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Local News

  • Gulf residents miffed by BP resuming dividends

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's decision to resume paying dividends rankled Gulf Coast residents Tuesday who saw it as another sign the company wants to move on even though many are still suffering from last year's massive oil spill.

  • Pakistani court blocks release of American suspect

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court ordered the government Tuesday not to release an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis despite U.S. insistence that he has diplomatic immunity and has been detained illegally.

  • UN mission says 219 killed in Tunisia uprising

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 219 people were killed and 510 injured in the unrest that led to the fall of Tunisia's dictatorial regime, a United Nations mission said Tuesday, as sporadic violence continued to flare around the country.

  • Storm hammers ABQ; schools, city offices closed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has closed its government offices for the day after a winter storm hit the city.

    The storm also has prompted the Albuquerque Public Schools to cancel classes for the day.

    Traffic is snarled throughout New Mexico's largest city.

  • Cairo ramps up evacuations, 18,000 seeking exit

    CAIRO (AP) — EgyptAir's staff scuffled with frantic passengers, food supplies were dwindling, flight information was nonexistent — and some policemen even demanded substantial bribes before allowing foreigners to board their planes.

  • Strong earnings reports send stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — Better than expected earnings reports and a lift in the manufacturing sector sent stocks higher Tuesday.

    The drugmaker Pfizer, the delivery company UPS and agro-businesss giant Archer Daniels Midland all beat earnings forecasts.

  • Jordan's king fires Cabinet amid protests

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.

  • Federal judge orders chili products destroyed

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal judge has entered a consent decree, ordering the condemnation and destruction of chili products found inside a rodent-infested warehouse in Derry, N.M.

    U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo entered the decree Monday.

    In December, U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents seized the chili pods, ground chili and other products at the facility owned by Duran and Sons LLC in Derry, a farming community north of Hatch in southern New Mexico.

  • Massive crowds across Egypt demand Mubarak ouster

    CAIRO (AP) — More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city's main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.

  • Fishing line fouls fountain at Ashley Pond

    After receiving reports that the fountain at Ashley Pond was malfunctioning, the Parks Department staff determined a fishing line had become wrapped around the fountain's motor and consequently tripped the circuit breaker. Although the problem is being worked on, it might not be resolved Monday.  The repair work involves installing a new motor.