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  • Government lowers Q1 growth estimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government lowered its estimate of how much the economy grew in the first quarter of the year, noting that consumers spent less than it previously thought.

    Gross domestic product rose by an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the January-to-March period, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was less than the 3 percent estimate for the quarter that the government released last month. It was also much slower than the 5.6 percent pace in the previous quarter.

  • Astronomers making good time

    An international team of astronomers, including Michael Kramer from the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie in Germany has studied the behavior of natural cosmic clocks and discovered a way to potentially turn them into the best timekeepers in the Universe. The scientists made their breakthrough using decade-long observations from the 76-m Lovell radio telescope at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory to track the radio signals of an extreme type of star known as pulsars.

  • Rough seas halt skimming operations off Gulf Coast

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and the Coast Guard sent oil-scooping skimming ships in the Gulf of Mexico back to shore Tuesday because nasty weather from Tropical Storm Alex churned up rough seas and powerful winds.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said all efforts had been halted for now off the Louisiana coast. Efforts also had been halted off the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.

    French said workers were using the time off the water to replenish supplies and perform maintenance work on equipment.

  • Sanchez going for ACI record

    Santa Fe golfer Lee Sanchez will be playing for a little piece of history this week.

    Sanchez, one of the top amateur golfers in the state, will be heading to Los Alamos Golf Course to defend his title at the Atomic City Invitational.

    The Atomic City Invitational, the premier event hosted by LAGC, starts with championship flight qualifying Wednesday. Match play competition begins Thursday.

  • NY suspect dubbed femme fatale of Russian spy case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Chapman has been called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue — a striking redhead and self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate and mused on her Facebook page, "if you can dream, you can become it."

    Chapman's American dream, U.S. authorities say, was a ruse.

  • Immigrant joke prompts reprimand by GOP candidate Martinez

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Susana Martinez, a district attorney in southern New Mexico, has disciplined one of her prosecutors for using a government computer to forward an e-mail that jokes about killing Mexicans and Arabs.

  • 06-30-10 Day of Enchantment

    The Los Alamos Monitor and Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a statewide initiative called “Day of Enchantment.” Day of Enchantment is a promotional campaign by the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD), to highlight New Mexico’s many interesting places, attractions, landscapes, events and activities. Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to upload a photo and a short description of their own day of enchantment to the NMTD Web site at www.dayofenchantment.com where it will be displayed throughout the summer. 

  • Breaking News P&Z GIVES NOD TO KRSN ANTENNA DEAL

    In a 7-0 vote cast at 12:15 a.m. today, KRSN AM 1490 was finally granted approval to erect a radio tower near Los Alamos Middle School in North Mesa. Two commissioners recused themselves.

    This is the fourth time KRSN has gone before the Planning  and Zoning Commission seeking approval to place an antenna in the townsite and said it would close its doors for good if denied the antenna at this meeting.

    Read the full story in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE! More details begin to emerge in Albuquerque shooting rampage

     

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former employee opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer Monday, killing two people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police called a domestic violence dispute.

    The shooting at Emcore Corp. appeared to involve the 37-year-old gunman's girlfriend, police Chief Ray Schultz said. It was not immediately clear whether she was among the dead.

  • POLITICAL NEWS ADVISORY!Gingrich says he's considering presidential run

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he's seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year.

    Gingrich, 67, told The Associated Press that he would focus on helping Republican candidates through the midterm elections in November, then decide in February or March whether to seek the GOP nomination.

    "I've never been this serious," Gingrich said.