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  • Medicare taxes don't cover costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What you paid in Medicare taxes shows up on your W-2 income tax form every year. So when you retire, you want your money's worth.

    That's how most Americans see it. In an Associated Press-GfK poll nearly 6 out of 10 said they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts.

  • Tail end of storms blast some Western states

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico struggled against the tail end of storms New Year's Eve that left more westerly states recovering from a wintertime onslaught of snow, rain and bitter wind.

    Denver faced its heaviest snows of the season early Friday, while parts of Wyoming and New Mexico bundled up against stormy weather and frigid temperatures.

    Phoenix braced for a subfreezing Friday morning, a rarity in the desert city.

  • Afghan officials say Taliban commander killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and coalition troops killed the Taliban "shadow governor" of a northern Afghan province in an overnight raid, local officials said Friday, while NATO said insurgents attacks claimed the lives of two coalition service members.

    Once relatively peaceful, security in northern Afghanistan has deteriorated as the Taliban, squeezed by NATO operations focusing on militant strongholds in the south, have expanded their reach to other parts of the country.

  • Millions gathering worldwide to ring in new year

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Multicolored starbusts and gigantic sparklers lit the midnight sky over Sydney Harbour in a dazzling fireworks show witnessed by 1.5 million enthusiastic spectators who camped out all day to ring in the new year.

    Sydney touted its claim to be the New Year's Eve capital of the world with a spectacular display over the iconic Harbour Bridge using 7 tons of fireworks, its largest since 2000.

  • Gov. Richardson declines to pardon outlaw Billy the Kid

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billy the Kid, the Old West outlaw who killed at least three lawmen and tried to cut a deal from jail with territorial authorities, won't be pardoned, Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday, nearly 130 years after the gunslinger's death.

    The prospect of a pardon for the notorious frontier figure drew international attention to New Mexico, centering on whether Billy the Kid had been promised a pardon from New Mexico's territorial governor in return for testimony in killings he had witnessed.

  • Winter Weather Advisory through 9 p.m. Friday

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHER WEST FACING RIDGES.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING BEFORE TAPERING DOWN BY MID TO LATE EVENING.

    * WINDS... WEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

  • Snow blankets Los Alamos

    It appears that the Los Alamos area was blanketed with at least six inches of snow by Thursday morning with more being forecasted to fall throughout the day.
    Los Alamos County Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman said there was about 4 inches that fell overnight and another 3 or 4 inches was added to it and he is expecting another 4 to 6 inches.
    Zimmerman said the county crews have been on the roads since the start of the storm, plowing, clearing and salting roads.

  • State Titles Punctuated 2010

    They were among the biggest wins in the history of Los Alamos sports. And they came to pass on the same day.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team and the girls cross country teams pulled off victories for the ages in early November, highlighting a wild year of sports action.

  • Collaboration plays role in development

    A number of joint projects to enhance economic development could be on the horizon between the San Ildefonso Pueblo and Los Alamos County.
    Some opportunities to collaborate lie along N.M. 4.
    Potential projects are being considered on land the tribe owns near the intersection of N.M.4 and Rover Boulevard, Tribal Attorney Peter Chestnut said during a recent joint meeting between the pueblo and county council. The project could be commercial or residential, or it could be related to the Los Alamos National Laboratory if federal funding is available.

  • Martinez election tops story list for NM in 2010

    ALBUQUERQUE — Susana Martinez will become New Mexico’s first woman governor — and the first Hispanic female governor anywhere in the United States. Her victorious campaign was the runaway choice as the state’s biggest news story of 2010.
    Martinez, the Republican district attorney in Dona Ana County, defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the November general election.
    When she takes office Jan. 1, Martinez will confront another issue that was voted one of New Mexico’s top news stories of the year.