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  • Retail sales: Tepid recovery just 'chugging along'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

    The month's rainy weather contributed to mixed results, including a sharp increase in online sales, according to the latest numbers from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

    It was the ninth-straight month that online sales rose compared with a year earlier.

  • World stocks tumble as Greek riots turn deadly

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets fell further Wednesday while the euro slid to a fresh 13-month low as three people died in a blaze at an Athens bank during rioting against austerity measures imposed as part of an international bailout package for heavily indebted Greece.

    The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 96.41 points, or 1.8 percent, at 5,314.70 while Germany's DAX fell 69.95 points, or 1.2 percent, to 5,936.91. The CAC-40 in France was 68.31 points, or 1.9 percent, lower at 3,620.98.

  • 05-05-10 Update

    Enjoy “A Garden Festival”

      The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its sixth annual spring recital, “A Garden Festival” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance time and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children age 4 and younger are free.

    Get a wrap, support seniors

  • Chavez: ‘Sad’ comments led to resignation

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Insurance Superintendent Morris Chavez announced Tuesday he will resign, saying he and his family have been the targets of “sad and derogatory” online comments in the wake of a contentious health insurance rate case his office recently settled.

    Chavez submitted a short resignation letter to the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees the Insurance Division. He asked that his resignation become effective at the close of business Tuesday.

  • Woman sues over vaccine

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque woman has filed a lawsuit over a vaccine intended to protect women from cervical cancer, alleging it caused physical and behavioral problems in her teenage daughter.

    The lawsuit filed by Tracy Wolf said her now-16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems after receiving Gardasil’s three-shot series in 2007 and 2008, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story Monday.

  • Duplex riles neighbors

    Fed up with waiting for something to be done about a boarded up duplex in the Western Area, homeowners are now circulating a petition.

    “It’s disgusting,” said Margaret Cruz who lives across the street. “Every morning when I open my curtains I see that ugly house. It’s causing a rodent infestation and now I’m finding rodents in my house. I called the public health department and the county planning department and they say there’s nothing they can do.”

  • Budget hearings wrap up

    States across the country are looking for a way to cut expenses and trim their budgets. New Mexico is no exception and neither is Los Alamos County.

    The county’s annual budget hearings wrapped up Tuesday night with discussion centered on the airport, environmental services, administrative services, the capital improvement program and parking lot items.

  • Wind Avisory: High winds expected later today and tonight

    The following advisory has been issued for the Los Alamos area:

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THIS INCLUDES MOST OF THE EASTERN PLAINS... CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS... AS WELL AS THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... INCLUDING THE SANTA FE METRO AREA.

  • 05-06-10 Update

    Jemez fire

      A downed power line involved in the Rivera Fire has disrupted power to 40 residences in the Cerra del Pino area. Jemez Mountain Electric is on site. The fire started at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday four miles west of Jemez Springs in Sandoval County.  No injuries have been reported. The fire has burned approximately 10 acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. No structures are threatened. No evacuations are in place at this time. For additional information please call the Rivera Fire Information Center at 505-438-5321.

  • Conflict fills final budget hearing

    Tension rose and emotions ran high during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Discussion of the airport and environmental services went off without a hitch, however when the administrative services and capital improvement process topics came up, a heated discussion ensued.