Local News
8:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

NM Tribe To Get Leasing Rights Under Federal Law

Sandia Pueblo will be one of the nation's first American Indian communities to have leasing rights under a law aimed at expediting home building and energy development on tribal lands.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting the New Mexico pueblo Thursday for a ceremony.

The law was signed last summer by President Barack Obama. It enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That process sometimes takes years.

Local News
8:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Interior Secretary In NM To Finalize Water Deal

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be in New Mexico to finalize the latest settlement of a decades-long water rights battle in northern New Mexico.

The Interior Department says Salazar will be meeting Thursday in Santa Fe with pueblo leaders from Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque and San Ildefonso.

The Aamodt water rights settlement was one of four included in legislation signed by President Barack Obama in 2011 that was aimed at delivering clean drinking water to tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Montana.

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Head Of Albuquerque Council Wants New Police Chief

The president of the Albuquerque City Council says it's time for a change at the top of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Council President Dan Lewis says the department's reputation has been tarnished by controversy, including a federal investigation into excessive force allegations.

According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/XLaFP2 ), Chief Ray Schultz responds by saying that he's proud of the work done by men and women in uniform and that he will continue to work hard for city residents.

Local News
8:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

NM Lawmakers OK Report On Tax Breaks

The state will prepare a report on all tax breaks and incentives offered in New Mexico under legislation heading to Gov. Susana Martinez.

The bill won final approval in the Legislature on Wednesday when it passed the House on a 58-10 vote.

Supporters say the report — called a tax expenditure budget — will help lawmakers assess the effectiveness of more than 400 tax provisions that reduce revenue by an estimated $1 billion.

Asia
8:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Why North Korea Makes Everyone Nervous ... Except Dennis Rodman

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat near the sea border with South Korea in this March 11 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. Bellicose rhetoric from North Korea has put other countries in the region on edge.
KCNA AP

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:58 am

North Korea's nuclear chest-beating has achieved the seemingly impossible by aligning the concerns of South Korea, Japan and even China, three Asian neighbors that have a long history of strained ties.

While all those countries have separate aims and interests, they share with the United States a mutual interest in containing the North Korean regime, restraining its rhetoric and keeping Pyongyang's nuclear option in a box, says Richard Bush III, the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

'God Particle' Update: Scientists Think They've Pinned Down The Higgs Boson

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.
ATLAS Experiment/CERN

"Scientists working with data from a large particle accelerator in Europe are now almost certain they have pinned down the elusive sub-atomic particle known as the Higgs Boson," NPR's Joe Palca tells our Newscast Desk.

Or, as it's also known, the "God Particle" (more on that moniker below).

Joe reports that:

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It's All Politics
7:43 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Will CPAC Tell Us Which Way The GOP Is Headed?

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul filibusters John Brennan's nomination as CIA director last week. Paul is scheduled to speak Thursday at CPAC.
AP

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:36 am

Which way the Republican Party?

In the hope of getting answers to that and other questions, many activists, party big wigs and political journalists have descended on a hotel in a Washington suburb to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, which started Thursday.

This annual CPAC gathering is the first since President Obama thwarted Republican efforts to retake the White House, a defeat of Mitt Romney that many in the GOP didn't see coming.

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U.S.
7:34 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Crime Lab Scandal Leaves Mass. Legal System In Turmoil

Annie Dookan, a former Massachusetts crime lab chemist, is accused of falsifying evidence in as many as 34,000 cases. The state's criminal justice system is now reeling as former defendants are challenging their convictions and hundreds have already been released.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:26 am

A scandal in a Massachusetts crime lab continues to reverberate throughout the state's legal system. Several months ago, Annie Dookhan, a former chemist in a state crime lab, told police that she messed up big time. Dookhan now stands accused of falsifying test results in as many as 34,000 cases.

As a result, lawyers, prosecutors and judges used to operating in a world of "beyond a reasonable doubt" now have nothing but doubt.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

After Standoff, Suspect In N.Y. Shooting Deaths Of 4 Is Killed By Police

In Herkimer, N.Y., police and suspect Kurt Myers were in a standoff from midday Wednesday into early early Thursday. Overnight, these officers were on the town's North Main Street.
Brett Carlsen Getty Images

A deadly drama in central New York State ended early Thursday when police killed the man suspected of shooting to death four people and injuring two others on Wednesday, Utica's Observer-Dispatch reports.

According to the newspaper:

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Law
7:04 am
Thu March 14, 2013

High-Profile Rape Trial Of High School Football Players Begins In Ohio

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Testimony began today in a rape trail that has thrown a small Ohio town into the international spotlight. Two football players from Steubenville High School are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl during a night of partying last summer. Lawyers for the boys say the sex was consensual. The case has attracted widespread attention in part because of shocking photos, video and texts that circulated over the Internet.

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