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  • Winter Storm clobbers much of NM, frigid temps to follow

    As of 11 a.m. Thursday, snow was falling again in most sections of Los Alamos. Unofficially, it appears the area has been blanketed with at least six inches of snow with more forecasted to fall throughout the day.

    By late morning, Los Alamos County officials reported that all non-essential personnel are being sent home for the day. The aquatic center and libraries are closing early. Trash pick-up will continue as long as conditions permit Thursday.

  • Bison: It's what's for dinner

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn't bother the bison on Ed Eichten's ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement.

  • Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's intelligence service on Wednesday arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

    Swedish police said they arrested a fifth suspect.

  • Palestinians to take settlement battle to UN

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, part of a growing Palestinian campaign to rally international pressure against Israel with peace efforts deadlocked.

  • Airlines play huge game of catch-up in NYC area

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airports trying to shepherd a backlog of planes churned snow plows through the night, kept snack bars open late and scrubbed teeming terminals ceaselessly in an effort to return thousands of passengers stranded by a weekend snowstorm to their homes.

    By morning, most flights at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport were taking off and landing as scheduled. Continental Airlines said on its website that its hub there was nearly normal but that some cancelations and delays remained.

  • Petition failed to reflect opinion

    A sworn affidavit filed during last month’s injunction hearing indicates that former County Attorney Mary McInerny advised petitioner Richard Hannemann, that in her opinion, the wording in the petition he intended to circulate was illegal.

    His petition called for an election where voters would decide whether a new municipal building should replicate the original structure at the site near Ashley Pond.

  • Snowstorm could dump 8-12 inches

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Northern New Mexico including Los Alamos, beginning Wednesday afternoon.
    The forecast calls for snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches and there is a chance of blowing snow as winds are expected to be 15 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.
    Precipitation will begin Wednesday morning but will intensify Wednesday afternoon with snow becoming more widespread and heavy. Snow will continue Wednesday night and into Thursday before tapering off in the afternoon.

  • Texas social worker named to run CYFD

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected Texas social worker Yolanda Berumen-Deines to become secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

    A senior aide to Martinez says Berumen-Deines is being nominated to run the agency that operates New Mexico's juvenile justice system.

    The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because Martinez plans to make the announcement later Tuesday.

  • Consumer confidence slides in December

    Consumer confidence slipped this month as more people worried that the job market is worsening.

    The latest survey from Conference Board showed a decline even after reports are showing that people increased their holiday spending at the biggest rate in four years and other indicators suggest the economy is brightening.