Good Morning New Mexico,     
I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM,    AM 1000,     New Mexico's  Christian Heritage Station on Friday  Dec. 19,  2014.

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Now the news:

>>>Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

 HAVANA  -- ***The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.....

On the first full day after the surprise announcement Thursday, many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the creature comforts taken for granted elsewhere, and lift a struggling socialist economy where staples like meat, cooking oil and toilet paper are often hard to come by.

In announcing that the U.S. and Cuba would resume diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961, President   Obama said he still has concerns about human rights, democracy and freedom of expression on the island. President Raul Castro said he still wants an end to the trade embargo that has choked off commerce to the island and has kept generations of Americans from being able to visit.

>>>Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

 ATLANTA  --*** Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment....

The hack  believed   linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. The hack included terrorist threats and was focused on causing major corporate damage, rather than on stealing customer information for fraud like in the breaches at Home Depot and Target,  It indicates a whole new frontier has emerged in cybersecurity. Suddenly every major company could be the target of cyber-extortion.

>>> Balderas axes AG staffers

SANTA FE – ***NM Attorney General-elect Hector Balderas, who takes office in two weeks, has begun cleaning house of staffers. ....

Notices went out this week to an undisclosed number of Attorney General Gary King’s employees, telling them they won’t be kept in the Balderas administration.

All employees of the attorney general are exempt, meaning they serve at the pleasure of the AG and lack job protections afforded to employees classified under state personnel rules.

>>>  Radiation leak at WIPP  nuclear dump was small

CARLSBAD, N.M. - ****A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized....

The report  also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.  

The incident  forced the plant's indefinite closure.

 Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart the WIPP Storage  operations.

>>>New Mexico records drop in teens' birth rates

SANTA FE, N.M.  -**** New Mexican teens' birth rates are down.....

The Department of Health  vital records show a 10 percent drop between 2012 and 2013 for teens 15-17 years old and for teens 18 & 19 years old.

The  drop in teen birth rates  is New Mexico's largest drop in the last 15 years.   

But New Mexico still  has the highest birth  rate nationally for teens 15-19.

>>>>Lawmakers discuss lottery scholarship program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -***** The head of the New Mexico Lottery says the state needs to catch up with the mobile revolution if it wants to attract the next generation of players and raise more money for the lottery scholarship program......

Lottery CEO David Barden  says the lottery needs to tap in to smartphone and debit card sales if it wants to raise revenues.

 The demand for the financial assistance for scholarship money  had grown faster than lottery proceeds.

>>>Woman who took children to UK won't serve time

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - ****A New Mexico woman accused of abducting her three children and fleeing to England nearly 20 years ago will not serve any jail time.****

  Eileen Clark pleaded guilty in the kidnapping case Wednesday in Federal  Court in Albuquerque.

 She  received a sentence of one year of probation.


Albuquerque woman accused of bank embezzlement, ID theft

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -***** An Albuquerque woman who formerly worked at a bank has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement and identity theft.....

  37-year-old Angela Giddings   was employed as a customer services manager for Bank of the West.

Prosecutors say she  withdrew and transferred funds ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 from the accounts of customers without authorization and for her own use.

Man found fatally wounded in Albuquerque apartment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque police say a 22-year-old man is dead after being shot in a northeast Albuquerque apartment.

Police identify the dead man as Andrew Junquiera and say he was found fatally wounded Wednesday night by officers responding to a report of a shooting.

According to police, officers arriving at the scene saw numerous people running across the parking lot.

Police didn't release any suspect information.

Albuquerque police settlement briefs invited

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  -***** A federal judge is inviting Albuquerque groups to submit friend-of-the-court briefs for a pending settlement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul Albuquerque police......

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack issued Wednesday his ruling to give the public a chance to submit up to 15 pages.

The ruling will allow briefs to argue positions so the court can craft a final agreement.

The reform blueprint calls for new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. It also calls for the agency to dismantle some troubled units.

A federal monitor will be chosen to keep tabs on whether the department is following the agreement.

2 sentenced in Gallup housing fraud case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man have both been sentenced to prison for plotting to defraud the federal government.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Danny Garcia received a 20-month prison term Thursday while 62-year-old Michael Virruso got an 18-month sentence.

Both pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

A 2013 indictment accused them of engaging in a scheme to defraud the Department of Housing and Urban Development out of more than $100,000 between 2010 and 2012.

Garcia was executive director of the Gallup Housing Authority at the time.

Prosecutors say Garcia was must pay $105,000 restitution with Virruso jointly paying $75,000 of the total.

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live).

On this date:

In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter.

In 1813, British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.

In 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.

In 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.

In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.

In 1946, war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.

In 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

In 1961, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., 73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Florida.

In 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.

In 1984, a coal fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah, killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.

In 1986, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he was subsequently acquitted by the Senate).

(Stations: Al Goldstein entry, note title of magazine)

Ten years ago: In Iraq, car bombs tore through a Najaf funeral procession and Karbala's main bus station, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120 in the two Shiite holy cities. In Baghdad, three Iraqi election officials were killed execution-style by insurgents. Time magazine named President George W. Bush its Person of the Year for the second time. Opera singer Renata Tebaldi died in San Marino at age 82.

Five years ago: A U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen ended with a nonbinding accord to show for two weeks of debate and frustration; the deal was brokered by President Barack Obama, who attended the conference on its final day. A snowstorm paralyzed much of the eastern U.S. on the last holiday shopping weekend.

One year ago: Discount retailer Target announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. The ceiling partially collapsed onto a packed audience at the Apollo Theatre in London, injuring almost 80 people, seven of them seriously. Al Goldstein, 77, the publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography, died in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 94. Actress Cicely Tyson is 90. Former game show contestant Herb Stempel is 88. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 73. Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is 73. Actress Elaine Joyce is 71. Actor Tim Reid is 70. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 70. Musician John McEuen is 69. Singer Janie Fricke is 67. Jazz musician Lenny White is 65. Actor Mike Lookinland is 54. Actress Jennifer Beals is 51. Actor Scott Cohen is 50. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 48. Magician Criss Angel is 47. Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 47. Actor Ken Marino is 46. Actor Elvis Nolasco is 46. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is 46. Actor Derek Webster is 46. Actress Kristy Swanson is 45. Model Tyson Beckford is 44. Actress Amy Locane is 43. Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is 42. Actress Rosa Blasi is 42. Actress Alyssa Milano is 42. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (JIH'-lihn-hahl) is 34. Actress Marla Sokoloff is 34. Rapper Lady Sovereign is 29. Actor Iain de Caestecker (TV: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") is 27.

Thought for Today: "Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all." — Jean Genet (1910-1986).

That's the news on KKIM,  AM 1000,    New Mexico's Christian Heritage station.   

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