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  • Raw Video: 7.6 Quake Reported in Costa Rica

    A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday. There were no immediate accounts of injuries, but communications were down in many areas.

  • Powerful earthquake rocks Costa Rica

    NOSARA, Costa Rica (AP) — A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic, but officials said there were no reports of deaths.

    The USGS said the 8:42 a.m. (10:42 a.m. EDT; 1442 GMT) quake struck about 38 miles (60 kilometers) from the town of Liberia. It was centered about 25 miles (41 kilometers) below the surface. The magnitude initially was estimated at 7.9.

    In the town of Hojancha a few miles (kilometers) from the epicenter, city official Kenia Campos said the quake knocked down some houses and landslides blocked several roads.

    "So far, we don't have victims," she said. "People were really scared ... We have had moderate quakes but an earthquake (this strong) hadn't happened in more than 50 years."

  • Today in History for September 5th
  • First lady's message: Obama is just like you

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

    "Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it," the first lady told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in an address intended to reassure voters that her husband share their values — hard work, perseverance and optimism — while also drawing a contrast between him and Mitt Romney.

    Mrs. Obama never mentioned the president's Republican challenger, who grew up in a world of privilege and wealth.

    But the point was clear as she weaved a tapestry of their early years together, when money was tight and times were tough, when they were "so in love, and so in debt." She reminisced about the man who now occupies the Oval Office pulling his favorite coffee table out of the trash and wearing dress shoes that were a size too small. And she told stories about a president who still takes time to eat dinner with his daughters nearly every night, answering their questions about the news and strategizing about middle-school friendships.

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    NM teenager immunization rates improve

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Department of Health reports an improvement in immunization rates for teenagers.

    About 81 percent of New Mexicans from ages 13 to 17 were covered last year by a vaccine protecting against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. That's up from 72 percent in 2010 and it's higher than the national rate of 78 percent.

    The department offers free immunizations at public health clinics for children in families without health insurance.

    Nearly 71 percent of New Mexico's teenagers had the vaccine against chickenpox last year, up from 56 percent in 2010. New Mexico was above the national coverage rate of 68 percent in 2011.

    Meningococcal vaccine coverage was almost 65 percent last year, up from 53 percent in 2010 but below the national rate of 70 percent.

    Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

    SANTA FE (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports the bear was first spotted at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

    A few hours later, the bear was found along the Santa Fe River, two blocks from the city's historic plaza.

  • Seven vie for open council seat

    The Los Alamos County Council meets in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday to select a replacement for Ron Selvage, who resigned just more than a month ago. The successful candidate will serve through the end of Selvage's term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

    Seven Letters of Interest were received before the Aug. 28 deadline. Information from those letters of interest was extracted to produce the following profiles.

    Edward R. Birnbaum (Democrat), only recently moved to Los Alamos, but he has spent some time here visiting his daughter and her husband for more than 15 years.

    Birnbaum has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and spent 24 years at New Mexico State University's Chemistry Department. Birnbaum was also contracted to work on two nuclear waste remediation projects for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    During16 years as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Birnbaum doubled student enrollment, developed a new computational center, increased the department’s research productivity and was active in university governance.

    Birnbaum believes his experience prepares him for dealing with issues related to LANL and the environment.

  • Today in History for September 4th