The Two-Way
8:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Gays Separated From Military Since Late '04 To Get Full Discharge Pay

Dec. 21, 2011: Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va. Gaeta's ship had returned from 80 days at sea. Their "first kiss" that day was a first of its kind for the Navy.
Brian J. Clark The Virginian-Pilot/AP

Gays who were forced to leave the U.S. military before 2011's repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy were often given honorable discharges — but were only granted about half of the discharge pay that otherwise would have been due to them.

After the settlement Monday of a class action lawsuit brought in New Mexico, about 181 such men and women will be getting the money that was withheld.

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Local News
7:24 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Los Reyes de Albuquerque Patriarch Remembered

Credit Genevieve Russell

New Mexico lost one of its musical standard bearers last week.  Roberto Martinez Sr. died Thursday at the age of 83. 

Martinez co-founded the long-running ensemble known as Los Reyes de Albuquerque in 1962, and continued fronting the group until recent years.  He penned many songs, notably many well known corridos that told stories about the land and the history of New Mexico. 

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Mystery: How Did Million Dollar Lottery Winner End Up Dead From Cyanide?

Urooj Khan, with his winning lottery ticket. Not long after this photo was taken, he was dead.
AP

One day after the check was issued, million dollar lottery winner Urooj Khan was dead.

The initial report from the Cook County (Ill.) Medical Examiner's office cited natural causes.

But now, authorities say, they've determined that Khan's July 20 death was due to cyanide poisoning. So Chicago police are back on the case.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Richard Ben Cramer, Winner Of Pulitzer Prize And Masterful Reporter, Dies

Richard Ben Cramer
Bill Marr Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 11:22 am

Richard Ben Cramer, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his reporting from the Middle East for the Philadelphia Inquirer and went on to write critically acclaimed books and magazine pieces, has died.

The Inquirer reports that Cramer, who was 62, "died Monday ... of lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins [Medical Institutions] in Baltimore."

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Local News
6:37 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Stretch Of Rio Grande Excluded From Bird's Habitat

Some stakeholders are applauding a recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to exclude a stretch of the Rio Grande as critical habitat for an endangered songbird.

The agency last week designated almost 1,300 miles of streams and rivers in New Mexico, Arizona and four other states as protected habitat for the Southwestern willow flycatcher.

Almost 75 miles of the lower Rio Grande were left out of the designation. The area is home to a project that regulates and controls the river's water for use by the U.S. and Mexico.

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Local News
6:36 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Mexico Court Dismisses 'Outstanding Waters' Complaint

Credit Jan Marlyn Reesman via Flickr

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint filed by a statewide ranchers group that sought to stay a sweeping water protection measure.

The "outstanding waters" designation guarantees special protection for hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, dozens of lakes and acres of wetlands in federal wilderness areas across the state. The designation prohibits any activities that would degrade water quality.

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Local News
6:35 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Santa Fe Plans First Gun Buyback Event

The city of Santa Fe will kick off Operation Safe Streets with its first gun buyback program at police headquarters on Saturday.

City officials say the goal is to provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted firearms.

Mayor David Coss has been pushing for a gun buyback program. He says he believes such a program will keep unwanted guns from falling into the wrong hands.

Local News
6:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Immigrants Arrested In Driver's License Scam

State officials say seven illegal immigrants from Brazil and Mexico have been arrested in connection with a driver's license scam.

Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla says the immigrants are accused of using fraudulent documents to try to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses.

She says the administration will be asking the state Legislature again this year to repeal a law that allows illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. She says the practice is putting public and national safety at risk.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue January 8, 2013

'Enough,' Says Giffords As She Launches Campaign For New Gun Laws

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., during her interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.
ABCNews.com

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:22 am

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, as happened last month in Newtown, Conn., it's time to say "enough," former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., tells ABC News.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Benghazi Attack: Only Man Who Was In Custody Is Now Free, Lawyer Says

A burned vehicle outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:22 am

Ali Harzi, the only person who had been known to be in custody in connection with last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has been released by authorities in his native Tunisia, the suspect's lawyer tell The Associated Press.

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