• Letter shows tax chief suggested auditors not fine business

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A letter from state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla shows she did tell auditors in her agency last year that her former client shouldn’t have to pay a penalty.

  • Lemitar shrimp farm to get federal grant to expand marketing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shrimp farm in Lemitar is getting a federal grant to expand its marketing efforts across New Mexico.

  • In this Oct. 3, 2015 photo, a dead spider hangs from its web on the side of a road leading to Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, near the site where taco vendor Carlos Sanchez was last seen, before he was kidnapped by state police along with his wife, sister, and his cousin. The 36-year-old taco vendor, accused of horse stealing, was tortured and beaten to death. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    In Mexico, fear as victims vanish at hands of police

    TELOLOAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Carlos Sanchez lay in the backseat of a Honda sedan with his head in his wife’s lap, an oxygen tube in his nose, IV in his arm and three bullets in his body. The 36-year-old taco vendor cried out in pain at every bump on the pitch-dark highway to the city of Iguala.

  • Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards hugs his wife Donna Edwards as he arrives to greet supporters at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. At right is his daughter Sarah Ellen Edwards. Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    After victory, Edwards starts piecing together transition

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fresh off a strong victory in the Louisiana governor’s race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office and an upcoming term in which he’ll have to grapple with a hefty state financial crisis.

  • President Barack Obama, eighth right, and other leaders participate in the East Asia Summit family photo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea. Leaders are, from left, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Myanmar's President Thein Sein, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Obama, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    The Latest: Obama meets Singapore premier, says ties strong

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local.)