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  • Karzai reaffirms 2014 goal for Afghan-led security

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014 and urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through the government.

  • Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309 a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a Republican filibuster.

    Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday's vote, which is a do-over of a tally taken late last month.

  • Judiciary panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

    Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke with his party to cast the sole GOP "yes" vote on President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The vote was 13-6.

  • Heroism is in his blood

    Jordan Redmond is one of the newer police officers at the Los Alamos Police Department. His father is Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, who was a member of the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico’s 3rd District in 1997-98. He replaced Gov. Bill Richardson who was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

  • NM border to get Guard troops

    WASHINGTON — National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a yearlong deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border crossers and smugglers and help in criminal investigations, federal officials said.

    The troops will be armed but can use their weapons only to protect themselves, Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said during a Pentagon news conference. The troops will undergo initial training and be fully deployed along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border by September.

  • Lab security training facility seen as shot in the arm for local economy

    The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area.

    The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say.

    Law enforcement and businesses contacted by the Monitor say they are looking forward to the facility’s completion, both for the impact to economy and for the advanced training.

  • National Guard troops deploy to border states Aug. 1

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say National Guard troops will begin heading for the southwest border Aug. 1 to help secure it.

    The troops will train and be fully deployed by September and should be on the border for a year. They will be stationed in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

  • Sunday slaughter claims 18 lives in Mexico

    PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — The gunmen did not say a word as they jumped from their cars and stormed the private party. They simply opened fire. When they were done, 18 people were killed.

    Sunday's massacre in the city of Torreon was ghastly, but no longer unprecedented in northern Mexico, a region that is slammed day after day by gruesome slayings that authorities attribute to an increasingly brutal battle between drug gangs feuding over territory.