• Singer Andrea Bocelli: ‘Absurd’ to shun opera legend Domingo

    MIAMI — Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is staunchly defending opera legend Placido Domingo, calling it “absurd” that opera houses have canceled the star’s performances over sexual harassment allegations before they are fully investigated.
    “I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,” Bocelli said. “I don’t understand this. Tomorrow a lady can just come up and say Andrea Bocelli molested me 10 years ago, and from that day on, no on
  • Pilot disorientation blamed in fatal crash near Denver

    DENVER — Federal investigators have determined that pilot disorientation in difficult weather conditions likely was the cause of a fatal small plane crash last year near Denver.
    The Colorado Sun reports that the National Transportation Safety Board says 67-year-old Robert Marquis probably lost control of the Cirrus SR22 he was flying shortly after taking off from Centennial Airport on May 11, 2018.
    Marquis was the only person aboard the plane and died in the crash.
    The plane Marquis was fl
  • Packers’ Bratkowski, Bart Starr’s backup, dies at age 88

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the Green Bay Packers’ 1960s dynasty, has died at his Florida home. He was 88.
    The team announced his death late Monday but did not disclose further details.
    The Packers Hall of Famer was a quarterback in Green Bay from 1963-1968 and again in 1971. One of Bratkowski’s most notable performances in relief of an injured Starr came in 1965, a 13-10 overtime playoff win over the Baltimore Colts that s
  • Navajo leader: Tribe won’t financially back energy company

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation president says the tribe will not financially back the bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation.
    The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. recently bought Montana’s largest coal mine and two others in Wyoming at auction after Cloud Peak Energy declared bankruptcy.
    The three mines employ hundreds of people. State officials say the mines can keep operating for now because reclamation bonds posted by Cl
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  • Transatlantic Petroleum: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    ADDISON, Texas — Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TAT) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $1.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.
    The Addison, Texas-based company said it had net income of 2 cents per share.
    The oil and gas company posted revenue of $14.7 million in the period.
    In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company’s shares hit 42 cents. A year ago, they were trading at $1.20.
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  • City releases cost of Trump rally

    The City of Rio Rancho has released its cost of hosting the Donald Trump campaign rally in September, calculating expenses of $239,475.
    President Donald Trump appears at his campaign rally Monday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center. Photo by Gary Herron.
    On Sept. 16, the Santa Ana Star Center hosted a Trump campaign event.
    According to a news release, the total expense is made up of ancillary costs of the event, from activities outside of the venue, including personnel, closing city office
  • Harte-Hanks: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    SAN ANTONIO — Harte-Hanks Inc. (HHS) on Tuesday reported a loss of $6 million in its third quarter.
    On a per-share basis, the San Antonio-based company said it had a loss of 97 cents. Losses, adjusted for restructuring costs, came to 48 cents per share.
    The marketing company posted revenue of $51.4 million in the period.
    In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company’s shares hit $3. A year ago, they were trading at $5.29.
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  • Risks for all sides as Trump impeachment hearings swing open

    WASHINGTON — The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open.
    When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine and consider whether they are, in fact, impeachable offenses.
    It’s a remarkable moment, even for a White House full of them.
    All on TV, committee leaders
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  • Abeona Therapeutics: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    DALLAS — Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (ABEO) on Tuesday reported a loss of $17.4 million in its third quarter.
    The Dallas-based company said it had a loss of 35 cents per share.
    The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 48 cents per share.
    In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company’s shares hit $2.29. A year ago, they were trading at $7.71.
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  • Man: Slashing ‘Baby Trump’ was matter of good versus evil

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An Alabama man charged with criminal mischief in the slashing of a towering “Baby Trump” balloon has defended his actions, saying it was a matter of good versus evil.
    Al.com reports Hoyt Deau Hutchinson called the syndicated radio show “Rick & Bubba Show” on Monday to describe what happened. Hutchinson said he was shaking in anger when he drove past the balloon and its handlers Saturday during President Donald Trump’s visit to see Louisi
  • Vermillion: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    AUSTIN, Texas — Vermillion Inc. (VRML) on Tuesday reported a loss of $3.8 million in its third quarter.
    The Austin, Texas-based company said it had a loss of 4 cents per share.
    The diagnostic and bio-analytical company posted revenue of $1.3 million in the period.
    In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company’s shares hit 64 cents. A year ago, they were trading at 50 cents.
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  • MLB checking after report 2017 Astros illegally stole signs

    Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.
    The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said it en
  • Chile enters 26th day of protest with strike, huge marches

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations across Chile and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill Tuesday, while the value of the national currency fell to a record low.
    Thousands of people marched peacefully in Santiago, congregating in the central meeting place of Plaza Italia waving the flags of Chile and the Mapuche indigenous group, with whistles and music rising in the air. But groups of hooded p
  • Dean accused of threatening Colorado school staffers dies

