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  • ‘Spies Beneath Berlin’

    Last week, Los Alamos resident Eugene Kovalenko and his wife, Birgitta, traveled to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where Kovalenko participated in a documentary film.
    It’s no ordinary film.
    It was about a spy tunnel that the American CIA and British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) built in the 1950s beneath the Soviet sector in Berlin where three top secret Soviet and East German communication cables were buried.

  • First female VP candidate Ferraro dies at 75 


    BOSTON — Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket, died Saturday in Boston, a family spokeswoman said.
    Ferraro died at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was being treated for blood cancer. She died just before 10 a.m. EDT, said Amanda Fuchs Miller, a family friend who worked for Ferraro in her 1998 Senate bid and was acting as a spokeswoman for the family.
    A three-term congresswoman from the New York City borough of Queens, Ferraro catapulted to national prominence in 1984 when she was chosen by presidential nominee Walter Mondale to join his ticket against incumbents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

  • First woman to run for VP Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75--video extra

    BOSTON (AP) — Geraldine Ferraro was a relatively obscure congresswoman from the New York City borough of Queens in 1984 when she was tapped by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale to join his ticket.

    Her vice presidential bid, the first for a woman on a major party ticket, emboldened women across the country to seek public office and helped lay the groundwork for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential candidacy in 2008 and John McCain's choice of his running mate, Sarah Palin, that year.

  • Winning Mega Millions tix worth $319M sold in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lottery official says a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million has been sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y.

    New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman says the winning jackpot ticket for Friday's drawing was sold at Coulson's News Center, located just a few blocks from the state Capitol.

    Hapeman says final sales numbers raised the annuity value of the prize to $319 million, with a cash value of $202.9 million.

    According to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game's history. The biggest jackpot was $390 million in March 2007.

  • US rushes freshwater to help Japan nuclear plant--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. naval barges loaded with freshwater sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant on Saturday to help workers struggling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility.

    Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been using seawater in a frantic bid to stabilize reactors overheating since a tsunami knocked out the complex's crucial cooling system March 11, but fears are mounting about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water.

  • Libyan rebels take back oil town in westward push

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels took back a key oil town on Sunday in their westward push toward the capital, seizing momentum from the international airstrikes that tipped the balance away from Moammar Gadhafi's military.

    Brega, a main oil export terminal in eastern Libya, fell to rebels after a skirmish late Saturday, said Ahmed Jibril, a rebel commander manning a checkpoint on the westernmost edge of town.

    "There are no Gadhafi forces here now, the rebels have Brega under their full control, it is free," Jibril said.

  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya--video extra

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections.

    The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to assume at least some command and control responsibility within days.

  • LA county medical director found dead

    New Mexico State Police located the body of a woman in her mid to late 40s early Thursday afternoon near Ghost Ranch.

    Dr. Laura Kay, a resident of Rio Rancho, was Los Alamos County’s full-time medical director and provided programmatic oversight and training of the various components of the EMS system.

    Kay was the subject of a missing person alert that was issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday after she failed to return home from work, said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    LAFD Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson said this morning that Kay was invaluable in helping set up the emergency medical dispatch portion of the Police/Fire Consolidated Dispatch Center.

  • Smart Grid project on track despite Japan disaster

    Despite the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has gripped its nation the past two weeks, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) remains on track with the Smart Grid project.

    NEDO and Japanese government officials traveled to Los Alamos last week to discuss the project.

    “Like everyone else, we were all stunned and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Japan. We fully expected that our planned meeting would be postponed; yet our Japanese partners came to New Mexico to work out the details of this project.  I can only express my admiration and respect for their dedication and strength. It is humbling,” Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager John Arrowsmith said.  

  • Report: Nuclear defects not being disclosed

    WASHINGTON — Companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not telling the government about some equipment defects that could create safety risks, according to a report released Thursday.
    An audit by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also raised questions about the agency’s oversight, saying reporting guidelines for the nuclear industry are “contradictory and unclear.”
    Reflecting that confusion, the report said the NRC has not levied any civil penalties or significant enforcement actions against nuclear plant operators for lapses in reporting equipment defects in at least eight years.