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  • Indonesian volcano erupts, 20 injured by hot ash

    MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupted Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. A 2-month old baby reportedly died as panicked villagers fled the area.

    Up to 20 people were injured by hot ash spewed from Mount Merapi, said an AP reporter who witnessed them being taken away for treatment.

  • Hussein aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The international face of Saddam Hussein's regime, Tariq Aziz, was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting Shiites just over three months after the Americans transferred him to Iraqi government custody.

    Iraqi High Tribunal spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Sahib did not say when the 74-year-old former foreign minister would go to the gallows. Aziz has 30 days to launch an appeal.

  • Iran injects fuel into first nuclear reactor

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions.

  • Indonesia tsunami kills 23, leaves scores missing

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful, 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that pounded villages on remote islands off western Indonesia, killing at least 23 people and leaving more than 160 others missing, witnesses and officials said Tuesday.

    The fault that ruptured Monday, running the length of the west coast of Sumatra island, also caused the 9.1-magnitude quake that unleashed a monster tsunami around the Indian Ocean in 2004, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

  • RI Dem: Obama can 'shove it' for not endorsing him

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor, widely seen as more conservative than the independent seeking to lead the heavily Democratic state, said Monday that President Barack Obama can "shove it" after learning Obama would not endorse him.

  • Obama preps for reshaped postelection presidency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for political life after a bruising election, President Barack Obama will put greater emphasis on fiscal discipline, a nod to a nation sick of spending and to a Congress poised to become more Republican, conservative and determined to stop him.

    He is already giving clues about how he will govern in the last two years of his term.

  • Candidates set to demand disclosure

    Information that bubbled to the surface recently indicates the county council has been kept in the dark for years about investigations into the activities of senior management in Los Alamos County government and that has council candidates ensuring that, if elected, the practice won’t continue.

    “I think it is appalling that the county council had no idea of the serious investigations going on within the county,” Republican Ron Selvage said.

  • Aspen welcomes Blume

    Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series are not entirely fictional, the author revealed during a presentation to fourth through sixth grade students at Aspen Elementary School Friday afternoon.
    The first story was actually based on a newspaper article, which told about a little boy who had swallowed a turtle.

  • Going green: County adds $9M turbine to plant in Abiquiu

    A roar of water filled the underground concrete structure at the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities’ hydroelectric plant in Abiquiu. While the water surged forward, installation of a new low-flow turbine was also moving at a rapid speed.

    A giant, cobalt blue turbine stood upright in the center of the powerhouse, a concrete structure that houses the turbine. Behind it was a generator covered with a plastic tarp.

  • Update 10-24-10

    Election night coverage

    The Los Alamos Monitor news team is planning to bring you extensive coverage of local and regional races on election night, Nov. 2. Be sure to check out the newspaper’s Web site, lamonitor.com, for live-streaming video of polling results as they are posted at the Justice Center. Watch live interviews with candidates, and get up to the minute election returns posted throughout the evening. The live-steaming video event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Council meeting