• In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, photo, coal ash is removed from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., to be transported by rail to a permanent site in Virginia. Duke Energy Corp. is digging up and hauling away from riverbanks the toxic coal residues two years after one of the worst coal-ash spills in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

    EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country’s largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to the crowd as he signs autographs at a campaign event at Plymouth State University Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Plymouth, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Rubio comes under withering criticism in Republican debate

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — With less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls, Hillary Clinton took a trip to Michigan. And other candidates, including Jeb Bush, said their campaigns will go on no matter what the outcome Tuesday. Donald Trump said he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire, but would like to — though he was notably casual in his campaign effort Sunday.

  • An anti-government demonstrator holds up a picture of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide as he demand the president's resignation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Top Haitian leaders negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States and local authorities announced Saturday. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    AP NewsBreak: Deal reached on provisional Haiti government

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Top Haitian leaders negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States and local authorities announced Saturday.

  • Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers’ push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn’t include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers — despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.

  • Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

  • Hollie Ayers poses for a photo while reminiscing about her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. She was shot in the face and the leg. Her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. (AP Photo/ John Beale)

    States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.

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  • New Mexico police may get hate-crime protections

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal in to add law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians as protected classes to New Mexico’s hate crimes law has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

  • Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.

  • New Mexico Senate passes version of a ‘Kendra’s law’

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A year after a similar bill died amid partisan bickering, the New Mexico Senate passed a proposal Friday that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.