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Thirteen nuclear waste workers in New Mexico test positive for radiation exposure

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Thirteen workers have tested positive for radiation exposure tied to an accidental release earlier this month of high levels of radiation in an underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday. No workers were underground at the Waste…

New Mexico school shooting suspect may have warned classmates

A 12-year-old accused of opening fire Tuesday in a New Mexico middle school — wounding a teacher and two students — may have warned some classmates not to come to school. In the latest school shooting to hit the United States, the boy allegedly burst into his school gym, filled…

New Mexico becomes 17th state with legal same-sex marriage

New Mexico became the 17th state to embrace same-sex marriages on Thursday following a unanimous ruling by the state high court declaring New Mexico’s marriage laws unconstitutional for limiting the institution to opposite-sex couples. “Denying…  …

New Mexico Supreme Court seeks to clarify same-sex marriage legality

Gay marriage in New Mexico? Top state court seeks clarity for county clerks. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefonics (l.) holds hands with her wife Linda Siegle after they were married in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 23. In August, the Santa Fe County clerk…

With only months to live, cancer patient sues for the right to marry her partner

A New Mexico woman who suffers from a life-threatening form of brain cancer is seeking an emergency order that would allow her to marry her long-term partner. A coalition of groups filed the emergency request with New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of Jen Roper, 44, and Angelique…

New Mexico runner caught on camera repeatedly pooping in man’s yard

A resident of Nob Hill, New Mexico has caught an as-yet unidentified woman on camera repeatedly defecating in his yard during her morning run. According to KOAT, the man, who did not want his identity revealed, at first thought a homeless person had relieved themselves on the spot, but then…

New Mexico on alert for wildfires amid dryest conditions on record

Amid driest conditions on record, New Mexico sweats every spark (via The Christian Science Monitor) New Mexico is a tinderbox ready to spark. In its third consecutive year of drought, the state is currently experiencing the warmest, driest conditions on record. According to New Mexico state climatologist David DuBois, the…

Bear attacks elderly bedridden New Mexico woman

A black bear attacked and injured an 82-year-old bed-ridden woman in New Mexico on Tuesday night, state officials said. The Raton, N.M. resident was not named, but authorities told The Associated Press that a black bear broke the latch on her screen door and let himself in. The creature subsequently…

Same-sex couples sue county clerk in New Mexico for the right to marry

Two lesbian couples on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Clerk of Bernalillo County in New Mexico for refusing to provide them with marriage licenses. Both same-sex couples had been denied marriage licenses, even though the state does not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriages. In their lawsuit, they claim being excluded…

Hiker and her cat in good shape after surviving for weeks in New Mexico forest

A hiker and her cat have been found in good shape after being missing for almost a month in a remote New Mexico forest. Authorities said that 41-year-old Margaret Page, who had a sleeping bag for warmth and a nearby creek for water but had started off with only a…

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