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  • Sticking points keep work going on Wall St. bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators struggled to meet a self-imposed Thursday deadline to wrap up a massive financial regulation bill, with two major sticking points standing in the way of completing legislation that has been one year in the making.

    Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, huddled with fellow senators to resolve disputes over how far to go in restricting banks from engaging in securities deals.

  • Judge who nixed drill ban reported oil investments

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

    U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

  • Curb appeal pays off handsomely

    A fresh new look is blanketing downtown Los Alamos as businesses embrace a matching funds program. The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, through its MainStreet Curb Appeal grant program, facilitated the award of matching funds to downtown businesses and organizations that made curb appeal improvements.

    More than 10 downtown businesses took advantage of the offer including LA Fitness, REA, Finishing Touch, Dr. Lee Acupuncture, Bi-Lingual Montessori School, Pet Pangaea, ReMax, Coffee Booth, Southwest Office Solutions and the Family YMCA, among others.

  • Go indoors when thunder roars

    Every summer New Mexico experiences violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes and averages 17 storms with a 1.1 percent chance of a fatality annually. The state has been ranked at times as number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.

    During National Lightning Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service are promoting the fact that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes just might save one’s life.

  • Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

    The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

  • White House releases 'patient bill of rights'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama unveiled a package of consumer benefits Tuesday to build support for his health care overhaul within a divided nation and warned Republicans about trying to repeal his landmark law. "We're not going back," said a defiant president.

  • Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul

    ROME (AP) — Twenty-first century laser technology has opened a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling find: the first known icons of the apostles Peter and Paul.

    Vatican officials unveiled the paintings Tuesday, discovered along with the earliest known images of the apostles John and Andrew in an underground burial chamber beneath an office building on a busy street in a working-class Rome neighborhood.

  • Important Notice: Tuesday’s County Council Meeting Won’t Discuss WR Projects

    Two agenda items listed last week in Los Alamos County ads about Tuesday night’s County Council meeting were incorrect.

    The discussion about the White Rock capital projects proposed for SR 4 and its nearby associated trails and pathways will not be held during Tuesday’s meeting.

    The projects will instead be discussed at the County Council meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 in White Rock Fire Station 3.

     

  • KRSN named station of the year

    Despite its statewide win of top station in its category and a trove of other excellence in broadcasting awards received Saturday, KRSN AM 1490 intends to shut down soon after this month’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting if denied its request to erect an antenna in the townsite.

    Owners Dave and Gillian Sutton have struggled with the antenna issue since purchasing KRSN in 2005. FCC requirements call for the station to maintain an antenna in its assigned broadcast area on the Hill rather than in White Rock where it currently stands.

  • VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Author details Lab security breaches

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory security official Glenn Walp details failed security, crime, mismanagement, cover-ups and corruption at LANL in his new book, Implosion at Los Alamos. Check out this video preview now and read the full story in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.