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  • Activists plan LANL peace vigil

    Trinity Nuclear Abolition (TNA) is set to hold an extended prayer vigil this weekend at Los Alamos National Laboratory and around Ashley Pond.

    Beginning at noon Sunday and ending at noon Monday, the group will gather to pray in front of the laboratory at the corner of West Jemez Road and Diamond Drive.

    “This Father’s Day prayer vigil is concurrent with Holy Trinity Sunday,” TNA spokesman Marcus Page said. “We expect eight or nine members Sunday and about 15 members Monday and Donna Martinez has assured us that LANL will not disturb our peaceful vigil.”

  • Texting campaign kicked off

    ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Susana Martinez kicked off the ‘W82TXT’ campaign, which seeks to discourage New Mexicans from texting while driving Thursday.
    The public awareness campaign, sponsored by 2KASA Fox and sister station KRQE News 13 in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Department of Public Transportation, is a statewide grassroots effort that asks New Mexicans to take a pledge against distracted driving.
    “This campaign is an important reminder that texting while driving can have devastating consequences,” Martinez said.

  • State Briefs 06-17-11

    Talks aimed at heading off hospital strike

    SANTA FE — Talks aimed at preventing a strike at Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center did not lead to a contract extension between the hospital and a labor union.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a contract extension would allow manager’s at Santa Fe’s only general hospital and the union more time to hammer out an agreement before it expires at the end of June.
    Union representatives say one major sticking point is the hospital’s reluctance to agree to contract provisions designed to hold the hospital accountable for maintaining certain staffing levels.

  • Trucks line up for runway construction

    It was a busy Friday morning at the Los Alamos Airport as trucks were queued up along the runway.

  • Syrian forces open fire on protesters, 16 killed

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    The three-month uprising has proved stunningly resilient despite a relentless crackdown by the military, the pervasive security forces and pro-regime gunmen. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as Assad desperately tries to maintain his grip on power.

  • MDs gather at AMA meeting amid reform uncertainty

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Cecil Wilson is an avid sailor, a hobby that has served him well in navigating the nation's largest doctors' group through murky, uncharted waters.

    Rising numbers of uninsured or underinsured patients, Medicare crises, looming doctor shortages, new physicians shunning primary care to pay off huge medical school debt — these are among issues weighing on doctors. And that doesn't even count the impending big changes coming through a revamped health care system.

  • Greek crisis eases after government reshuffle

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou replaced his finance minister Friday in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures will now be passed to prevent a devastating near-term debt default.

    After two days of political chaos that threatened to bring down the government, Germany also appeared ready to provide billions more in aid to carry the debt-ridden country through 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the private sector would not be forced to share in the pain of a second bailout.

  • Air Force flies 7 missions to battle NM wildfires

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires have flown seven missions and dumped about 12,000 gallons of retardant on blazes in New Mexico.

    The Air Force said Friday the C-130s are basing their operations at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. They arrived there Wednesday.

    The C-130 aircraft carry a system of pressurized tanks that can dump 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds.

    The planes are from the California Air National Guard at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Personnel from the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are overseeing the planes' operations.

  • Hecklers disrupt Weiner's somber resignation in NY--see video

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity.

    Instead, heckling and catcalls disrupted his news conference, creating a noisy, circus-like atmosphere that overshadowed the main event. It was an ungracious end, a fitting metaphor for the troubled congressman's career.

  • Marine reservist in custody after Pentagon scare--video

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Marine Corps reservist carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon.

    Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was discovered after 1 a.m. Friday inside Arlington National Cemetery, hours after it had closed. He was detained for trespassing after becoming uncooperative, authorities said, though he has not yet been charged with anything. Authorities believe Melaku acted alone.