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  • Friend: Chicago bomb suspect wanted quick fame

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says a man accused of trying to plant a bomb in Chicago must stay in jail while awaiting trial.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Cox denied bail Wednesday to 22-year-old Sami Samir Hassoun, saying he is a danger and a flight risk.

    The Lebanese immigrant allegedly dropped a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field.

  • Here’s the scoop!

    Publisher Keven Todd of the Los Alamos Monitor addressed the Kiwanis Club Tuesday and described several new features that have been implemented at the newspaper including the launch last week of its updated Web site.

  • Los Alamos stable licensees saddled with new fees

    The Los Alamos County Council in a split vote Tuesday night approved new annual fees for stable licensees in Los Alamos.
    Starting July 1, 2011, stable fees will include:
    $125 administrative fee
    $200 maintenance fee for half lots
    $400 maintenance fee for full lots
    “I think the stables here in town are definitely a benefit,” said County Councilor Ralph Phelps, who made the motion to approve the fee changes.

  • Stepan’s husband discusses probe

    As the investigation into allegations lodged against Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan enters its second week, Stepan’s husband is speaking out about how his wife is holding up. She has been on paid administrative leave since an independent investigation of her allegations was launched Sept. 13.

  • Violence in Jerusalem could cloud peace talks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Crowds of Palestinian youths went on violent rampages in east Jerusalem on Thursday, stoning buses, overturning cars and facing down Israeli riot police at the holy city's most sensitive religious site following the shooting death of a local man.

  • White House looks to boost health law at 6 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they'd be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted "no."

    Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law's six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet new reforms that are taking effect, such as new coverage for preventive care and young adults and a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill.

  • Tea party, Republicans try to find common ground

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party activists and the Republican establishment are quickly joining forces for the fall elections as fresh cash and energy flow to the upstarts.

    Separate tea party groups still squabble over roles for Republican insiders within the movement, but the conservative activists and GOP stalwarts have reached a truce for the common goal of defeating Democrats, heeding calls for unity from Republicans including Sarah Palin.

  • GOP lawmakers block attempt to lift "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major defense policy bill that included the provision.

    The mostly partisan vote dealt a major blow to gay rights groups who saw the legislation as their best hope, at least in the short term, for repeal of the 17-year-old law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

  • Italian police seize $30M from Vatican in probe

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italian authorities seized $30 million from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money-laundering probe.
    The Vatican said it was “perplexed and surprised” by the investigation.
    Italian financial police seized the money as a precaution and prosecutors placed the Vatican bank’s chairman and director general under investigation for alleged mistakes linked to violations of Italy’s anti-laundering laws, news reports said.

  • GOP pledges repeal of health care bill, split on replacement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what?
    Not even they know.
    Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start.