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  • Libyan rebels close in on key Gadhafi stronghold--video extra

    BIN JAWWAD, Libya (AP) — Rebel forces fought their way Monday toward Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guarding the road to the capital Tripoli.

    Their rapid advance came on the back of international airstrikes that have battered Gadhafi's air force, armor and troops over the past week. The rebels have now recaptured all the territory they lost over the past week and brought them closer than ever to Sirte — within 60 miles (100 kilometers).

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  • Obama to lay out his case on Libya to nation--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering Congress and an anxious public his first detailed accounting of his rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya and perhaps an answer to the burning question: What's next?

    His speech, set for 7:30 p.m. EDT Monday, comes after the administration scored an important diplomatic victory. NATO ambassadors on Sunday approved a plan for the alliance to assume from the U.S. command all aerial operations, including ground attacks.

    That will help Obama assure the nation he can deliver on his promise that the United States will be a partner in the military action against Libya, but not from the driver's seat. Bickering among NATO members delayed the process.

  • More radioactive water spills at Japan nuke plant--see video

    TOKYO (AP) — Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex, officials said Monday, as emergency crews struggled to pump out hundreds of tons of contaminated water and bring the plant back under control.

    Officials believe the contaminated water has sent radioactivity levels soaring at the coastal complex and caused more radiation to seep into soil and seawater. Crews also found traces of plutonium in the soil outside of the complex on Monday, but officials insisted there was no threat to public health.

  • More obstacles impede crews in Japan nuke crisis--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Mounting problems, including badly miscalculated radiation figures and inadequate storage tanks for huge amounts of contaminated water, stymied emergency workers Sunday as they struggled to nudge Japan's stricken nuclear complex back from the edge of disaster.

    Workers are attempting to remove the radioactive water from the tsunami-ravaged nuclear compound and restart the regular cooling systems for the dangerously hot fuel.

    The day began with company officials reporting that radiation in leaking water in the Unit 2 reactor was 10 million times above normal, a spike that forced employees to flee the unit. The day ended with officials saying the huge figure had been miscalculated and offering apologies.

  • Wallace Discusses Voting Record

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace has been a staunch Republican for decades. She represents Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.
    During the 2011 regular 60-day legislative session, which ended March 19, Wallace broke party lines and voted with the Democrats on several bills.
    “My district is not a Republican district – I’m serving three counties, which are mostly Democrat,” she said. “I’m surrounded by Democrats in the house. I’ve always made a practice of voting on the issue, not along party lines.”
    Wallace was the sole Republican in the house to vote yes on the budget –  General Appropriation of 2011 HB-2, which passed the house 35-34.

  • ‘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.