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  • New Mexico women say motel owner assaulted them Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Three women have sued a New Mexico motel owner and the director of the halfway house where they lived, saying they were repeatedly sexually assaulted at work and threated with being sent back to prison when they complained. In the lawsuit, the women say they were assigned by Cindy Hannan, who ran New Life Recovery House in Alamogordo, to work at a...

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty medical marijuana use is protected under an obscure state law.

  • Examples of 2014 videos showing police using force Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Dramatic cellphone video recorded by stopped motorists and obtained by a newspaper shows federal land management rangers and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper scuffling with a 20- year-old man before he was fatally shot on a road outside Las Vegas. MARCH 16: Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Encana buying Athlon Energy for $5.93 billion Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin. Canada's Encana Corp. will also assume $1.15 billion in debt, bringing the transaction's total value to approximately $7.1 billion.

  • US rig count unchanged at 1,931 Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Wyoming gained three rigs, New Mexico increased by two and Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia each gained one.

  • Hawaii gas stations, stores sold to Texas company Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's largest independent gasoline operator is being sold to a Texas company for $240 million. Houston- based Susser Petroleum MLP said Thursday it will buy Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha has nearly 100 gas stations and is one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii with 44 stores.

  • Changes ordered at Los Alamos over nuke waste leak Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday.

  • California cities crack down on ride-sharing firms Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices. The company Sidecar publicly released a copy of the letter it received Thursday from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • US: Immigrant families fail to report to agents Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the U.S. border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately.

  • Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with US Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Navajo Nation is poised to receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for an American Indian tribe.

  • The accord, resolving claims that date back as far as 50 years and marking the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe, will be formally signed at a ceremony on Friday in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the sprawling Navajo reservation.

  • TV drama 'Stanistan' to film in New Mexico Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— The USA Network's television pilot "Stanistan," starring Zack Gilford of "Friday Night Lights," is set to start filming in New Mexico. New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Tuesday that production will begin in Santa Fe at the end of the month and continue through the middle of October.

  • Track workers deaths prompt transportation study Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    A report approved Wednesday at a meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board found that differences between regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can be confusing.

  • New Mexico diagnostic test company files for IPO Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A New Mexico company that markets diagnostic tests for lupus and other autoimmune rheumatoid diseases has filed for an initial public offering. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Exagen Diagnostics Inc. recently filed its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Auto insurer to market Blue Cross health coverage Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans and State Farm announced Tuesday they're joining forces for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • Essence founder to visit New Mexico alma mater Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The founder of Essence and Latina magazines is scheduled to attend homecoming events at the University of New Mexico— his alma mater. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Ed Lewis is slated to speak Wednesday at The Pit, and sign copies of his book, "The Man from Essence."

  • Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability— but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

  • Census data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation's second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2013 with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

  • Washington state poverty numbers increase Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Nearly 970,000 Washington residents, or 14.1 percent, were in poverty in 2013, compared to about 915,000, or 13.5 percent, in 2012, according to the American Community Survey that surveyed people between January and December 2013.