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  • Bin Laden's neighbors noticed unusual things--video extra

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden's hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away.

    The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging — along with deep skepticism that authorities didn't know they were there.

  • U.S. rejoices at bin Laden's demise

    WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of anger and fear, America rejoiced Monday at the demise of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind behind the horrific 9/11 attacks.
    Navy SEALs who killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist seized a trove of al-Qaida documents to pore over, and President Barack Obama laid plans to visit New York’s ground zero.
    Bin Laden, killed in an intense firefight in a daring raid at his fortified hideout in Pakistan, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed.
    His body was quickly taken away for burial at sea, but not before a DNA match was done to prove his identity.

  • Update 05-03-11

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the Community Building.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Hadassah
    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • PEEC feels the pinch from variety of sources

    For the past several years, Pajarito Environmental Education Center has offered nature classes from its location on Orange Street, in a building leased from Los Alamos Public Schools, but that could soon change.
    During Thursday night’s school board meeting at Piñon Elementary in White Rock, PEEC Director Chick Keller spoke to the board about the need to expand and other obstacles that PEEC faces in its current location.
    Keller said one of the problems is cramped space, but also mentioned that leasing the building restricts the scope of activity mainly to Los Alamos schools. He also said innovations and improvements are not possible as a tenant.

  • CRC mulls mayoral powers for council chair

    Work to clarify the relationship between Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos County Administrator in the county charter is progressing after Monday night’s Charter Review Committee meeting.

    “Everyone is in agreement that the council is responsible for policy and the county administrator and staff is responsible for implementing it,” committee member Kyle Wheeler said.

    She added the charter committee is trying to develop language that would limit the council’s ability to tell the administrator how to implement policy.

  • NM hires broker to sell state jet bought for $5.5M

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vowed to get rid of the state's executive jet plane, and now she will have help from a Colorado-based aviation broker with international reach.

    The state General Services Department announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract to Wetzel Aviation Inc. to sell the Cessna Citation Bravo.

    Selling the seven-seat plane has been a priority of Martinez since she took office in January.

  • US holds photos of slain bin Laden, weighs release

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials weighed the pros and cons of releasing secret video and photos of Osama bin Laden, killed with a precision shot above his left eye, as fresh details emerged Tuesday of an audacious American raid that netted potentially crucial al-Qaida records as well as the body of the global terrorist leader.

    President Barack Obama is going to ground zero in New York to mark the milestone and remember the dead of 9/11.

  • FEMA seeks to redeem agency reputation

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The messages came in a fast and furious onslaught: a series of massively powerful tornadoes were ripping across Alabama and other parts of the South.

    On the receiving end of frantic descriptions of entire neighborhoods wiped out by last week's pulverizing storms that killed 342, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate urged President Barack Obama to immediately sign an emergency disaster declaration for Alabama.

    The near immediate response was starkly different from past catastrophes.

  • Pakistan's president denies harboring bin Laden

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's leader denied suggestions that his country's security forces sheltered Osama bin Laden as Britain demanded Tuesday that Islamabad answer for how the al-Qaida chief lived undetected for six years in a large house in a garrison town close to the capital.

    But in a nod to the complexities of dealing with a nuclear-armed, unstable country that is crucial to success in the war in neighboring Afghanistan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said having "a massive row" with Islamabad over the issue would not be in Britain's interest.

  • One unwary phone call led US to bin Laden doorstep--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist.

    That phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.