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  • AP-GfK Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement.

  • Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's intelligence service on Wednesday arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

    Swedish police said they arrested a fifth suspect.

  • Palestinians to take settlement battle to UN

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, part of a growing Palestinian campaign to rally international pressure against Israel with peace efforts deadlocked.

  • Airlines play huge game of catch-up in NYC area

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airports trying to shepherd a backlog of planes churned snow plows through the night, kept snack bars open late and scrubbed teeming terminals ceaselessly in an effort to return thousands of passengers stranded by a weekend snowstorm to their homes.

    By morning, most flights at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport were taking off and landing as scheduled. Continental Airlines said on its website that its hub there was nearly normal but that some cancelations and delays remained.

  • Petition failed to reflect opinion

    A sworn affidavit filed during last month’s injunction hearing indicates that former County Attorney Mary McInerny advised petitioner Richard Hannemann, that in her opinion, the wording in the petition he intended to circulate was illegal.

    His petition called for an election where voters would decide whether a new municipal building should replicate the original structure at the site near Ashley Pond.

  • Snowstorm could dump 8-12 inches

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Northern New Mexico including Los Alamos, beginning Wednesday afternoon.
    The forecast calls for snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches and there is a chance of blowing snow as winds are expected to be 15 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.
    Precipitation will begin Wednesday morning but will intensify Wednesday afternoon with snow becoming more widespread and heavy. Snow will continue Wednesday night and into Thursday before tapering off in the afternoon.

  • Texas social worker named to run CYFD

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected Texas social worker Yolanda Berumen-Deines to become secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

    A senior aide to Martinez says Berumen-Deines is being nominated to run the agency that operates New Mexico's juvenile justice system.

    The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because Martinez plans to make the announcement later Tuesday.

  • Consumer confidence slides in December

    Consumer confidence slipped this month as more people worried that the job market is worsening.

    The latest survey from Conference Board showed a decline even after reports are showing that people increased their holiday spending at the biggest rate in four years and other indicators suggest the economy is brightening.

  • Several injured as chairs drop from Maine ski lift

    CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A chair lift derailed at Maine's tallest ski mountain Tuesday, sending skiers plummeting 50 feet to the slope below and injuring several people, officials and a witness said.

    The Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley, about 120 miles north of Portland, said on its Facebook page that there were about eight injuries and that its patrols were evacuating the lift.

  • Stocks dip after disappointing economic reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes dipped Tuesday after reports on consumer confidence and home prices fell below analyst estimates.

    The Conference Board announced that consumer's confidence in the economy slid in December to a level of 52.5, down from 54.3 in November. Economists were expecting the index to rise to 55.8. A reading on the index above 90 indicates a healthy economy.