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  • 127 charged in Northeast Mafia crackdown

    NEW YORK (AP) — For nearly 30 years, federal authorities say, reputed gangster Bartolomeo Vernace got away with murder.

    They say the bloodshed — a double slaying at the Shamrock Bar in Queens — was all over a spilled drink.

  • Pakistani tribesmen rally against US drone strikes

    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) — Some 2,000 people in a Taliban-controlled region of northwest Pakistan demonstrated Friday against American missile attacks pounding the area, calling for an end to the strikes and the arrest of the U.S. officials behind them.

  • Post card from NM arrives 52 years late

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Wilmer Bragg Jr. sent his family in Macon a post card from New Mexico in 1958. He beat it home by more than half a century.

    The 5-cent card, displaying a picture from inside Carlsbad Caverns, was postmarked Nov. 10, 1958 from Whites City, N.M. and was addressed to Bragg's wife, Sarah, and daughter, Beverly.

  • Bingaman sees continued NM gain from federal money

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico will continue to receive an economic boost from federal spending despite expected cuts by Congress in governmental programs, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Thursday.

    The New Mexico Democrat delivered the message to lawmakers during a speech to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • Big backlog of calls at state unemployment office

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the state's unemployment office, is getting slammed with phone calls from people needing unemployment benefits.

    KRQE-TV reports more than 26,000 calls came into the office last week. Handling the calls are about 25 to 30 customer service representatives at any given time, although more staff have been hired and are in training.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Obama popular, but doubts on progress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thumbs up for President Barack Obama's personality. Thumbs down for his progress.

    An overwhelming majority of Americans like Obama, but most say he hasn't accomplished much on two top goals — fixing the sluggish economy and changing how Washington works, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll midway through the first term of his presidency.

  • Risky SKorean raid saves entire crew from pirates

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At dawn, South Korean special forces packed into a small boat approached a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea. Commandos scrambled up a ladder onto the ship, aboard which Somali pirates were armed with AK assault rifles and anti-tank missiles. A South Korean destroyer and hovering Lynx helicopter provided covering fire.

  • Smart House project finds home

    Progress is pushing forward on the county’s Smart Grid and Smart House demonstration projects. John Arrowsmith, manager of the Department of Public Utilities, said the house will be located on Lavy Lane near the Los Alamos Public Schools’ administration building and east of the county’s switch gear building.
    “This particular site was chosen because we thought there would be a lot of visitors and a lot of traffic and we didn’t think it was appropriate to have it in a residential area,” Arrowsmith said.

  • Giffords able to stand up as she readies for rehab

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was able to stand up with assistance, the latest milestone in the Arizona congresswoman’s recovery as her family prepares to move her to Houston for extensive mental and physical rehabilitation from a bullet wound to the brain.
    Her swift transition from an intensive care unit to a rehab center is based on the latest research, which shows the sooner rehab starts, the better patients recover.

  • Update 01-20-11

    Meet the candidates

    A forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters will introduce the community to the candidates for the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board. Meet the eight candidates at UNM-LA Lecture Hall from 7 - 9 p.m. today.  The election is Feb. 1.

    Controlled burn

    Bandelier will burn five acres of land along N.M. 4 and Forest Road 289, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. today.