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  • APNewsBreak: IRS awards $4.5M to whistleblower

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An in-house accountant who raised a red flag about a tax lapse that his employer then ignored, leading him to tip off the IRS, has received $4.5 million in the first IRS whistleblower award.

    The accountant's tip netted the IRS $20 million in taxes and interest from the errant financial-services firm.

    The award represents a 22 percent cut of the taxes recovered. The program, designed to encourage tips in large-scale cases, mandates awards of 15 to 30 percent of the amount recouped.

  • Million homes lack power after new Japan quake--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Nearly a million homes suffered blackouts in Japan's northeast Friday after a new earthquake killed three people and piled more misery on a region buried under the rubble of last month's devastating tsunami.

    The northeastern coast was still reeling from the destruction wrought by a jumbo 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, with tens of thousands of households without power or water. The 7.1-magnitude aftershock Thursday threw even more areas into disarray and sent communities that had made some gains back to square one.

    Gasoline was scarce again, and long lines formed at stations. Stores that had only recently restocked their shelves sold out of basics Friday and were forced to ration purchases again.

  • Poll: Few confident US ready for nuclear emergency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans doubt the U.S. government is prepared to respond to a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. But it also shows few Americans believe such an emergency would occur.

    Nevertheless, the disaster has turned more Americans against new nuclear power plants. The poll found that 60 percent of Americans oppose building more nuclear power plants. That's up from 48 percent who opposed it in an AP-Stanford University Poll in November 2009.

  • Police: Ala man charged in mother-in-law's slaying

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A man charged with killing his mother-in-law and shooting his wife and her grandmother outside a community college opened fire as his 4-year-old daughter sat with the women in a minivan that was riddled with gunfire, police said Thursday.

    The girl was injured by flying glass, and the two women who were shot Wednesday afternoon were still being treated for their injuries.

    Authorities said Thomas Franklin May III, 34, could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the killing of Brenda Watson, 62, of Opelika. Her daughter, 36-year-old Bethany Lynn May, and mother, 93-year-old Maude Ethell Marshall, were injured in the shooting.

  • Salmonella taints turkey

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) in partnership with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) report that no New Mexicans have been affected with the strain of Salmonella Hadar.  
    A national recall of Jenny-O turkey meat products was announced on April 1, 2011, after twelve persons infected with the outbreak strain were reported from ten states which include Arizona (1 case), California (1 case), Colorado (1 case), Georgia (1 case), Illinois (1 case), Missouri (1 case), Mississippi (1 case), Ohio (1 case), Washington (1 case) and Wisconsin (3 cases).
    Collaborative investigative efforts by state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies have linked this outbreak to eating turkey burgers.  

  • Update 04-07-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. today as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • No deal yet as Obama, Boehner, Reid continue talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders bargained and blustered by turns Thursday, still short of an agreement to cut federal spending and head off a midnight-Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.

    Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the White House at mid-day, and the three agreed to reconvene after dinner. In the interim, they dispatched aides to pursue a deal in negotiations in the Capitol.

    Meanwhile, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week.

  • April showers

    An early morning walker braved the rain this morning in front of the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Alcohol awareness highlighted in April

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to educate Americans about ways to help stop underage drinking and fight drunk driving.

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are nearly 11 million underage drinkers.
    On average, 51.6 percent of Americans age 12 and older used alcohol at least once in the 30 days before being surveyed, according to SAMHSA’s national survey on drug use and health. Also, an average of 23.3 percent had binged five or more drinks within two hours and 23.3 percent reported drinking heavily, consuming more than five drinks on five-plus occasions.

  • Deadline looms for Trinity Site Project

    With a May 1 deadline looming, Los Alamos County and North American Development Group (NADG) continue negotiations to bring the Trinity Site Revitalization Project into fruition.

    Both parties have just weeks to wrap up the negotiations on the project, which is designed to deliver retail options to the county and revenue to Los Alamos Public Schools. If negotiations go well, Acting County Administrator Randy Autio said the May 1 deadline might be extended.

    Currently, Autio said both parties are negotiating the lease terms for the property, which is located at Trinity Drive and Knecht Street. The two key points that dominate the discussions revolve around the amount of rent the developer should pay and the escalations in the rent for the future, he said.