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  • 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."

  • Horses bolt during Iowa parade; 1 killed, 23 hurt

    BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Sandie Crilly was helping her 8-year-old son, 12-year-old niece and 2-year-old granddaughter pick up Tootsie Rolls from the ground during Bellevue's annual Fourth of July parade when someone yelled to get out of the way.

    Looking up, she saw two panicked horses dragging a carriage charging toward them.

  • A Star Spangled Weekend in Pictures

    Check out editions of the Los Alamos Monitor this week for more photos from July 4th weekend.

  • Zimmerman marks milestone

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman is celebrating 20 years working for Los Alamos County.

    Born in Albuquerque, he arrived in town 21 years ago with his wife Joella. She was five months pregnant with their first child, Michael. Their second son Paul was born three years later.

    The Zimmermans live in Los Alamos with their beagle basset mix Dixie and their pit bull mix Scooter.

  • Wells joins news team

    The Los Alamos Monitor has brought onboard a 20-year veteran journalist with an investigative and business reporting background as its new editor.

    “It’s my pleasure to announce that following an extensive national search, Garrison Wells has joined the paper to lead the news operation,” said Monitor Publisher Keven Todd. “Garrison not only brings solid traditional journalistic skills to the table, but he also possesses the multimedia skills needed to add an even deeper dimension to the strides we’re making at lamonitor.com.”

  • History bites the dust

    From 1945 to 1978, DP West at Los Alamos National Laboratory was a critical player in the hushed world of nuclear warheads.

    This cluster of buildings, described by LANL officials as “wings off of a central hallway,” was where a liquid solution of plutonium from Hanford Plant in Washington State was extracted, processed into metal and shaped into cores for nuclear weapons.

    The plutonium was then used in nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site and in the Pacific.

  • LAPS expects $250,000 for solar project

    Fifty-kilowatts may seem like a tiny spark of energy, but generated through solar photovoltaic electric systems, the benefits light up in a hurry.

    Los Alamos Public Schools is among 15 New Mexico school districts picked to receive federal stimulus funds to build ground-base photovoltaic solar electric array systems.

    A total of $4.5 million will be awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Program.

  • Unemployment rate drops as discouraged jobseekers give up search for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year.

    Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday. The loss was driven by the end of 225,000 temporary census jobs.

  • USAID compound attacked in Afghanistan, 4 killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six suicide bombers stormed a USAID compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. At least two of the dead were foreigners.