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  • Chrysler, Volkswagen issue large recalls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 367,000 minivans to address potential accidental air bag deployments. Volkswagen is recalling more than 228,000 vehicles to address potential fuel leaks.

    Chrysler says its recall affects 2008 model year Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

  • Suicide bombers kill at least 39 in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people, including a newborn baby, at a Shiite mourning ceremony, state media reported.

    The attack, which also injured 90 people, took place outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in the port city of Chahbahar, near the border with Pakistan, the official IRNA news agency said.

  • Senate to vote on package extending Bush tax cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at a Jan. 1 deadline, the Senate is poised Wednesday to pass legislation that would spare taxpayers at every income level from a significant rate increase.

  • Gunman fires at Fla. school board, kills self

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 56-year-old ex-convict calmly held a school board at gunpoint and said he was seeking redress for his wife's firing before shooting at the superintendent at short range and then killing himself.

    No bullets struck the superintendent, Bill Husfelt, who credited God for his escape late Tuesday. The gunman, Clay A. Duke, apparantly created a Facebook page last week that refers to class warfare and is laced with images from the movie "V for Vendetta," in which a mysterious figure battles a totalitarian government.

  • Facebook founder named Time's Person of Year

    Year" for 2010.

    At 26, Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world's youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

    Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he's in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country's wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

  • Update 12-14-10

    Deadline extended

    Los Alamos teens interested in being part of the Monitor’s teen page staff still have a chance to submit their names for consideration. The deadline has been extended until Dec. 31. Anyone interested in writing content and taking photos for the teen page should send an e-mail to Features Editor Jennifer Garcia at lacommunity
    @lamonitor.com. The group’s first meeting will be in January.

  • Not In My Backyard

    Flies, stench and safety concerns surrounding a proposed study of anaerobic digestion on local horse manure were voiced by residents in an e-mail to county planner Gary Leikness, which was distributed during a Dec. 7 county council meeting.

  • Three seats open on school board

    The November elections are over, but not for the Los Alamos school board, which has three seats up for grabs on Feb. 1.
    The District 4 seat, held by Kevin Honnell; the District 5 seat held by Joan Ahlers; and the District 3 seat held by Jody Benson are up for election.
    District 4 covers the Barranca Mesa, Western area, Quemazon and a good part of North Community, while District 5 covers the North Mesa and Ponderosa areas. Benson’s district covers the Eastern area, Aspen Elementary and most of the Los Alamos town site.

  • Earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The spending barons on Capitol Hill, long used to muscling past opponents of bills larded with pet projects, are seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.

    You might call it the last running of the old bulls in Congress.

  • Consumer gives holiday shopping season a big start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, suggesting a strong holiday shopping season and raising hopes that consumers will boost the economy in the coming months.

    The best month for department stores in two years helped lift retail sales 0.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.