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  • Cameron: UK won't let 'culture of fear' take over

    LONDON (AP) — Britain will not allow a culture of fear to take over the streets, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Wednesday, saying police have drawn up contingency plans to use water cannons if necessary.

    "We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets," Cameron said in a somber televised statement. "Nothing is off the table."

    Cameron has already recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots Thursday.

    Thousands of extra police officers on the streets kept a nervous London quiet Tuesday night after three nights of rioting, but looting flared in Manchester and Birmingham, where a murder probe was opened when three men were killed after being hit by a car.

  • Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Though he's not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa.

    Perry's expected entrance into the Republican race looms large over Saturday's Iowa straw poll and a nationally televised debate two days earlier — and he's not participating in either event. His all-but-certain bid comes as polls show the GOP electorate underwhelmed with the current crop of candidates as they seek someone strong to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

  • Pressure mounts on PRC's Block

    The Public Regulation Commission Tuesday joined the governor and Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales in calling for the resignation of their embattled colleague, Jerome Block Jr.
    The commissioners also scheduled a vote Thursday to remove Block from his vice chairman’s post in light of recent misconduct allegations.
    In addition to being charged with misusing campaign money, is under investigation for questionable charges on his state-issued gas card and is a suspect in a stolen vehicle case in Santa Fe.

  • State oil, gas group proposes fracking rule

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Looking to avoid the criticism that has dogged energy producers in other states, a New Mexico industry group introduced a proposal Monday that would require drilling companies to be more transparent when it comes to using hydraulic fracturing fluids to extract oil and gas.
    The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association filed its proposed rule with the state Oil Conservation Division on Monday. Under the proposal, companies would have to disclose the makeup of their fracturing fluids by posting them on an online registry.

  • Update 08-09-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17  in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.


     The Art in Public Places board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 tonight in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.

    Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order.

    Instead, he said 16,000 officers would be on the streets of the capital Tuesday night, almost tripling the number that were out Monday night.

  • Japan ignored own radiation forecasts

    NAMIE, Japan (AP) — Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

    But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it.

    The school, just over six miles (10 kilometers) from the plant, was not immediately cleared out. Quite the opposite. It was turned into a temporary evacuation center.

  • Injured hiker airlifted to safety after Sunday mishap

    On Sunday afternoon a hiker broke his lower leg hiking near the Rio Grande below White Rock and was airlifted by Tristate CareFlight to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

    The unidentified hiker, who officials said is in his 40's,  and a friend hiked down the Blue Dot Trail from White Rock to the Rio Grande, where the injury occurred. Both hikers were very familiar with the Los Alamos County Trail System. The injured man’s hiking partner made a 911 cell phone call requesting rescue.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.


    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.