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  • Governor: Centennial will be New Mexico’s chance to shine

    SANTA FE— Gov. Susana Martinez said next year’s centennial is New Mexico’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shine.
    Martinez marked New Mexico’s 99th birthday last week by announcing ongoing plans for a 16-month commemoration of next year’s Statehood Centennial.
    Plans include numerous exhibits, lectures and community projects statewide and educational efforts to encourage young people to learn about New Mexico history.

  • Father pursued shooting suspect on day of attack

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Mysterious black bag in hand, Jared Loughner ran into the desert from his angry father, who was driving a truck on a futile pursuit.
    Hours after Randy Loughner’s confrontation with his 22-year-old son Saturday morning, six people were shot dead and more than a dozen others wounded — and Jared Loughner was in custody.

  • Activist in women of Juarez cases slain in Mexico

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — A poet who led protests against the unsolved killings of women in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez has herself become the victim of a bizarre slaying, her body found strangled and her left hand severed after a night of partying with three teens.

  • Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The normally traffic-clogged streets of the Haitian capital turned quiet Wednesday as businesses closed and people walked in solemn processions to prayer services marking the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history.

  • Actor David Nelson of famous TV family dies at 74

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," has died, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

    Nelson, who was battling complications of colon cancer, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

  • DVRs give 'Conan' the lead among young viewers

    NEW YORK (AP) — After two months on the air, Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show is the favorite of younger viewers — that is, when DVR usage is factored in, according to basic-cable network TBS.

    Most ratings figures count TV viewership only within the 24-hour period after a show is aired. By this standard, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is the champ in total viewers, as well as in the desirable 18-to-49 demographic.

  • Northeast shouldering snow that crippled South

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up and down the East Coast, armies of emergency workers with plows and salt spreaders hit the streets Wednesday morning, as the snowstorm that caused mayhem in the South moved into the region and dumped more than a foot in some areas overnight.

    New York City's public school system will remain open despite the snow, but schools were shut elsewhere, including parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, where the storm was windier and snow was heavier than expected.

  • Action to halt election finalized

    District Judge Barbara Vigil approved a settlement on Jan. 3 between attorneys George and Christine Chandler and Los Alamos County to stop an election regarding the new municipal building.
    “It feels great. We’re very pleased that the council recognized that the petition question was illegal and agreed to settle so we wouldn’t have this thing hanging over us and we can go on with life in Los Alamos,” George Chandler said.

  • Bicycle riders face ice patch hazards on road

    Stretches of ice on the bike lane running along the shady south side of Central Avenue are presenting some hazardous obstacles for area bike riders.
    “I was on that bike lane Monday morning and had to get out into the regular travel lane a few times because of the ice,” said bicycle safety instructor Khal Spencer. “One motorist decided he didn’t like me there and honked at me to get over on to the ice patch and proceeded to pass me with about seven inches to spare – possibly closer, I could’ve reached out and touched his car.”

  • Rees awarded AAAS Fellow

    William S. Rees, Jr. of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
    As part of the Chemistry section, Rees was elected as an AAAS Fellow for scientific and educational contributions to the field of materials chemistry, and for sustained policy contributions leading to enhancements in national security basic research. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.