    AURORA, Colo. — A Colorado medical examiner says a middle school dean accused of bringing a handgun to school and threatening administrators in April has died.
    The Sentinel reports that Denver Medical Examiner’s Office staffers pronounced 31-year-old Tushar Rae dead Nov. 11 at his home.
    An exact cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.
    Authorities say Rae was charged Oct. 21 with three felonies and one misdemeanor in Arapahoe County. He pleaded not guilty to the charge
  • AP Explains: A look at the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza

    JERUSALEM — An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta, a senior official with the Islamic Jihad militant group, setting off the worst bout of fighting in recent months. Islamic Jihad is one of several groups fighting Israel, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
    A look at the Islamic Jihad movement:
    SECOND TO HAMAS
    Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by the ruling Hamas g
  • Rio Rancho: Trump visit cost $239K in city worker time, more

    President Donald Trump shown at his Sept. 16, 2019 campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
    The city of Rio Rancho says it cost $239,475 in manpower, lost work time and more to keep the public safe during President Donald Trump’s September visit — but reiterated on Tuesday that it will not send the campaign a bill.
    The city on Tuesday released an itemized list of expenses associated with Trump’s Sept. 16 rally at the Sa
  • ABQ contact lens company lands new investment

    IMAGE COURTESY EVERYDAY CONTACTS
    Albuquerque contact lens startup EveryDay Contacts provided this image of contacts amid liquid to emphasize the unique aspect of its new product that has a coating that actually attracts moisture for additional comfort.
    Albuquerque startup EveryDay Contacts won an undisclosed amount of funding from NMA Ventures to help it hit the market next year with innovative disposable lenses that include a proprietary comfort coating.
    It’s the second local investment b
  • Separating fact from fiction in Trump’s impeachment hearings

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has been fulminating for weeks over the impeachment inquiry, which he sees as a persecution cooked up by Democrats and “Never Trumpers.”
    In reality, a collection of witnesses that includes Still Trumpers, Once Trumpers and the apolitical civil service has put together a largely cohesive account of a president exerting pressure on a foreign power for political benefit at home.
    On Wednesday, with the opening of historic public hearings, Republi
  • Halcon Resources: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    HOUSTON — Halcon Resources Corp. (HKRSQ) on Tuesday reported a loss of $63.3 million in its third quarter.
    The Houston-based company said it had a loss of 40 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for asset impairment costs and non-recurring costs, came to 6 cents per share.
    The independent energy company posted revenue of $50.8 million in the period.
    In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company’s shares hit 7 cents. A year ago, they were trading at $4.61.
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  • University of Colorado retires live buffalo mascot Ralphie V

    BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado at Boulder has announced that the school’s live buffalo mascot Ralphie V will retire.
    The Daily Camera reports Tuesday’s announcement came after the 13-year-old buffalo did not lead the football team onto Folsom Field in the last two games. The university has not yet found a replacement.
    University officials say Ralphie V is in great health and receives regular check-ups but was not showing the same consistency as in previous years. T
  • Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

    BISMARCK, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other opponents are preparing to argue their case against a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.
    Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily to meet growing demand for oil shipments from North Dakota. The $3.8 billion pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017.
    A hearing is set for Wednesday in Linton, North Dakot
  • Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

    SEATTLE — A new federal lawsuit aims to kill plans for building one of the world’s biggest methanol refineries along the Columbia River in Washington state.
    Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state board required further environmental review.
    Now conservation groups including Columbia Riverkeeper are suing in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
    They said Tuesday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2 Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurants close in Florida

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Two Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen locations have closed in the Florida Panhandle.
    Paula Deen Ventures spokesman Jaret Keller confirmed Tuesday that licensing partner Phoenix Hospitality has decided to close its Destin and Panama City Beach restaurants.
    Keller says Paula Deen Ventures is planning to work with the landlords to consider reopening them next spring.
    Two other Paula Deen restaurants operated by Phoenix Hospitality in San Antonio and Fairview, Texas, close
  • Attorney General Barr pledges to ratchet up fight on violent crime in Albuquerque

    Attorney General William Barr speaks to the media, alongside United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico Sonya Chavez and United States Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal)
    United State Attorney General William Barr visited Albuquerque Tuesday to announce the results of a three-month long fugitive round-up operation and pledge continued assistance to the city and state.
    Operation Triple Beam was led by the US Marshals Service with ass
  • Morales’ exit stymies comeback for Latin America’s left

