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  • Rain-soaked Calif. braces for biggest storm yet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of relentless rain, Southern California was bracing for the most intense storm system yet, with evacuations ordered, roads covered by water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires.

  • Stocks flat as GDP growth falls below forecasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes on Wall Street were flat Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy did not grow as fast as analysts predicted.

    The Commerce Department said the country's gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between July and September, a small increase from its earlier estimate of 2.5 percent. Analysts expected the number to rise to 2.8 percent.

  • BioPark Zoo loses beloved rhinoceros

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo says a 44-year-old rhinoceros has been euthanized.

    Zoo officials say the rhino, named Sally, has been receiving treatment for a variety of age-related problems by veterinarians in recent years and her quality of life dropped over the past year.

    Senior zookeeper Catalina Parker, who has cared for the rhinoceros for more than 13 years, says it was the hardest thing to do but it is best for Sally.

  • Vigilantism discouraged in Philly strangler search

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A serial killer who police say sexually assaulted and strangled three women, and possibly attacked three others, in a neighborhood rife with drugs and prostitution might want to hope that authorities find him before the neighbors do.

    Residents of Kensington, who once severely beat a suspected rapist based on a police photo, have posted hundreds of comments and theories about the case on a Facebook page titled "Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love."

  • Council OKs Sullivan Field parking lot facelift

    Despite costing six coveted parking spaces, the Los Alamos County Council agreed during its regular Dec. 14 meeting to bring landscape features to Sullivan Field parking lot.
    Council approved the landscape design option at an estimated cost of $75,000-$100,000 and directed county staff to return with more developed plans, a cost estimate and a budget revision. Staff also was instructed to coordinate the effort with Los Alamos Public Schools, which owns Sullivan Field.

  • Lunar eclipse was once in a lifetime event

    Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon. Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday. And it could be seen in the Los Alamos area.
    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun’s rays that otherwise reflect off the moon’s surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Former LA fire captain sentenced

    A former Los Alamos fire captain charged with videotaping a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock Oct. 18 was sentenced this morning in Magistrate Court.
    Judge Pat Casados sentenced Aaron Adair, 36, to 364 days conditional probation.
    “He plead no contest to the two charges (voyeurism and tampering with evidence) and he was given a conditional discharge,” Casados said.

  • New Mexico goes over 2 million population mark

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congratulations, New Mexico. U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show the state's population has grown to more than 2 million residents in the last decade.

    The 2010 Census data listed New Mexico's population at 2,059,179 residents, reflecting a 13.2 percent increase over the population in 2000, which was 1,819,046.

    While the growth wasn't enough to help New Mexico secure a fourth seat in the U.S. House, the state won't lose any seats, either.

  • Census shows slowing US growth, brings GOP gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-leaning states will pick up a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

    The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation's population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 5 a.m. FRIDAY

    The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Watch Thursday afternoon:

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT AN 2 TO 4 INCHES OF FRESH SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT... WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OVER SUMMITS AND HIGHER SLOPES.

    * TIMING... SNOW SHOWERS DEVELOPING THIS EVENING WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.