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LAS CRUCES — Tours of Spaceport America in southern New Mexico will be offered to the public starting this week.

Spaceport America is the world’s first dedicated spaceport. Anchor tenant Virgin Galactic plans to use the taxpayer-funded facility to take tourists on short hops into space. Other commercial spaceflight operations are also planned.

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced Tuesday that it selected Albuquerque-based company Follow the Sun Inc. to conduct the preview tours.

The spaceport is expected to be fully operational later this year.

The three-hour tour will cost adults $59 and $29 for children under 12. The first tour will be Friday.


Mosque leaders object to neighbor’s ‘bomb’ sign

AMHERST — Muslim leaders are upset that a homeowner who lives next door to a newly opened mosque has posted a sign on his front lawn that reads “Bomb Making Next Driveway.”

Michael Heick lives along a heavily traveled road in the town of Amherst. The next driveway on the same side of the road is the entrance to the Jaffarya Center.

Mr. Heick told local media outlets that he put up the sign last weekend because he was frustrated with how the mosque and town officials handled his complaints that the mosque was built too close to his property and that its bright lights violate town code.

Mosque officials said the sign’s message is offensive and that Mr. Heick hasn’t responded to their requests for a meeting.


Immigration law blocked by judge

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has blocked a new state immigration law that lets police check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups, a 2008 appointee of President Bush, ruled Tuesday in Salt Lake City hours after the law went into effect.

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