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  • Judge in Va. strikes down federal health care law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal judge who struck down the very centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law Monday is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname "Hang 'Em High Henry" for his tough-on-crime stand as a prosecutor and on the bench.

    Among those who have felt U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's wrath is NFL star Michael Vick, who in 2007 received a nearly two-year sentence — and a dressing-down — for running a dogfighting ring.

  • Release of probe results delayed

    Last week’s release of a highly anticipated report concerning County Administrator Tony Mortillaro was put on hold because one or more county councilors raised last-minute questions during a closed executive session.
    “Because of the additional questions, we will need to add an addendum to the report,” County Attorney Randy Autio said. “However, even if the report with the addendum was complete, we can’t release it until council takes action on it. Until then, this is still considered an active personnel matter.”

  • Fifty years and counting

    Tammie Jones brought her two boys Jayson, 3, and Logan, 2, into David’s Old Fashioned Barber Shop, which has been in existence for 50 years.
    Owned by Dave Martinez for the past 15 years, the boys each sat in their own barber chair and the television was changed to the Cartoon Network.
    The boys were fixated as two barbers Dave Baca and Dave Martinez went to work.
    “I just get to watch all the kids grow up,” said the elder Martinez, who bought the business from Harold Lujan.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools look at STEM program

    SANTA FE — Innovate+Educate is the brainchild of Jamai Blivin of Santa Fe.
    And on Thursday night, Innovate+Educate along with Citizen Schools hosted a panel that discussed “Pay It Forward” for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
    The panel consisted of Eugene Schmidt, superitendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, Bobbie Gutierrez, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Eric Schwarz, CEO of Citizen Schools of Boston and Carlos Contreras, the U.S. Director of Education for Intel Corporation.

  • Los Alamos earns spot on National Geographic map

    Los Alamos has a lot to offer visitors — spectacular views, a unique history and small town charm. The challenge it faces is spreading the word about the community’s assets. Luckily, it is getting some assistance from National Geographic.

  • Update 12-12-10

    Committee meeting

    The White Rock Implementation Committee meets the second Monday of the month. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the White Rock Town hall. Call 662-8120 for more information.

    ‘Go Back for Murder’

  • Blizzard socks Midwest with 20 inches of snow

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A powerful snowstorm socked the upper Midwest on Saturday with as much as 20 inches of snow, forcing authorities to close state roads across five states as heavy winds made for treacherous driving conditions.

    The snowstorm was expected to be followed by dangerous cold. North Dakota experienced wind chills of 20 degrees below zero, and the arctic air was expected to drop temperatures below zero by Sunday night throughout the Dakotas and in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • OPEC ministers make no change in output

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — OPEC announced Saturday that it will not change oil output with prices just below $90 per barrel, comfortable inventories, and persisting global economic uncertainty.

    The 12-member cartel's decision was based on its projection that demand for crude would grow more slowly in 2011 than it did this year.

    In a statement, the ministers cited "the challenging risks to the fragile global economic recovery" including "fears of a second banking crisis in Europe" as the rationale for their decision.

  • Obama: Tax cut deal not perfect, but worth passage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren't happy about what he negotiated with the GOP.

    Pressing for passage by year's end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday that "our recovery will be strengthened or weakened based on the choice that now rests with Congress."

  • Madoff son found dead in NYC in apparent suicide

    NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff hanged himself by a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father's arrest in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings, law enforcement officials said.

    Mark Madoff, 46, was found hanging from a ceiling pipe in the living room of his SoHo loft apartment as his 2-year-old son slept in a nearby bedroom, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.