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Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Robert Lewis Dear To Appear In Court Monday

The man arrested after a deadly attack and standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday is Robert Lewis Dear, 57, officials confirm. Police gave an honor guard to an officer who died in the attack.Update at 3 p.m. ET: Few Details Revealed At News EventPraising the police response and saying they're relieved that more than three people were not killed, local and state officials offered few details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation during a news conference...
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Veterans Memorial Park, Las Cruces

Las Cruces officials say a new memorial planned for the southern New Mexico city will be the first in the state to honor female military veterans.

The city is awaiting a blueprint of the monument. Once it's reviewed by officials, preparation of the site at the Veterans Memorial Park would follow.

Construction could take several months to complete. Supporters are hopeful a dedication ceremony could happen in March 2017.

A state appropriation of more than $406,000 will pay for the design and construction of the memorial.

Police: Body Of Dead Man Is Found In Alley In Albuquerque

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Police in Albuquerque say they are investigating a suspicious death of a man whose body has been found in an alley.

They say the body was found about 7:30 a.m. Friday north of Hazeldine between 3rd and 4th Streets SW.

Police say a full violent crimes callout was initiated and the death is being investigated as suspicious.

The name of the dead man isn't being released because police say his relatives have yet to be notified.

Albuquerque's Popular Luminaria Tour Sells Out In Hours

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Tickets for Albuquerque's annual luminaria tour have sold out in record time.

The city's transit system, ABQ RIDE, says the 3,600 tickets that were available for the Christmas Eve event were gone in about four hours. It took 12 hours to sell out last year.

ABQ Ride has been helping with the tour for more than 50 years.

Six separate tours will leave from the Albuquerque Convention Center on Christmas Eve, the first at 5:30 p.m. and the last at 7:25 p.m. Each will last about 45 minutes.

"Around the World, Around Other Cultures" Opens Friday In Las Cruces

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  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Around the World, Around Other Cultures, by Alejandra Gamez.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, December 26.  A reception with the artist will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4. 

"Remembering The Mays" Opens Friday In Las Cruces

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  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Remembering the Mays, an exhibit celebrating local history and one of Las Cruces’ pioneering families.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, January 23, 2016.  An opening reception will to be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4, with decedents of the May family present. 

Recreation Will Soon Be Off Limits At Jemez Dam Overlook

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Recreation will soon be off limits at the Jemez Canyon Dam overlook.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's temporarily closing the day-use area so the agency can assess the long-term viability for recreation while maintaining the area's cultural resources and infrastructure.

The closure begins Nov. 30. It could be next fall before the situation is re-evaluated.

The overlook includes a picnic area with views of the Jemez Mountains. The access road also is popular among cyclists and motorcyclists.

Army Identifies Four Crew Members Killed In Fort Hood Helicopter Crash

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The Army has released the identities of four crew members who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas.

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Ski Santa Fe Opens To Crowds, But People Aren't Taking The Bus

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Ski Santa Fe opened to crowds of skiers but the new bus route from downtown Santa Fe to the ski basin remained mostly empty.

About 2,000 showed up to the slopes on Thursday, which was the opening day of Ski Santa Fe's 2015-16 winter season. The resort doesn't always open on Thanksgiving, but recent storms have brought 58 inches of snow already this year.

As for the bus, North Central Regional Transit District public information officer Jim Nagle says ridership numbers have been disappointing since the service began in late September.

  Six freshmen are paving the way for future Conroy Scholars at New Mexico State University.

In their first semester at NMSU, the scholarship recipients are meeting the challenges of honors courses, acclimating to a new environment and juggling the many responsibilities college students face.

The first-ever Conroy Scholars include Adam Brooks of Albuquerque, Angela Kearns of Las Cruces, Caroline Korte of Albuquerque, Guadalupe Ochoa of Tucson, Arizona, Haley Stewart of Oklahoma City and Leah Stiff of Yucaipa, California.


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Nearly three months after the tragic death of Alan Kurdi in waters off Turkey's coast came to symbolize a refugee crisis, seven of his relatives are heading to Canada to live with Kurdi's aunt, in a reversal of an earlier decision by immigration officials.

"I was crying," Tima Kurdi told The Toronto Star Friday, speaking from her home in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver. "To be honest, I was like, 'Why now? Why not then?"

The organization that combats drug use in world sports has officially declared that Russia's anti-doping agency doesn't comply with international rules. It's another blow to Russian track and field stars, who already face a provisional ban — which Russia says it won't contest — for alleged doping violations that could keep them from competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Days after a video was released showing a white police officer killing a 17-year-old black man, protesters in Chicago turned out to disrupt traffic and shopping along the city's famous "Magnificent Mile" retail strip on Black Friday.

The protesters chanted "16 shots, 14 months" — referring to the number of bullets that struck Laquan McDonald and the delay in both the release of the video and the pursuit of charges against Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke.

They know something is there; they just don't know how big it is. That's the latest from Egyptian officials who are trying to determine whether Queen Nefertiti's tomb might be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's tomb.

The news came Saturday, as Egypt's minister of antiquities announced the latest findings of a project that's scanning ancient pyramids, in the hope of finding chambers that have remained hidden since the 14th century B.C.

Mohammed Farouk, a student at Staffordshire University, was reading a book for his postgraduate counterterrorism studies this spring when two women approached him in the library.

"I was reading that in the university, and I was kind of quizzed by two ladies. They were quizzing me on my views on ISIS, what do you think of al-Qaida," he says. "I thought they were just normal questions."

But the two women, who were university employees, reported him as a potential terrorist.

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