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  • Libyan rebels say NATO airstrikes hit their forces

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Rebel fighters claimed NATO airstrikes blasted their forces Thursday in another apparent mistake that sharply escalated anger about coordination with the military alliance in efforts to cripple Libyan forces. At least two rebels were killed and more than a dozen injured, a doctor said.

    The attack — near the front lines outside the eastern oil port of Brega — would be the second accidental NATO strike against rebel forces in less than a week and brought cries of outrage from fighters struggling against Moammar Gadhafi's larger and more experienced military.

    "Down, down with NATO," shouted one fighter as dozens of rebel vehicles raced eastward from the front toward the rebel-held city of Ajbadiya.

  • Trump hammers away at Obama's citizenship question--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate tycoon Donald Trump said Thursday he isn't convinced that President Barack Obama was born in the United States ,but says he hopes the president can prove that he was.

    Officials in Hawaii have certified Obama's citizenship, but "birthers" have demanded additional proof. And Trump, who is weighing whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination, says not all the questions haven't been answered.

    In an interview broadcast Thursday, Trump told NBC News he plans to decide by June whether to run, and said that if he is the GOP nominee, "I'd like to beat him straight up," not on the basis of the question of where Obama was born.

  • Japan races to find tsunami dead despite radiation

    MINAMI SOMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese police raced Thursday to find thousands of missing bodies before they completely decompose along a stretch of tsunami-pummeled coast that has been largely off-limits because of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant.

    Nearly a month after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake generated the tsunami along Japan's northeastern coast, more than 15,000 people are still missing. Many of those may have been washed out to sea and will never be found.

  • Lawyers say Jackson was desperate over finances

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson was on the brink of financial ruin when he agreed to do his "This is It" concert tour, and his fear of failure spurred by severe insomnia drove him to take desperate measures that killed him, a lawyer for his doctor said Wednesday,

    The statements by defense attorney Edward Chernoff during a pretrial hearing brought a new twist to the case being built by lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged in the death of Jackson.

  • GOP seeks 1-week extension as shutdown looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of a deal, congressional leaders bargained and squabbled by turns Thursday on legislation to cut spending and prevent a partial government shutdown that loomed for Friday at midnight.

    After all-night talks among aides, President Barack Obama summoned Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. to the White House meeting for the second time in a little over 12 hours.

  • Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — Eight-year-old Aidan Elliott had thrown a TV and chairs at his Colorado elementary school and was trying to use a cart to bust through a door to an office where teachers and other students fled for safety.

    No one could calm the boy, not even the staff in a program for children with behavior problems like him. So they called police, who had intervened with Aidan twice before.

    Police found him with a foot-long piece of wood trim with a knife-like point in one hand and a cardboard box in the other.

    "Come get me, f-----," he said.

    When they couldn't calm him down, one squirted Aidan with pepper spray. He blocked it with the cardboard box.

  • Council to review muni building

    Citizens interested in learning about the municipal building design and site options, along with public comments received in the last two months about the various options, are encouraged to attend the next council meeting at 7 p.m. April 12 at the White Rock Fire Station 3.
    The county’s project team will brief the council about the project and work completed to date.
    No action will be taken; the selected design and site plan are expected to go to council for consideration and approval in May, with later site plan reviews before the Planning and Zoning Commission this summer.
    The new building will be located in the vacant county-owned lot just east of the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

  • Employees Honored

    On April 1, the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel recognized employees who have provided service and hospitality to local residents and visitors for five years or more. Denise Smith, general manager, “We were delighted to celebrate their being such an important part of our success. We are very proud to be a landmark Los Alamos business that retains loyal staff.” The employees who were honored were Leo Vargas, 10 years, Peggy Armstrong, five years, Barb McDonald, 16 years, Blanca Chavez, nine years, Oscar Chavez, five years, Diego Torres, five years, Perla Chavez, six years, Florence Lucero, nine years, Florence Riebe, eight years, Lume Lako, seven years, and Alejandro Zamora, five years. Not pictured are Ernesto Aguilar, five years and Felix Ortiz, six years.

  • Update 04-06-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m., April 9 at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • County turns down exemption

    If  local residents and businesses have to go through the planning and zoning process then a county project should as well, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously decided during its Tuesday night meeting.

    The council rejected the staff’s request to exempt the Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s (NEDO) Smart House from the county’s site plan/special use permit approval process, in spite of the fact that the demonstration facility doesn’t fit into any existing category in terms of the type of structure that will ultimately house the project.  

    “We need to hold ourselves to the same standards everyone else adheres to,” Councilor Geoff Rodgers said.