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  • Man delivers decomposing body to Espanola emergency room

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Police in the northern New Mexico city of Espanola say a man tried to get help at a hospital emergency room for a woman who had been dead as long as a day and a half.

    Officers say Jerry Maestas drove to the hospital Tuesday with the 33-year-old woman's decomposing body propped up in the passenger seat.

    The 64-year-old Maestas asked hospital staff to come outside and help his sick friend. Police spokesman Jeremy Apodaca says the staff could tell by the smell that the woman had been dead for some time.

    KOB-TV reports that the woman may have been dead for 24 to 36 hours, and Maestas will face charges of failing to report a death.

  • Focus on preventing explosions at Japan nuke plant--see videos

    TOKYO (AP) — After notching a rare victory by stopping highly radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific on Wednesday, workers at Japan's flooded nuclear power complex turned to their next task: injecting nitrogen to prevent more hydrogen explosions.

    Nuclear officials said there was no immediate threat of explosions like the three that rocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant not long after a massive tsunami hit last month, but their plans are a reminder of how much work remains to stabilize the complex.

  • Gbagbo's home in Ivory Coast comes under attack--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Heavy arms fire rang out Wednesday near the home of the country's strongman who remained holed up in a subterranean bunker, as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats and witnesses said.

    A spokeswoman for the government of the country's democratically elected president Alassane Ouattara said on France-24 television that pro-Ouattara forces had entered the gates of Laurent Gbagbo's residence.

  • Storms fell trees, crush homes in South, killing 9

    JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — An enormous tree limb that crashed through a Georgia family's bedroom killed a father and the young son he was holding in his arms Tuesday as a fast-moving storm system pounded the South with tornadoes, hail and spectacular lightning. At least nine people were killed around the region, including several who died on roads made treacherous by downed trees and power lines.

    Paramedics found the 4-year-old boy, Alix Bonhomme III, wrapped in the arms of his father, Alix Bonhomme Jr., in a sight so wrenching that even grizzled rescuers wept. Miraculously, a younger son in the bedroom wasn't hurt, nor was Bonhomme's fiancée, Marcie Moorer, who was sleeping in another room.

  • Libyan rebel leader says NATO isn't doing enough

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO Tuesday, saying it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. The alliance said ruler Moammar Gadhafi's forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes.

    Abdel-Fattah Younis, chief of staff for the rebel military and Gadhafi's former interior minister, said he was asking the opposition's leadership council to take their grievances to the U.N. Security Council, which authorized force in Libya to stop government troops from wiping out the anti-Gadhafi uprising that began Feb. 15.

  • Update 04-05-11

    Board meeting
    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community building’s training room.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • Obama: Budget deal close

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, showing growing impatience, said Tuesday it would be "inexcusable" for lawmakers to fail to fund the government through the end of the year and cause a shutdown.

    "We are closer than we have ever been to an agreement. There is no reason why we should not get an agreement," Obama said following a White House meeting with congressional leaders.

    Appearing before reporters at the White House, Obama said that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were to meet on Capitol Hill later Tuesday to continue negotiations. If that meeting does not produce an agreement, Obama said he would summon the pair back to the White House Wednesday.

  • Icy wonderland

    Freezing temperatures overnight left an icy spectacle in its wake this morning at East Road Park.

  • Gas line project aims to ensure dependability

    When all phases are complete, a $1.5 million high-pressure loop natural gas line will connect the east station to North and Barranca Mesas and will increase reliability of service for customers in those neighborhoods.

    The Department of Public Utilities is currently spending $622,000 on the first phase of the project, which is an 8,300-foot gas line from North Mesa to Barranca Mesa.

    Although there haven’t been any problems with the existing gas line, the project was launched in an effort to ensure reliability.

  • Seen at the Scene: Training for Disaster

    Debbi Maez and Terry Dubois recently did training exercises with  Maez’s Black Labrador Coalby. Maez and Coalby, recently certified, are now able to be deployed to massive urban disasters around the world.