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  • It's go-for-broke time on 9th anniversary of war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between.

    Fearing that his Western allies may in the end abandon him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started to prepare his nation for a withdrawal of international forces by shoring up relations with neighboring Pakistan and reaching out to insurgents interested in reconciliation.

  • Candidates contrast on issues in NM race for governor

    Diane Denish and Susana Martinez are locked in battle to become New Mexico's first woman governor. The issues loom large with a ballooning budget gap, taxes and a sputtering economy. Their approach to governance, for the most part, runs in lockstep with ideological differences in the political parties they each represent.

    The following is a snapshot look at the two candidates on key issues in the race for New Mexico governor:

    DEMOCRAT DIANE DENISH

  • Conn. jury convicts man in deadly home invasion

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A paroled burglar was convicted Tuesday of murdering a woman and her two daughters in their suburban home during a night of terror that drew comparisons to "In Cold Blood" and bolstered efforts to retain the death penalty in Connecticut.

    The mother was sexually assaulted and strangled. Her two girls died of smoke inhalation after the youngest was sexually assaulted, they were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline, and the house was set on fire.

  • Bank bailout supporters struggling for re-election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's giant bank bailout may well have averted a second Great Depression, economists say, but a lot of voters aren't buying it. Support for the program is turning into a kiss of death for many in Congress.

  • Chandler’s career varied and robust

    It all started out simple enough. George Chandler arrived in Los Alamos in 1974 and began work as a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Then he met Lou Burkhardt, a fellow lab employee in his division – and everything started to change.
    Chandler described Burkhardt as a “gadfly” when it came to county politics. His friend’s persistence in local politics rubbed off on Chandler who began attending county council meetings every week.

  • Muni building petition falls short

    His petition may be short by nine signatures, but Los Alamos resident Richard Hanneman is undeterred in his mission to replicate the original municipal building. Hanneman told to the Monitor Tuesday morning he feels confident nine signatures can be collected within the 10-day grace period the county allows for petitioners.

  • Officials seek cause of baby’s death

    An autopsy on 10-day-old Grey Vigil, who died Monday at a Rio Rancho hospice, was scheduled for this morning.
    Law enforcement officials are seeking to pinpoint an exact cause of death for the infant boy born Friday, Sept. 24, at a Los Alamos residence, and was then reportedly kept concealed in a closet for three days, according to a source with the Los Alamos Police Department.
    “Charges are pending in this case as the investigation is still underway,” said LAPD lead investigator Sgt. Fred Rascon.

  • Update 10-05-10

    Candidate forum

    The League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women host a forum at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge for congressional candidates, New Mexico House Dist. 43 canddiates and magistrate judge candidates. Unopposed county candidates are invited to speak.
    County Council meeting tonight

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    County Council candidate forum

  • Richardson's shadow still looms over governor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a historic race where New Mexico will elect its first female governor, the outcome could hinge on voter discontent with a man not even on the ballot: Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The governor's popularity has plunged amid corruption investigations as he nears the end of his second term, and his presence looms large in the race between Republican Susana Martinez and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

  • Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path.

    Faisal Shahzad came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.