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  • Yemeni arrested, al-Qaida bomber eyed in mail plot

    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni police arrested a woman on suspicion of mailing a pair of bombs powerful enough to take down airplanes, officials said Saturday as details emerged about a terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. that exploited security gaps in the worldwide shipping system.

    Investigators were hunting Yemen for more suspects tied to al-Qaida and several U.S. officials identified the terrorist group's top explosives expert in Yemen as the most likely bombmaker.

  • US-bound bomb could have exploded, downed plane

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least one of the mail bombs shipped to the United States could have detonated and downed a cargo plane if undiscovered, a British official said Saturday as investigators hunted for terrorists in Yemen.

    The results of Britain's preliminary investigation escalated the seriousness of a plot that investigators said bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida.

  • Explosive packages reflect new Yemen terror threat

    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) — The discovery of two explosive-laden packages sent from Yemen and aimed at U.S. and Western interests represents a new escalation in the terror threat emanating from this violence-wracked, poverty-stricken Mideast country.

    President Barack Obama stopped short of linking the failed plot to al-Qaida in Yemen, but U.S. officials said privately they were increasingly confident that was the source. Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan called the Yemeni wing the most active al-Qaida franchise.

  • Terror plot discovered as US-bound explosives seized

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets. The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign.

  • Update 10-29-10

    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 begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Political sign apps cause flap

    Just as some debates create angry feuds between opposing political candidates, a substantial amount of flack is also generated from the posting of campaign signs.

    Each side of the political aisle argues that signs are placed on properties without permission, mysteriously disappear or get replaced by someone else’s signs. It’s also been asserted that some signs don’t follow county code.

  • Chandler pitches a protest

    Local attorney George Chandler planted a pup tent Thursday on the site targeted for construction of the new Municipal Building.

  • SOS unleashes fury at attackers

    There’s apparently no love lost between Secretary of State Mary Herrera and Los Alamos Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.
    What first surfaced earlier in the week as tensions between the two over problems with the statewide voter computer system now appears to be on the verge of erupting into a full-blown feud.
    During a telephone call as she traveled north from Las Cruces Thursday, Herrera unloaded 18 months worth of suppressed exasperation.

  • LAPS dedicates new LAHS wing

    After years of trekking to class down the road from the high school — sometimes in inclement weather and more recently through construction — NJROTC students will finally have a new home on campus.
    Before Thursday night’s school board meeting, the ribbon on R Wing was cut, officially marking the end of construction for that portion of the school.

  • NATO helicopter kills 20 Afghan insurgents

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A NATO helicopter killed more than 20 insurgents after it was fired on during an operation in Afghanistan's restive Kandahar province, the coalition said Friday.

    The group of fighters shot at the helicopter with small arms and machine guns, a NATO statement said. A ground team later found 20 bombs, firearms and several vehicles. A NATO service member was also killed in a separate incident.