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  • Three seats open on school board

    The November elections are over, but not for the Los Alamos school board, which has three seats up for grabs on Feb. 1.
    The District 4 seat, held by Kevin Honnell; the District 5 seat held by Joan Ahlers; and the District 3 seat held by Jody Benson are up for election.
    District 4 covers the Barranca Mesa, Western area, Quemazon and a good part of North Community, while District 5 covers the North Mesa and Ponderosa areas. Benson’s district covers the Eastern area, Aspen Elementary and most of the Los Alamos town site.

  • Earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The spending barons on Capitol Hill, long used to muscling past opponents of bills larded with pet projects, are seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.

    You might call it the last running of the old bulls in Congress.

  • Consumer gives holiday shopping season a big start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, suggesting a strong holiday shopping season and raising hopes that consumers will boost the economy in the coming months.

    The best month for department stores in two years helped lift retail sales 0.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

  • Black segregation in US drops to lowest in century

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's neighborhoods became more integrated last year than during any time in at least a century, says a broad array of census data released Tuesday on the impact of race and economics.

  • Protests erupt as Italian PM Berlusconi wins vote

    ROME (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back confidence votes Tuesday in the Italian parliament, narrowly surviving one of the toughest fights of his political life. But violent protests greeted his victory, as rioters torched cars, smashed windows and clashed with police.

  • Bone-chilling cold plods into Northeast

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A storm that plagued the Midwest for days plodded into the Northeast on Tuesday, dropping heavy snow along already-buried lakeside areas and giving much of the region its first real taste of winter.

  • Stocks move higher on stronger retail sales report

    NEW YORK (AP) — An upbeat report on retail sales is giving stocks a boost.

    All three major indexes moved higher Tuesday after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose for the fifth straight month in November. The biggest jump in department store sales in two years gave the holiday shopping season a strong start. Total retail sales increased 0.8 percent in November following a 1.7 percent gain in October.

  • COUNCIL TERMINATES ADMINISTRATOR... Video and investigative report added

    The Los Alamos County Council terminated County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Tuesday night. The council voted 5-2 to fire Mortillaro with councilors Mike Wheeler and Nona Bowman voting against the firing.

  • Judge in Va. strikes down federal health care law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal judge who struck down the very centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law Monday is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname "Hang 'Em High Henry" for his tough-on-crime stand as a prosecutor and on the bench.

    Among those who have felt U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's wrath is NFL star Michael Vick, who in 2007 received a nearly two-year sentence — and a dressing-down — for running a dogfighting ring.

  • Release of probe results delayed

    Last week’s release of a highly anticipated report concerning County Administrator Tony Mortillaro was put on hold because one or more county councilors raised last-minute questions during a closed executive session.
    “Because of the additional questions, we will need to add an addendum to the report,” County Attorney Randy Autio said. “However, even if the report with the addendum was complete, we can’t release it until council takes action on it. Until then, this is still considered an active personnel matter.”