It's All Politics
3:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Outside The Court, Protesters Face-off Over 'Obamacare'

Amid a crowd of Tea Party activists, a supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul displays a sign outside the Supreme Court on Monday.
John Rose NPR

As U.S. Supreme Court justices opened their historic three-day hearing of arguments on President Obama's health care plan, hundreds of protesters from across the country flocked outside the court singing, chanting and arguing with one another.

Supporters and opponents of the law engaged in a sing-song call-and-response debate just in front of the court's towering marble steps.

"We love Obamacare!" shouted supporters.

"No, we don't!" responded members of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the most vocal and disapproving groups of the law present at the court Monday.

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The Salt
3:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Does A Chocolate Habit Help Keep You Lean?

Researchers say some compounds in cocoa may help us fend off fat.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 12:05 pm

A new study finds that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than people who don't eat chocolate regularly.

Really, we asked? Last time we checked chocolate was loaded with fat and sugar. But this new research, along with some prior studies, suggests chocolate may favorably influence metabolism.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

After Failed R-Rating Appeal, Bullying Documentary Will Be Released Unrated

Alex, one of the kids who struggles with bullies in Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully.
Lee Hirsch The Weinstein Company

The documentary Bully will be released unrated.

The decision from the Weinstein Company comes after a very public appeal for the Motion Picture Association of America to overturn its decision to give the bullying documentary an R-rating, which meant anyone younger than 17 would not be permitted without a parent.

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It's All Politics
3:30 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Santorum Would Consider VP Offer From Romney, Man He Daily Derides

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 8:26 am

If on winning the Republican presidential nomination Mitt Romney needs a vice presidential running mate with the proven ability to use a New York Times correspondent as a rhetorical punching bag, Rick Santorum could be available.

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Breaking
3:11 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

SWAT Team Standoff In Las Cruces

 

The Las Cruces Police SWAT team is attempting to make contact with a man who is believed to be armed with a firearm and barricaded inside a residence on Tornillo St.

 

Police and Las Cruces Public School officials have placed the nearby Booker T. Washington Elementary School on temporary lockdown until the matter is resolved.

 

Police are also asking area residents to remain in their homes and officers are encouraging motorists to refrain from traveling in the area of Tornillo Street nearVillamora Avenue and Juniper Avenue.

 

Regional
2:52 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Dust Storm Warning System Being Tested At NMSU Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new dust storm warning system is undergoing testing by developers and engineers at New Mexico State University.

The state transportation department contracted with the Las Cruces school's Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying to find and deploy an automated system that will notify motorists of limited visibility conditions and direct them how to respond during storms.

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Regional
2:50 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Insurance Required For Certain Dog Breeds In Elephant Butte

 

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Own a vicious dog like a pit bull and live in Elephant Butte and you must carry special liability insurance.

As of March 1, those dogs are considered potentially dangerous by the city of Elephant Butte. Anyone with that breed and others now has 90 days to insure their dogs for $100,000 worth of personal property liability.

City Manager Alan Briley tells KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/H5umbz ) it's the city's response to the fatal pit bull mauling in neighboring Truth or Consequences last year.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

NMHU Officers Consider Forming Union

 

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A dispute between the New Mexico Highlands University police and security department and its chief has escalated, and officers are now threatening to hold a vote of no-confidence on their leader and form a union.

The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/H6u17e) that six officers signed onto a March 13 letter to NMHU President Jim Fries outlining their concerns and notifying the university of the plans for a no-confidence vote and for beginning the process of forming a union.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Legislator Vows To Challenge New Mexico Primary Ballot Decision

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Secretary of State Dianna Duran says a dozen candidates, including Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell, will be placed on the primary election ballot but a legislator plans a lawsuit challenging the decision.

Questions had been raised about the legality of the candidates' nominating petitions because they lacked the political district in which the candidates were running for office. State law requires that information.

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Regional
2:45 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Las Cruces Man Sentenced In Health Clinic Scheme

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for charges stemming for a scheme related to a dubious treatment he had offered patients at his health clinic.

Federal prosecutors say Carl Emanuel Haese was sentenced last week to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his wire fraud conviction.

Haese must also pay more than $164,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

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