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  • 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.

  • Stocks help offset bailout losses

    WASHINGTON — Stock sales are helping the government offset projected losses from its $700 billion rescue of the financial system.
    The Treasury Department has brought in $35 billion in revenue over two years, boosted by ongoing sales of Citigroup stock, new data show. But the Congressional Budget Office projects taxpayers will still lose $25 billion for bailing out the financial sector and U.S. automakers.

  • County tables possible tax cut

    Deciding it was not prudent to move forward with reductions in gross receipt tax rates (GRT), three ordinances each proposing to repeal a 1/8 percent GRT increment were tabled during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.
    It was recommended that the reductions in GRT rates be included in financial planning discussions next year.
    Councilor Robert Gibson presented the three ordinances, which addressed a general increment, a county correctional increment and a fire protection increment.

  • Dog survives 80-foot Bayo Canyon plunge

    Bayo Canyon was the scene of a harrowing rescue mid-morning Saturday. High-angle firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department rushed to the cliff’s edge to find Brody, a 6-year-old Rottweiler mix stranded some 80 feet below.
    The 60-pound canine had been hiking with his owner when he spotted a squirrel scurrying across the path ahead of them. The varmint disappeared over the side of the canyon with Brody in close pursuit.

  • Sleigh bells ring on the Valles Caldera

    Visit the Valles Caldera National Preserve at a pleasant speed — from a horse-drawn sleigh. Matched draft horses take you through the historical ranch headquarters.
    From aboard the 60-minute ride, you’ll experience a winter wonderland with possible visions of hunting birds and jumping coyotes. A guide will share the interesting history and lore of the “old Baca Ranch,” offering insight into its past and its future.

  • Obama urges Congress to pass agreement on tax cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the tax-cut deal he negotiated with Republicans is a "good deal for the American people," and he's calling on Congress to pass it before the end of the year to keep tax rates from rising for just about everyone in 2011.

  • LANL spending buoys business

    Los Alamos National Laboratory purchased nearly $1 billion in goods and services in the 2010 fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. The $925 million in purchases was helped in part by funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act the Laboratory received for environmental remediation and basic research.
    The Laboratory also exceeded its goals for purchases made by small businesses in Northern New Mexico, the state and the country.