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  • Protect domestic animals during cold weather

    ALBUQUERQUE — Animal Protection of New Mexico would like to remind people that protecting domestic animals from freezing weather is the law. New Mexico’s state cruelty law (NMSA 30-18-1) mandates that animals be provided with adequate shelter.
    Most local city and county animal ordinances contain provisions for shelter requirements to protect animals.

  • US says too much fluoride in water

    ATLANTA (AP) — Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth.

    A reported increase in the spotting problem is one reason the federal government will announce Friday it plans to lower the recommended levels for fluoride in water supplies — the first such change in nearly 50 years.

  • House takes first step toward health care repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting President Barack Obama, the new Republican-led House took a first step Friday toward a symbolic vote to repeal his landmark health care overhaul law, which would provide coverage to more than 30 million now uninsured.

  • Suicide attack kills 17 in southern Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in a bathhouse in a southern Afghan border town as men gathered to wash before Friday prayers, killing 17 people, a provincial official said.

    About an hour later, gunmen shot dead a police inspector in the nearby city of Kandahar, local police said. The attacks came the same day NATO announced that three of its service members were killed in roadside bombings, underscoring the continuing threat the Taliban pose, despite a stepped-up coalition offensive.

  • Holiday storm just gone, more snow falling in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Snow began dusting the city Friday morning, less than two weeks after a post-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the city and its airports for days. Reeling from criticism over a slow cleanup, city officials put GPS devices on sanitation trucks and quality-of-life teams on the streets and promised to do a better job.

  • Palestinians: Israeli troops mistakenly kill man

    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65-year-old Palestinian man Friday during a predawn raid to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

    Omar Kawasmeh lived on a different floor of the same building, according to security and rescue officials in the city of Hebron.

    They spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made.

    Associated Press television footage showed a bloodstained bed and shell casings in the man's bedroom.

  • 2 fiery packages put Md. mailrooms on alert

    HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A disgruntled "lone wolf" griping about highway signs mailed a small package to Maryland's Democratic governor and the parcel ignited when someone in the state mailroom unzipped it, shooting out a tiny flame that singed the worker's fingers.

    About 15 minutes later Thursday, a second worker was injured opening a similar package at a state government building 20 miles away.

  • Ex-astronaut gets energy post in Martinez cabinet

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico.

    Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The Republican governor also named Dr. Catherine Torres, a Las Cruces pediatrician, as secretary of the Health Department.

  • A profile in civic activism

    Through a history of dedicated service to his community, Vernon Kerr epitomizes the definition of a mover and shaker.
    Kerr has demonstrated his gift for successful civic involvement more than once. When El Rito Normal School started a school in Española with a branch in Los Alamos and the Española school wasn’t providing assistance up here, Kerr and others mounted a campaign to bring the University of New Mexico to Los Alamos.

  • Update 01-06-11

    Transportation Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works Conference Room, located at 2101 Trinity Drive.
    Agenda items include discussing a pedestrian transportation policy and the FY 2012 work plan.

    Open house

    The Community Development Department will host an open house for Rick Bohn’s retirement.
    Citizens ca have refreshments and wish him well in his future endeavors from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the CDD offices, which are located 195 East Road, Suite 104.