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  • BP crude washes into Florida

    GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Waves of gooey tar balls crashed into the white sands of the Florida Panhandle on Friday as BP engineers adjusted a sophisticated cap over the Gulf oil gusher, trying to collect the crude.

    Even though the inverted funnel-like device was set over the leak late Thursday, crude continued to spew into the sea in the nation's worst oil spill. Engineers hoped to close several open vents on the cap throughout the day in the latest attempt to contain the oil.

  • New aid ship heads to Gaza, Israel vows to stop it

    ISTANBUL (AP) — An aid ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza could reach Israel's 20-mile (32-kilometer) exclusion zone late Friday, an activist said, but Israel's prime minister has vowed the ship will not reach land.

    The dueling comments suggest a potential new clash over Israel's three-year-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip — and come only four days after an Israeli commando raid on a larger aid flotilla left nine activists dead.

  • 06-04-10 Update

    Eric Sardinas performs

      Los Alamos Summer Concert Series presents Eric Sardinas at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, Entrada Business Park.

    Summerfest

      Summerfest 2010 will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain ski area. The Aspen lift will be open to hikers. Music and beer fest will be from noon-5 p.m. with brews from 10 New Mexico breweries.

  • Blaze is 35 percent contained

    JEMEZ SPRINGS — Forest Service officials report that the wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque was 35 percent contained by Thursday night after charring about 1,400 acres.

    Officials say the fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    It was reported to be at 1,925 acres Wednesday night but the acreage was reduced to 1,405 acres Thursday night due to more accurate mapping.

  • Foundation to host workshop

    Within the top-secret laboratories in New Mexico, the largest and most destructive weapon in history was born. In just 27 months, Manhattan Project scientists from around the world combined recent discoveries in nuclear physics with innovative engineering solutions to create the world’s first atomic bombs. While it has been 65 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the legacy of the atomic bomb profoundly impacts New Mexico and the world today.

  • Colo. man went on solo mission to kill bin Laden

    DENVER (AP) — An American construction worker has been detained in the mountains of Pakistan after authorities there found him carrying a sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a solo mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

  • Ariz. lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship

    PHOENIX (AP) — Emboldened by passage of the nation's toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents.

    Legal scholars laugh out loud at Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce's proposal and warn that it would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

  • Day of Enchantment photo contest draws more than 10,000 entries

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico tourism officials say interest in their eight-week photo contest has been spectacular.

    People have submitted 10,000 entries in the Day of Enchantment photo contest and nearly 120,000 votes have been cast on a website the Tourism Department developed for the competition. The site has had about a half-million views over the past few weeks, and the contest just passed its mid point.

  • Home construction tanks, building permits plummet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction plunged last month to the lowest level since December and building permits also fell, the latest signs that the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery.

    Builders are scaling back now that government incentives have expired.

    The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction of new homes and apartments fell 10 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000. April's figure was revised downward to 659,000.

  • Sandia labs expects to continue growth

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories will grow by about 200 employees this year and expects more growth next year.

    Laboratory managers said Tuesday that a growing budget for Sandia's primary mission, nuclear weapons, is being accompanied by continued growth in other areas, such as computer security.

    Departing Sandia president Tom Hunter and his successor, Paul Hommert, spoke during a news conference before a community meeting in Albuquerque.