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  • AP-GfK poll shows gains for health care overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The patient is alive and kicking. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds public support for President Barack Obama's new health care law has risen to its highest point.

    The nation remains divided, with 45 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed to the president's signature domestic accomplishment.

  • New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.

    Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed a report that consumer prices remain essentially flat.

  • LAPS finds a new home on Trinity

    It’s been almost a month since the Los Alamos Public School administrative offices moved from 751 Trinity to 2075 Trinity. And while the administrative offices had been at their previous location since 1947, the new address is already starting to feel familiar.

    “It has begun to feel like home,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt said. “The car can find its way here.”

  • A new year, a familiar face

    Although new school years often bring in new faces to administrative teams and staff, a familiar face will greet Chamisa Elementary School students as their principal at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

    Debbie Smith has taught at Chamisa Elementary for 17 years. Most recently, she has taught sixth-grade but has also taught third through fifth grades.

    “I feel like (Chamisa) has been a home for me,” she said. “I’ve been involved in watching it change and grow.”

  • Lakers edge Celtics in Game 7, win 16th title

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant sprinted after the ball, which Lamar Odom joyously flung downcourt to burn the remaining seconds in Game 7 of the NBA finals. With the celebration starting behind him, Bryant chased it down and then held it aloft to his teammates.

    The Los Angeles Lakers' 16th championship was secure following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bryant's legs may have been dead, but he didn't stop running until the buzzer.

  • 3 killed, dozens injured in Minn. tornadoes

    WADENA, Minn. (AP) — Police and National Guard soldiers blocked off neighborhoods Friday as city officials organized a cleanup from tornadoes that ripped through the city the night before, part of a turbulent system that fueled twisters across the state and killed at least three people.

  • Teacher retirement program set to sue former financial advisers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's pension program for teachers plans to sue a financial firm that formerly advised it on how to invest retirement system money.

    Educational Retirement Board chief counsel Christopher Schatzman said Friday that two law firms have been selected to handle a lawsuit against Aldus Equity Partners of Dallas.

    The law firms are researching and preparing a lawsuit, which has not yet been filed.

    Schatzman declined to disclose the possible legal grounds for the case against Aldus.

  • In pursuit of forest restoration

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 15 advisory committee members to evaluate Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration proposals.

  • Solar power seminars slated

    HELP-New Mexico, Inc. announced that it will have a workforce training seminar on the design and installation demonstration of solar photovoltaic system, the second of six 40 hour workforce trainings throughout the State of New Mexico. 

  • Embattled BP CEO removed from spill oversight

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP removed Chief Executive Tony Hayward from day-to-day oversight of the Gulf oil spill crisis a day after he was pummeled by lawmakers in an appearance on Capitol Hill, the company's chairman said Friday.