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  • House Democrats' bill freezes most agency budgets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are promising to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments while wrapping Congress' unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure.

    The 423-page measure, unveiled in the wee hours Wednesday, would cap the agencies' operating budgets at $1.2 trillion, the level of the budget year that ended in September. That's about 4 percent less than President Barack Obama asked for.

  • Elizabeth Edwards' legacy: toughness amid tragedy

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal.

    Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public life but shared her story and advocated for health-care reform.

  • LANB hosts rootin' tootin' gala

    Cowboys strutted in big boots and blue jeans and painted ladies sashayed in racy red dresses and silky black hose at Friday’s “Round-up Rendezvous” fundraiser for United Way of Northern New Mexico.
    Modeled after Santa Fe’s Buckaroo Ball, Danette Clark of Los Alamos National Bank chaired the committee that brought the first “fancy western-styled gala” to Fuller Lodge.

  • County council gets ready for a new year

    The Los Alamos County Council took stock of the present and began preparing for the future during a strategic planning session held Friday and Saturday in the Los Alamos Research Park.
    Council Chair Mike Wismer said that Friday was spent talking about the governance model and what the relationship between the council and the administrator should be. He added the council also discussed key issues that the council will face in the upcoming year.

  • Lighting up for the holidays

    Ashley Pond glows with holiday tradition following Saturday’s Parade of Lights along Central Avenue. The Elks Club Float won first place,  the Department of Public Utilities and County Transit Department’s Polar Express Float garnered second and floats from Los Alamos Medical Center and ZIA Credit Union tied for third place honors. See more parade photos in the Seen @ the Scene section of Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

     

  • Pearl Harbor survivors gather 69 years later

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Aging Pearl Harbor survivors on Tuesday heard reassurances their sacrifice would be remembered and passed on to future generations as they gathered to mark the 69th anniversary of the attack.

  • Stocks pop after Obama, GOP agree on taxes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly after President Barack Obama and Republican leaders agreed to a package of tax cuts and an extension of unemployment benefits. Bond prices fell as traders moved money into riskier assets.

  • Biden urges Dems to embrace Obama's tax-cut plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday urged congressional Democrats to quickly embrace a contentious tax cut plan that President Barack Obama cut with Republicans, arguing that the rank and file need to move on to other issues before the party loses control of the House in January.

  • Judge denies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, ordering the leader of secret-spilling website behind bars as his organization's finances came under increasing pressure.

    Assange showed no reaction as Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail in an extradition case that could see him sent to Sweden to face allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion.

  • Gulf leaders want Iran to respond to peace efforts

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of six U.S.-allied Gulf Arab nations said Tuesday they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs.