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  • Stocks move higher on stronger retail sales report

    NEW YORK (AP) — An upbeat report on retail sales is giving stocks a boost.

    All three major indexes moved higher Tuesday after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose for the fifth straight month in November. The biggest jump in department store sales in two years gave the holiday shopping season a strong start. Total retail sales increased 0.8 percent in November following a 1.7 percent gain in October.

  • COUNCIL TERMINATES ADMINISTRATOR... Video and investigative report added

    The Los Alamos County Council terminated County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Tuesday night. The council voted 5-2 to fire Mortillaro with councilors Mike Wheeler and Nona Bowman voting against the firing.

  • Judge in Va. strikes down federal health care law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal judge who struck down the very centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law Monday is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname "Hang 'Em High Henry" for his tough-on-crime stand as a prosecutor and on the bench.

    Among those who have felt U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's wrath is NFL star Michael Vick, who in 2007 received a nearly two-year sentence — and a dressing-down — for running a dogfighting ring.

  • Release of probe results delayed

    Last week’s release of a highly anticipated report concerning County Administrator Tony Mortillaro was put on hold because one or more county councilors raised last-minute questions during a closed executive session.
    “Because of the additional questions, we will need to add an addendum to the report,” County Attorney Randy Autio said. “However, even if the report with the addendum was complete, we can’t release it until council takes action on it. Until then, this is still considered an active personnel matter.”

  • Fifty years and counting

    Tammie Jones brought her two boys Jayson, 3, and Logan, 2, into David’s Old Fashioned Barber Shop, which has been in existence for 50 years.
    Owned by Dave Martinez for the past 15 years, the boys each sat in their own barber chair and the television was changed to the Cartoon Network.
    The boys were fixated as two barbers Dave Baca and Dave Martinez went to work.
    “I just get to watch all the kids grow up,” said the elder Martinez, who bought the business from Harold Lujan.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools look at STEM program

    SANTA FE — Innovate+Educate is the brainchild of Jamai Blivin of Santa Fe.
    And on Thursday night, Innovate+Educate along with Citizen Schools hosted a panel that discussed “Pay It Forward” for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
    The panel consisted of Eugene Schmidt, superitendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, Bobbie Gutierrez, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Eric Schwarz, CEO of Citizen Schools of Boston and Carlos Contreras, the U.S. Director of Education for Intel Corporation.

  • Los Alamos earns spot on National Geographic map

    Los Alamos has a lot to offer visitors — spectacular views, a unique history and small town charm. The challenge it faces is spreading the word about the community’s assets. Luckily, it is getting some assistance from National Geographic.

  • Update 12-12-10

    Committee meeting

    The White Rock Implementation Committee meets the second Monday of the month. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the White Rock Town hall. Call 662-8120 for more information.

    ‘Go Back for Murder’

  • Blizzard socks Midwest with 20 inches of snow

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A powerful snowstorm socked the upper Midwest on Saturday with as much as 20 inches of snow, forcing authorities to close state roads across five states as heavy winds made for treacherous driving conditions.

    The snowstorm was expected to be followed by dangerous cold. North Dakota experienced wind chills of 20 degrees below zero, and the arctic air was expected to drop temperatures below zero by Sunday night throughout the Dakotas and in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • OPEC ministers make no change in output

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — OPEC announced Saturday that it will not change oil output with prices just below $90 per barrel, comfortable inventories, and persisting global economic uncertainty.

    The 12-member cartel's decision was based on its projection that demand for crude would grow more slowly in 2011 than it did this year.

    In a statement, the ministers cited "the challenging risks to the fragile global economic recovery" including "fears of a second banking crisis in Europe" as the rationale for their decision.