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  • Pool boils at Japan nuke plant as evacuees weary

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan's radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to reconnect critical cooling systems.

    In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a nuclear safety official said. With water bubbling away, there is a risk that more radioactive steam could spew out. "We cannot leave this alone and we must take care of it as quickly as possible," said the official, Hidehiko Nishiyama.

  • No quick fix seen at Japan's nuclear plant

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan's leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.

    Restoring the power to all six units at the tsunami-damaged complex is key, because it will, in theory, power up the maze of motors, valves and switches that help deliver cooling water to the overheated reactor cores and spent fuel pools that are leaking radiation.

  • AP Sources: Pawlenty to form White House committee

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor struggling for name recognition against better-known Republicans eying the presidency, told supporters on Monday that he will take the first formal step toward seeking the nomination, The Associated Press has learned.

  • Cruise missile blasts Gadhafi's compound--see video


    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi's residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition.

  • Workers flee Japan nuke plant as smoke rises--watch video

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Gray smoke rose from two reactor units Monday, temporarily stalling critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to stabilize Japan's radiation-leaking nuclear complex.

    Workers are racing to bring the nuclear plant under control, but the process is proceeding in fits and starts, stalled by incidents like the smoke and by the need to work methodically to make sure wiring, pumps and other machinery can be safely switched on.

  • Dozens of puppies may be euthanized unless adopted

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Plans by the city-county animal shelter in Las Cruces to euthanize about 50 puppies will be re-evaluated after a weekend rush of adoptions.

    Kennel supervisor Paul Richardson says the number of expected euthanizations is way down because people came to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley after hearing about the plans.

    Richardson says 17 puppies were adopted Saturday and the shelter was on track to do about the same on Sunday. That's way above normal.

  • Some progress seen in Japan nuclear crisis

  • Radiation discovery fans food fears in Japan

  • Toll from Japan disasters at 8400

  • Airport renovation

    The Los Alamos Airport will soon undergo some changes and updates.  The existing runway will be rehabilitated and  extended eastward by 450 feet.
    A new visual approach system, which will involve electrical work at the airport, will also be installed.
    The runway is expected to close May 31 for three weeks for the repaving to occur, followed by a closure for seven days in July for grooving and striping.
    The possible return of scheduled air service to the airport will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at White Rock Fire Station 3.