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  • Foreign policy questions mount as final debate nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sensing a moment of political vulnerability on national security, Republicans pounced Friday on disclosures that President Barack Obama's administration could have known early on that militants, not angry protesters, launched the attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya.

    Within 24 hours of the deadly attack, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by terrorists, officials told The Associated Press. But for days, the Obama administration blamed it on an out-of-control demonstration over an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

    Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, led Friday's charge.

    "Look around the world, turn on your TV," Ryan said in an interview with WTAQ radio in the election battleground state of Wisconsin. "And what we see in front of us is the absolute unraveling of the Obama administration's foreign policy."

  • Raw: Fire Destroys State Fair of Texas Icon

    Fire has destroyed Big Tex, leaving behind little more than the metal frame of the 52-foot-tall cowboy that's an icon of the State Fair of Texas.

  • Power outage at North Mesa

    An underground power failure affected parts of North Mesa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday.  Specifically, a single phase of three phase power was lost to homes on San Ildefonso and Alamo Roads, reported officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
    DPU’s electric line crews initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power to the Alamo neighborhood by 4:30 p.m. Power was restored to the remaining customers on San Ildefonso Road by 4:45 p.m.
    Permanent repairs will continue Friday, with a brief power outage expected as those repairs are finalized.  The underground line failed beneath the bus stop area at Hawks Landing and San Ildefonso.

     

  • Update 10-19-12

    Veteran’s Bazaar

    Blue Star Mothers and the Dept. of Veterans Services are hosting a Veterans Bazaar from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. This location is the National Guard Armory. For more information call Lena at 927 2687.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Candidates talk local business

    It was likely the last forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor and the candidates fielded questions tightly focused on economic development and business cultivation in the county.

    Participating were Democrats Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo and Republicans Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    The following questions were asked of the candidates and the Los Alamos Monitor will post video highlights of the forum on LAMonitor.com.

  • PAC money hits state race

    Candidates for the New Mexico House District 43 seat are facing a new challenge this year: attacks generated by Political Action Committees that operate outside the candidate’s campaign.

    PACs are sending out mailers with information the candidates’ say distorts their positions. The PACs are also conducting “push polls” that use negative or misleading questions about a candidate under the guise of seeking an opinion.

    “This is really the first time, I think, we’ve had to contend with this kind of atmosphere, this is not the way it was when I ran in 2010 at all,” candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard–D said.

    The District 43 race is one of the most competitive races this year and one that could determine whether the House remains under Democratic control.

    At least 10 PAC attacks have been issued on both sides of the campaign. Since PACs operate independently, neither Garcia Richard nor her opponent Jim Hall–R have a way to track the extent of what’s really been generated by these groups.

    “You just don’t know, because they send them to targeted groups, and sometimes the candidates become aware of them and sometimes they don’t,” Hall said.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. CONSULATE ATTACK TIMELINE COMES INTO FOCUS

    AP's Kimberly Dozier says the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the deadly attack that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.

    2. A BULLET TRAIN IT IS NOT

    But test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph — a 30 mph increase.

    3. AIRLINE SAFETY RECORD A MIXED BAG

    While it's been more than 3½ years since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., one consequence of such a remarkable record is the difficulty in imposing new safety rules on the industry.

    4. CANDIDATES GET BACK TO BUSINESS

  • Puppies Help Boy Lost in Woods

    Kyle Camp, 10, went missing for 15 hours in the woods near his home in Northwestern Alabama. He stayed warm by cuddling with four puppies who were with him.

  • Today in History for October 19th
  • Raw: Dust Storm Shuts Down Interstate in Okla.

    A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.