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  • Conn. boy, 5, takes 50 packets of heroin to show-and-tell

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy found dozens of bags of heroin inside a jacket he had taken to school and showed them to his kindergarten classmates, the school superintendent said Tuesday.

    Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas said he believes the boy took his stepfather's jacket to school on Monday without knowing the drugs were inside it.

    "Children bring to school what they find at home," he said.

  • Santorum drops out of GOP race--Video Extra

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bowing to the inevitable after an improbably resilient run for the White House, Rick Santorum quit the presidential race on Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

    "We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting," he said.

    Santorum, appearing with his family, told supporters that the battle to defeat President Barack Obama would go on but pointedly made no mention or endorsement of Romney, whom he had derided as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.

  • Work starts on Fuller Lodge sidewalks

  • Court to hear case on candidates

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top elections official says the state Supreme Court needs to quickly resolve a dispute that threatens to knock at least 10 incumbent legislators, including the Senate’s top leader, out of this year’s elections.
    The state’s highest court is scheduled Tuesday to consider whether candidates who submitted incomplete election paperwork should be allowed to appear on the ballot. The court could issue a decision after hearing arguments from lawyers.

  • Redistricting maps could be costly

    The legal cost of redrawing political maps in New Mexico could top $5 million this year.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez filed a petition with retired state District Judge James Hall Monday objecting to the awards sought by lawyers for Democratic plaintiffs and a group of Indian tribes.
    Hall has before him more than $3.9 million in requests for legal fees and costs from various parties in the lawsuits. And $1.2 million has already been spent.
    Martinez and other GOP executive defendants say the “vast sums” sought by the Democratic and tribal plaintiffs are “shocking.”

  • Update 04-10-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building.

    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    TV appearance

  • Clay shares hopes for Los Alamos

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a series.

    After living in Los Alamos County for nearly 30 years and raising six children here, council candidate Marc Clay feels it is time to give back.
    “I’ve taken advantage of all this community has had to offer for all these years. It’s my turn now,” Clay said.
    “I’m running because I want to help shape and improve the community for tomorrow. I want to help Los Alamos move forward, I want to add vitality to the community and I want to help enable vibrant and cost conscious economic development and improved infrastructure. I want to help transform energy and passion and innovative thoughts and ideas into results.”

  • Suspicious package found on lab property a false alarm

    Emergency personnel raced to the scene as a suspicious package was found in the garage on West Jemez Road, on Los Alamos National Laboratory property Tuesday.   

    By 1 p.m., lab spokesman Kevin Roark, who was on the scene, said it was a false alarm and the emergency personnel were "standing down."

    Roark said it's a reminder for employees to tag their bags.

    "We do get a lot of calls for suspicious packages and there is always this kind of emergency response," Roark said. "To date, all have been false alarms."

    Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the suspicious package was wire wrapped in duct tape.

  • National teen birth rate: NM comes in at No. 2

    NEW YORK (AP) — Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report.

    Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent. Rates stayed about the same in three states: Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously reported that U.S. births by mothers of all ages had dropped in 2010 for the third straight year. Experts think the economy is a factor.

  • ViDEO: Today in History for April 10th