    The sudden resignation of Bolivia’s Evo Morales sent shockwaves throughout Latin America, where the indigenous leader had been the last survivor among a wave of leftist leaders swept to power two decades ago as commodity prices soared.
    But the upheaval that has recently rocked the region, threatening Trump allies and anti-imperialist governments alike, defies easy categorization. From Honduras to Chile, popular frustration with anemic economic growth, entrenched corruption and gaping inequ
  • Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant.
    The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but some are concerned about privacy and protecting patients’ sensitive health information.
    Google has been pushing further into the health care space in recent months, including an announced deal to buy wearable company Fitbit.
    The two companies say
  • Boeing orders, deliveries continue to sag with Max grounding

    Orders and deliveries of new Boeing planes remain depressed eight months into the grounding of the company’s 737 Max, leaving Boeing far behind its chief competitor.
    Boeing said Tuesday that an aircraft-leasing company replaced an order for 15 Max jets with an order of five 787s, a larger plane used mostly on international routes. Another customer dropped an order for three Max planes after ordering a larger Boeing 777 earlier this year.
    Chicago-based Boeing said it took 10 new orders in O
  • Company’s bid to use groundwater for nuclear plant denied

    PHOENIX — Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is being used by nearby residents, officials said.
    The state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public Service Company to use groundwater in the Buckeye area and study it as an alternative to expensive reclaimed water because it is being used, The Arizona Republic reported Monday.
    The permit re
  • Arizona company groundwater use bid for nuclear plant denied

    PHOENIX — Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is already being used.
    The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public Service Company to use the water and study it as an alternative to expensive reclaimed water because it is being used.
    Department officials say the permit requires water has no o
  • AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.
    FBI agents have interviewed current or former state employees in recent weeks about the Mariner East project and the construction permits, according to three people who have direct knowledge of the agents
  • PED announces standardized test for grades 3-8

    In spring 2020, students in third through eighth grade will be taking the “New Mexico Measure of Student Success and Achievement,” administered by the organization Cognia.
    The English and math tests on the Cognia platform will replace the controversial PARCC test, the state Public Education Department announced Tuesday.
    The state has been in a transition period of standardized testing after an executive order from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ended PARCC testing in the state.
    The new
  • Liberty Media: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Liberty Media Corp. (FWONK) on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings of $41 million.
    On a per-share basis, the Englewood, Colorado-based company said it had profit of 18 cents.
    The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share.
    The media and entertainment company posted revenue of $633 million in the period.
    Liberty Media shares have climbed 40% since the beg
  • Metro Court closes due to water main break

    A water main break at Slate and Fifth NW near Metropolitan Court in Downtown Albuquerque forced the courthouse to close early Tuesday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)
    A water main break near Metropolitan Court has forced the Downtown courthouse to close for the afternoon, according to a news release.
    Hearings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon will be reset, and a notice with the new court date will be mailed to parties, Metro Court spokeswoman Camille Baca said in an email.
    Baca said pa
  • PAC claims Keller connection in fundraising email

    Less than three weeks before the Nov. 5 election, Stephanie Maez reached out to contacts with Emerge New Mexico, a recruiting and training program for Democratic women aspiring to public office.
    Maez’s message sought donations to help Albuquerque City Council candidate Ane Romero — and she did it in the name of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
    “I’m running Mayor Keller’s local (political action committee) supporting our fellow Emerge sister, Ane’ Romero (sic) for
  • Ex-Windsor mayor settles $250K lawsuit against Colorado town

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — City officials in Colorado have reached a $250,000 settlement with former Windsor mayor John Vazquez after he accused Timnath police of unlawfully arresting him and using excessive force.
    The Coloradoan reported Monday that the town council in Timnath is scheduled to vote on approving the agreement Tuesday.
    An insurance carrier for Timnath has agreed to pay the settlement.
    Officials say the town’s insurance payments might increase as a result.
    Authorities say th
  • Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won’t support him.
    Trump nominated federal judge Halil “Sul” Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. The New Orleans-based court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
    The Senate Judiciary Committee says it removed Ozerden from a planned vote Th
  • Trump claims credit for economy, jobs in New York speech

    NEW YORK — Despite a slowing economy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the United States was enjoying a “boom the likes of which we have never seen before!”
    Trump told the Economic Club of New York that “we have delivered on our promises — and exceeded our expectations by a very wide margin.”
    His remarks were delivered to an audience of powerbrokers and affluent business leaders, but his political future may depend on whether voters in the Midwest
  • ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to film in Santa Fe for 25th season

    PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” will stop in Santa Fe on June 16, 2020, to film three episodes for its 25th season. In the photo is Martha Blackwelder, left, who looks over an instrument owned by Gloria, of Albuquerque. at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)
    For 25 years, “Antiques Roadshow” has uncovered treasures across the country.
    The PBS show will visit Santa Fe on June 16, 2020, as part of its production tour. It will
  • Minor traffic delay to be caused by Capital Christmas Tree

