office failed to make an appearance. Clingman told Chief Public Defender Ben Baur that he could purge the contempt findings by following his statutory duty to represent defendants.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The second trial of a man charged in the slayings of an El Rancho family is underway. Opening statements started Tuesday in the trial of Nicholas Ortiz, who is accused is accused of killing Dixie and Lloyd Ortiz and their special-needs adult son, Steven, with a pickax in 2011. The suspect was not related to the Ortiz family. This is Ortiz's second trial, as a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision in June on the three counts of murder.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman is charged in her malnourished 18-month-old son's death from head injuries. A criminal complaint charges 27-year-old Miranda Rabago with child abuse and reckless child abuse resulting in death in the Nov. 23 death of Arias Baroz. The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/4GCU8H ) reports that Rabago took her son to a hospital on Nov. 21, telling police she found him unconscious in his crib in their apartment. He died two days later.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A writer tied to the "alt-right" movement and who was banned by Twitter for abusive comments is scheduled to speak at the largest university in the nation's most Hispanic state. The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/tfgoxE ) Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos is slated to speak at the University of New Mexico in January. The campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty invited Yiannopoulos who is taking part in a national speaking tour.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say recent snowfall in New Mexico's higher elevations is helping as the state tries to recover from an extraordinarily dry October. Forecasters say precipitation from January through October was nearly two inches below normal and several locations around the state saw record or near-record warm temperatures.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump's choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation's most Hispanic state. Skandera told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she didn't know Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS') very well but believes her policies won't change New Mexico's overall educational reforms. Trump named DeVos — a wealthy Republican donor and an advocate for school vouchers — his choice for U.S. Secretary of Education last week.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman is dead and a Nevada man in custody after a stolen vehicle crashed in New Mexico following a police chase. New Mexico State Police say 29-year-old Kyle Mawhorter, of Las Vegas, was booked into a Texas jail after being released from a Lubbock hospital Tuesday. They say Mawhorter is accused of homicide by vehicle; reckless driving; aggravated fleeing from law enforcement; receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

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