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  • Saul good, man

    ALBUQUERQUE — The pitch was a near-perfect strike, landing crisply in the mitt of the Isotopes catcher.

    Most of the 10,110 fans — many of whom turned out to catch a glimpse of “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk — roared in approval.

    Odenkirk’s ceremonial first pitch proved a good omen for the Albuquerque sluggers on “Better Call Saul” Night Saturday at Isotopes Park. The host Topes, playing host to Sacramento, went on a late-inning surge and claimed a 9-2 verdict the TV lawyer would’ve been proud of.

  • Still time to sign up for youth soccer

    Time’s running out for parents to register their youngsters for the 2016-17 Las Vegas Youth Soccer League season.

    The league extended the registration deadline to Sunday, Aug. 14, in order to accommodate more participants. According to league co-president Ron Doss, more than 200 players had signed with the league as of Aug. 1, the early registration deadline. The league anticipates upwards of 300 to 350 in time for the first weekend of games Sept. 10-11.

  • Ledecky emerging as new face of U.S. team

    By Paul Newberry
    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO  — In a hallway beneath the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Missy Franklin was surrounded by the media after her first race of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

    Until Katie Ledecky walked by.

    At least half the reporters bolted away from Franklin while she was in mid-answer Monday, all of them eager to fire a few questions at Ledecky.

    It was the clearest sign yet of the changing of the guard on the U.S. women’s swim team.

  • Grudge match to King

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO — After all the bad blood, all the debate over Yulia Efimova being allowed to swim at the Olympics, Lilly King was the one wearing gold.

    The American won the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday night, holding off the reigning world champion from Russia in what some will surely call a victory of clean athletes over the dopers.

  • Carjacking suspect in Sandoval County found, arrested in Las Vegas

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. — A suspect in a carjacking in Sandoval County was not seriously injured when a police officer fired his weapon after a pursuit.

    New Mexico State Police say an officer spotted a stolen vehicle around 1 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25.

    The officer tried to stop the vehicle but the suspect, 52-year-old William Wilson, fled.

    Authorities say after the pursuit ended, the officer fired shots.

  • Six finalists remain for top WLV job

    West Las Vegas School Interim Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez is still in the running to keep the top job. Gutierrez is one of the six finalists for the position. Other finalists for the position are: Christopher Quinn, Greg Rockhold, Raymond Arsenault, Richard Rundhaug and Thomas Graves. The board has received 11 applicants for the position.
    Former Rio Gallinas School Director Gerald Garcia did not make the finalist cut. He abruptly resigned as director of the local charter school in July.

  • Divided America: Americans seen as arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

    Editor’s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

     By Vijay Joshi
    The Associated Press

    BANGKOK — The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government.

  • Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten U.S.

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still be inspired to launch attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press
    1st human case of West Nile Virus

    SANTA FE — State health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico this year.

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that a 40-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has been diagnosed with West Nile.

    She was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease, which is the more serious form of the illness.
    But health officials say the woman now is recovering at home.

    Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus.

  • HU receives major gift from former prof

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    The sheet music library in Highlands University’s music program has doubled, thanks to a donation from a former HU professor.

    Ron Thielman, who was the university’s director of bands during the late 1960s, collected approximately $150,000 worth of sheet music during his career as a professor and professional musician. More than 3,000 scores comprise the collection Thielman donated to Highlands.