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  • Gov't and AIG announce plan to end federal stake

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government and AIG, the giant insurer rescued with $182 billion at the depths of the 2008 financial meltdown, announced a plan Friday to end taxpayer involvement in the company over the next two years.

    As part of the plan, AIG paid back its $21 billion outstanding balance to the New York branch of the Federal Reserve. The Treasury Department will now own a 92 percent stake in the company and begin unloading stock on the open market in March.

  • Public congressional events resume after shooting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Less than a week after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people were shot at her public "Congress on Your Corner" event, similar gatherings across the country resumed in full force Friday, though under greater police presence.

  • Pope John Paul II to be beatified May 1

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — During his 2005 funeral Mass, crowds at the Vatican shouted for Pope John Paul II to be made a saint immediately, chanting "Santo Subito!" for one of the most important and beloved popes in history.

  • Gates: NKorea must show good faith for new talks

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New international disarmament talks with North Korea are possible only if the North backs off recent aggression against South Korea and demonstrates it is willing to bargain in good faith, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

    Gates said diplomacy is worthwhile, starting with direct talks between the North and South. South Korea has rejected new talks for now, reflecting intense anger and impatience over North Korean attacks.

  • Youngest Ariz. shooting victim laid to rest

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Some 2,000 mourners packed a Catholic church to honor Christina Taylor Green, the bubbly 9-year-old who was the youngest victim of the Arizona shootings, while hundreds more lined streets outside in a show of unity and support.

    Christina's was the first of half-a-dozen funerals in the coming days, and was to be followed Friday with a service for U.S. District Judge John Roll at the same church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Security was expected to be tight at the ceremony, with many federal judges among the mourners.

  • Major milestone: Wounded Giffords moves arms, legs

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is opening both eyes, moving both legs and arms and is responding to friends and family.

    Her doctors call it a "major milestone" in her recovery.

    "We're hoping that she crosses through many more," said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole.

    Her remarkable recovery five days after being shot through the head has provided a much-needed dose of jubilation after a tragic week that left the nation in mourning.

  • Snowmaking capabilities to bring stability to Pajarito

    It was clear skies and warm temperatures Wednesday afternoon at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The sun light made the slopes sparkle. To any observer, the ski area was picturesque. It was worthy of a postcard.
    To the Los Alamos Ski Club, which owns the ski area, the view was like a kiss of death.
    This year’s mild winter has been tough on the ski area. The few snow showers forced   Pajarito to be closed through the holidays, which is its most profitable time. It finally opened New Year’s Day.

  • Update 01-13-11

    Ice skating

    Bic M.A.C. Skating night, an evening of ice skating for middle school students, will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The event is coordinated by the Youth Activity Center and music and refreshments will be provided.

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series continues at the White Rock Library at 7 p.m. today with the showing of “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.” The event is free and the drinks and popcorn also will be provided.

  • Arizona suspect's behavior rapidly unraveled

    TUCSON, Ariz. — For four years, Jared Loughner was an unremarkable college student, commuting to classes near his home where he studied yoga and algebra, business management and poetry.
    But last year, his classroom conduct began to change. In February, Loughner stunned a teacher by talking about blowing up babies, a bizarre outburst that marked the start of a rapid unraveling for the 22-year old, who is accused of slaying six people and wounding 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
    After his first flare-up, campus police decided not to intervene.

  • Legislative Preview set for Fuller Lodge tonight

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women will co-sponsor a Legislative Preview in Fuller Lodge tonight  from 7 to 9 p.m. with refreshments at 6:30.
    Members of the state legislature will face great challenges during the 60-day session that begins on Jan. 18.  Los Alamos County’s legislators  — Representative Jeannette Wallace and Senators Carlos Cisneros, Richard Martinez, and Phil Griego — have all been invited to discuss their priorities for the session.