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  • Tar balls in Texas mean oil hits all 5 Gulf states

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — More than two months after oil from BP's blown-out seafloor well first reached Louisiana, a bucket's worth of tar balls that washed onto a Texas beach means the crude has arrived in every Gulf state.

    Oil is still on the move, but the fleet of skimmers tapped to clean the worst-hit areas of the Gulf of Mexico is not. A string of storms has made the water too choppy for the boats to operate for more than a week off Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, even though the gusher continues.

  • Heat blankets US as workers return after holiday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Temperatures soared toward 100 degrees or more Tuesday along much of the East Coast, sending utilities into peak operation as air conditioners strained to cool the sweating masses and sending the unlucky into cooling centers — or anywhere else they could beat the heat.

  • Tar balls in Texas mean oil hits all 5 Gulf states

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — More than two months after oil from BP's blown-out seafloor well first reached Louisiana, a bucket's worth of tar balls that washed onto a Texas beach means the crude has arrived in every Gulf state.

    Oil is still on the move, but the fleet of skimmers tapped to clean the worst-hit areas of the Gulf of Mexico is not. A string of storms has made the water too choppy for the boats to operate for more than a week off Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, even though the gusher continues.

  • Two teens found shot to death in northern New Mexico

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Two northern New Mexico teenagers are dead, found shot in the head before dawn Monday in a vehicle that still had its headlights on.

    Taos County Undersheriff Edwardo Romero identifies them as 19-year-old Chayne Aragon Dominguez of the El Prado area and 17-year-old Sefran Lujan of the Ranchos de Taos area.

    Romero says a deputy heading home about 4 a.m. Monday spotted the car on a Carson National Forest road off N.M. 518.

    He found the bodies slouched in the front seat with blood on their heads.

  • Post office announce rate increase

    WASHINGTON — The post office wants to increase the price of a stamp by 2 cents to 46 cents starting in January. The agency has been battered by massive losses and declining mail volume and faces a financial crisis.

    Postal officials announced a wide-ranging series of proposed price increases Tuesday, averaging about 5 percent, and covering first class, advertising mail, periodicals, packages and other services.

    The request now goes to the independent Postal Rate Commission which has 90 days to respond. If approved, the increase would take effect Jan. 2.

  • Airport lands $3.4M for runway

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos airport will get $3.4 million in federal funds to rehabilitate its runway.

    The airport is among four that received federal funds to improve runways,  including installing perimeter fences and taxiway markings.

    In all, the grants from the Federal Aviation Administration is handing out $6.41 million in grants that will go to Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the investment will improve safety and help provide local jobs.

  • Next Big Idea celebrates the mind

    Los Alamos is known for its technology, forward thinking and ideas.

    The annual Next Big Idea event provides a venue for scientists, technologist, artists and inventors across the state to share ideas with each other and the public.

    The innovative festival showcases ideas that fascinate the senses and the mind.

    The event runs Friday through Saturday July 16-17.

  • Department of Public Safety updates registry

    The New Mexico Department of Public Safety periodically updates registered sex offender information posted on its Web site. The updated information includes new photographs and changes in employment and home addresses. Six Los Alamos men are listed on the state Web site:

     

    Charles Michael Bracken, 52

     

    • Sex offense conviction: Sexual exploitation of children

    • Date of conviction: 10/15/

    2002

    • Place of conviction: Los Alamos, N.M.,

    • Work: Not releasable

  • Gov't files suit to throw out AZ immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government took a momentous step into the immigration debate Tuesday when it filed a lawsuit seeking to throw out Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying the law blatantly violates the Constitution.

    The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix sets the stage for a high-stakes legal clash over states rights at a time when politicians across the country have indicated they want to follow Arizona's lead on the toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.

  • Chinese court sentences US geologist to 8 years

    BEIJING (AP) — An American geologist held and tortured by China's state security agents was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for gathering data on the Chinese oil industry in a case that highlights the government's use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information.

    In pronouncing Xue Feng guilty of spying and collecting state secrets, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said his actions "endangered our country's national security."