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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican House Minority Whip Rod Montoya says New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's changes on student testing are confusing educators.Montoya said Tuesday that the Democratic governor's move to rid the state of the current statewide standardized testing system with a transition test is hurting efforts to hold schools accountable.

Researchers compile body scans for new database

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers are converting thousands of full-body scans done by the state Office of the Medical Investigator as part of an effort to build a searchable database that can help anthropologists, criminal investigators and others.The project is being funded by a $702,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.New Mexico has the only medical examiner's office in the U.S. that routinely makes CT scans of nearly every individual whose death is investigated.

Shutdown-related unemployment cases surge in New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,300 furloughed federal workers in New Mexico have applied for unemployment benefits that would act as a short-term loan.State Workforce Solutions Department Secretary Bill McCamley on Tuesday said the benefit applicants are among an estimated 7,500 federal workers directly affected in New Mexico by the partial government shutdown. A large portion of those workers are employed by the U.S.

New Mexico lawmakers divided on fast-track bills

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham is urging lawmakers to quickly send her noncontroversial bills to sign that were blocked by her Republican predecessor.Lujan Grisham on Tuesday encouraged lawmakers to use a so-called rocket docket to speed widely supported bills through the legislative process with fewer committee hearings.

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports WriterSAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State made New Mexico pay for playing zone defense the whole game.Once again needing a pick-me-up after a tough loss, the Aztecs got it by beating the Lobos 97-77 on Tuesday night.Jalen McDaniels had 24 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Aguek Arop made a 65-foot shot at the halftime buzzer and Devin Watson made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half.Watson finished with 21 points, freshman Nathan Mensah had 16 and Arop and Jordan Schakel 10 each for SDSU (10-7, 2-2 Mountain West).SDSU's 30 assists were i

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There is more than just January's cold currently gripping the city of Westbrook, Maine. An immense icy disk doing a solitary pirouette on the Presumpscot River is dazzling observers, local and distant, alike.

Scientists say the disk is naturally occurring and has been seen before. Most of us have spotted eddies in flowing water, that is when a cross current creates a small whirlpool. But winter's cold adds a whiff of mystery to this phenomenon.

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The annual State of the Union message to Congress may be the latest casualty of the partial government shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, suggesting a postponement until after the shutdown is over. The speech, which the president would deliver to a joint session of Congress and a national broadcast audience, was originally scheduled for Jan. 29.

American troops were killed in an explosion in northern Syria, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State says. The ISIS extremist group has claimed responsibility.

"U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time," Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement.

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