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  • House ethics panel: Rep. Rangel violated rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment.

    An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat's career. The 80-year-old Rangel was charged with 13 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct.

  • Murkowski leads in Alaska Senate race

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Election workers are scheduled to continue counting ballots in Alaska's still-undecided Senate race.

    About 8,800 ballots were to be tallied on Tuesday, a day after election officials said Sen. Lisa Murkowski had emerged from several days of counting with a 1,706 vote lead over GOP nominee Joe Miller.

  • Wholesale prices rise on higher gas costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices rose in October for the fourth straight month due to higher gas costs, but there was little sign of inflation as the cost of food, cars and computers all fell.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that the Producer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month, the same increase as September and August. Wall Street analysts had expected a larger increase. The index is up by 4.3 percent in the past 12 months.

  • Hope fades in search of collapsed Indian building

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Anna Halder sat on a patch of packed mud and dialed her cell phone Tuesday, clinging to the hope that her parents or sisters somehow survived under the wreckage of their collapsed apartment building and would pick up.

    "It's ringing," she said. No one answered. She dialed again.

  • Expect high winds for much of Tuesday

    The Los Alamos area got its first taste of winter Monday evening as a light snowfall dusted the area. Residents awoke to patchy fog Tuesday morning that is expected to diminish and give way to windy conditions throughout most of the day.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for east-central New Mexico including the Interstate 40 corridor from Clines Corners to Tucumcari.

  • Martinez reacts to budget gap

    During a laboratory tour Friday, Governor-elect Susana Martinez was still reeling from Thursday’s new estimate that the state’s fiscal-year budget deficit is closer to $450 million rather than the $260 million originally reported.
    Martinez minced few words about having to deal with a nearly 75 percent higher deficit than she was led to believe. She accused Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration of not being honest with New Mexicans about the budget crisis.

  • Gov.-elect taps local resident for search committee

    Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has named Los Alamos resident Jim Hall to her General Services and Information Technology Search Committee.
    Hall and other appointees will work with the transition committee’s chair, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders to run the state’s general services and information technology departments.
    Hall, also a Republican, came to know Martinez in the last several months of the recent election season.

  • N.M. 502 study maps vision for Trinity Drive

    Things are starting to heat up along Trinity Drive and more activity is in the offing for the busiest stretch of road in Los Alamos.
    Should the county’s negotiations with North American Development Group prove successful on the Trinity Site project, then Trinity Drive will get even busier once construction actually begins.
    In order to craft a consistent vision for the roadway, a N.M. 502 Corridor Study is underway.

  • Update 11-14-10

    Joint meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will host a joint meeting with the Pueblo de San Ildefonso at 6 p.m. Monday. Discussion items will include the pueblo’s enrollment into Los Alamos Public Schools, economic development in the pueblo and the county and the REDI middle-mile broadband network.

    LTAB meeting

  • 'A Geologic Tour of Death Valley'

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Richard Stead. His talk is entitled, “A Geologic Tour of Death Valley.”
    Death Valley National Park is one of the highlights of the National Park system. The largest park outside Alaska, Death Valley is a place of extremes and is home to a wide variety of climates, ecological zones and for this tour, geology.