Regional
8:19 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

New Radio System Tested By White Sands

Las Cruces – A new radio system for Army soldiers is being tested by troops from the White Sands Missile Range to make sure it will work in forests and at high altitudes.

Fifteen soldiers set up an outpost east of Sacramento Peak in the Lincoln National Forest late last week. On Tuesday, two Chinook helicopters will drop troops into the area for simulated battle exercises.

Col. Dan Pinnell tells the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/uIiLPR) the troops will be around Sacramento Peak for about nine days.

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Regional
8:18 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

MLK Center Plan For New Mexico

Albuquerque – Organizers for a planned Martin Luther King Jr. center for Albuquerque hope the facility will also introduce area residents to largely forgotten civil rights leaders from New Mexico.

Jewel Hall, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center Board, plans to hold events on leaders like Mexican-American pioneer educator George I. Sanchez and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.

The Albuquerque-born Sanchez was a key early civil rights advocate for Latinos and later president of LULAC.

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Regional
8:17 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

Trial Begins In Jail Killing

Las Cruces – Trial has begun for the last of three defendants charged with killing a prisoner found strangled to death at the Dona Ana County Detention Center nearly seven years ago.

Three prisoners who were in the cell with 32-year-old Philip T. Gantz were charged with killing him. Prosecutors said Gantz was assaulted because he was providing information about that area's drug trade to authorities and was to testify in a pending federal case.

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Regional
8:16 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

Texas Court Says Dogs Have Sentimental Value

Texas – A Texas couple which had sued to recover their dog's sentimental value after the 8-year-old Labrador mixed breed was accidentally euthanized by an animal shelter has had their lawsuit reinstated by an appeals court.

The couple's attorney, Randy Turner, said the case is important for pet owners in Texas because the ruling marks the first time in the state's legal history that an appeals court has allowed a dog owner to recover sentimental value damages for a pet's death.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

Finding The Cure For Pendulum Politics

It should have been a quiet Election Day this year, but two states drew national attention at the polls.

The proposed personhood amendment in Mississippi that would have effectively outlawed abortion was struck down. In Ohio, voters rejected a measure that would have restricted the rights of unions.

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Latin America
2:37 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

In Venezuela, An Abduction Highlights A Scourge

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, seen here at a news conference on Saturday, has much to smile about: He was rescued just two days after he was kidnapped. Not all Venezuelans are that lucky. The government's own statistics show that 895 kidnappings were reported last year.
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Wilson Ramos came home to a hero's welcome in Valencia, Venezuela, to neighbors celebrating his rescue by commandoes just two days after the Washington Nationals catcher was abducted.

His mother wrapped her arms around him, crying, "How good God is."

It ended happily for Ramos, who was in the country to play in the Venezuelan winter league. But it's not uncommon for hostages to die in Venezuela, and the usual path to freedom involves paying a big ransom.

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Politics
11:06 am
Sun November 13, 2011

Supercommittee Debt Deal Appears Elusive

The Republican co-chair of a committee in charge of slashing the nation's deficit on Sunday called deliberations a "roller-coaster ride" and gave no indication that a deal could be struck before the panel's Thanksgiving deadline.

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling said the panel will fail unless Democrats agree to significant "structural" changes to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. When asked whether that could be done in a matter of days, he said "we haven't given up hope."

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The News Tip On Weekend Edition Sunday
7:01 am
Sun November 13, 2011

The News Tip: Saying It's Over Doesn't Make It So

Two weeks ago, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain found himself fending off reports of sexual harassment published in the Washington political newspaper Politico.

"As far as we're concerned ... enough said about the issue. There's nothing else there to dig up," he said.

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Economy
6:51 am
Sun November 13, 2011

Gen X Takes The Housing Hit; Boomers Only Grazed

Prices are about a third lower than they were in 2006, and they are continuing to drop in most cities. The National Association of Realtors says that this summer, prices fell nearly 5 percent compared with last year.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 9:11 am

At this time five years ago, the white-hot U.S. housing market was starting to cool. Before long, it would slip into a deep freeze.

The thaw still hasn't come. The latest statistics show residential real estate prices are continuing to drop — a trend that could have a long-lasting impact on the net wealth of younger homeowners who bought property during the housing bubble.

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Politics
6:33 am
Sun November 13, 2011

GOP Candidates Unite Against Obama's Foreign Policy

Republican presidential hopefuls participate in the South Carolina presidential debate at Wofford College on Saturday. It was the first debate of the season focused on foreign policy.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Republican White House hopefuls criticized President Obama's handling of Iran, Afghanistan and the Arab Spring during a debate Saturday night in South Carolina. It was the first of this year's debates in which foreign policy was the dominant topic.

Although the candidates aimed most of their firepower at the sitting president, the forum did expose some fault lines within the Republican ranks.

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