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  • Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government acknowledged Friday that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters, slowing the response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead.

    The admission came as Japan welcomed U.S. help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, and reclassified the rating of the nuclear accident from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.

  • Japan raises severity of nuclear accident

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's nuclear safety agency raised the severity rating of the country's nuclear crisis Friday from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.

  • UN approves no-fly zone over Libya

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

    The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi, Libya's second largest city.

    The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.

    The United States, France and Britain had pushed for speedy approval.

  • NM House turns down Senate's budget-balancing bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With adjournment looming, the Legislature still hasn't agreed on all the pieces of a more than $5 billion state budget package.

    The House and Senate must work out their differences on a measure that saves nearly $111 million next year to help balance the budget. It requires state workers and educators to pay more into their pensions while government reduces its payroll contributions by a similar amount. The bill also will delay higher state payments to shore up the retirement fund for public school employees and college faculty.

  • Japan asks for US help in nuclear crisis

    YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Japan reached out Friday to the U.S. for help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, while the U.N. atomic energy chief called the disaster a race against the clock that demands global cooperation.

    At the stricken complex, military fire trucks again sprayed the troubled reactor units for a second day, with tons of water arcing over the facility in desperate attempts to prevent the fuel from overheating and spewing dangerous levels of radiation.

  • Employer tax hike proposed

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Susana Martinez a proposal to shore up the state’s unemployment compensation program by raising taxes on employers and cutting jobless benefits.
    If the governor signs the legislation, taxes on businesses will go up by $128 million next year.
    The Workforce Solutions Department projects the unemployment fund will run out of money by next March without any changes.

  • Fight breast cancer this Sunday

    Put on your running or walking shoes. At 9 a.m. Sunday, the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah and Atomic City Roadrunners will present Run for Her Life, a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
    This will be the first race specifically targeting breast cancer to be held in Los Alamos.
    This year, 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 500,000 will die from the disease.  

  • Act to assist homeowners

    Santa Fe –The House of Representatives voted to advance a bill that aims to ensure home owners receive all payoff statements that are due to them from mortgage companies.  
    HB 141a, sponsored by Rep. Eliseo “Lee” Alcon (D-Milan), passed the House with a vote of 64 to 2.

  • ELS introduces children to literacy

    Due to the support from the Friends of the Library, Mesa Public Library was recently able to purchase an Early Literacy Station (ELS), a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for children ages 2-10.  
    The Early Literacy Station offers children a stand-a-lone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children.
    The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and hands on discovery.

  • Clinton: No interest in job if Obama wins 2nd term

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she does not want to stay in her job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012.
    The nation’s top diplomat also firmly said she neither has plans to mount another White House bid nor interest in other posts, such as vice president or defense secretary.