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  • Stocks mixed after disappointing retail sales data

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell Wednesday after a disappointing retail sales report chilled optimism from Intel's strong earnings and outlook.

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15 points, putting its six-day winning streak in jeopardy. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose thanks to chipmaker Intel Corp.'s results.

  • URGENT UPDATE!Government questions result in stunning setback for halting gusher in Gulf

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

  • Duplex to be scrapped or repaired

    Tired of what many are calling an eyesore, residents of Fairway Drive presented council with a petition on June 30.

    During Tuesday night’s council meeting, councilors took action on the petition and voted 5-1 (Councilor Nona Bowman was absent) to ask the Community Development and county legal departments to continue working with the property owner to either demolish or repair the structure at 4333 Fairway Drive.

  • Schools receive $300,000 solar grant

    As Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said, “these are exciting times for Los Alamos.” During the regular school board Tuesday night, a few high octane pieces of news were shared with the board.

    Schmidt told the board that the school district has earned a $300,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Act to construct a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric array system near Los Alamos Middle School.

    Now that the money has been officially awarded, the clock is ticking to get the project completed.

  • LOS ALAMOS MONITOR EXCLUSIVE!Campaign spending flies off hill

    Despite the longtime Los Alamos mantra of “buy local” to help struggling businesses remain on the hill, most Los Alamos and White Rock candidates are spending campaign contributions out of town.

    A few candidates have bought items and services from local businesses, but thousands of dollars have flown off the hill.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Federal Reserve officials paint weaker picture of growth and employment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have a slightly dimmer view of the economy than they did in April, reflecting worries about how the European debt crisis could affect U.S. growth and job prospects.

    Fed officials said Wednesday in an updated economic forecast that they think the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent this year. That's a downward revision from a growth range in their April forecast of 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent.

  • Breaking News Range fire burns at Idaho National Laboratory’s desert Site

    Firefighters from Idaho National Laboratory, the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies continue to fight a 170 square mile blaze at the lab’s desert site.

    Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and Critical Infrastructure Test Range Complex (CITRC) will be closed again Thursday while crews work to repair damaged power lines.

    Latest update:

    · INL and the Bureau of Land Management have established a unified fire command.

  • $8.8M security facility

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is on the verge of getting an $8.8 million facility to help train its security force.

    The facility will also be used to train military and law enforcement.

    Described as a warehouse type of structure – it will have “modular walls that can be reconfigured to allow the guard force to do force-on-force exercises,” said Damien LaVera, spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C.

  • Senior Republican wins weeklong delay on Kagan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed scheduled action Tuesday to send Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for confirmation, setting a panel vote for next week.

    Republicans insisted on the delay, saying they needed more time to review Kagan's written answers to questions they posed to her after her confirmation hearings, and to inquire still further into how she would behave as a justice.

  • Obama to nominate Lew as budget director

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level post that plays a crucial role in shaping how the administration spends the public's money.

    In a statement, Obama said Lew will be "an extraordinary asset to this administration's efforts to cut down the deficit and put our nation back on a fiscally responsible path."