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  • Night in Monte Carlo hits jackpot

    Sometimes fundraising can be a gamble; it’s a dice roll if the event will succeed. The Family YMCA’s Red and Black Ball held Saturday at Central Avenue Grill, however, paid off big time.
    The annual event was completely sold out and raised a net of $53,660. With a theme of a Night in Monte Carlo, the Red and Black Ball included a dinner and silent and live auctions. Vacation stays at condos located in Hawaii and Las Vegas as well as benches and jewelry created by teens at the Española Teen Center were offered in the live auction.

  • LA mayor concept gains some traction with subcommittee

    Two things were certain at Monday’s Structure of Government Subcommittee meeting – Los Alamos was deemed a wrong fit for a “strong” mayor form of governance and the local county administrator’s title should be changed to the more typical title of county manager.

    Albuquerque is the only city in the state with a “strong” mayor, which essentially means that person wields significant power in running the city.

  • Will Palin's unconventional style bring success?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — She says what she wants, does what she wants and makes no apologies. And love her or hate her, you can't really argue with this: Politics as usual has never been Sarah Palin's style.

    "I wasn't wired to play that game," the former Alaska governor says in "Going Rogue," the memoir whose title reflects her affinity for going her own way.

  • Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of people marching for the ouster of Yemen's U.S.-allied president clashed Tuesday with police and government supporters, and at least three demonstrators were injured in a fifth straight day of Egypt-inspired protests.

  • E-mails: Ariz. college was on alert for Loughner

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona college that Jared Loughner attended was on alert and concerned he would return to the Tucson campus a week before a Jan. 8 shooting spree that killed six and wounded 13, including a congresswoman, according to e-mail messages.

  • Stocks fall after surprisingly weak retail sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Tuesday after the government reported surprisingly weak retail sales numbers.

    The Commerce Department said retail sales rose for the seventh straight month in January, but the increase was the smallest since June. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent, just half of what economists had predicted.

  • Grammys sing the praises of independent labels

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales.

    Meanwhile, the rest of music industry is trying to figure out if the unsung acts from smaller labels are winning major awards because of the viral nature of the Internet — or in spite of it.

  • GOP mocks Obama budget, House weighs spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are mocking President Obama's $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House.

  • Child prostitution sting snares founder of grocery chains

    PHOENIX (AP) — The founder of two chains of natural foods grocery stores has resigned after he was arrested in a child prostitution sting in Phoenix.

    On Monday, a Maricopa County magistrate set a $12,000 bond for a natural foods executive arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with a minor.

    Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Michael Gilliland was accused of soliciting sex online with someone who identified herself as an underage girl. He faces a charge of felony child prostitution.

  • End of an era at LANL

    Scott Gibbs is a busy man at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as the associate director for threat identification and response.

    But sometimes he catches himself as he looks out the window of his seventh-floor office of the National Security Sciences Building. He has a bird’s eye view of the demolition at the site of the old administration building and the memories often come flooding back.