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  • Family of slain Palestinian seeks murder charge

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Relatives of a Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli police still hope to have the officer who killed him tried for murder, their lawyer said Wednesday, even though the officer was cleared by Israeli authorities.

  • Pa. abortion doc charged with 8 counts of murder

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Obama hosts Hu as world powers seek common ground

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House Wednesday with full honors, a red carpet and a color guard. But the two leaders wasted no time in delivering pointed messages to each other at the start of daylong meetings to address trade, security and human rights issues that have been the cause of past strain between the two powers.

  • 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.