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  • Holiday storm just gone, more snow falling in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Snow began dusting the city Friday morning, less than two weeks after a post-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the city and its airports for days. Reeling from criticism over a slow cleanup, city officials put GPS devices on sanitation trucks and quality-of-life teams on the streets and promised to do a better job.

  • Palestinians: Israeli troops mistakenly kill man

    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65-year-old Palestinian man Friday during a predawn raid to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

    Omar Kawasmeh lived on a different floor of the same building, according to security and rescue officials in the city of Hebron.

    They spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made.

    Associated Press television footage showed a bloodstained bed and shell casings in the man's bedroom.

  • 2 fiery packages put Md. mailrooms on alert

    HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A disgruntled "lone wolf" griping about highway signs mailed a small package to Maryland's Democratic governor and the parcel ignited when someone in the state mailroom unzipped it, shooting out a tiny flame that singed the worker's fingers.

    About 15 minutes later Thursday, a second worker was injured opening a similar package at a state government building 20 miles away.

  • Ex-astronaut gets energy post in Martinez cabinet

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico.

    Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The Republican governor also named Dr. Catherine Torres, a Las Cruces pediatrician, as secretary of the Health Department.

  • A profile in civic activism

    Through a history of dedicated service to his community, Vernon Kerr epitomizes the definition of a mover and shaker.
    Kerr has demonstrated his gift for successful civic involvement more than once. When El Rito Normal School started a school in Española with a branch in Los Alamos and the Española school wasn’t providing assistance up here, Kerr and others mounted a campaign to bring the University of New Mexico to Los Alamos.

  • Update 01-06-11

    Transportation Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works Conference Room, located at 2101 Trinity Drive.
    Agenda items include discussing a pedestrian transportation policy and the FY 2012 work plan.

    Open house

    The Community Development Department will host an open house for Rick Bohn’s retirement.
    Citizens ca have refreshments and wish him well in his future endeavors from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the CDD offices, which are located 195 East Road, Suite 104.

  • Local reaction to Anastasio’s upcoming retirement


    • Rep. Jeannette Wallace: “I think Director Anastasio has done a perfect job of getting us organized from a nonprofit to a for profit, which isn’t easy. I also think everyone deserves to retire when they’re ready.”

  • Medic: Doc grabbed painkillers in Jackson bedroom

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A paramedic testified Thursday that he saw the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson grab three bottles of painkillers and place the vials in a bag during futile efforts to revive the pop star at his mansion.

    Paramedic Martin Blount said he was surprised to see the bottles because defendant Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he hadn't given Jackson any drugs.

  • More people applied for unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, but not enough to reverse a downward trend that suggests employers will accelerate hiring in the coming months.

    Applications remain slightly above the lowest level in two years and the four-week average of applications, a less-volatile measure, dropped last week for the eighth time in nine weeks.

  • Shoppers won't lose energy in 2011, economists say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers' holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what's to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire.

    Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It's the surest sign yet they're becoming less frugal as the economy rebounds.