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  • 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.

  • Fed ponders whether bolder economic action needed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers are wrestling with what additional steps — if any — should be taken to strengthen the plodding economy and drive down near double-digit unemployment.

  • Gays in military a hot button topic this election cycle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

  • Local espionage suspect released to halfway house

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A physicist accused after an FBI sting operation of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been released to a halfway house.

    Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni appeared Monday in Albuquerque before a federal magistrate.

    A defense attorney argued Mascheroni has posed no threat to national security or a danger to the community in the 11 months since a search warrant was served at his Los Alamos home.

    The judge also agreed to place Mascheroni's wife, Marjorie, on house arrest.

  • 2010 Border Governors Conference concludes with signing of U.S.-Mexico joint agreement

    SANTA FE — Governors of the states lining both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered at the Eldorado Hotel for the 28th annual Border Governors Conference.

    Immigration, arms trafficking and border violence were some of the tough issues the governors tackled.

  • FDA to consider approval of genetically modified salmon as safe to eat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal food regulators pondered Monday whether to say, for the first time, that it's OK to market a genetically engineered animal as safe for people to eat.

    The Food and Drug Administration is holding two days of hearings on a request to market genetically modified salmon. Ron Stotish, CEO of AquaBounty, the Massachusetts company that made the marketing request, said at the meeting Monday that his company's fish product is safe and environmentally sustainable.

  • Bodybuilding competition drew top competitors

    Los Alamos Fitness Center sponsored the fourth annual OCB Southern Rockies Natural bodybuilding competition.

    The competition was Sept. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    View a photo slideshow of the event currently in the Multimedia section of lamonitor.com.