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  • New home sales rise 6.6 pct. after dismal summer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes improved last month after the worst summer in nearly five decades, but not enough to lift the struggling economy.

    The Commerce Department says new home sales in September grew 6.6 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 307,000. Even with the increase, the past five months have been the worst for new home sales on records dating back to 1963.

  • Indonesia tsunami toll at 272; aid arrives... Video extra included

    MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) — Planes and helicopters packed with rescue workers and supplies landed for the first time Wednesday on remote Indonesian islands that were pounded by a 10-foot (three-meter) tsunami, sweeping away villages and leaving at least 272 people dead and more than 400 missing.

    The first aerial surveys of the region revealed huge swaths of land underwater and the crumbled rubble of homes torn apart by the wave. One lay tilted, resting on the edge of its red roof, with tires and slabs of concrete piled up on the surrounding sand.

  • Storm brings wind, rain to Midwest, South

    CHICAGO (AP) — A massive storm making its way through a big chunk of the nation brought a bit of everything: strong winds, rain, tornadoes and now even some snow for parts of the Midwest.

  • Pentagon: Equipment outage at Wyo. nuke site

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An equipment failure disrupted communication between 50 nuclear missiles and the launch control center at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming over the weekend, although the Air Force never lost the ability to launch the missiles.

    Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said the break occurred early Saturday and lasted less than one hour. The White House was briefed about the failure Tuesday morning.

  • Firefighters union takes county to court

    The culmination of failed negotiations combined with the county’s recent rejection of a third party fact finder’s ruling has led the firefighters’ union to file a lawsuit.

    President Flavio Martinez of the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local #3279 said Monday that the union filed the lawsuit in First District Court in Los Alamos Oct. 18.

  • NADG gets tentative nod from Trinity Site Committee

    Editor’s note: Due to a computer glitch, the story that published in Tuesday’s print edition was an unedited working draft of this report. The following is the final edited piece that was intended for publication. The Monitor regrets any confusion this may have caused.

    Although not yet set in stone, the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee tentatively recommended North American Development Group be awarded the proposed retail project during a special Los Alamos County Council session Monday night.

  • Front brings winds and chilly temps

    With the fall season barely a month old, a front blew through the Los Alamos area yesterday delivering gusty winds, along with a mix of snow and sleet later in the day. The arrival of the weather system was in stark contrast to the fairly mild conditions that have been experienced during the last week or so.

  • Update 10-26-10


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  • County to host multi-use covered arena open house

    Let the county know what you think about a developed design concept for a Multi-Use Covered Arena on North Mesa near the stables.

    The Capital Projects and Facilities Department is hosting an Open House on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Golf Course to review the design concept and solicit public comment. Please stop by at your convenience to review the design, ask any questions and provide your comments.

  • Ford keeps rolling as net income jumps, debt eases

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is on a roll. Its popular new cars and trucks are grabbing a bigger share of the U.S. market. It's about to erase a big portion of its health care debts. And Ford is adding a significant number of jobs for the first time in years.

    The news puts Ford, which has now turned profits for a year and a half, even further ahead of its Detroit rivals as the American auto industry slowly turns around.