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  • Al-Awlaki's father sues to stop son's targeted killing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for the father of a cleric trying to inspire Muslims to kill Americans argued in court Monday to keep his son from being targeted for death by President Barack Obama.

    U.S. District Judge John Bates heard arguments in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki on the same day that the American cleric made a renewed call for jihad against U.S. citizens in a video posted on extremist websites.

  • LA resident named to Martinez' engineer search committee

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has named a former state Environment Department secretary to help in selecting who will serve as New Mexico's top water policy official.

    Martinez announced Monday a search committee that will identify and recommend candidates to become state engineer.

    One committee member is Peter Maggiore (Ma-JOAR'-ee) of Los Alamos, who was environment secretary under former Republican Gary Johnson.

    The search committee chairman is Albuquerque developer and contractor Jack Westman.

  • New Mexico-born radical Yemeni cleric calls for killing Americans

    CAIRO (AP) — A U.S.-born Islamic cleric linked to attacks by al-Qaida in Yemen on U.S. targets called for Muslims around the world to kill Americans in a new video posted on extremist websites Monday.

  • CIP proposals may yield improvements

    Whether it’s the aging golf course, cracked tennis courts or other facilities, members of the community and county staff are well underway in the process for determining which capital improvement projects are most pressing.

  • Young guns aim to make their mark

    The impression that it’s a battle to run a business in Los Alamos hasn’t deterred a growing crop of young entrepreneurs from returning to town after college to set up shop.

    Melissa Paternoster, a Los Alamos native, purchased the Blue Window Restaurant in June. Paternoster is a graduate of Los Alamos High School and attended the University of New Mexico.

  • Yemen orders New Mexico-born cleric found 'dead or alive'

    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni judge ordered police Saturday to find a radical U.S.-born cleric "dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners.

    Yemen is under heavy U.S. pressure to crack down on the country's al-Qaida offshoot after a scheme to send bombs through the mail in packages addressed to the U.S. was thwarted a week ago. The group known as l-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the plot on Friday.

  • WH announces $10 billion in trade deals with India

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing trade deals worth $10 billion with India that are expected to create 54,000 U.S. jobs.

    He's also unveiling new export rules designed to make it easier for U.S. companies to do business with the nation of 1.2 billion people.

    Obama was to make the announcements in a speech to U.S. and Indian business executives Saturday on the first day of his 10-day, four-country Asia trip.

  • Police wrap up some cases, others are pending

    Los Alamos police have wrapped up a number of cases recently and others are moving forward in the judicial process. The most recent case of note involves Katrina Vigil, 25, and the death of her infant son, Grey Vigil, who was allegedly found in a closet several days after his birth. Vigil gave birth Sept. 24 and did not report it or seek medical care for herself or the newborn, according to reports.

    “Emergency Room doctors at the Los Alamos Medical Center contacted us Tuesday to report a possible child abuse case,” Capt. Randy Foster said at the time.

  • Swim coach charged with drunk driving

    Los Alamos High School Diving Coach Keith Greene, 45, of Los Alamos, was arrested following a traffic stop on San Ildefonso Road at 11:02 p.m. Oct. 22.

    Greene was charged with aggravated DWI after refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test at the scene.
    Lt. Reggie Briggle of the Los Alamos Police Department said, “Mr. Greene is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in magistrate court on Dec. 15.”

  • Citizens chime in on Trinity Site

    Questions and suggestions filled the air during a second public listening session regarding the Trinity Site Revitalization Project (TRSP) at White Rock Town Hall Thursday evening.

    There’s been a lot of “almosts” regarding the TRSP, said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent and TRSP Advisory Committee Member Gene Schmidt.

    But with a new developer ready to pull the trigger on the long-awaited project, the committee is prepared to recommend North American Development Group to County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.