Regional
8:01 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Ex-NM Man Enters Plea In Illegal Trafficking Case

Las Cruces, NM – LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRWG) A former Alamogordo resident has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants into the country.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Mohamed Farooq Husain entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

He remains free pending his sentencing hearing, which hasn't been scheduled yet. Prosecutors say Husain faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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Regional
7:57 am
Fri January 13, 2012

BLM To Study Sierra County Copper Mining Proposal

Hillsboro, New Mexico – HILLSBORO, N.M. (KRWG) The Bureau of Land Management says it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed copper mine in south-central New Mexico.

The agency's decision comes nearly a year after New Mexico Copper Corp. first announced plans to reopen a mine near Hillsboro that had been shuttered for nearly three decades.

As part of the process, the BLM plans to hold scoping meetings in the area in the coming months.

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Regional
7:55 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Ex-Teacher In El Paso Gets 50 Years For Child Porn

El Paso, Texas – EL PASO, Texas (KRWG) A former West Texas teacher has been sentenced to the maximum 50 years in prison for child pornography and exploitation by the secret videotaping of youngsters.

A federal judge in El Paso on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Marco Antonio Alferez.

The former dance instructor, who taught in five El Paso schools, pleaded guilty in August to sexual exploitation of children and to distribution of child pornography.

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Regional
7:54 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Prosecutors To Rest In Convicted Killer 2nd Case

Las Cruces, NM – LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRWG) The prosecution is expected to rest in another murder trial for a man already facing the death penalty for killing a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy.

Prosecutors said they will likely rest their case Friday in Michael Astorga's trial over the death of an Albuquerque man. Astorga is accused of killing 27-year-old Candido Martinez over a car back in 2005.

That trial was ordered moved to Las Cruces after a judge ruled Astorga wouldn't get a fair trial in Albuquerque.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

VIDEO: Eggs Fly As Apple Cancels Store Sales Of iPhone 4S In Beijing

Police tried to seal off the area as thousands of customers gathered outside an Apple store in Beijing's upmarket Sanlitun shopping district today.
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Everybody knows things can get a little crazy at Apple stores in the U.S. when the company unveils a new product.

But things got extra crazy in Beijing today when a thousand or more would-be iPhone 4S customers gathered outside Apple's store. They got rather angry when they learned that the company was postponing its plan to start selling the new phone there.

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It's All Politics
6:09 am
Fri January 13, 2012

New Mitt Romney Ad Defends His Bain Capital Career

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:57 am

Mitt Romney's campaign has a new TV ad meant to counter attacks on his career at private-equity firm Bain Capital, using the same defense it has ever since his rivals for the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination started taking populist jabs at him.

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Stephen Colbert's Big News: He May Run For President Of South Carolina

Comedian Stephen Colbert's "big announcement" last night (which we previewed yesterday)?

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Reports: Obama To Seek Power To Merge Agencies, Streamline Government

(A new lede was put on this post at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

Saying "the government we have is not the government we need" and that it's still organized for the 20th Century, President Obama is asking Congress to give him the power to do some streamlining and merging of agencies that overlap.

"I'm calling on Congress to reinstate the authority that past presidents have had" to reorganize the government, the president just said at the White House. He pledged to only use the authority to make the government more efficient and leaner.

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Marines Worried About Desecration Video's Impact On Afghan Operations

The uproar over a video that appears to show four U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan continues, and as we reported yesterday investigators believe they've identified two of the men and are vowing that if they're guilty of what seems to have happened they will be brought to justice.

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