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Business/Economy

  • Meet Phillip Kunsberg

    Phillip Kunsberg became familiar with Los Alamos in the mid- to late-1980s, when he worked with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a policy officer in the Department of Defense.
    He moved to Los Alamos in 1989 and started the Technology Institute, a nonprofit organization that brought Russian and American scientists together to work on “non-lethal” activities. Kunsberg eventually became a technical staff member for the lab.
    Kunsberg moved to New York City in 1996 to work for a venture capital firm.

  • Mardi Gras Floats: Big Business in New Orleans

    As Mardi Gras 2012 reaches its pinnacle Fat Tuesday, the float making business remains in full gear ahead all year long. Mardi Gras World builds the big floats. Its studio also offer tours 12 months a year, seven days a week.

  • VIDEO: Mardi Gras Big Business Along Gulf Coast
  • VIDEO: As economy sputters, gas prices soar

    Gas Prices Going Up, Up, Up.

  • As 13M remain out of work, unemployment apps drop to a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market could be improving.

    Still, the job market has a long way to go before it fully recovers from the damage of the Great Recession. Nearly 13 million people remain unemployed. And 8.3 percent unemployment is still painfully high.

    One reason the unemployment rate has fallen for five straight months is that many people have stopped looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively looking for a job.

  • Video: Top Bargainers Announce Payroll Tax Cut Deal

    Relieved congressional bargainers say they've reached agreement on compromise legislation extending payroll tax cuts and benefits for the long-term unemployed through 2012, edging a white-hot political battle closer to finally being resolved.(

  • VIDEO: Lightsquared Wireless Network Will Not Fly

    Federal officials plan to kill a private company's plans to start a national high-speed wireless broadband network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices.

  • P&Z OKs Smith's Fueling Station

    Last Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan from Smith’s Food and Drug Center, Inc., to build a new fuel station at the corner of Trinity and Knecht, the site now occupied by a Shamrock gas station.

    Smith’s is leasing the site from Polk JT Properties Ltd., with an option to purchase the property.
    The new fuel center will be across the street from the recently approved Trinity Site development, where the new Smith’s 110,000-square-foot Marketplace is planned. However, Smith’s Manager John Roberts said the decision to build the fuel station was independent of the new center.

  • Video: Big Boys Toys on Show in Dubai. (Bring Money)

    It's the ultimate show for boys - big boys that is. The toys here aren't pocket change prices, these are the playthings of the super-rich.

  • Martinez declines to release schedules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post notices of their meetings 72 hours in advance and promising quick responses to requests for public records.

    But open government advocates question whether Martinez is walking her talk.