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  • Gunman fires at Fla. school board, kills self

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 56-year-old ex-convict calmly held a school board at gunpoint and said he was seeking redress for his wife's firing before shooting at the superintendent at short range and then killing himself.

    No bullets struck the superintendent, Bill Husfelt, who credited God for his escape late Tuesday. The gunman, Clay A. Duke, apparantly created a Facebook page last week that refers to class warfare and is laced with images from the movie "V for Vendetta," in which a mysterious figure battles a totalitarian government.

  • Facebook founder named Time's Person of Year

    Year" for 2010.

    At 26, Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world's youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

    Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he's in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country's wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

  • Update 12-14-10

    Deadline extended

    Los Alamos teens interested in being part of the Monitor’s teen page staff still have a chance to submit their names for consideration. The deadline has been extended until Dec. 31. Anyone interested in writing content and taking photos for the teen page should send an e-mail to Features Editor Jennifer Garcia at lacommunity
    @lamonitor.com. The group’s first meeting will be in January.

  • Not In My Backyard

    Flies, stench and safety concerns surrounding a proposed study of anaerobic digestion on local horse manure were voiced by residents in an e-mail to county planner Gary Leikness, which was distributed during a Dec. 7 county council meeting.

  • Three seats open on school board

    The November elections are over, but not for the Los Alamos school board, which has three seats up for grabs on Feb. 1.
    The District 4 seat, held by Kevin Honnell; the District 5 seat held by Joan Ahlers; and the District 3 seat held by Jody Benson are up for election.
    District 4 covers the Barranca Mesa, Western area, Quemazon and a good part of North Community, while District 5 covers the North Mesa and Ponderosa areas. Benson’s district covers the Eastern area, Aspen Elementary and most of the Los Alamos town site.

  • Earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The spending barons on Capitol Hill, long used to muscling past opponents of bills larded with pet projects, are seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.

    You might call it the last running of the old bulls in Congress.

  • Consumer gives holiday shopping season a big start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, suggesting a strong holiday shopping season and raising hopes that consumers will boost the economy in the coming months.

    The best month for department stores in two years helped lift retail sales 0.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

  • Black segregation in US drops to lowest in century

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's neighborhoods became more integrated last year than during any time in at least a century, says a broad array of census data released Tuesday on the impact of race and economics.

  • Protests erupt as Italian PM Berlusconi wins vote

    ROME (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back confidence votes Tuesday in the Italian parliament, narrowly surviving one of the toughest fights of his political life. But violent protests greeted his victory, as rioters torched cars, smashed windows and clashed with police.

  • Bone-chilling cold plods into Northeast

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A storm that plagued the Midwest for days plodded into the Northeast on Tuesday, dropping heavy snow along already-buried lakeside areas and giving much of the region its first real taste of winter.