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  • Conn. jury convicts man in deadly home invasion

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A paroled burglar was convicted Tuesday of murdering a woman and her two daughters in their suburban home during a night of terror that drew comparisons to "In Cold Blood" and bolstered efforts to retain the death penalty in Connecticut.

    The mother was sexually assaulted and strangled. Her two girls died of smoke inhalation after the youngest was sexually assaulted, they were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline, and the house was set on fire.

  • Bank bailout supporters struggling for re-election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's giant bank bailout may well have averted a second Great Depression, economists say, but a lot of voters aren't buying it. Support for the program is turning into a kiss of death for many in Congress.

  • Chandler’s career varied and robust

    It all started out simple enough. George Chandler arrived in Los Alamos in 1974 and began work as a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Then he met Lou Burkhardt, a fellow lab employee in his division – and everything started to change.
    Chandler described Burkhardt as a “gadfly” when it came to county politics. His friend’s persistence in local politics rubbed off on Chandler who began attending county council meetings every week.

  • Muni building petition falls short

    His petition may be short by nine signatures, but Los Alamos resident Richard Hanneman is undeterred in his mission to replicate the original municipal building. Hanneman told to the Monitor Tuesday morning he feels confident nine signatures can be collected within the 10-day grace period the county allows for petitioners.

  • Officials seek cause of baby’s death

    An autopsy on 10-day-old Grey Vigil, who died Monday at a Rio Rancho hospice, was scheduled for this morning.
    Law enforcement officials are seeking to pinpoint an exact cause of death for the infant boy born Friday, Sept. 24, at a Los Alamos residence, and was then reportedly kept concealed in a closet for three days, according to a source with the Los Alamos Police Department.
    “Charges are pending in this case as the investigation is still underway,” said LAPD lead investigator Sgt. Fred Rascon.

  • Update 10-05-10

    Candidate forum

    The League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women host a forum at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge for congressional candidates, New Mexico House Dist. 43 canddiates and magistrate judge candidates. Unopposed county candidates are invited to speak.
    County Council meeting tonight

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    County Council candidate forum

  • Richardson's shadow still looms over governor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a historic race where New Mexico will elect its first female governor, the outcome could hinge on voter discontent with a man not even on the ballot: Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The governor's popularity has plunged amid corruption investigations as he nears the end of his second term, and his presence looms large in the race between Republican Susana Martinez and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

  • Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path.

    Faisal Shahzad came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.

  • America's Challenge pilots to pay tribute to missing balloonists

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The America's Challenge gas balloon race will pay tribute to two balloonists who disappeared last week in the Adriatic Sea.

    The deputy director of the race, Kevin Knapp, says pilots are being asked to hang two chile ristras from their balloons, which are to lift off Wednesday evening from Albuquerque.

    One ristra will pay tribute to Richard Abruzzo of Albuquerque, while the other, with a pink ribbon, will pay tribute to Carol Rymer Davis of Denver.

  • NM voters can start to cast absentee ballots

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Election Day is four weeks away but New Mexicans can start voting with absentee ballots.

    County clerks can start mailing out absentee ballots on Tuesday to those who have requested them.

    Voters also can go to their county clerk's office, obtain an absentee ballot and cast it immediately.

    Early in-person voting at other polling locations will start Oct. 16 and run through Oct. 30.