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  • Martinez threatens to fire appointees who shift jobs

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is warning that she'll fire political appointees who shift to civil service jobs in the closing weeks of Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's term.

    The head of Martinez's transition team, Heather Wilson, sent a letter Wednesday urging the Richardson administration to suspend any pending job transfers of appointees into so-called classified jobs.

    The letter reiterated a request that Wilson said she made shortly after the general election.

  • Kurd leader welcomes deal on new Iraqi government

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Kurdish leader welcomed on Thursday a tentative deal on a new government keeping Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in his post and breaking an 8-month deadlock. While Sunnis have a role, the deal still thwarts their ambitions for greater political power, raising concerns sectarian violence could persist.

    The deal could be a setback for the United States, which was pushing for a strong Sunni role out of fear that the minority community could slide back into support of Iraq's insurgency if it wasn't given a real say in power.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Public mixed on GOP tax, health plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans' big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party's legislative wish list.

  • Refuse reduction, recycling make eco-sense daily

    Los Alamos County is promoting Monday’s America Recycles Day in an effort to entice more residents to embrace recycling as a lifestyle.
    “I will give a presentation to 3rd grade students at Mountain Elementary School on Monday and will also set up displays at the Mesa Public Library and at the Reel Deal Theater with handouts showing residents how to recycle,” Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki said.
    While Monday is America Recycles Day, the entire month of November is Recycling Awareness Month in New Mexico, he said.

  • Update 11-10-10

    Free breakfast for veterans

    Enjoy a breakfast Thursday before the Veterans Day ceremony at the American Legion, from 7:30-
    10:30 a.m. The event, hosted by the Elks Lodge, will include omelets made to order, or crème brulee French toast, both served with homemade breakfast sausage, coffee and juice. Donations are requested, but the event is free to veterans.

    Cake fundraiser

  • Police: Mail bomb could have exploded over US

    LONDON (AP) — A mail bomb intercepted last month at an English airport could have exploded over the East Coast of the United States, British police said Wednesday.

    Forensic evidence showed the device, originally sent from Yemen by way of Cologne, Germany, was timed to be detonated about six to seven hours after the cargo aircraft carrying it left the U.K. for the U.S. The package was removed by police in Britain during transit.

  • Deficit panel leaders' plan curbs Social Security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission on Wednesday proposed reducing the annual cost-of-living increases in Social Security, part of a bold plan to control $1 trillion-plus budget deficits.

    The proposal also would set a tough target for curbing the growth of Medicare and recommends looking at eliminating popular tax breaks, such as mortgage interest deduction.

  • Ex-senator heads gov.-elect's inaugural committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici will serve as honorary chairman of Gov.-elect Susana Martinez's inaugural committee.

    Martinez announced Domenici's appointment on Tuesday and said Andrea Goff of Hobbs will be the inaugural committee's executive director.

    Goff works as an independent fundraiser.

    Martinez said at a news conference that private money will finance her inaugural activities. The Republican takes office on Jan. 1.


     

  • COUNCIL GREEN LIGHTS TRINITY SITE DEVELOPER

    The long-awaited Trinity Site retail development became one step closer to fruition Tuesday night as the Los Alamos County Council gave the green light for county officials to begin negotiations with North American Development Group.

  • US approval of arms pact with Russia looking shaky

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approval of President Barack Obama's nuclear arms treaty with Russia, which once looked close to a sure thing, is now in jeopardy.

    The administration is scrambling to get enough Republican support in the Senate to ratify the New START treaty before the Democrats' majority shrinks by six in January. But Republicans have little incentive to give Obama a big political boost after leaving him reeling from their strong gains in last week's congressional elections.