     
     
    This year’s Capitol Christmas tree cut from the Carson National Forest being loaded on an 18-wheeler bound for Washington D.C. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
    A minor traffic delay is expected to occur on Wednesday November 13 at approximately 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm on US 550 as the Capital Christmas Tree passes through the town of Bernalillo.
    A press release indicates that law enforcement will be present to escort the transport vehicle and tree so both can pass safely t
  • Phoenix gets grant for lowering railroad tracks near airport

    PHOENIX — Phoenix is getting a $24 million federal grant to lower Union Pacific freight railroad tracks into a trench north of Sky Harbor International Airport.
    The U.S. Department of Transportation said the 2.3-mile (3.7-kilometer)-long trench will eliminate five at-grade crossings and enable 24th Street, a busy north-south thoroughfare, to extend over the trench.
    The department said the project will help economic competitiveness by reducing congestion and delays on 24th Street and by imp
  • Mulvaney won’t sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate

    WASHINGTON — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump’s directions and decline to cooperate.
    It’s the latest reversal in position by Mulvaney, who last week asked to join the lawsuit of another Trump adviser before changing his mind Monday and saying that he intended to bring his own case. It appears to resolve once and for all a four-day lega
  • Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

    BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel.
    The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli settlement, their labels must provide an “indication of that provenance” so that consumers can make “informed choices” when they shop.
    The EU rejects Israeli settlement
  • Disney Plus suffers some technical difficulties at launch

    NEW YORK — Disney’s brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success.
    The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday.
    The problems started a little before 7 a.m., according to downdetector.com, a website that tracks outages. It received more than 8,000 reports of difficulties, mostly with video streaming. Others reported problems logging in.
    Disney
  • Czechs to sign deal to buy 12 US military by year’s end

    PRAGUE — The Czech defense minister says the government is planning to sign a deal with the U.S. government by year’s end to purchase 12 military helicopters.
    Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar says the deal is worth the worth 14.6 billion Czech crowns ($631 million) and the helicopters are to be delivered in 2023 to replace the obsolete Soviet-made Mi-24s.
    The Czechs will get eight UH-1Y Venom choppers and four AH-1Z Vipersfrom U.S. maker Bell Hellicopter.
    Metnar said Tuesday the contr
  • Even Stephen: Again I bid farewell to the Observer newsroom

    I feel like the boy who cried wolf, but it’s true: I am leaving the Observer for a second time in just under a year’s time. I have always considered this newspaper my home away from home and found solace in it as my family tried to find its footing in the face of several health issues. I can honestly say there has never been a dull moment and I have enjoyed covering the City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County. In fact, I have enjoyed covering the county so much that it is where I wil
  • Gary’s Glimpses: It’s meow or never, a guide to the love of cats

    The point that Vickie Fisher hoped to make at her Meadowlark Senior Center presentation on Oct. 23 was something all of us cat-lovers know: “Dogs drool; cats rule.”
    Scratch that —”CJ,” her Maine coon cat traveling companion, had drooled during the entire trip from Fisher’s Duke City home to Rio Rancho.
    Fisher was at least the second president to visit the city this fall: U.S. President Donald Trump had a campaign visit at Santa Ana Star Center, and now came F
  • US stock indexes turn mixed after early rally loses momentum

    U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday as an early rally that had the market on track for another all-time high lost momentum.
    Gains in health care, technology and communication services stocks outweighed losses in energy companies and elsewhere in the S&P 500, which briefly crossed above the 3,100 level for the first time. The benchmark index was coming off a loss Monday that ended a three-day winning streak.
    Momentum for the market has been mostly upward f
  • LA’s Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

    BALTIMORE — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
    “I’m humbled by your support,” said Gómez, whose predominantly Hispanic archdiocese of 4 million Catholics is the largest in the U.S. “I think it is a blessing for the Latino community.”
    The issue of immigrati
  • Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung

    MOSSEL BAY, South Africa — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal’s excrement is no gimmick.
    The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and flowers and yet digest less than a third of it.
    “As a consequence, in the elephant dung, you get the most amazing variety of these botanicals,” Les Ansley said during a recent visit to t
  • Huawei giving employees bonus for coping with US sanctions

    BEIJING — Huawei is paying its employees bonuses totaling more than $285 million as thanks for helping the Chinese tech giant cope with U.S. sanctions that threaten its smartphone and other businesses.
    Huawei scrambled to remove U.S. components from its products following curbs announced in May on access to American technology after Washington accused the company of being a security risk. It has unveiled a smartphone operating system it says can replace Google’s Android if necessary.

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