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As Texas Bakes, a New Weather Warning for Oklahoma

More twisters may be headed to Sooner State, while heat index in Texas hovers near 120 degrees

(Newser) - Forecasters are warning of another day of heightened risk of dangerous tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday and telling people in South Texas it may feel like close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit almost four weeks before summer starts. The weather service in Oklahoma compared the day to "a gasoline-soaked...

Judge Rules on Baldwin's Ask Over Dropping Criminal Charge

Actor loses bid to nix manslaughter charge, meaning 'Rust' trial is on track for this summer

(Newser) - A New Mexico judge has rejected a request by Alec Baldwin to dismiss the sole criminal charge against him in a fatal shooting on the set of the movie Rust, keeping the case on track for a trial this summer. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday upheld an indictment charging...

New Mexico School Cuts Feather From Lakota Student's Graduation Cap

High school later apologized after incident went viral

(Newser) - A New Mexico high school senior—and Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe—was denied the opportunity to celebrate her graduation with a traditionally decorated cap, advocates say. Video from the Farmington High School commencement ceremony on May 13 shows two staffers approaching Genesis White Bull, taking her...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

2 Women Dead, 5-Year-Old Girl Shot in New Mexico Park

And a missing infant girl was found Monday morning

(Newser) - Two women were found dead and a 5-year-old girl critically injured at a park near Clovis, New Mexico, authorities said Sunday. Meanwhile, the FBI found an abducted 10-month-old girl, who's the daughter of one of the victims, reports CNN , and a suspect is in custody. The FBI didn't...

Freight Train Crash Shuts Down Highway as Railcars Burn

No injuries reported after accident involving fuel-carrying train near Arizona-New Mexico border

(Newser) - A freight train carrying fuel derailed and caught fire Friday near the Arizona-New Mexico state line, forcing the closure of an interstate highway that serves as a key trucking route. Initial passersby posted video and photos on social media of crumpled train cars and billowing, black smoke. No injuries were...

This Police Chase Definitely Wasn't Typical
This Police Chase
Definitely Wasn't Typical

This Police Chase Definitely Wasn't Typical

Cops on horses galloped after shoplifting suspect in Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Newser) - "It's not a common sight" is the understatement of the day, used by KRQE to describe a police chase that took place in New Mexico. That's because the chase in question involved a group of cops on horses trying to corral a suspected shoplifter in the streets...

This Is the Most Stressed-Out State in America

Louisiana tops WalletHub's list, while Minnesotans emerge as the least stressed

(Newser) - If you've been living a relaxed, relatively stress-free life for the past few years, a) you're lying, and b) if you're not lying, can you tell us your secret? The folks in Louisiana certainly would like to know, as the Pelican State ranks as the most-stressed state...

Feds: Failed Candidate Tried to Have Witnesses Killed

Solomon Pena allegedly masterminded shootings at officials' homes after NM election loss

(Newser) - A failed GOP candidate awaiting trial on charges that he hired people to shoot at Democratic officials' homes in New Mexico has been hit with new charges. Solomon Pena, who has been in custody since his arrest early last year, allegedly tried to hire someone to kill two of his...

Bird Flu Spreads to US Cattle, Goats
Bird Flu Spreads
to US Cattle, Goats

Bird Flu Spreads to US Cattle, Goats

Commercial milk supply is said to be safe, though, per officials

(Newser) - A week after officials in Minnesota said bird flu had been found for the first time in US livestock—specifically, goats living on a farm with infected poultry—the virus has been found to have spread to dairy cows in Texas and Kansas, per the AP . The highly pathogenic avian...

Possible Serial Killer Guilty of Albuquerque Murder

Muhammed Syed found guilty in first of 3 killings that shook city's Muslim community

(Newser) - Muhammad Syed, a 53-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, has been found guilty of the July 2022 murder of 41-year-old Aftab Hussein, one of three killings in 10 days that shook Albuquerque's Muslim community. Syed has been charged with the two other murders and could face two more trials, the Albuquerque ...

Lawsuit: Teacher Let Students Fight With Swords

Teen suffered life-changing injury in Albuquerque classroom, suit says

(Newser) - A chemistry teacher in New Mexico brought swords to class and egged students on to duel in what she said was " a lesson on metal and melding," according to a lawsuit against Albuquerque Public Schools. The lawsuit says teacher Loviata Mitchell brought a katana and a rapier-style sword...

Missing Autistic Teen Found 200 Miles Away From Home

13-year-old boy went missing from home in Tucson, turns up in New Mexico

(Newser) - A missing teen with autism has been found in New Mexico—about 200 miles away from his home in southern Arizona, according to New Mexico State Police. The 13-year-old, Marcus Tessier, turned up at a Walmart in Deming on Tuesday after going missing the night before from his family's...

No Charges for Cops Who Killed Man at Wrong Home

New Mexico officers 'did not use excessive force under the circumstances,' deputy AG says

(Newser) - The New Mexico Department of Justice has decided not to charge three police officers who killed a man after they went to the wrong home in Farmington last year. Robert Dotson, 52, was shot 12 times in his doorway after he opened his door armed with a handgun around 11:...

Builder Finds Out Why Not to Name Homes After Anne Frank

Or Harriet Tubman, per resurfaced listings that are taking some heat

(Newser) - It's admittedly a challenging job to write compelling real estate copy, in the hopes of inspiring potential customers to buy. One New Mexico homebuilder, however, may have gone a little overboard in its descriptions of two home designs that have "baffled" those who've seen them, per the...

In Quest for Racial Equality, This State Is No. 1

Hawaii tops WalletHub's rankings, with the District of Columbia coming in last

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is set for Monday, and in advance, WalletHub has taken a peek at which states have made the most advances in the quest for racial equality. The site looked at the racial integration and racial progress made in all 50 states and DC, using nearly...

Site Where World's First A-Bomb Went Off Is About to Get Busy

Officials prep for record turnout at New Mexico test site, open twice a year, thanks to 'Oppenheimer'

(Newser) - Thousands of visitors are expected to descend Saturday on the southern New Mexico site where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated, with officials preparing for a record turnout amid ongoing fanfare surrounding Christopher Nolan's blockbuster film Oppenheimer. Trinity Site, a designated National Historic Landmark, is usually closed...

2 Guilty of Terror Charges Linked to Boy's Disappearance

3-year-old was found dead at New Mexico compound

(Newser) - Jurors on Tuesday delivered split verdicts in a case that stemmed from the search for a 3-year-old boy who went missing from Georgia and was found dead hundreds of miles away at a squalid compound in northern New Mexico. Four members of the family were on trial. Three were found...

These Footprints Challenge Theory of First Americans

Further dating suggests human footprints in New Mexico are at least 20K years old

(Newser) - Skeptics will have a harder time doubting the existence of humans in North America more than 20,000 years ago following an expanded look at footprints left by a group along the shores of an Ice Age lake in what is now New Mexico. A 2021 study dating seeds embedded...

This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

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