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  • House to vote on repealing Obama's health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own.

    The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to power in Congress. Democrats, who hung on to the Senate, have vowed to block the GOP drive.

  • Officials: Sen. Joe Lieberman will retire in 2012

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Lieberman was so determined to hang onto his seat in 2006 after losing the Democratic primary in Connecticut that he ran as an independent. Now he's leaving without a fight.

    The 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, who angered the party by backing Republican John McCain for president in 2008, will leave the Senate on his own terms. He's decided to retire and not seek a fifth term in 2012, Democratic officials said Tuesday.

    Lieberman plans to announce his decision midday Wednesday in Stamford, Conn.

  • Stover resigns community post

    Newly elected Council Chair Sharon Stover has resigned from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Critics cited conflict of interest concerns because Stover voted on the recently approved interim teen center project proposed by the JJAB.
    Community activist Pat Max said Stover should have recused herself from voting because she was a paid contractor with JJAB.

  • Using Fire To Prevent Fires

    A huge smoke plume casting a black smudge in the sky can certainly cause uneasiness for onlookers, especially in Los Alamos after the Cerro Grande Fire. However, residents need not worry when seeing smoke rising from Pueblo Canyon because those clumps of fire are being set professionally in an effort to prevent future wildfires.

  • New Mexico gov. outlines education, ethics reforms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is reaching out to Democrats as the Legislature returns to work.

    Martinez used her State of the State speech on Tuesday to call for a bipartisan approach to New Mexico's pressing problems, including a $400 million budget shortfall.

    Martinez said the state's problems can be solved only if Democrats and Republicans — the governor and the Legislature — work together.

    Democrats hold majorities in the House and Senate.

  • U.S. companies expand goals as China leader arrives

    WASHINGTON — U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And getting a fair chance to win government contracts.
    No one expects any big breakthroughs. Instead, many U.S. companies hold out hope that the meetings between Hu and President Barack Obama will make it easier to reach long-term solutions to the major trade disputes dividing the world’s two largest economies.

  • State News at a Glance: New Mexico man sues neighbor over dog

    A northern New Mexico man is suing his neighbors, contending their dog caused $2,000 in damages by tearing off part of the rear bumper of a Volvo parked in his yard.
    An attorney for Richard Lienau of Pecos filed the lawsuit earlier this month in state District Court on behalf of Lienau and the owner of the Volvo, seeking damages and an injunction against Steve and Jerica Griego, the dog’s owners. Lienau describes the dog as weighing about 75 pounds, although he wasn’t certain of the breed.

  • Small school district faces possible changes

    LOVING — A proposal to close, consolidate or redistrict small school districts in New Mexico is weighing heavily on the minds of parents in Loving.
    Schools Superintendent Kristina Baca, who strongly opposes the idea, said the proposal is on the table but is not a done deal.
    However, fearing imminent closure, Baca said several parents have withdrawn children from Loving High School and re-enrolled them at Carlsbad High School.
    The middle and elementary schools have not seen a shift in student population.

  • Lujan re-elected Speaker of House

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan of Santa Fe won re-election Tuesday to the top leadership spot, dodging an expected challenge from a fellow Democrat.

    Democrat Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces had planned to run against Lujan but wasn't nominated for the post when the House convened. It was a sign that he lacked the votes to oust Lujan, who has served as speaker since 2001.

  • Deep layoffs take effect in struggling NJ city

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Some firefighters turned in their helmets and police officers their badges Tuesday as part of deep municipal layoffs destined to further erode the quality of life in Camden, already one of the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.