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  • FACT CHECK: Shaky health care job loss estimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand.

    But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It's the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both sides.

  • Tired of snow, Northeast adds sleet, freezing rain

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain iced over roads, driveways and sidewalks from Philadelphia to upstate New York on Tuesday, making for a slippery morning commute.

    The storm was expected to trudge its way up the East Coast, giving New England more of the same later Tuesday.

    Patricia Ricciardi, 49, used a tissue to wipe sludge off the cuffs of her slacks in a south Philadelphia subway station as she headed downtown to work at her city job.

  • Worst of storm may skirt north of Los Alamos area

    The National Weather Service has rescinded its special weather statement issued Tuesday for Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains area.

    It appears at this point that the storm will focus most of its potential on areas to the north of Los Alamos. According to the latest forecast models, the high today will be 47 degrees, mostly sunny, with only a 20% chance of precipitation.

    The low tonight is projected to be 24 degrees, with a 30% probability of snow showers late. Tomorrow will be sunny and cooler with a high of only 36 degrees.

  • Martin Luther King III to pay tribute to father

    ATLANTA (AP) — Saying the shooting in Arizona that killed six and seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underscores the need for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, the civil rights leader's son was expected to address a crowd gathered Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday for his father.

  • The man behind the standoff

    Richard Morse sits in a Los Alamos jail cell awaiting transfer to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., for psychiatric evaluation following Thursday’s 19-hour standoff with police.
    Morse, 75, is a retired physicist. He began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory as head of the advanced concepts group at TD-8 and simultaneously the laser fusion group at T-6 in 1965.

  • Chavez joins DPU as conservation coordinator

    The location may be different but the gig’s essentially the same for Christine Chavez, the new Department of Public Utilities’ energy and water conservation coordinator.
    Chavez held similar positions at the Las Cruces’ utilities department for 20 years and the State Office of Engineers for 16 years.

  • Update 01-16-11

    CIP meeting

    There will be a CIP meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the council chambers. The meeting will be a discussion by applicants, sponsors and the committee on Lessons learned during the Phase I 2010 application process.

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  • Morse awaits transfer to Las Vegas, N.M.

    While awaiting a bed at the psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., Los Alamos police have placed Richard Morse in a private “direct observation” cell that is connected to the detention facility’s computer control room.
    This particular cell allows jail officers to observe Morse directly through a window as well as via computer screens, Capt. Randy Foster said. The cell is equipped with a bed, sink, toilet, shower, television, desk and telephone.

  • International envoys tour key Iranian nuclear site

    TEHRAN, Iran — Several international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site Saturday as part of a tour the Islamic Republic hopes will build support before a new round of talks on its disputed atomic activities.

  • Legislature begins Tuesday

    SANTA FE (AP) — The winds of change continue to blow through the Capitol as the Legislature returns to work after voters put a Republican in the governor’s office and weakened the Democrats’ decades-long control of the House.
    The Legislature convenes Tuesday and a leadership showdown looms in the House, where Speaker Ben Lujan of Santa Fe anticipates a challenge from Democrat Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces.
    The GOP is energized because the party picked up eight House seats in the general election and Republican Susana Martinez won the governorship.