Earnhardt defends crew chief Ives in shaky final season

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In this May 27, 2017, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, talks with crew chief Greg Ives during practice for a NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Before Dale Eanrhardt Jr. calls it a career and starts calling races for NBC, he'd like to salvage a few positive memories from this season.And he'd like fans to quit ripping his embattled crew chief. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR’s most popular driver. But he thinks too many of his fans have started airing in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame for the No. 88’s struggles this season.

Official: Driver in smuggling attempt part of larger group

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James Mathew Bradley Jr., left, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing, Monday, July 24, 2017, in San Antonio. Bradley was arrested in connection with the deaths of multiple people packed into a broiling tractor-trailer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is just one member of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that they are looking to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official said Tuesday.

Guards: 2 unreported uprisings at troubled Kansas prison

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This March 23, 2011, photo shows the El Dorado Correctional Facility near El Dorado, Kan. Guards at the facility say two previously unreported mass disturbances during which inmates took control for hours of parts of facility preceded a June 2017 prison uprising. Low staffing, overcrowding and general tensions have created dangerous conditions, and fears of working there have led to a mass exodus of experienced staff. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Inmates at a Kansas prison housing some of the state’s most dangerous criminals twice took control of the prison yard for hours in recent months, setting a fire, trying to create barricades and breaking into a security office, in mass disturbances not previously disclosed by corrections officials, according to prison guards who spoke to The Associated Press.

Minneapolis police shooting tests mayor as re-election looms

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A fake street sign is mounted on the same pole as legitimate ones at the intersection of Cedar and Riverside Aves. Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Minneapolis. The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked the posting of at least two fake street signs warning people of "easily startled" officers. The Star Tribune reports the signs were spotted this weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul. The official-looking orange metal sign reads: "WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED." (Erin Adler/Star Tribune via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mayor Betsy Hodges had barely begun explaining why she demanded the resignation of the Minneapolis police chief following another fatal officer-involved shooting when some of the protesters who backed her decision interrupted the news conference with an ominous warning.

Police: Suspect, officers in shootout on New Mexico highway

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This photo provided by the New Mexico State Police show the scene on Interstate 25 north of Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, July 25, 2017, where there was a shootout between an armed robbery suspect and law enforcement officers. Gunfire between the suspect and New Mexico officers left a stolen truck and police vehicles shot up with bullet holes but nobody was injured. (Elizabeth Armijo/New Mexico State Police via AP)

ALGODONES, N.M. (AP) — Gunfire between an armed robbery suspect and New Mexico law enforcement officers Tuesday on Interstate 25 left a stolen truck and police vehicles shot up with bullet holes but no one was injured, a New Mexico State Police spokeswoman said.

Larger New Mexico high schools continue to struggle on PARCC

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This March 21, 2017 file photo, shows the entrance to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, N.M. New results show many high schools in New Mexico's four largest cities continue to struggle with upper-level math and reading tests. An analysis by The Associated Press of data released this week on PARCC tests showed a majority of high school students in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe combined didn't score proficient or better in math and reading in 2017. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Many high schools in New Mexico’s four largest cities continue to struggle with upper-level math and reading tests, according to new results released this week.

New Mexico Supreme Court weighs burden on public defenders

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether public defense attorneys are being stretched too thin to adequately represent poor people facing possible jail time.

New Mexico adjusts rules for dark-money groups in politics

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are making some adjustments as they move forward with a proposal for more detailed financial disclosures from nonprofit advocacy groups that attempt to influence elections.

More mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus found

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in New Mexico’s Otero and Hidalgo counties.

Charlie Gard’s parents ask court to let him die at home

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Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard finishes reading out a statement next to mother Connie Yates, right, at the end of their case at the High Court in London, Monday, July 24, 2017. The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed that the window of opportunity to help him had closed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Charlie Gard’s parents know their treasured son is about to die. They have one final wish — to take him home, put him to bed and kiss him goodbye.

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

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Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the U.N.-backed government, left, and General Khalifa Hifter of the Egyptian-backed commander of Libya's self-styled national army shake hands as France's President Emmanuel Macron stands between after a declaration at the Chateau of the La Celle-Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, France, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for both Europe and Africa. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

LA CELLE SAINT-CLOUD, France (AP) — Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, according to a document released by the French presidency.

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s 4th wife and philanthropist, dies

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In this July 11, 1996 file photo Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara arrive at Our Lady of Malibu church to renew their wedding vows on their 20th wedding anniversary in Malibu, Calif. Barbara Sinatra, the widow of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent advocate and philanthropist for abused children, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, of natural causes at her Rancho Mirage, California, home. She was 90. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused youngsters, died Tuesday. She was 90.

Two-car collision near New Mexico Military Institute

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Toby Martinez Photo Roswell Police Department Police Service Aides reroute traffic on Main Street at about 4 p.m. Tuesday after a two-car collision near New Mexico Military Institute. The accident, that created a long bottleneck on Main Street near the intersection with College Boulevard, was described as a minor fender bender, with one person taken to the hospital for examination after complaining of chest pain and having trouble breathing.

Films from Jolie, Clooney, Aronofsky among TIFF premieres

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In this combination photo, actors George Clooney appears at the Academy Awards in 2008, left, and Angelina Jolie appears at the world premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 3" in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2016. Clooney’s crime comedy “Suburbicon,” Angelina Jolie’s Khmer Rouge drama “First They Killed My Father,” will play at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 7 through Sept. 17. (AP Photo/File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney’s crime comedy “Suburbicon,” Angelina Jolie’s Khmer Rouge drama “First They Killed My Father,” and Darren Aronofsky’s horror feature “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence are among the films that will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

GM 2Q net earnings fall on loss from sale of European unit

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In this April 25, 2017, photo, a Chevrolet truck sits in a General Motors dealer's lot in Nashville, Tenn. General Motors Co. reports financial results, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ second-quarter net profit fell more than 40 percent as the carmaker lost money on the pending sale of its European unit and warned it still faces billions of dollars in further losses to come.

As McDonald’s works on transforming, $1 sodas boost US sales

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This Monday, April 24, 2017, file photo shows a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. McDonald's Corp. reports earnings, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s is trying to modernize its image by rolling out delivery and promising fresh beef in Quarter Pounders. But for now, $1 sodas are helping get people in the door.

Week-long water boil advisory lifted in Artesia; Testing from multiple days shows city’s water is safe to drink again

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The New Mexico Environment Department late Monday afternoon lifted a water boil advisory order for the city of Artesia and nearby Morningside.

NMMI to receive $4.5 million from July lease sales

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The State Land Office’s July oil and gas lease sale earned more than $30 million — an all-time high for the agency — which means higher-than-expected distributions to public schools and other beneficiaries, including a hefty unexpected $4.5 million check for New Mexico Military Institute.

Victim accidentally shot in neck at underage party

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Police said a man was shot in the neck during an underage party early Saturday.

Body of woman found by Ruidoso visitor Friday

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The body of a woman has been found in Ruidoso and police have reason to believe the remains may be that of a Ruidoso woman missing since December.

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