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  • Salmonella taints turkey

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) in partnership with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) report that no New Mexicans have been affected with the strain of Salmonella Hadar.  
    A national recall of Jenny-O turkey meat products was announced on April 1, 2011, after twelve persons infected with the outbreak strain were reported from ten states which include Arizona (1 case), California (1 case), Colorado (1 case), Georgia (1 case), Illinois (1 case), Missouri (1 case), Mississippi (1 case), Ohio (1 case), Washington (1 case) and Wisconsin (3 cases).
    Collaborative investigative efforts by state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies have linked this outbreak to eating turkey burgers.  

  • Update 04-07-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. today as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • No deal yet as Obama, Boehner, Reid continue talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders bargained and blustered by turns Thursday, still short of an agreement to cut federal spending and head off a midnight-Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.

    Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the White House at mid-day, and the three agreed to reconvene after dinner. In the interim, they dispatched aides to pursue a deal in negotiations in the Capitol.

    Meanwhile, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week.

  • April showers

    An early morning walker braved the rain this morning in front of the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Alcohol awareness highlighted in April

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to educate Americans about ways to help stop underage drinking and fight drunk driving.

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are nearly 11 million underage drinkers.
    On average, 51.6 percent of Americans age 12 and older used alcohol at least once in the 30 days before being surveyed, according to SAMHSA’s national survey on drug use and health. Also, an average of 23.3 percent had binged five or more drinks within two hours and 23.3 percent reported drinking heavily, consuming more than five drinks on five-plus occasions.

  • Deadline looms for Trinity Site Project

    With a May 1 deadline looming, Los Alamos County and North American Development Group (NADG) continue negotiations to bring the Trinity Site Revitalization Project into fruition.

    Both parties have just weeks to wrap up the negotiations on the project, which is designed to deliver retail options to the county and revenue to Los Alamos Public Schools. If negotiations go well, Acting County Administrator Randy Autio said the May 1 deadline might be extended.

    Currently, Autio said both parties are negotiating the lease terms for the property, which is located at Trinity Drive and Knecht Street. The two key points that dominate the discussions revolve around the amount of rent the developer should pay and the escalations in the rent for the future, he said.

  • Missile from Gaza hits Israeli school bus, 2 hurt

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday, wounding two people, including one critically, Israeli officials said, prompting the fiercest Israeli retaliation on the coastal territory since a broad military offensive two years ago.

    Israel unleashed airstrikes and tank fire against Hamas targets across the border, killing three people and wounding 33 others, including four critically, said Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmiya.

    He said one dead man was a 50-year-old civilian who was sitting outside his home when he was struck by tank fire. Two other men, in their 20s, were killed near the southern Gaza town of Rafah. It was unclear if they were civilians or militants.

  • Gunman opens fire in Brazilian school, 12 dead--see videos

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, killing at least 11 students before taking his own life.

    At least 18 other people, mostly students, were hurt and brought to local hospitals, said Rio state Health Secretary Sergio Cortes. At least four were in grave condition.

    The dead included 10 girls and one boy, plus the gunman, Cortes said. The ages of the children were not immediately known. Police had said earlier that at least 13 people had died in the shooting.

  • Another strong quake rattles tsunami-ravaged Japan--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — A big aftershock rocked quake-weary Japan late Thursday, rattling nerves as it knocked out power to the northern part of the country and prompted tsunami warnings that were later canceled.

    The quake was initially measured at magnitude-7.4, though the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., later downgraded it to 7.1. Either way, it was the strongest aftershock since several were recorded on March 11 — the day of the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that killed as many as 25,000 people and touched off a nuclear crisis last month.

  • Libyan rebels say NATO airstrikes hit their forces

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Rebel fighters claimed NATO airstrikes blasted their forces Thursday in another apparent mistake that sharply escalated anger about coordination with the military alliance in efforts to cripple Libyan forces. At least two rebels were killed and more than a dozen injured, a doctor said.

    The attack — near the front lines outside the eastern oil port of Brega — would be the second accidental NATO strike against rebel forces in less than a week and brought cries of outrage from fighters struggling against Moammar Gadhafi's larger and more experienced military.

    "Down, down with NATO," shouted one fighter as dozens of rebel vehicles raced eastward from the front toward the rebel-held city of Ajbadiya.