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  • Grand piano found on sandbar in Miami bay

    MIAMI (AP) — A grand piano recently showed up on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from condominiums on the shore.

    The piano, which weighs at least 650 pounds, was placed at the highest spot along the sandbar so it doesn't get underwater during high tide.

    While officials aren't sure how it got there, they know it won't be going anywhere unless it becomes a hazard to wildlife or boaters.

  • Putin: retribution 'inevitable' for airport bomb

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed "retribution is inevitable" for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at Russia's busiest airport, while President Dmitry Medvedev demanded full security checks at all transport hubs Tuesday and lashed out at the airport for lax security.

    Putin has built much of his reputation on harsh statements, and the Russian news agencies that reported his comments Tuesday did not say whether he specified what kind of retribution or against whom.

  • 2 Fla. officers killed in shootout, suspect dead

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When two wounded law officers were rushed from the scene of a deadly shooting Monday morning on Florida's Gulf Coast, someone handed St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon a ring, two bracelets and a badge.

    They belonged to Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who died from the wounds they sustained helping to serve a warrant on a man with a long criminal history.

  • Trinity debate moves to council

    Public opinion of the street design options for the NM 502 Corridor study swerve in all directions. Some individuals embrace the recommended alternatives presented in the plan, while others seek to pave the way for their own vision of the revamped roadway.

    The study focuses on a 4.2-mile stretch of state highway from the county line to Diamond Drive, and includes Trinity Drive which courses through downtown Los Alamos.

  • Postal officials remain mum on late delivery issues

    Inordinately late mail delivery continues to plague Los Alamos County and the postal service is remaining mum as to the cause.

    The Los Alamos Monitor attempted to speak with local Postmaster Jim Hunter last week and was told that he was prohibited from speaking to reporters. The Monitor has not heard back from Barbara Wood of the main post office in Albuquerque who said she would contact Hunter to find out what’s causing the delivery delay.

  • Update 01-23-11

    Chat with the Chief
    From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 24, Chief Wayne Torpy will be available to talk with anyone on a walk-in basis at his office. This an opportunity to get your question asked, your concern voiced and your needs addressed. No need to make an appointment. For more information, phone 663-1733.

    Personnel Board meeting
    The county Personnel Board will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Fuller Lodge’s Nambé Room. Agenda items include an update on the human resources manager  position, the 2011 meeting calendar and the employee survey update.

  • After failed Iran nuclear talks: What now?

    ISTANBUL — The collapse of another attempt at international outreach to Iran on Saturday has left world powers with few options except to wait — and hope that the bite of sanctions will persuade Tehran to reconsider its refusal to stop activities that could be harnessed to make nuclear weapons.

  • Richardson recognized nationally

    SANTA FE—Former Gov. Bill Richardson was recognized for his work to advance the arts in New Mexico and make them more accessible to all New Mexicans.  
    Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts, and The United States Conference of Mayors selected Richardson for their 2011 Public Leadership in the Arts Award.
    The award was presented Thursday during The United States Conference of Mayors 79th annual winter meeting.

  • Upper level disturbance to bring wintry conditions

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

  • Martinez taps donor to lead regulation department

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped a major campaign donor to head New Mexico's vast regulatory agency.

    Martinez named J. Dee Dennis Jr. to the $100,000 a year job of superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department on Friday.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Dennis contributed $16,000 to the governor's election campaign last year.