• New Mexico lawmaker withdraws bill to ban wildlife traps

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would outlaw the trapping of wildlife on public land in New Mexico is being rewritten in response to criticism at a legislative hearing.

  • The Latest: Discussion delayed on powers for oil regulator

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on increasing New Mexico’s regulatory powers over oil and gas drillers (all times local):

  • Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead

    ABU SAIF, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.

  • Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday.

  • Israeli court gives soldier 18 months for fatal shooting

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country.

  • Historian with expert predictions ponders Trump impeachment

    NEW YORK (AP) — A college professor who has successfully predicted every presidential election since 1984, including Donald Trump’s upset victory last year, is working on a book based on a possible future plot twist: Trump’s removal from office.

  • UN guided by Syrian ‘political transition’ as new talks loom

    BEIRUT (AP) — A top adviser to the United Nations envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their “main guidance” for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition.

  • Azerbaijan’s leader names his wife as 1st vice president

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan’s president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation — the person next in line in the nation’s power hierarchy.

  • Bill aims to require background checks for certain gun sales

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bill being considered by New Mexico lawmakers would require background checks for firearm sales at gun shows and in private transactions.

  • New Mexico contemplates new powers for oil regulators

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature may restore the state’s authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 per day against oil and natural gas companies for violations of operating and environmental rules.