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  • U.S. can’t account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

    BAGHDAD — The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday.

    The report by the U.S. Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction offers a compelling look at continued laxness in how such funds were being spent in a country where people complain basic services like electricity and clean water are sharply lacking seven years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

  • United Way agencies put their heads together

    Sometimes the best way to move forward is to gather the “troops” and put your heads together to think of new strategies and forge tighter bonds.

    United Way of Northern New Mexico is using this philosophy during the upcoming state conference this week.

    United Way agencies from throughout New Mexico will attend the conference, which will be held Thursday and Friday in the Los Alamos National Bank boardroom.

  • County attorney bids farewell

    Tuesday evening marks the final Los Alamos County Council meeting for longtime community leader Mary McInerny.

    “This council meeting will be the culmination of a long and distinguished career of public service to our county,” County Council Chair Michael Wismer said.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • County attorney bids farewell

    Tuesday evening marks the final Los Alamos County Council meeting for longtime community leader Mary McInerny.

    “This council meeting will be the culmination of a long and distinguished career of public service to our county,” County Council Chair Michael Wismer said.

  • BREAKING NEWS!France declares war against al-Qaida

    PARIS (AP) — France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.

    The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

    "We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

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  • NM accepts unemployment benefits extension

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to accept a federal extension for unemployment insurance benefits.

    The agreement extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 and will make more benefits available to eligible New Mexico unemployment insurance claimants.

    Emergency unemployment compensation benefits will be available for those people who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation under state law. Those who are potentially eligible will receive a letter from the state.

  • WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

    LONDON (AP) — The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.

    The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the online whistle-blowing group's release Sunday of the classified documents, one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history. The Afghan government in Kabul said it was "shocked" at the release but insisted most of the information was not new.

  • NEWS ALERT!BP's Hayward to leave as CEO; Russia job in works

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the British company's board, which was meeting Monday in London to decide Hayward's fate.

  • Don't hold your breath for a bounce in home prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thought the housing crisis was over? Not quite.

    Despite four years of falling prices and recent signs that they were finally bottoming out, homes are expected to lose still more value in many metro areas over the next year.

    Parts of the country already pummeled by the housing crisis, like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, will be hit hardest. But even some places that have rebounded or held up relatively well — including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — will suffer, too.