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  • Mexican cartel kingpin to plead guilty in US court

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix will plead guilty to unspecified charges, the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Wednesday.

    Spokeswoman Debra Hartman said she could not elaborate in advance of the filing. Arellano Felix is expected in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

    Arellano Felix headed a once-mighty cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1980s.

  • Sudden reunification could be trouble for Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

    And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

  • Bachmann bows out, ends bid for GOP nod

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign — leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.

    Santorum's near-tie with Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.

    Bachmann said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President Barack Obama's "socialist policies."

  • Perry reassessing bid after Iowa caucuses

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid after he finished a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

    At times pausing to collect his emotions, Perry told supporters that he appreciated their work but that he needed to consider whether there was a viable strategy for him to restart his campaign in South Carolina.

    "With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said, his family standing behind him.

  • Victory in hand, Romney looks to NH--Video Extra

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney is moving on from Tuesday's narrow victory in Iowa to next week's primary in New Hampshire, and anticipating sharper criticism from his rivals.

    The former Massachusetts governor was declared the winner of the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses early Wednesday by a mere eight votes over Rick Santorum.

    Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, declared "Game on" after emerging as Romney's foremost conservative rival for the primaries yet ahead.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was fourth, and both men vowed to carry the fight to New Hampshire and beyond.

  • Pampered pets... And the living is easy

    Pets are getting the royal treatment these days, from salon visits to limo rides to yoga classes just for them. For dogs and cats, it may be the best time to be alive.

  • State Briefs 01-03-12

    Lawmakers look at government transparency bills

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers will likely consider legislation that would give more notice to New Mexicans about public meetings under a measure backed by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the proposed legislation would require 72 hours of notice of a meeting’s final agenda — three times more than the 24 hours now required. Supporters say the current law makes it tough for people to plan to attend meetings, especially those that involve travel.
    Other bills include cutting through the time businesses must go through during the licensing and permitting process.

    Docs: Lawyer broke into client’s husband’s home

  • Update 01-03-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Library board

    The Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m., today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Historics meeting

    Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Trash pickup

    In observation of New Year’s Day there was no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday was your normal trash day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

  • LA woman dies in car crash

    A Los Alamos woman who apparently suffered a medical emergency died when the car she was driving veered off the road and crashed Saturday night near White Rock.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said Tuesday morning, 84-year-old Elma Kilgore was driving westbound on N.M. 4 near Mile Marker 66, in a 2004 Buick sedan.

    The vehicle left the roadway on the right side, careened through a barbed wire fence, went into a field and crashed into some trees.

    Lt. Joe McLaughlin responded to the crash and said in his report that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash.

  • Public comment sought on Trinity Site deal

    A tentative agreement between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site development project was introduced to council Dec. 20.

    Negotiations – which began last November – took longer than anticipated.

    “We’re not only trying to get commercial activity on that sight, we’re trying to generate revenue for the schools. So there are competing interests,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.