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  • Council approves electric hike

    Los Alamos residents will be paying more for their electricity after Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    The council approved a 5 percent electric rate increase, which means a less than $2.50 increase for the average Department of Public Utilities (DPU) customer’s electric bill.

    The motion to approve the rate increase passed 5-2, with Councilors Vincent Chiravalle and Geoff Rodgers opposed.

  • Filmmaker uses hometown of La Luz for indie flick

    LA LUZ (AP) — Customers of La Luz Market, easily the busiest place in this small, quiet town northeast of Alamogordo, couldn't help but stop dead in their tracks to see the action unfolding in front of them.

    There was Andrew Maiorano, wearing headphones and dodging between parked cars holding a long pole with a furry contraption dangling at its end.

  • Coalition concerned about Otero Mesa mining claims

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The rolling hills and grasslands of southern New Mexico's Otero Mesa have served as a battleground for environmentalists and the oil and natural gas industry for the past decade, and now a dozen new mining claims in the area have sparked concern among a coalition of environmental groups.

  • NZ earthquake toll at 75 dead, 300 missing

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The siblings huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of a building that collapsed with their mother inside.

    They hadn't heard from TV presenter Donna Manning since a powerful earthquake tore through one of New Zealand's largest cities a day earlier, killing at least 75 people and leaving some 300 missing in the rubble. Still, there was hope.

  • EPA trims pollution-control cost

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.

  • Emanuel faces big money woes as next Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won't have much time to celebrate his victory as Chicago's new mayor.

    Emanuel, who overwhelmed the race with truckloads of money and friends in high places from Washington to Hollywood, will take control of a city in deep financial trouble with problems ranging from an understaffed police department to underperforming schools.

  • Israeli tanks strike Gaza after mortar attack

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say 11 people, including at least six militants, have been wounded by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip.

    The military says it opened fire Wednesday after the militants detonated a bomb targeting a passing Israeli patrol near the border and then fired mortars at the soldiers.

  • Arizona Senate panel OKs illegal immigration bill

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate committee late Tuesday narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace.

    The committee earlier Tuesday also approved a bill that would deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants in a measure designed to set up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.

  • Clampdown in Libyan capital as protests close in

    TOBRUK, Libya (AP) — Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, with the sound of gunfire ringing in the air, while protesters who control much of the eastern half of Libya claimed new gains in cities and towns closer to the heart of Gadhafi's regime in the capital.

  • Israel: Iranian naval vessels are provocation

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Iranian warships sailed from the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday, the first such trip in at least three decades, eliciting Israeli charges that Tehran is seeking to dominate the Middle East.

    The vessels headed toward Syria, but were expected to remain in international waters as they passed the Israeli coast.