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  • Suicide bomber kills 36 at funeral in NW Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban militiamen in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 36 mourners and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

    The blast near the city of Peshawar was not far from the tribally administered regions bordering Afghanistan where militants are at their strongest. The area struck is home to several tribal armies that battle the Taliban with the government's encouragement.

  • Christian-Muslim clashes in Egypt kill 11

    CAIRO (AP) — Muslim-Christian clashes in the Egyptian capital Cairo have killed 11 people and wounded more than 90, security and hospital officials said on Wednesday.

    The clashes broke out Tuesday night when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church last week. Muslims torched the church amid an escalation of tensions between the two religious groups over a love affair between a Muslim and a Christian that set off a violent feud between the couple's families.

  • Trooper: Fire in rural Pa. farmhouse kills 7 kids

    BLAIN, Pa. (AP) — Seven children are dead after police say a central Pennsylvania farm house caught fire while their mother was in a barn milking cows and their father was taking a nap in a milk delivery truck.

    Trooper Tom Pinkerton says a 3-year-old girl escaped from the blaze to alert her mother, who police believe tried to get into the home before running to a neighbor's home for help.

  • NM governor nominates Bemis to head energy agency

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated an assistant commissioner at the State Land Office to serve as head of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    Martinezsays John Bemis' experience in overseeing energy development at the Land Office makes him a qualified candidate.

    Bemis joined the State Land Office in 2003 and has served as assistant commissioner for oil, gas, and mineral resources since 2004. He previously worked as senior attorney for the Farmingtonregion at Burlington Resources, Inc.

  • Senate to vote on rival budgets

    WASHINGTON — A freshman Democratic senator accused Barack Obama Tuesday of failing to provide presidential leadership on a worsening national deficit as the Democratic Senate leader charged that Republicans are trying to block an up-or-down vote on a GOP bill containing substantial budget cuts.
    Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., called on Obama to lead “tough negotiations” on wrapping up last year’s unfinished budget work and said that “right now, that is not happening.”

  • Inquiry leads to captains ouster

    Another three captains are in hot water at the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    Capt. Joaquin Casaus was placed on administrative leave Feb. 17, following an issue with his random drug test. The tests are routinely administered to fire personnel who hold Q clearances from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Essentially, any first responders who might be involved in emergency situations at the lab must maintain a Q-level security clearance. The Q clearance is used by the Department of Energy and is equivalent to a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.

  • Science Bowl champs

    The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team again won first place in the Regional Science Bowl held Saturday, on the Albuquerque Academy campus.
    Approximately 28 teams from New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.
    Launched in 1991, the Science Bowl is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.
    Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach.

  • Challenges remain for sustainability

    Los Alamos County is learning it isn’t easy being green as it grapples with the challenges of implementing environmentally sustainable practices.
    The county’s new hybrid refuse truck is one of those challenges. During a sustainable town hall meeting Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, Tom Nagawiecki, environmental services specialist, said the county is experiencing problems with the truck.
    “We have not achieved the fuel efficiency levels we were suppose to achieve,” he told the Los Alamos Monitor Monday.

  • Update 03-08-11

    LA County Arts
    Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library. Agenda items include electing new officers.

    School Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 5 :30 p.m Tuesday in Building #1, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    CMRR update
    A CMRR update will be at
    6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge for the public.

     PEEC offers new class

  • Indictments issued in drivers license scheme

    SANTA FE – Four illegal foreign nationals, including the ring leader who is accused of charging $6,000 per individual to fraudulently obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, have been indicted on felony criminal charges.
    This is the sixth incident in the last seven months involving criminal operators bringing out-of-state illegal immigrants to New Mexico for the sole purpose of obtaining a license.
    A Santa Fe grand jury last week returned indictments against ring leader Siraj A. “Sunny” Poonawala, 55.