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  • BP oil spill ranks as the top story of 2010

    NEW YORK — The massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors.
    The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The health care bill was next, with 30 first-place votes. The U.S. election was third.
    In fourth place was the U.S. economy, which had been voted the top story of 2009.

  • 2010 Los Alamos County Marriage License Applications

    The following couples applied for a marriage license in Los Alamos County in 2010:

    Jan. 7:  Aaron Thomas McNiff, Anita Marie Pacheco
    Jan. 13: Thomas J King, Jr., Catherine Herbison-Wiget
    Jan. 15: Clint J. Daymon, Janice M. Dynes; Mark Alan Ginnel, Mayim Ginnel; Gabriel Wayne Thompson, Amanda Leigh Keys
    Jan. 19: Pat Christopher Mares, Danielle Melinda Equibel
    Jan. 20: James Raleigh Michel, Michelle Marie Morgan
    Jan. 26: Miguel Johann Hoffman, Sara Elizabeth McEvers
    Feb. 5: Roderick Rennison, Lisa Marie Gill

  • Sanctity of Marriage Alive, Well

    As of Tuesday morning, Jim Miller and Lynn Miller were the newest married couple in Los Alamos.
    The bride and groom wore identical blue jeans and white button-down shirts. A small wedding party gathered in the court room to witness the couple’s union, which Magistrate Judge Pat Casados officiated.
    Tears and hugs were shared as Casados proclaimed them husband and wife.
    Before the ceremony started, Lynn joked about her and her husband already having the same last name. “When we get married, he will take my name,” she said.

  • LAFD ends most turbulent year

    Despite heroic actions and international accreditation, history will mark 2010 as Los Alamos Fire Department’s most scandalous year.
    Firefighters have been charged with crimes ranging from thievery to voyeurism and investigations are underway into cases of pornography and indecent exposure.
    In February, Driver Engineer Steven Fierro, just months from retirement, was caught in a sting operation that revealed he had stolen cash from a fellow firefighter. He was sentenced to a diversion program and LAFD terminated his employment.

  • Winter Storm clobbers much of NM, frigid temps to follow

    As of 11 a.m. Thursday, snow was falling again in most sections of Los Alamos. Unofficially, it appears the area has been blanketed with at least six inches of snow with more forecasted to fall throughout the day.

    By late morning, Los Alamos County officials reported that all non-essential personnel are being sent home for the day. The aquatic center and libraries are closing early. Trash pick-up will continue as long as conditions permit Thursday.

  • Bison: It's what's for dinner

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn't bother the bison on Ed Eichten's ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement.

  • Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's intelligence service on Wednesday arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

    Swedish police said they arrested a fifth suspect.

  • Palestinians to take settlement battle to UN

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, part of a growing Palestinian campaign to rally international pressure against Israel with peace efforts deadlocked.

  • Airlines play huge game of catch-up in NYC area

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airports trying to shepherd a backlog of planes churned snow plows through the night, kept snack bars open late and scrubbed teeming terminals ceaselessly in an effort to return thousands of passengers stranded by a weekend snowstorm to their homes.

    By morning, most flights at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport were taking off and landing as scheduled. Continental Airlines said on its website that its hub there was nearly normal but that some cancelations and delays remained.