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  • Court rejects Mattel's Bratz doll copyright claim

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal court jury Thursday rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright infringement claims involving MGA Entertainment's popular, billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls.

    The jury found that Mattel does not own the idea for Bratz or any of the sketches that led to the doll and awarded Mattel no damages.

    The complex, 28-page verdict was being read after the panel completed nearly two weeks of deliberations and a rancorous three-month trial.

  • Clinton: Gadhafi may be using cluster bombs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi's government may be targeting Libyan civilians with cluster bombs, cautiously endorsing claims by rebels and human rights groups that the Libyan strongman's troops are using the indiscriminate weapon on the western city of Misrata.

    Attacks by Gadhafi's forces have been deplorable, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. Despite outlining more examples of what she termed Gadhafi's "inhumanity," Clinton refused to signal any new course for the United States to help anti-government forces in their war to end four decades of dictatorship.

  • Pipe bomb, two propane tanks found in Colorado mall

    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Investigators want to question a person of interest about a pipe bomb and two propane tanks that failed to detonate at a Colorado mall that were found after a security guard extinguished a fire.

    Investigators on Thursday released a third photo of the person. In two photos, he is seen entering a stairwell and carrying a white plastic bag. The latest shows him on an escalator inside the Southwest Plaza Mall.

    Firefighters found the devices after the fire that prompted the evacuation of the mall around noon Wednesday. No one was injured and the devices didn't explode.

  • Federal team helping Texas as 2nd firefighter dies--video extra

    DALLAS (AP) — Weary firefighters finally got a handle on a massive wildfire spanning three northern Texas counties Wednesday, aided by federal reinforcements and a weather change that brought cooler temperatures and calmer winds.

    But some officials cautioned that the improved weather conditions will last for only a few more days, and the biggest help from Mother Nature still has not arrived.

    "We really need some rainfall," said Dan Byrd, a National Weather Service meteorologist working with the Texas Forest Service. "We expect rain in the next few days, but we don't know if it'll get on the fires or not."

  • Obama at Facebook: New media, traditional tone

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama likely has a few more "friends" after a town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, but the real winner may be the medium of social networking itself, which commands not just the attention of politicians but now an appearance from the president.

    At the same time, the openness and accessibility praised by Obama himself as a key value of social media clashed with the tightly controlled nature of the event.

  • Two photo journalists killed in Libya

    ABOARD THE IONIAN SPIRIT (AP) — An aid ship on Thursday ferried the bodies of two Western photojournalists out of the besieged Libyan city of Misrata after they were killed and two others working alongside them were wounded while covering battles between rebels and government forces.

    British-born Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated co-director of the documentary "Restrepo" about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed Wednesday inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his U.S.-based publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.

  • Obama at Facebook: Deficits can be cut

     

       

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Making his case to a young audience at Facebook headquarters, President Barack Obama says trimming $4 trillion from the nation's deficits over the next 12 years sounds like a lot but can be done.

  • Credit Union facelift

    There’s big news at Del Norte Credit Union. Officials announced a $1 million renovation of the Del Norte Credit Union facility at 1000 Trinity Dr. From left, Del Norte Credit Union Supervisory Committee Chair Roger Stutz, Board Treasurer Luis Alba, Los Alamos and White Rock Branch Manager Nickole Agilar Garcia and CEO Chuck Valenti broke ground in front of the building during an April 8 ceremony

  • Update 04-20-11

    Book signing
     Robert Kresge, author of “Murder for Greenhorns,” signs his debut mystery Western at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU conference room. 

    Dem Party meeting
    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host its monthly meeting from 7-
    8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room 3.

    GOP meeting
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.
     
    ESB meeting

  • Bird’s eye view

    A bird flies by as work continues near the landfill on East Jemez Road Monday.