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  • House Roll Call: Bill to extend tax cuts

    The 277-148 roll call Friday by which the House passed a bill to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes, renew jobless benefits and cut Social Security taxes.

    A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the measure.

    Voting yes were 139 Democrats and 138 Republicans.

    Voting no were 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans.

    X denotes those not voting.

    There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.

     

  • Stocks drift down a day after hitting 2-year highs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stock trading opened quietly Friday, a day after major indexes hit two-year highs.

    In a sign the economy is improving, the Conference Board said its index leading economic indicators rose 1.1 percent in November. The index — which tracks data such as orders for new goods and materials — rose 0.5 percent in October.

  • Mullen: Taliban hideouts can be shut down

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that he thinks it is possible that the Pakistani military can shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.

  • Autio's whirlwind rise to the top

    In a one-two punch Tuesday night, Chairman Michael Wismer announced that the Los Alamos County Council was terminating County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and appointing County Attorney Randy Autio acting administrator — effective immediately.
    “Never in my wildest dreams of five months coming to Los Alamos would I think I’d be the acting county administrator,” Autio said during an interview in his new county headquarters office Wednesday. “It’s surreal – I feel like I’m in a Salvador Dali painting.”

  • Weather Propels Construction Progress

  • First substantial snowstorm of the season arrives

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area that will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Friday morning.
    Snowfall is expected to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours and continue Thursday night before tapering off Friday morning.
    The high temperature today is expected to hover just above freezing and dip to 31 degrees overnight. The high tomorrow is expected to only reach the freezing point, and then dip into the mid-20s overnight.

  • CIP work awarded $910K

    Los Alamos County Council awarded $910,000 to conduct a number of capital improvement project (CIP) studies during a special meeting Wednesday night.
    The proposals, along with their costs, that are progressing into the study phase are:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift station, parking improvements, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and a cover — $240,000
    • Ashley Pond improvements that address health and safety such as ADA improvements, storm water and water quality issues — $125,000

  • Update 12-16-10

    Hill Diner to reopen

    Hill Diner expected to open for lunch Friday following today’s final building inspection.

    Candidate workshop

    A school board candidate workshop will be at 6 p.m. today at 2075 Trinity Drive, Suite V, for those interested in running for the Los Alamos Public Schools board. The workshop will provide candidates with an overview of the board policy on roles and communications. For more information contact Superintendent Gene Schmidt at 663-2230.

    GOP convention

  • 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways.

    The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

  • Okla. set to execute inmate with substitute drug

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man on Oklahoma's death row for the 2001 slaying of his cellmate is believed to be the first U.S. inmate set to be executed using a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals.