Hero teacher who talked down New Mexico school shooter credited with saving lives

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Officials praised social studies teacher John Masterson for his bravery after he “allowed the gun to be pointed right at him so there would be no more young kids hurt.”

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Four students hurt after shooting at New Mexico middle school, suspect in custody

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A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a New Mexico middle school, authorities said. At least four children were taken to the hospital, two in critical condition.

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Shooting reported at New Mexico middle school

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New Mexico legalizes same-sex marriage

New Mexico became the latest state to legalize gay marriage Thursday as its highest court declared it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. 

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Cop fires at minivan full of kids after traffic-stop scuffle in New Mexico

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What began as a routine traffic stop in New Mexico ended with a police officer bashing the window of a family minivan with his baton and a second officer firing shots at the van, which had five children inside.

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Paradise lost: After deadly landslide, Acapulco tourists trapped amid looting

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As many as 80 have died from flooding and mudslides after storms slammed Acapulco, Mexico. Tens of thousands of tourists are stuck after a massive landslide, turning a vacation spot into a veritable swamp.

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Obama designates five new national monuments

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President Barack Obama signed proclamations Monday designating five locations around the country as new national monuments to protect large tracts of land and historical sites, a White House official said. 

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Man left in solitary confinement for two years gets $15 million settlement

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A man who spent 22 long months in solitary confinement in a New Mexico jail, neglected to the point where he was forced to pull out his own tooth because he said he wasn’t allowed to see a dentist, will receive $15.5 million for the ordeal.

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Justin Bieber murder plot by New Mexico inmate uncovered, foiled

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A murder plot aimed at Justin Bieber has been uncovered in New Mexico, according to authorities. An inmate incarcerated there reportedly set his sights on the Canadian pop star from behind bars.

Paraplegic says he survived 3 days stranded in N.M. desert

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A paraplegic man, who says he was stranded in the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair, dragged himself about four miles down a dirt road over three days before a motorist stopped to help him.

Tattered and dirty, Ricky Gilmore’s blue jeans tell part of the story. His body tells the rest — the skin on his left leg and buttocks is shredded, his wrist is sprained and his kidneys are in bad shape from going without food and water.

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Astronaut’s photo shows wildfire smoke at night

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped a photo showing ghostly wildfire smoke wafting in the darkness near the neighboring cities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

The smoke likely comes from the Whitewater-Baldy fire, the largest in New Mexico’s history, which has chewed through 465 square miles (1,205 square kilometers) of forests near Glenwood, N.M., since it was ignited by lightning on May 16, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is about 225 miles (362 kilometers) to the northeast of El Paso, and is now 87 percent contained.

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