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  • New unemployment claims fall slightly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week to its lowest level in two months, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 450,000, the third decline in four weeks. Many economists had expected an increase.

  • Smith’s: Union wants proprietary information

    Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will likely not provide some of the financial information demanded by its union, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.
    United Food and Commercial Workers is asking for several bits of information from the company, including earnings, salaries of some employees and future development plans among other bits of information.
    The union also charges Smith’s with bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices.
    The two local Smith’s stores, in Los Alamos and White Rock, are represented by UFCW Local 1564.

  • Score one for area’s youth

    Well-known youth advocates battled on behalf of local teenagers at Tuesday’s county council meeting.
    “I’ve been working for the welfare of Los Alamos young folk for almost 40 years, including 18 years in elected office,” said Vice Chair Morrie Pongratz of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

  • United Way kicks off campaign

    “Live United” is the slogan for this year’s United Way of Northern New Mexico giving campaign, which kicked off Monday at Central Avenue Grill.
    “Give, advocate, volunteer,” was the mantra of the evening event attended by community members and campaign volunteers from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The laboratory’s 2011 employee giving campaign also kicked off Monday.
    “We opened the campaign today at the laboratory and we already have 30 pledges,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of LANL’s Community Programs Office.

  • Tea party pulls off major victories in primaries

    (Associated Press) — It’s tea time in America.
    Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, antiestablishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others.

  • Hispanic lawmakers bolster immigration reform push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic lawmakers are trying to bolster Democrats' efforts on immigration reform going into the fall elections with a three-part strategy that starts with a meeting at the White House.

    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Nydia Velasquez of New York will meet with Obama Thursday on immigration.

  • Tropical storm Karl hits Yucatan

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A strong Tropical Storm Karl made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, hitting a sparsely populated stretch of Caribbean coast, while two Category 4 hurricanes roared further out in the Atlantic.

    Karl made landfall about 30 miles (50 kilometers) up the coast from the Quintana Roo state capital of Chetumal, with winds of about 63 to 65 mph (100 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

  • Stocks open lower after weak manufacturing report

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening on a down note as a rally that drove the market sharply higher in September seems to be running out of gas.

    Economic news out Wednesday darkened the mood on the stock market. Manufacturing activity in New York slowed this month and came in below analysts' expectations. That disappointed investors who had become accustomed to seeing steady increases in activity at U.S. factories.

  • Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants launched mortar shells into Israel and Israeli jets bombed targets in Gaza on Wednesday, just as Israeli and Palestinian leaders held peace talks in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Gaza militants opposed to peace with Israel have threatened to derail the fledgling negotiations, and the Israeli military said eight mortars and one rocket hit Israel by mid-afternoon on the day of the talks — the highest daily total since March 2009. There were no injuries.

  • Primary Roundup: Big Night For Tea Party

    It's tea time in America.

    Conservative Christine O'Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, anti-establishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others.