The Two-Way
8:07 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Weapons, Explosives Found In Florida Dorm After Student's Death

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 10:42 am

There's worrisome news from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where a man who authorities say was a student at the school apparently killed himself Monday — which led to the discovery of "a handgun, an assault weapon and [improvised explosive devices]" in his dorm room, according to school officials.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Stories: Labor Nominee Coming; Cyprus Bailout Shakes Markets

Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, is expected to be President Obama's nominee for the post of Labor secretary.
Peggy Turbett The Plain Dealer /Landov
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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Cyprus Bailout To Hit Depositors, Sends Shivers Through Markets

Take the money and run: An ATM in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Sunday.
Hasan Mroue AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 4:08 pm

A vote in Cyprus on whether to approve a controversial bailout plan has been postponed after the prospect of the deal caused bank customers to rush to withdraw their savings and drew the ire of overseas depositors.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur wrote in a post over the weekend: "The money [is] needed because Cyprus' banks lost 4.5 billion euros on their Greek bond holdings, which were written down last year after Greece's second bailout."

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

After Helicopter Jail Break, Two Cons Recaptured In Canada

It was a real "James Bond moment," witness Francis Emond tells CNN.

And just like in the movies, the bad guys have been tracked down and brought to justice.

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Local News
6:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

NM County Gets Cleanup Funds For 2012 Fire

Lincoln County is getting $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for cleanup costs related to the most destructive wildlife in New Mexico's recorded history.

The Little Bear blaze destroyed more than 250 homes and structures as it raced across nearly 70 square miles last summer. The fire also damaged six watersheds.

The following month, the area saw heavy flooding from runoff across the burn scar.

Lincoln County spent more than $1 million to remove and haul debris as a result of the fire and flooding.

Local News
6:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Legislative Pension Bill Sent To Governor

Some lawmakers will have another chance to enroll in a state pension program under legislation sent to Gov. Susana Martinez.

Republican Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales says the bill helps ex-lawmakers and current members who missed previous deadlines for joining the retirement system.

The measure was among bills approved during a 60-day legislative session ending Saturday. The governor has until April 5 to sign or veto legislation.

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Local News
6:45 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Gov. Will Sign Budget, No Special Session

This year's 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature is over, with some surprises revealed in the final hours. 

The last-minute deal includes a tax package that cuts corporate taxes to 5.9-percent and reduces the state's revenue by $56-million within several years.  Governor Susana Martinez announced after the session that she will now sign the $5.9-billion state budget that includes one percent pay raises for state workers.

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Local News
6:43 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Lobos No. 3 NCAA Seed, Face Harvard Thursday

The University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team is going to the second round of the NC-Double-A tournament to face Harvard on Thursday in Salt Late City Utah.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the team's number 3 seed in the NCAA Western Region matches the university's highest ever ranking.

Lobo fans crowded into the Pit Sunday to watch the NC-Double-A Announcements on CBS's NC-Double-A Selection Show, the first time the facility has been opened for the event since 2010.

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It's All Politics
6:27 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Sanford's House Bid A Test Of S.C. Voters' Will To Forgive

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with a diner at a restaurant in Charleston, S.C. Sanford is one of 16 Republicans in Tuesday's GOP primary for the special election to fill the vacant 1st Congressional District seat.
Bruce Smith AP

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 10:38 am

Two Democrats and 16 Republicans are running for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat in a special election Tuesday. The seat is open because former Rep. Tim Scott was tapped to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who retired midterm.

The biggest name in the race is former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose infamous affair led to his political downfall. Sanford is trying to stage the political comeback of a lifetime.

And he's doing it one diner at a time — greeting customers over eggs and grits at Page's Okra Grill, just outside Charleston in Mount Pleasant.

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Local News
5:57 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Proposed Settlement Was Smaller Than Jury Award

The family of an Iraq War veteran who was fatally shot by a police officer wanted to settle a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque for $1 million before a judge ruled in February that the veteran was unlawfully killed.

Instead, the case went to trial, and The Albuquerque Journal reports the family of Kenneth Ellis III was awarded more than $10 million by a jury Friday.

Ellis was shot during a standoff in front of a convenience store in 2010.

Ellis suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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