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  • Japan nuke plants starts pumping radioactive water

    TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant began pumping highly radioactive water from the basement of one of its buildings to a makeshift storage area Tuesday in a crucial step toward easing the nuclear crisis.

    Removing the 25,000 metric tons (about 6.6 million gallons) of contaminated water that has collected in the basement of a turbine building at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant will help allow access for workers trying to restore vital cooling systems that were knocked out in the March 11 tsunami.

  • GOP insiders embrace Trump's presidential bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Out with Sarah. In with The Donald.

    President Barack Obama has launched his re-election bid in a low-key manner, but the Republican Party's search for a challenger seems stranger by the day.

    GOP celebrities like Sarah Palin aren't getting much buzz. Mainstream candidates like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty aren't getting much traction. It's people once considered highly unlikely to compete seriously for the party's nomination who are creating big stirs in early voting states, a reflection of an unformed and uncertain GOP presidential field.

  • Residential fire tapped out on Questa near LAHS

    A fire at a two-story home on Questa, not far from Los Alamos High School, was tapped out by Los Alamos firefighters Monday afternoon.

    The structure remains intact, but there has been extensive smoke damage to the residence.

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson credits an observant neighbor who noticed smoke coming out from what he initially thought to be the door area of the home.

    "He tried to put out the fire but then noticed more fire coming from the crawl space underneath the home and immediately called 911," Thompson said. "His quick action helped keep the fire from spreading."

  • Radiation near Japan reactors too high for workers--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside.

    Nevertheless, officials remained hopeful they can stick to their freshly minted "roadmap" for cleaning up the radiation leak and stabilizing the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by year's end so they can begin returning tens of thousands of evacuees to their homes.

    "Even I had expected high radioactivity in those areas. I'm sure (plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.) and other experts have factored in those figures when they compiled the roadmap," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

  • Members of N.M. Guard going to Middle East

    SANTA FE  — A yellow ribbon ceremony is planned Wednesday for about 65 members of the New Mexico National Guard who are being deployed to Afghanistan.
    The ceremony for the members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment will be at 10 a.m. at the regional training institute at National Guard headquarters in Santa Fe.
    The New Mexico Guard members will be deploying for one year. They will help provide aero medical support in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    If you go
    A ceremony for the members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment will be at 10 a.m. Wednedsay at the National Guard Headquarters in Santa Fe.

  • Update 04-17-11

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station Administration Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU conference room. 

    Lavender demo
    Lavender oil balm and bar demonstration and goat farm tour, from 1-3 p.m. today.  Register through Pajarito Environmental Education Center at www.PajaritoEEC.org.

    Bandelier talk
    A talk by Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bandelier Natonal Monument.

    Rotary meeting
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m.  Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill.

  • NCRTD narrows funding options

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) finance subcommittee will recommend to the board that it consider two funding options at its meeting on May 6.

    The subcommittee met at Buffalo Thunder Resort on Friday and decided it would consider another funding option put together by consultant Tony Mortillaro and another that was presented by Los Alamos representative Mike Wismer.

  • More shelling in rebel-held city in western Libyan

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's forces poured rocket fire after dawn Saturday into Misrata, the only western city still in rebel hands, and weary residents who have endured more than a month of fighting angrily lashed out at NATO for failing to halt the deadly assault.

    Five civilians were killed in a 30-minute barrage of shelling that heavily damaged a factory for dairy products and sent up a thick column of black smoke, a doctor said. A human rights group has accused the Gadhafi regime of using cluster bombs in Misrata — munitions that can cause indiscriminate casualties and have been banned by most countries. The Libyan government denies the charge.

  • Pope on 84th birthday works as usual

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI spent his 84th birthday at work Saturday, making appointments, giving a speech and receiving top aides while well wishes arrived from around the world, including Queen Elizabeth II.

    Benedict, who was born and baptized as Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn, Germany, was "spending a normal working day," Vatican Radio said.

    No rest for the pope was immediately scheduled. His birthday fell on the eve of the start of a heavy stretch of Holy Week ceremonies, including Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday morning and a Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday.

  • 9-year-old balloonist preps for solo flight

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bobby Bradley is ready. He has been training for about five years and learned from some of the most experienced and decorated pilots in the sport of ballooning.

    But he'll be making his own mark on the sport when he lifts off from a desolate patch of New Mexico desert in about seven weeks: At 9 years old, Bobby will become the youngest trained pilot to fly solo in an ultra-light hot air balloon.

    So is he excited? "Definitely," he says.

    Worried? "Not at all," he says.

    "I've been flying since I was 4, so I've had a lot of time to train and I've always wanted to solo," Bobby said during an interview with The Associated Press.