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  • Suspect dubbed femme fatale of Russian spy case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Chapman has been called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue — a striking redhead and self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate and mused on her Facebook page, "if you can dream, you can become it."

    Chapman's American dream, U.S. authorities say, was a ruse.

    The 28-year-old Chapman, they say, was a savvy Russian secret agent who worked with a network of other operatives before an FBI undercover agent lured her into an elaborate trap at a coffee shop in lower Manhattan.

  • Kagan won't criticize Roberts court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Kagan declined an invitation to criticize the current Supreme Court on Wednesday, testifying at the third day of confirmation hearings, "I'm sure everyone up there is acting in good faith."

    In a lengthy exchange with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Kagan said pointedly she didn't agree with the Rhode Island Democrat's analysis that justices appointed by Republican presidents were "driving the law in a new direction by the narrowest possible margins" in a series of 5-4 rulings.

  • NNSA names new Los Alamos Site Office Manager

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the selection of Kevin W. Smith as the new Los Alamos Site Office Manager.

  • Area students land in Russia

    Emily McGay of McGay Consulting, LLC in Los Alamos is one of three chaperones who jetted off to Russia Monday morning with eight area students.

    The contingent will explore sights around Moscow until noon Saturday. That’s when Los Alamos High School career counselor Nora Arbuckle and Cheryl Sowder of Finishing Touch in Central Park Square, McGay and the teens begin a seven-hour journey by bus to Sarov.

  • LANL may figure in spy case

    The mere fact that New Mexico has two national laboratories and several military installations places it high on the list of locations in which spies would want to keep a presence.

    It’s not yet clear if any of the 11 spies caught up in Monday’s FBI sweep are linked to Los Alamos or other areas in the state, but according to New Mexico FBI, it wouldn’t be surprising.

  • CIP budget sees $6 million surplus

    Los Alamos County will be able to pump more than $6 million back into the Capital Improvement Projects fund thanks to a high interest in and competition for project bids.

    Adding to the competition was the large number of construction projects available around the state, officials said.

    The excess funds were considered as part of Tuesday night’s County Council meeting held at the Community Building.  Councilors voted 6-0 (Councilor Vincent Chiravalle was absent) to approve the FY 2010 year-end budget revisions.

  • Agents target Russian spy ring, more details emerge as feds say it's 'tip of iceberg'

    NEW YORK (AP) — They sometimes worked in pairs and pretended to be married so they could blend in as the couple next door while working as spies in a throwback to the Cold War, complete with fake identities, invisible ink, coded radio transmissions and encrypted data to avoid detection, authorities say.

  • Sex case charges dropped

    Had his wife not stayed by his side through the ordeal of court hearings and public humiliation, Charles Herrera said he likely would be dead.

    Herrera, 63, of Nambé describes how a claim of criminal sexual penetration filed against him by a Los Alamos woman threw his life into a tailspin.

  • Economy snares local victim

    Financial circumstances have forced Hallmark store owner Steve Brownell to deliver the dreaded news he’s put off for so long.

    On May 8 he told his photography department manager Eric Johnson that he would be laid off in June. Johnson, whose last day is Wednesday, has worked at the store for 13 years.

  • Youth minister denied bond in child porn case, judge cites risk to community