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  • House candidates square off

    The general election is just 26 days away and the two candidates running in House District 43 met in front of Los Alamos audiences for the last time Tuesday.
    Nine-time Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace and Democratic newcomer Stephanie Richard participated in the League of Women Voter’s of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women cosponsored forum at Fuller Lodge.
    Questions from the audience ran the gamut from same-day voter registration to Medicaid.

  • Political attacks, insults ramp up as Election Day nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "That's a lie. You know that's a lie. I never said it."

    That was Republican Linda McMahon going after Democrat Richard Blumenthal this week as the Connecticut Senate rivals shared a debate stage. Afterward, he insisted she was the one playing "fast and loose with the facts."

  • Alleged suicide bombs kill 8 at Pakistan Sufi site

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Two suspected suicide bombers attacked the most beloved Sufi shrine in Pakistan's largest city Thursday, killing at least eight people, wounding 65 others, and sending a stark reminder of the threat posed by Islamist militants to this U.S.-allied nation.

    Angry mobs burned tires and torched buses in the aftermath of the bombings in Karachi.

  • Voters can review sample ballot at state Website

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans wanting a preview of their voting options for the Nov. 2 general election can find sample ballots on the secretary of state's Website.

    The Website provides sample ballots by precinct in all 33 counties.

    Click here to go directly to the Los Alamos County page.

  • Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

    The Swedish Academy said it honored the 74-year-old author "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

  • Tornadoes derail train, smash homes in N. Arizona

    BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) — Two tornadoes touched down in northern Arizona early Wednesday, derailing 28 cars of a parked freight train, blowing semis off the highway and smashing out the windows of dozens of homes.

    The first tornado hit Bellemont — west of Flagstaff — around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and the second touched down east of the small community a short time later.

  • Hungary: Toxic red sludge has reached the Danube

    KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — The toxic red sludge that burst out of a Hungarian factory's reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube on Thursday after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks, an emergency official said.

    The European Union and environmental officials had feared an environmental catastrophe affecting half a dozen nations if the red sludge, a waste product of making aluminum, contaminated the Danube, Europe's second-longest river.

  • Candidates crank up the differences

    First time exuberance measured against tempered experience kept audience members on the edge of their seats during Tuesday’s political forum.
    “I’m glad you can see the difference here tonight between us – my opponent offers no solutions,” said Republican challenger Tom Mullins about Congressional District 3 incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Luján, who has served one two-year term in Washington.
    Mullins is an engineer, small businessman and entrepreneur from Farmington.

  • Whooping cough case confirmed

    The Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in a student at Piñon Elementary School.
    Families with children at Piñon have been alerted about exposure.
    Close contacts may develop symptoms for up to three weeks after the last exposure.
    Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection. Symptoms of pertussis usually begin with cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and usually little or no fever.

  • Voting Q & A

    Q. When are elections held?
    A. Primary elections are held the first Tuesday in June in even-numbered years.
    General elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. This year the election falls on Nov. 2.
    Regular school district elections are held the first Tuesday in February in odd-numbered years, which will be this coming February.
    Special elections and bond elections are held as called for by the school board or the county council.
    Q. When are the polls open?