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  • Obama walk in sand is prelude to primetime speech

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Laying the groundwork for an evening speech to the nation, President Barack Obama walked a pristine stretch of sand on Florida's shoreline Tuesday and pledged to "fight back with everything we've got" against the spreading oil lurking offshore.

    In a speech at Pensacola's Naval Air Station, Obama took note of the painful contrasts around him: "The sand is white. The water's blue," he said. And yet, he added, "those plumes of oil are off the coast."

  • Red Cross: 'several hundred' dead in Kyrgyz unrest

    OSH, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Several hundred people have been killed in the riots in Kyrgyzstan, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as new reports strengthened suspicions that the violence was deliberately ignited to undermine the Central Asian nation's interim government.

    The southern part of Kyrgyzstan has been convulsed by days of rioting targeting minority Uzbeks, which has left the country's second-largest city, Osh, in smoldering ruins and sent over 100,000 Uzbeks fleeing for their lives to neighboring Uzbekistan.

  • White House gate crashers land TV role

    NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who crashed President Barack Obama's first state dinner has cashed in with a reality TV deal.

    The Bravo network said Tuesday that Michaele Salahi will be featured in the next installment of its "Real Housewives" franchise, this time focused on Washington.

    Salahi and her husband, Tareq, talked their way into the dinner last November, forcing the White House to tighten security restrictions.

    "The Real Housewives of D.C." will debut Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern.

  • Applications being accepted for grants

    PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the opening of the 2011 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process. Applications must be submitted no later than July 16, 2010.

    “The Low Income Taxpayer Clinics are vital to taxpayers who need help with tax problems but lack resources,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “The grant program’s goal is to develop and expand these important services for low income taxpayers.”

  • Technology tracks carbon dioxide

    ALBUQUERQUE — Scientists have developed a method for detecting and tracking carbon dioxide deep underground, giving the federal government an important tool as people look for ways to keep carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from crowding the atmosphere.

    Scientists working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory used colorless, nontoxic liquids called perflourocarbon tracers to essentially fingerprint carbon dioxide that was injected into a coal seam in northwestern New Mexico.

  • An effort toward peace

    Some ideas seem meant to be when things fall easily into place as local veterinarian Bob Fuselier is finding in his endeavor to create an Afghan Sister Village Project.

    “This started late last year when I was watching a program on Afghanistan,” Fuselier told an audience assembled at Trinity of the Hill Episcopal Church Wednesday. They were there to hear about Fuselier’s project and to listen to Col. Jay Mitchell, USAF, discuss Afghanistan.

  • Report: Employers to see 2011 medical costs jump

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

    For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more, the consulting firm said in a report released to The Associated Press.

  • LAPS to get share of $4.5 million in grant money for solar project

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will be one of the districts chosen by Governor Bill Richardson to receive a grant for construction of a solar farm. The photovoltaic array is expected to be built near the middle school on North Mesa.

    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the district is still awaiting the formal funding letter, but indicated that he expects the grant to be somewhere in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. Gov. Richardson announced the grants last Wednesday, and that the total $4.5 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money.

  • Firefighters battle three blazes in Santa Fe National Forest

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire in Santa Fe National Forest has spread across more than 5,000 acres.

    The South Fork Fire is one of three fires burning Monday on the northern New Mexico forest.

    Three helicopters dropped water for several hours Sunday to try to contain the 5,143-acre, lightning-caused blaze but it continued to spread. Firefighters closed off a large area surrounding the fire.

  • Cop is suspect in burglary

    Longtime Los Alamos Police Det. Shari (Sharon)  Mills, 53, is the prime suspect in an aggravated burglary case at the home of her former husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.

    Officers took photographs and dusted for fingerprints at Lt. Mills’ home at 1415 41st St., Thursday evening.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy called in New Mexico State Police to investigate the case after Det. Mills became a suspect.