Local News

  • Japanese choppers dump water on stricken reactors

    ZAO, Japan — Japan deployed military helicopters, high-pressure water cannons and fire trucks in an increasingly desperate attempt to cool an overheated nuclear complex as U.S. officials warned the situation was deteriorating.
    While the choppers flew combat-style missions to dump batch after batch of seawater onto a stricken reactor, plant operators said they were close to finishing a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex on the country’s northeast coast.

  • Legislators send budget to governor

    SANTA FE — The Legislature is sending Republican Gov. Susana Martinez a $5.4 billion state budget that will cut government spending by 2.7 percent next year.
    The measure cleared its final legislative hurdle late Wednesday when the House voted 36-32 to accept a Senate-passed version of the budget.
    The budget will cut spending on education and general government programs by about $152 million in the fiscal year that starts in July.
    Martinez has until early April to decide whether to sign or veto the bill or reject specific spending items.

  • Traffic woes hit LA area

    Difficulties encountered in wiring a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Diamond and Trinity compounded by sinkhole repairs on the Main Hill Road were the culprits behind long traffic delays plaguing drivers in Los Alamos early Wednesday afternoon.

    Around noontime, cars attempting to go west were lined up from Diamond Drive to Knecht Street on Trinity and also along Central Avenue on the westbound side to Knecht Street.

  • Officials: No radiation danger to US, territories

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday that radiation leaking from the crippled Japanese nuclear complex does not present a danger to the western United States or its Pacific territories at this time. Officials also defended a proposed 50-mile evacuation zone for American troops and citizens in Japan.

  • Gadhafi forces bomb airport at rebel stronghold

    TOBRUK, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels shot down at least two bomber planes that attacked the airport in their main stronghold on Thursday, according to residents who witnessed the rare success in the struggle against Moammar Gadhafi's superior air power.

    The rebels used three of their own seized planes and some helicopters to attack government troops fighting to advance on the city of Benghazi, said Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman in the rebel base.

  • Hope for missing fades in Japan; elderly hard-hit

    RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — The elderly couple fled their home on foot as the warning sirens blared. But they could not keep up with their neighbors and fell behind as the tsunami rushed in.

    Nearly a week later, 71-year-old Taeko Kanno and her husband are still missing.

  • US missiles kill 38 militants in NW Pakistan

    MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles into a building where suspected militants were meeting Thursday, killing 38 of them in an unusually deadly strike close to the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    The strikes took place in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region — the main sanctuary for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters along the Afghan border, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

  • Top lawmaker protests 'whistle-blower' demotion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department demoted a senior career employee who confidentially complained to the inspector general that political appointees were improperly interfering with requests for federal records by journalists and watchdog groups.

  • Japan struggles with power crunch after quake

    TOKYO (AP) — Densely populated Tokyo endured more rolling blackouts Thursday and faces at least six months of power shortages as earthquake damage to nuclear plants idles factories with possible global repercussions.

    The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami that obliterated towns in Japan's northeast Friday forced the utility that serves Tokyo, a center for finance and global manufacturers such as Toyota and Sony, to slash power supplies by a quarter.

  • US authorizes American evacuations out of Japan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.