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  • Panel’s landmark denial frees up NYC mosque

    NEW YORK (AP) — A city commission Tuesday denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Center site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community center and mosque that has drawn national opposition.

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks wasn’t special enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners said other buildings from the era were better examples of the building’s style.

  • Headed to the border

    Patrolling a wide area plagued by violence in recent months isn’t exactly how most people envision spending the remaining days of summer.

    The New Mexico-Mexico border has become a hot spot for drug smugglers and people crossing the border illegally. As a result, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile southern border.

    Two local men will be there.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the area through Monday evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather information Monday morning:

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

    * THROUGH THIS EVENING

  • Small plane crash lands south of Santa Fe, father and son escape serious injury

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man and his son are recovering from minor cuts and bruises after their single-engine plane crash landed south of Santa Fe.

    Ovid Morin says he and his son were headed south in their rented Cessna after taking off from the Santa Fe airport Sunday morning. They were planning on doing some touch and go maneuvers at Double Eagle Airport west of Albuquerque before heading back to Santa Fe.

    Morin says the oil pressure dropped so he turned around. Then smoke started billowing out, the engine stopped and the plane caught on fire.

  • Va. health care reform lawsuit clears 1st hurdle

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care reform law cleared its first legal hurdle Monday as a federal judge ruled the law raises a host of complex constitutional issues.

    U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson's decision stemmed from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's claims that Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution's Commerce Clause by requiring citizens to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

  • ‘Smart Grid’ puts LA on map

    If alternative energy is the world’s future, the future is now in Los Alamos.

    A contingent of top officials and scientists from Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the State of New Mexico and Japan met Wednesday to launch a multimillion dollar project expected to set new standards for alternative energy use worldwide.

    The launch of the roughly $27 million Los Alamos Smart Grid project included 25 guests from the Japanese smart-grid industry and NEDO, the New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization.

  • Smart Grid puts LA on map

    If alternative energy is the world’s future, the future is now in Los Alamos.

    A contingent of top officials and scientists from Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the State of New Mexico and Japan met Wednesday to launch a multimillion dollar project expected to set new standards for alternative energy use worldwide.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • WEATHER ALERT!Flash Flood Watch in effect for area through Saturday evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following watch advisory early Friday morning; check back here often for additional updates as they become available...

    A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

  • Recovery loses momentum as consumers remain cautious

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.

    Consumers spent less, companies slowed their restocking of shelves and the nation's trade deficit dragged more on the economy in the April-to-June quarter. In a separate report, the Commerce Department said the recession was deeper than previously estimated.

  • July the deadliest month of Afghan war for US

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO announced Friday that six more U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 66 and surpassing the previous month's record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.