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By MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican JoHanna Cox is dropping out of the race for New Mexico secretary of state, saying she needs to tend to personal matters involving her family.The Albuquerque attorney and single mother had no opposition during the recent primary election. She would have faced Democratic incumbent Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Nov. 6 general election.The state Republican Party plans to convene its state central committee as soon as possible to select a new nominee. 

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline have agreed to build a pipeline to transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.Tuesday's announcement by Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Plains All American, with headquarters in Houston, did not include financial details.Both companies have signed a letter of intent to transport crude oil and condensate from sites in West Texas.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — FBI officials say a man has been killed on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.The man's body was found about 6:30 a.m. Friday on China Springs Loop, about 4 miles (6 ½ kilometers) north of Gallup. Authorities say he is not being identified at this time.The body had multiple stab wounds, but the cause of death was pending an autopsy.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National weather forecasters have issued a heat advisory for parts of southern New Mexico, saying more triple-digit temperatures were expected across the region.New Mexico is coming off of its third warmest May on record as climate predictions for June show greater than average chances that the state will see above average temperatures again this month.In Las Cruces, officials on Monday closed Municipal Court early because of a lack of air conditioning.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit can move forward that was filed by owners of a ranch program for troubled youths in southern New Mexico against a State Police agent, in connection with a 2013 raid on suspicion of neglect and abuse.Tierra Blanca Ranch owner Scott Chandler said Monday that his lawsuit has cleared a crucial challenge with the ruling by U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The remains of a young gunner from New Mexico who was killed during World War II will soon be brought home to be reburied at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.The U.S. Department of Defense recently notified the family of Sgt. Alfonso Duran that his remains had been identified.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran disappeared over Europe in 1944. He was part of a crew manning a B-24H Liberator that was en route to a bombing run in Germany when it was shot down.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO's control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Emergency responders say they've kept a week-old wildfire in southwestern Colorado from destroying any houses so far.The Durango Herald reports that no homes had been lost by late Friday to the fire, which has blackened more than 11 square miles (29 square kilometers).As many as 1,300 homes have been evacuated.The fire started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest but the cause hasn't been determined. It comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.Traffic is restricted on U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.A court filing shows Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, entered the plea ahead of a scheduled arraignment hearing, which has now been waived. Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 11.Youngblood was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI at an Albuquerque checkpoint where she complied with a field sobriety test but refused a blood-alcohol test.Video shows an officer telling her he can smell alcohol.

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has delayed a report on the human health risks of wastewater draining from southwestern Colorado mines.The EPA said Friday it will collect more data and do more analysis after local health officials, toxicologists and others reviewed an early draft.

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico wildfires (all times local):3:00 p.m.A New Mexico utility says firefighting efforts in southern New Mexico prompted it to shut down power lines for several communities.PNM says it planned to shut down the lines early in the afternoon Friday to allow for air tankers to drop retardant on the wildfire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.The lines provide power to the Village of Ruidoso, and the villages of Mescalero and Tularosa.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overseeing a top nuclear weapons laboratory that has had security and safety problems will be the responsibility of a new management team that includes two universities and a research firm that does work around the world, the U.S. government announced Friday.The National Nuclear Security Administration chose Triad National Security LLC as the winning bidder to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico wildfires (all times local):8:50 a.m.A wildfire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico has forced the evacuation of 100 homes.The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the fire has burned nearly 4 square miles since starting Thursday afternoon and that it's about a half-mile (.8 kilometer) north of the town of Mescalero.The fire is threatening power lines and U.S. 70 along with 100 homes that have been evacuated.

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico wildfire that has threatened two communities and a Boy Scouts camp is now contained around two-thirds of its perimeter.The incident management team assigned to the fire between Ute Park and Cimarron reported Thursday night that it was 66 percent contained and has burned 57.4 square miles (149 sq. kilometers).No homes have been destroyed since it start May 31 but the fire burned 14 outbuildings on the Philmont Scout Ranch.Over 600 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which at times forced evacuation of Cimarron.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI is urging people to "think before you post" a hoax on social media that purports to threaten a school.At an Albuquerque news conference Thursday, local FBI officials said agents see a surge in threats intended as hoaxes or a joke after school shootings with a high-number of fatalities — such as in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, this year.Christine M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has reached a settlement with a Texas-based company over money owed on natural gas production on leased lands in New Mexico.Federal prosecutors say they recovered $600,000 to settle allegations that Great Western Drilling Corp.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter participation in the New Mexico's primary election this week was 29 percent greater than four years ago.New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Thursday an uncertified election tally of 261,615 in the primary election that narrowed competition for two open congressional seats, the governor's office, several statewide offices and the state House of Representatives. In 2014, voters cast 202,327 primary ballots.More than twice as many Democrats voted as Republicans in the closed primary.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The United Soccer League, the second-highest professional soccer level in America behind Major League Soccer, announced it will bring a team to Albuquerque.USL Commissioner Jake Edwards and USL New Mexico President and Owner Peter Trevisani said Wednesday that the team will begin play in March.Public input will establish the formal club name.New Mexico is one of five new USL teams for next season.

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated PressTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Undaunted by President Donald Trump's tough talk on immigration, asylum-seekers are forming unusually long lines at the Mexican border, with parents and children sleeping on cardboard in the sweltering heat and waiting for days or even weeks to present themselves to U.S. inspectors.Wait times of a few hours or longer are not uncommon at the border.

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