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  • Strikes hit Gadhafi forces outside besieged city--video extra

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — France declared Libya's airspace "under control" on Friday, after NATO agreed to take command of the no-fly zone in a compromise that appeared to set up dual command centers and possibly new confusion. Coalition warplanes struck Moammar Gadhafi's forces outside the strategic eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya.

    The overnight French and British strikes on an artillery battery and armored vehicles were intended to give a measure of relief to Ajdabiya, where residents have fled more than a week of shelling and fighting between rebels and government troops. Explosions also could be heard in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, before daybreak Friday, apparently from airstrikes.

  • Unsure future for city in shadow of nuclear plant--see video

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — Hidekatsu Sato stands in the doorway of his gutted house and looks out impassively at the sea as it laps up against the harbor wall just a few meters away. Born and raised here, he went to Tokyo to work as a plumber, then returned a few years ago to live out his retirement years.

    "I came back here to die, and that's still my plan," the grizzled 73-year old said. "I'm not leaving."

    With radiation leaking from a nuclear power plant near his city, he may not have that choice.

  • Update 03-23-11

    Public input
    The Municipal Building/Archives/Records Center public meeting will be at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

    CIP business
    There will be a special Capital Improvement Projects Business Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • Farewell Freddie Rascon

    Laughter mixed with tears filled two events honoring retiring pastor and police Sgt. Federico (Freddie) Rascon and his family this week.

    “Freddie has been with the police department for 20 years, he is a sergeant but is qualified and capable of holding any position in the department – it has just been a lack of vacancies that limited him from rising higher in the ranks,” said Chief Wayne Torpy during a police farewell event Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    On behalf of Los Alamos County, Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Rascon with a Nambe gift engraved with words of appreciation. She spoke of her memories of Rascon driving her and then council chair Lawry Mann around the county to survey the devastation following the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • Commuter flight idea takes wing

    Commercial airlines that attempted to serve Los Alamos have encountered some turbulence in the past.

    However, Los Alamos County Council directed staff to investigate the potential for getting service off the ground once again during its regular meeting Tuesday.  

    The potential will be explored for teaming up with Taos, Ruidoso and Las Cruces in a deal that would result in New Mexico Airlines providing local flights for each of the towns.

  • Rockets, bomb kill 5 in Pakistan

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Three rocket attacks and a bomb struck parts of western Pakistan on Wednesday, killing five people, including a child, police said.

    The rockets hit several busy roads in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, police chief Daood Junejo said.

    The province has been a scene of low-level insurgency for years by nationalist groups who want a greater share of revenue from resources in the oil- and gas-rich region. A police officer and a child were among those killed by rockets and 15 people were injured.

  • Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

    The world's fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.

  • Spring? Yeah, right: Snow for Midwest, Northeast

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Spring can't seem to upstage winter in the Northeast and parts of the nation's midsection, as a far-reaching storm on Wednesday brought up to a foot of snow to areas from the Dakotas to upstate New York.

    Scores of schools closed or delayed opening in Wisconsin, northeastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northwest New Jersey because of the weather.

    Communities in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains were expecting more than 11 inches by the time the storm moved out late Wednesday, The National Weather Service reported.

    Up to 6 inches of snow had already fallen in parts of western New York and up to a foot more could fall upstate by Thursday.

  • Anxiety in Japan over radiation in tap water

    TOKYO (AP) — Shops across Tokyo began rationing goods — milk, toilet paper, rice and water — as a run on bottled water coupled with delivery disruptions left shelves bare Thursday nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    Anxiety over food and water remained high a day after Tokyo officials reported that radioactive iodine in the city's tap water measured more than twice the level considered safe for babies.

    Radiation has been leaking from a nuclear plant 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo since it was struck by the March 11 quake and engulfed by the ensuing tsunami. Feverish efforts to get the plant's crucial cooling system back in operation have been beset by explosions, fire and radiation scares.

  • Libya mission gaining, as US to cede control--see video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the air war in Libya achieves some of its early objectives, such as grounding Moammar Gadhafi's air force, the Obama administration is looking for a quick exit — at least from a front-line role in an international operation that has yet to gain the robust participation of Arab nations that Washington wanted.

    Civilians in major cities like Misrata are still bearing the burden of clashes with pro-Gadhafi forces that are showing little sign of heeding international demands that they retreat for peace. That is raising the prospect of stalemate and doubt about whether the Libyan leader can be defeated outright.