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  • Shoppers won't lose energy in 2011, economists say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers' holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what's to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire.

    Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It's the surest sign yet they're becoming less frugal as the economy rebounds.

  • Witness in Jackson case: Things didn't add up

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The career paramedic dashed into Michael Jackson's bedroom, looked around and listened to a doctor's explanation for why the singer was ostensibly lifeless and came to the conclusion that things didn't add up.

    Richard Senneff said the gaunt patient, an IV stand and bag next to the bed and the presence of Dr. Conrad Murray pointed more to a hospice patient, not an international pop superstar about to embark a series of London concerts.

  • Friends say Omaha school gunman was fun, outgoing

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An angry online posting from the 17-year-old boy who opened fire at a Nebraska high school, fatally wounding an assistant principal before later killing himself, offers some clues about why the son of a police detective turned violent a couple of months after transferring there.

  • Stover elected as council chair

    The first order of business for the new Los Alamos County Council was electing its officers. Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover was unanimously elected council chair and newly seated Councilor Jim Hall was elected 4-3 to serve as elected vice chair.

    The council, with its four newly elected members, held its first meeting of 2011 Tuesday night in council chambers.

    “I’m honored to serve and I look forward to working with everyone on council,” Stover told the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Fired employee suing county

    Diana Stepan, who was terminated from her $146,000-a-year job as an assistant county administrator Monday, has retained trial lawyer Sam Bregman of Bregman & Loman, PC in Albuquerque to represent her in a lawsuit against Los Alamos County.

    Stepan has referred all media inquiries surrounding the suit to Bregman.

  • Ski patrol evacuates 21 off chairlift

    Twenty-one skiers and snowboarders had to be rescued after the beginner chairlift malfunctioned Jan. 1 at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos.
    “We were waiting in line when the lift stopped. We waited for a while and we walked to the top and took a photo,” said Barbara Wendelberger, who was ski boarding that day.
    Wendelberger said she is a regular at Pajarito Mountain.
    “I have seen the lift stop but then move again,” she said. “I have never seen them rescue people.”

  • Update 01-05-11

    Transportation Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works Conference Room, located at 2101 Trinity Drive.
    Agenda items include discussing a pedestrian transportation policy and the FY 2012 work plan.

    Open house

    The Community Development Department will host an open house for Rick Bohn’s retirement.
    Join us for refreshments to wish him well in his future endeavors from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the CDD offices, which are located 195 East Road, Suite 104.

  • LAFD responds to 15 burst pipe calls

    Water pipes are bursting all over town and in White Rock due to the recent sustained frigid temperatures. Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson said from Dec. 30 through this morning, the Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 15 calls related to pipes bursting from the below freezing weather.
    Fuller Lodge, several apartment complexes and a number of buildings belonging to Los Alamos National Laboratory have been affected, Thompson said.

  • Missing father and son found

    ALBUQUERQUE – A father and son were headed home to El Paso, after being found Tuesday in the Gila National Forest, where they had been missing for days in extremely cold temperatures.
    Robert Fritz, 55, and his son, Austin, 15, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico, state police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson said.
    Both suffered from hypothermia, he said. Hypothermia is a dangerous decrease in the body’s core temperature.

  • NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called Wednesday for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.