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  • BREAKING NEWS!France declares war against al-Qaida

    PARIS (AP) — France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.

    The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

    "We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

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  • NM accepts unemployment benefits extension

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to accept a federal extension for unemployment insurance benefits.

    The agreement extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 and will make more benefits available to eligible New Mexico unemployment insurance claimants.

    Emergency unemployment compensation benefits will be available for those people who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation under state law. Those who are potentially eligible will receive a letter from the state.

  • WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

    LONDON (AP) — The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.

    The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the online whistle-blowing group's release Sunday of the classified documents, one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history. The Afghan government in Kabul said it was "shocked" at the release but insisted most of the information was not new.

  • NEWS ALERT!BP's Hayward to leave as CEO; Russia job in works

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the British company's board, which was meeting Monday in London to decide Hayward's fate.

  • Don't hold your breath for a bounce in home prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thought the housing crisis was over? Not quite.

    Despite four years of falling prices and recent signs that they were finally bottoming out, homes are expected to lose still more value in many metro areas over the next year.

    Parts of the country already pummeled by the housing crisis, like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, will be hit hardest. But even some places that have rebounded or held up relatively well — including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — will suffer, too.

  • Well-known cyclist crashes

    Officials are puzzling over a bizarre bicycle accident that sent a top bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday afternoon.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Eldorado is an avid cyclist who’s logged thousands of miles including a trip from San Francisco to New Hampshire in 2007.

    Schon was traveling east on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill toward the west guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He rode his bicycle into a guard arm and hit a gate, said Patrick Sleik, Los Alamos deputy fire chief.

  • Lights! Camera! Action! Los Alamos!

    Coming soon to a theater near you.

    Los Alamos.

    Well, a few vampires, too.

    The movie “Let Me In,” another tale of Vampire teens (think “Twilight” only darker) filmed in and around Los Alamos, is nearing release.

    The star? Well, if you live in this area, it has to be Los Alamos and the local extras likely to pop up on the screen. Much of the movie was filmed at Los Alamos High School.


    The National Weather Service issued the following Flash Flood Watch for much of the state early Sunday morning:FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...


  • Putting around town

    Los Alamos’s Miniature Golf Course is open for play.

    Located at the recently upgraded East Park, the course is open for anyone at no charge who has their own putter and ball.

    Scorecards are available at the park in a wooden box near the start of the course, as well as at the Aquatic Center front desk.

    Those who don’t have a putter or ball can rent them at the Aquatic Center for $2.

    The idea for building a mini golf course came about from Parks Manager Dick McIntyre when the East Park Master Plan was being updated several years ago.