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  • Witnesses key at Ft. Hood shooting suspect hearing

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Witnesses to a gunman's deadly rampage at Fort Hood are expected to begin describing the attack to a military court Tuesday, providing new details about the scene that unfolded nearly a year ago in a processing center as soldiers made final preparations to deploy.

  • Gov't: Offshore oil drilling ban to be lifted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is lifting the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico imposed after the BP oil spill, officials said Tuesday.

    The Interior Department scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in which Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is to "discuss the current suspensions on deepwater drilling," the Interior Department said.

  • Full probe vowed in captive Briton's death

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. and U.K. military officials have started what's promised as a thorough investigation into the death of a kidnapped British aid worker who may have been killed in error by U.S. special forces — rather than, as originally stated, by her Taliban captors.

    Linda Norgrove's death has reverberated through the corridors of power from Kabul, to London, to Washington — where President Barack Obama expressed condolences and pledged "to get to the bottom" of what happened during the deadly raid.

  • Hurricane Paula forms, heads to Yucatan Peninsula

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hurricane Paula smashed homes and forced schools to close in Honduras on Tuesday as it headed toward Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula.

    Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and quickly intensified into a hurricane early Tuesday, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

  • Relative: Missing NC girl had 'terrible' home life

    HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Relatives of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and was punished over little things.

    Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they have had trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks. Authorities also cast doubt on what the couple had told them.

  • Martinez raises more than $1M for NM gov race

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says her campaign has raised more than $1 million during the past month.

    Candidates for governor and other state offices face a deadline Tuesday for reporting their fundraising since early September as campaigns prepared for the start of early voting.

    Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, and Democrat Diane Denish are running for governor.

  • Columbus Day closings

    Monday, Oct. 11, is celebrated as Columbus Day, which means that it's a federal holiday. The mail won't be delivered today since the post office is closed, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed, and many financial institutions are closed as well.

    Los Alamos Public Schools also observe the Columbus Day holiday, but Los Alamos County offices are open for business as usual. The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is open on regular hours today.

  • CIP applications to be reviewed

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the next set of public hearings on Phase 1 applications at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
    The following applications will be reviewed:
    • Ice Rink Cover (CIP-035-1) — Study to provide a cover for the County Ice Rink.

  • Fairway closed at West Road

    Beginning Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Pavement Department will begin stage one of reconstruction of West Road from Diamond to Fairway. The work is a jumpstart on next year’s construction project in the area. Expect various lane closures with flagging operations.
    Pavement Director Tom Roach estimates the construction project to be completed within a two week period dependent on any weather delays.
    For more information, call the County of Los Alamos Public Works Department at 662-8150.

  • CYFD launches local childcare probe

    The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed Friday that the agency launched an investigation late in the week surrounding an alleged childcare business which may be operating illegally out of a home at 525 Navajo.
    This is the same residence where Katrina Vigil, 25, allegedly gave birth Sept. 24 to a baby boy, Grey Vigil, and then reportedly did not seek medical attention for herself or the newborn. Grey died 10 days later in hospice care in Rio Rancho.