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  • Californians start cleaning up mud, water, debris

    HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Leslie Constante burst into tears when she saw a red tag slapped on her parents' garage in Highland, deeming it unsafe to enter.

    "My mom and dad worked so hard for this," said the 29-year-old pharmacy technician, wearing knee high rubber boots.

    She couldn't get inside to see how bad the damage was to Christmas presents and other belongings. Out front, two holiday reindeer were enveloped in mud several feet deep.

  • Pilgrims, clergy come to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and clergy converged on Bethlehem on Friday as the town of Jesus' birth prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve.

    Boy Scout marching bands played in Manger Square, just outside the Church of the Nativity, which Christian tradition identifies as the site of Jesus' birth in a stable two millennia ago. Pilgrims lit candles inside, and Palestinian policemen deployed around the town to keep the peace.

  • Local judge honored by peers

    It’s been a busy year for the Hon. Pat A. Casados of the Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
     She was elected by fellow judges to the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association, completed a state-wide conference in search and seizure law, earned a professional certificate and ran a successful reelection campaign to a third consecutive four-year term.

  • County records, historic archives get a new home

    County records and historic archives will have a home after the Los Alamos County Council approved an archive and county records facility as add-alternatives to the municipal building design-build project.
    Council approved the facility during their regular meeting Tuesday night. The county records center will be 6,500 square feet while the historic archives are planned to cover 7,500 square feet. The approximate cost for the add alternates is $2.7 million.

  • Candidates file for board seats

    Three seats are open on the Los Alamos School Board and two are up for grabs on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board. Candidates hoping to fill those seats submitted their declarations of candidacy at the county courthouse on Tuesday.

  • Holiday travelers benefit from spread-out season

    NEW YORK (AP) — As travelers take to the road, air and rail in the last days before Christmas, they should keep one thing in mind: It could be worse.

    Steve Kent scoffed at lines Thursday morning at New York's LaGuardia Airport as he got ready to fly to Denver on a family ski trip.

    "I don't find it that difficult," he said. "I think Thanksgiving is harder."

  • Storm lashes California, leaves polluted water

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California residents who endured flooding, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain now have another problem: contaminated water and fouled beaches.

  • NM unemployment call center to close 2 Fridays

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be closed the next two Fridays — Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions says unemployment insurance claimants should plan for that.

    The agency also notes the federal holidays of Christmas and New Year's on the next two Saturdays will mean banks and post offices will be closed. That could delay funds for unemployment insurance debit card holders and participants who have direct deposit or receive checks by mail.

  • Alaska court refuses to overturn sen. vote results

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller, refusing to overturn election results that favored his GOP rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race.

  • NKorea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war if attacked

    POCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea beat the drums of war Thursday, with each threatening the other with immediate retaliation if attacked.

    Seoul has staged days of military drills in a show of force meant to deter North Korea, including live-fire exercises earlier this week on a front-line island shelled by the North last month. Angered by the exercises, North Korea threatened Thursday it would launch a "sacred" nuclear war if Seoul hit it and warned that even the smallest intrusion on its territory would bring a devastating response.