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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A Navajo Code Talker who effortlessly recalled using his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court says judges can't deny a defendant pre-trial release just because that person is accused of a crime that would have qualified for capital punishment had the state still allowed for death sentences. The court in an opinion released Monday said first-degree murder isn't currently a constitutionally defined capital offense that would authorize a judge to categorically deny a defendant bail.

(AP) - Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the southwestern United States, but dry weather will persist through the summer. The drought has contributed to numerous wildfires. Forecasters say it will last at least through July, with some improvement east of a line from Albuquerque to Denver.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water at his home than most of his neighbors. Documents show that Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber uses eight times more water than the average single-family residential customer in the city he now leads.

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