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  • White House looks to boost health law at 6 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they'd be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted "no."

    Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law's six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet new reforms that are taking effect, such as new coverage for preventive care and young adults and a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill.

  • Tea party, Republicans try to find common ground

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party activists and the Republican establishment are quickly joining forces for the fall elections as fresh cash and energy flow to the upstarts.

    Separate tea party groups still squabble over roles for Republican insiders within the movement, but the conservative activists and GOP stalwarts have reached a truce for the common goal of defeating Democrats, heeding calls for unity from Republicans including Sarah Palin.

  • GOP lawmakers block attempt to lift "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major defense policy bill that included the provision.

    The mostly partisan vote dealt a major blow to gay rights groups who saw the legislation as their best hope, at least in the short term, for repeal of the 17-year-old law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

  • Italian police seize $30M from Vatican in probe

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italian authorities seized $30 million from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money-laundering probe.
    The Vatican said it was “perplexed and surprised” by the investigation.
    Italian financial police seized the money as a precaution and prosecutors placed the Vatican bank’s chairman and director general under investigation for alleged mistakes linked to violations of Italy’s anti-laundering laws, news reports said.

  • GOP pledges repeal of health care bill, split on replacement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what?
    Not even they know.
    Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start.

  • Update 09-21-10

    Bradbury Science Museum takes part in Museum Day

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum is participating for the sixth year in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day on Saturday.
    Sponsored by Smithsonian Media, during Museum Day participating museums and cultural institutions across the United States open their doors free to anyone presenting a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket.

  • Home construction jumps 10.5 percent in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction increased last month and applications for building permits also grew. The gains were driven mainly by apartment and condominium construction, not the much larger single-family homes sector.
    Construction of new homes and apartments rose 10.5 percent in August from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That’s the highest level since April.

  • Input sought on Oppenheimer house

    When Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer lived in Los Alamos from 1943-1945, it was in a house on “Bathtub Row.”
    The leading scientist at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory lived in the home with his wife, Kitty, their son Peter and daughter, Toni.
    According to the Los Alamos Historical Society, it was built in the late 1920s for Mary K. Connell, an artist, and consisted of a studio/living room, kitchen, study and “sleeping porch.”

  • Border govs sign joint agreement

    SANTA FE — Governors of the states lining both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border signed a joint statement at the Border Governors Conference saying they “recognize the need for comprehensive immigration reform” in the United States and for a deportation process “based on the fundamental premise of respecting the human dignity and human rights of individuals being repatriated.”

  • Stocks waver ahead of Fed's decision

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors held back from making big moves in the stock market Tuesday as they waited to see if the Federal Reserve might take new actions to stimulate the economy.

    The uncertainty has put a big September rally on hold before the central bank's meeting wraps up Tuesday afternoon.