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  • Seeking NH buzz, Romney, Santorum run at Obama

    SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and John Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble.

    The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said. A fissure in the mountain discovered last year likely was aggravated by heavy rains and continuous mining in the saturated ground.

  • Police: Utah officer dies following shootout--Video Extra

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Gunfire erupted as anti-drug police served a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, fatally wounding one officer and injuring five other police and a suspect, authorities said.

    The shots rang out before 9 p.m. Wednesday as police converged at a residence on Jackson Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said.

    The six officers were hospitalized along with a suspect, Fox told The Associated Press.

    Ogden police said in a statement early Thursday that agent Jared Francom died from his wounds following Wednesday night's drug-related shooting.

    Five police officers from multiple agencies remain hospitalized with serious to critical injuries. No more information on their conditions was released.

  • Pentagon to unveil plan guiding big spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is rewriting its defense strategy to absorb hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goal of being ready to fight two wars simultaneously.

    Underscoring the political dimension of Washington's debate over defense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday to outline the new strategy. The administration says tighter budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition after a decade at war.

  • Little Theatre facelift

    Workers continued renovations to the exterior of the Los Alamos Little Theatre at 1670 Nectar St. last week.

  • Update 01-04-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.

    Historics meeting

    Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., today at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.

    NMCAB

  • Los Alamos keeps eye on Iowa GOP caucus

    The eyes of the nation were focused on the Iowa Republican Caucus vote Tuesday night. The vote was too close to call through most of the evening.

    Ron Paul led the pack early on, then he and Mitt Romney took turns in the lead. Midway through the night the top spot became a three- way battle that included Rick Santorum. In the end, Romney beat Santorum by just eight votes and Paul came in third.

    Despite all the interest, Los Alamos County GOP and Democratic Party leaders agree that the outcome of the first official voting of the 2012 presidential campaign won’t impact local elections.

  • Cougar attacks raise fears

    The mountain lion attack that killed Gwennie, a 60-pound Foxhound, on Dec. 24 has raised safety concerns among Los Alamos County residents. Another cougar attempted to take a dog (unsuccessfully) in Quemazon on Jan. 2.

    Blake Swanson, conservation officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), reported that NMDGF is working to either trap or track the cougar.

    Winter cold and habitat loss due to drought and the Las Conchas Fire may be factors in the lions’ incursion into town.

    “There was habitat loss due to the fire, especially near Bandelier. Animals are moving into areas where they can feed, and, unfortunately, that’s in town,” Swanson said.

  • LA stays whole in redistricting

    A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 “with a couple of changes.”
    Under Executive Plan 3, District 43 would be composed of all of Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County precincts 25 and 30, Sandoval County precincts 7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 51, 78 and 79 and Santa Fe County precincts 12 and 80.

  • More US women having twins; rate at 1 in 30 babies

    ATLANTA (AP) — More U.S. women are having twins these days. The reason? Older moms and fertility treatments.

    One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin — an astounding increase over the last three decades, according to a government report issued Wednesday. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

    "When people say it seems like you see more twins nowadays, they're right," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist who co-authored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.