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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
New Mexico, which has doubled for Afghanistan and Morocco,  is about to stand in for ancient Egypt. The new drama "Hieroglyph," produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment,  will begin filming at Albuquerque Studios next month, the studio said. Elaborate sets for the show are taking up four sound stages at the sprawling production complex, where the hit AMC TV series "Breaking Bad" also filmed. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         Starring British actor Reece Ritchie, "Hieroglyph" is a fantasy drama set in ancient Egypt.  The show follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, and various criminal characters and sorcerers.
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NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into a leak of radioactive materials at a nuclear burial site near Carlsbad, N.M. The department shut down normal operations last week at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after radiation alarms sounded late Friday, when no one was in the underground facility. Officials at the site discounted any effect on human health, saying no radiation had escaped to the surface and no workers were exposed. So far, it is unknown what caused the release of radioactivity inside the repository, built in ancient salt beds 2,150 feet below the surface.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chris Davis, a receiver at Oaks Christian who caught 88 passes and scored 20 touchdowns, has committed to New Mexico.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
January 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Aja Riggs, 50, thought a lot about dying after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She endured surgery in October 2011, then underwent aggressive chemotherapy that made her feel as if her skin was burning. She was constantly tired. Then doctors found a second tumor, which they treated with two different types of radiation. "It was a pretty darn rough winter, actually," said Riggs of Santa Fe, N.M. "I thought to myself, I don't know if I want to go all the way to the end with a death from cancer.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Berrendo Middle School reopened to students on Thursday morning about 48 hours after a 12-year-old pupil opened fire with a shotgun, seriously wounding two classmates in Roswell, N.M. With grief counselors available, the district reopened the school to children, many of whom were in the gymnasium when the shooter entered and fired three rounds. “The children who return tomorrow are not the children who arrived on Tuesday. They are different,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters on Wednesday.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and John M. Glionna
ROSWELL, N.M. - The parents of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting two classmates said Wednesday they still loved their son and hoped he got "all of the help that he needs. " Tuesday's attack on students in the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School here appeared to be planned, officials said. Chaves County prosecutors charged the boy as a juvenile late Wednesday with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, all felonies. Some media have identified the boy, but the Los Angeles Times does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
ROSWELL, N.M. - He had apparently left little to chance. Just 12 years old, he had his weapon: a .20-gauge shotgun with the wooden handle shaved down to fit inside a duffel bag. A bright but sometimes distant boy who played snare drum in the school band, he had a plan in the works, interviews with his classmates at Berrendo Middle School here suggest. In the days before the shooting inside a packed school gymnasium that gravely wounded Nathaniel Tavarez, 12, and injured Kendal Sanders, 13, he had warned friends not to come to the gym that morning.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
ROSWELL, N.M. - Within an hour after a 12-year-old boy opened fire with a shotgun inside his middle school gymnasium here Tuesday, gravely wounding two students, hundreds of parents waited at a nearby mall to collect their stunned children, some of whom had witnessed the attack. Outside an entrance to the Roswell Mall, between the La Salsa restaurant and the Hobby Lobby, a crowd with anguished faces parted to allow the town's teary sons and daughters to pass. The Berrendo Middle School students walked gingerly past a clutch of sympathizers.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
AKELA FLATS, N.M. - Each year, Emily Haozous joins other Fort Sill Apache tribal members in a mountain spirit dance in Oklahoma. But the spirits they pay tribute to and invoke for power and protection belong to a mountain more than 600 miles to the west, in the tribe's ancestral homeland in southwestern New Mexico. More than a century ago, Apaches with lineage to Geronimo were driven from New Mexico and taken as prisoners of war before eventually being released in Oklahoma. Now, the tribe's 700-plus members want to return to the yucca-speckled desert town of Akela Flats.
NATIONAL
December 29, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
New Mexico has seen celebrations across the state since its highest court 10 days ago unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples. Not so for the sovereign Navajo Nation, whose borders spill over into the northeast part of the state and where tribal law is clear: Such unions are banned. Some Navajo hope to change that, buoyed by the cultural climate shift underscored when the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay marriage is permitted in the District of Columbia and 18 states, the most recent being Utah, although officials there plan to appeal a federal court decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
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