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  • Update 10-24-10

    Election night coverage

    The Los Alamos Monitor news team is planning to bring you extensive coverage of local and regional races on election night, Nov. 2. Be sure to check out the newspaper’s Web site, lamonitor.com, for live-streaming video of polling results as they are posted at the Justice Center. Watch live interviews with candidates, and get up to the minute election returns posted throughout the evening. The live-steaming video event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Council meeting

  • Tightening Senate races give pause to upbeat GOP

    BLUE BELL, Pa. (AP) — To understand Republicans' nagging fear that the Nov. 2 elections might not be quite the massive triumph that many have predicted, check out Pennsylvania's perplexing Senate race.

    Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak has trailed Republican Pat Toomey for months, and a GOP victory always has seemed likely, given that it's a Republican-trending year in this perpetually contested state. Yet recent polls suggest Sestak has closed the gap, and Republican leaders are imploring supporters not to panic even as they ask themselves: What's going on?

  • Iraq PM: WikiLeaks abuse leak designed to hurt him

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Reports of brutality and torture of fellow Iraqis at the hands of government forces threw the country's political scene into turmoil Saturday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attacking the leak as an attempt to malign him, and his rivals citing the documents as proof he is unfit to lead.

  • Firefighter charged with voyeurism

    A Los Alamos fire captain allegedly videotaped a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock last Sunday. Police issued Capt. Aaron Adair, 36, a summons to appear in Magistrate Court to face charges of voyeurism, a misdemeanor and tampering with evidence, a petty misdemeanor. Adair has worked for LAFD for 11 years.

    “He has been placed on paid administrative leave while criminal and administrative investigations are underway,” Chief Doug Tucker said.

  • Council freezes work on nuisance code revisions

    Updating the nuisance code was put on ice during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night. The council voted, with Councilors Nona Bowman and Mike Wheeler opposing, to put a freeze on any action with the proposed nuisance ordinance changes. Furthermore, the council agreed that prioritized enforcement of current ordinances should proceed.

  • Health insurers spending more money on GOP campaigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

    They may get more than they're wishing for.

  • US ups Pakistani military aid by $2 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the plan during the latest round U.S.-Pakistani strategic dialogue. The administration will ask Congress for $2 billion for Pakistan to purchase U.S.-made arms, ammunition and accessories from 2012 to 2016, Clinton said.

  • Williams: NPR was looking for reason to fire him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted NPR analyst Juan Williams said Friday that he believes his former employer had been looking for a reason to fire him and used comments he made this week about Muslim airline passengers as an excuse to do so. Meanwhile, a U.S. senator said he would start the ball rolling to cut federal funding to the network.

  • Poll: Americans split on health care repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First it was President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it's the Republican cry for repeal.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care.

  • NM gov candidates tangle in final TV debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's candidates for governor jabbed at each other Thursday while tangling over familiar themes — jobs, spending and governmental ethics — in their final debate of the campaign.

    Republican Susana Martinez linked Democrat Diane Denish, the lieutenant governor since 2003, to Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and double-digit spending increases that occurred during what she called the "Richardson-Denish" administration.