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  • Judge: Suit over health overhaul can go to trial

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge says some parts of a lawsuit by 20 states challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul as unconstitutional can go to trial.

    District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that some parts of the lawsuit need to be heard. The administration had asked him to dismiss the entire lawsuit, which was spearheaded by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

  • Judge: Suit over health overhaul can go to trial

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge says some parts of a lawsuit by 20 states challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul as unconstitutional can go to trial.

    District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that some parts of the lawsuit need to be heard. The administration had asked him to dismiss the entire lawsuit, which was spearheaded by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

    The lawsuit is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Ready, set, snore! Spain holds siesta contest

    MADRID (AP) — Some clutched pillows or stuffed animals, others fought back giggles as they sought to take a siesta in public — all in the name of plugging a quintessential Spanish custom endangered by the demands of modern life.

    Amid the bustle of a shopping mall, with babies wailing and pop music piped in overhead, clutches of people tried to snooze Thursday in what was billed as Spain's first siesta competition.

  • Report: Decapitated body found near Gallup

    GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Investigators are looking into the discovery of what is reported as a decapitated body last week near the Red Rock chapter house in northwestern New Mexico.

    An FBI spokesman won't confirm details of the crime, saying only that an investigation is continuing.

    The Gallup Independent, citing "several people near the scene" who had knowledge of the situation, reports that the corpse was headless.

  • Chile's textbook mine rescue brings global respect

    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) — Chile's 33 rescued miners posed with the president and were poked by doctors on Thursday, itching to reunite with families and sleep in their own beds for the first time since a cave-in nearly killed them on Aug. 5.

    Relatives were organizing welcome-home parties and trying to hold off an onslaught of demands by those seeking to share in the glory of the amazing rescue that entranced people around the world and set off horn-blowing celebrations across this South American nation.

  • Afghan peace council chief: Taliban ready to talk

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A former Afghan president who heads a new peace council said Thursday that he's convinced the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace.

    Burhanuddin Rabbani told reporters in Kabul the Taliban have not completely rejected the idea of negotiating a nonmilitary resolution of the war.

  • Clinton to campaign for Denish in Dem stronghold

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to northern New Mexico to help energize voters for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Diane Denish.

    Clinton is to appear at an outdoor rally Thursday afternoon in Espanola, a heavily Hispanic community and traditional Democratic stronghold.

    Polls show Denish trailing Republican Susana Martinez in the governor's race.

  • Wheeler wraps up council career

    In 2002, Mike Wheeler entered the race for Los Alamos County Council without any glowing aspirations or huge ambitions.
    Wheeler’s career as a councilor may have had a modest beginning, but as it draws to a close, this career holds great significance for him.
    Wheeler said he became involved in the 2002 elections as result of being active in the Democratic Party. The chairman called to ask if he would consider running because he thought Wheeler would be “electable.”

  • Exercise caution when walking pets

    The Los Alamos County Animal Control Division wants to make sure residents and their pets are safe when using the county’s trails system.
    Charles Lujan of the Animal Control Division said there have been reports of coyote attacks on dogs recently and wants to warn residents about the potential danger.
    “Coyotes are hunting and they’re teaching their young how to hunt,” Lujan said. “When people are walking, we’d like them to use caution and keep their pets on a leash.”

  • Bad line causes morning power outage

    This morning's townsite-wide power outage appeared to be due to a bad line in the downtown area, a Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities spokesperson said.

    Allison Majure of the DPU said the underground line, located near Deacon and 20th Street, appeared to have failed at approximately 5:45 a.m. The line, connected to the county's No. 15 circuit, which sends power to the North Community area, failed at that time. The resulting failure created a "domino effect" which took down power to most of Los Alamos.