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Republican legislative leaders in New Mexico are asking the federal government to investigate two divisions in the state Health Department amid allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of developmentally disabled people. The GOP House leaders sent a letter Wednesday to the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The lawmakers said an independent investigation would ensure transparency and might prompt the state Health Department to take necessary steps to prevent such cases in the future. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has called the allegations horrific, saying the department will hold accountable any caregivers who mistreat vulnerable people.

Seiichi Sano was a busy company owner for the early part of his life. But he began anew at 80 by climbing Mt. Fuji. He apparently was not challenged enough by Japan’s highest peak so he almost immediately took up surfing. Sano turns 90 later this year and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest male to surf.

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Army officials say nine people were killed in a crash involving two Army Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopters conducting a nighttime training exercise in Kentucky. Nondice Thurman, a spokesperson for Fort Campbell, said Thursday morning that the deaths happened the previous night in southwestern Kentucky during a routine training mission. A statement from Fort Campbell says the two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, part of the 101st Airborne Division, crashed around 10 p.m. Wednesday in Trigg County, Kentucky. The 101st Airborne confirmed the crash about 30 mile northwest of Fort Campbell. The crash is under investigation.

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