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  • Lemon cupcakes entice 300-pound bear--video extra

    A massive black bear, dubbed “Cupcake” by New Mexico Game and Fish officers, was captured about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Barranca Mesa.

    Officers had lined a path with lemon cupcakes leading to a large cage on wheels they placed in the side yard of Herbert and Bunnie Newman’s canyon rim home late Friday afternoon.

    “Nothing happened the first night but the second night our neighbor, Chris Ward, called to say she heard a loud bang and thought we may have caught the bear,” Herbert said during an interview this morning.
    With flashlights in hand the neighbors ventured into the night to investigate. They shined their lights into the cage and saw Cupcake peering up at them.

  • Predicting the future?

    “To predict the future, we have to understand the past,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Sara Del Valle. For more on connecting social media and epidemiological research, see page 3.

  • Ceremony launches Redi-Net

    Ceremonies for the launch of the REDI-Net community broadband infrastructure were groundbreaking in more ways than one.

    Dignitaries attending from New Mexico’s congressional delegation, from three county governments, three pueblos and several other partner organizations attested to one of the most far-reaching cooperative efforts ever undertaken in Northern New Mexico.

  • Requests for public records skyrocketing

    A race against the clock begins each time someone exercises their right to inspect a public record from Los Alamos County. The Public Records Act mandates municipalities produce the document within three days.

    The problem is that while locating a document may involve one employee and just a few minutes of time – it also can mushroom to include more than 20 employees spending weeks, even months on the request.

    As local resident requests for public records have been steadily growing, that leaves some county workers scrambling to stay on top of an ever-growing mountain of documents, which need to be processed.

  • US stocks fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence of a slowing global economy sent stocks falling Tuesday and threatened to end the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter. That dragged down growth for Europe. In the U.S., reports painted a mixed picture of the economy: The housing market remains weak, but factory output rose last month at its fastest pace since the March earthquake in Japan disrupted global manufacturing.

    Worries about the economy overshadowed strong profit reports from U.S. companies.

  • Authorities recover stolen Rembrandt worth $250K

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't some bold theft carried out by burglars breaking into a heavily-fortified museum with high-tech alarms to swipe a masterpiece. It was a low-tech caper involving a distraction, an accomplice or two and a small sketch — an 11-by-6-inch drawing.

    What was remarkable was the signature on the artwork: Rembrandt.

  • Gunfire in Syrian coastal city; 35 dead in 4 days

    BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy machine-gun fire erupted across the besieged Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 35 from a military assault now in its fourth day, residents and activists said.

    President Bashar Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Despite broad condemnation, the regime is trying to retake control in rebellious areas by unleashing tanks, ground troops and snipers.

    Assad has launched military operations in the opposition stronghold of Hama, the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, the central city of Homs and now the port city of Latakia.

  • US stock futures fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures fell Tuesday after more evidence pointed to a slowing global economy and threatened to halt the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter, dragging down growth for Europe. That offset strong profit reports from blue-chip U.S. companies, and it may also erase hopes that the market had finally calmed down since Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating less than two weeks ago.

  • Gov. Martinez sets special session for Sept. 6

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Monday she's calling the Legislature back to work in a special session starting Sept. 6.

    The Republican governor's announcement of the date for the session puts an end to speculation on when lawmakers will return to the Capitol to deal with the politically thorny task of redistricting and a host of issues Martinez wants the Legislature to consider, including a package to finance capital improvement projects in the state.

    The Legislative Council, a leadership group, had recommended a Sept. 12 session start date.

  • Obama criticizes GOP presidential rivals on taxes--video extra

    CANNON FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Hitting back against an emboldened GOP, President Barack Obama launched a rare direct attack Monday on the Republican presidential field, criticizing his potential 2012 rivals for their blanket opposition to any deficit-cutting compromise involving new taxes.

    "That's just not common sense," Obama told the crowd at a town hall-style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn., as he kicked off a three-day bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

    "You need to take a balanced approach," he insisted.