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  • Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 52 police recruits

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits on Tuesday, killing at least 52 people and undercutting Iraqi security efforts as the nation struggles to show it can protect itself without foreign help.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes another medical leave

    SEATTLE (AP) — Steve Jobs, the CEO who transformed Apple Inc. from niche computer maker into the most-envied consumer-electronics brand today, is taking a medical leave of absence for the second time in two years.

    In the last decade, Jobs, 55, has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant. The news that he will again step back from his day-to-day role raises serious questions about the CEO's health.

  • High court denies DC appeal of same-sex marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage who want to overturn the District of Columbia's gay marriage law.

    The court did not comment Tuesday in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who are trying to get a measure on the ballot to allow Washingtonians to vote on a measure that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Gov. battles tax hikes as lawmakers return to work

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature convenes Tuesday with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez already battling with educational groups over budget cuts and tax increases.

    Martinez plans to reiterate her opposition to tax increases during her first State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • FACT CHECK: Shaky health care job loss estimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand.

    But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It's the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both sides.

  • Tired of snow, Northeast adds sleet, freezing rain

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain iced over roads, driveways and sidewalks from Philadelphia to upstate New York on Tuesday, making for a slippery morning commute.

    The storm was expected to trudge its way up the East Coast, giving New England more of the same later Tuesday.

    Patricia Ricciardi, 49, used a tissue to wipe sludge off the cuffs of her slacks in a south Philadelphia subway station as she headed downtown to work at her city job.

  • Worst of storm may skirt north of Los Alamos area

    The National Weather Service has rescinded its special weather statement issued Tuesday for Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains area.

    It appears at this point that the storm will focus most of its potential on areas to the north of Los Alamos. According to the latest forecast models, the high today will be 47 degrees, mostly sunny, with only a 20% chance of precipitation.

    The low tonight is projected to be 24 degrees, with a 30% probability of snow showers late. Tomorrow will be sunny and cooler with a high of only 36 degrees.

  • Martin Luther King III to pay tribute to father

    ATLANTA (AP) — Saying the shooting in Arizona that killed six and seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underscores the need for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, the civil rights leader's son was expected to address a crowd gathered Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday for his father.

  • The man behind the standoff

    Richard Morse sits in a Los Alamos jail cell awaiting transfer to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., for psychiatric evaluation following Thursday’s 19-hour standoff with police.
    Morse, 75, is a retired physicist. He began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory as head of the advanced concepts group at TD-8 and simultaneously the laser fusion group at T-6 in 1965.

  • Chavez joins DPU as conservation coordinator

    The location may be different but the gig’s essentially the same for Christine Chavez, the new Department of Public Utilities’ energy and water conservation coordinator.
    Chavez held similar positions at the Las Cruces’ utilities department for 20 years and the State Office of Engineers for 16 years.