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  • Update 01-25-11

    School Board meeting
    The School Board will hold its regular meeting, along with a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers in the community building. The main topic of
    discussion will be the N.M. 502 Trinity Project.

  • Jackson's doc pleads not guilty in star's death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop superstar's death as the case moved rapidly toward a trial that will likely be televised.

    "Your honor, I am an innocent man," Dr. Conrad Murray told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in a soft voice. "I definitely plead not guilty."

  • House GOP to endorse pre-Obama spending levels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to keep a campaign promise to slash the federal budget, Republicans controlling the House Tuesday went on record to return most domestic agencies to 2008 budget levels in place before President Barack Obama took office.

    The 256-165 vote came on a symbolic measure but is an opening salvo in an upcoming battle over the budget that will pit the House GOP against Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

  • Gitmo detainee gets life sentence in embassy plot

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison Tuesday, saying anything he suffered at the hands of the CIA and others "pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror" caused by the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

  • US Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut U.S. funding for the world body.

    On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel aired criticisms of the U.N. at a briefing expected to prescribe congressional action.

  • Emanuel appeals ruling booting him off ballot

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois' highest court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that knocked him off the ballot for Chicago mayor, calling the decision "squarely inconsistent" with previous rulings on the state's election law.

    Emanuel's lawyers filed the request a day after an appeals court removed him from the Feb. 22 ballot because he did not live in Chicago for a year before the election.

  • State of the Union: It's the economy, again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a demand for economic answers, President Barack Obama will try to convince the American people and a divided Congress that he has a vision for speeding up job creation, promoting spending on the core of his agenda but promising to rein in a growing, staggering debt. His State of the Union address will reflect reality: The economy trumps all.

  • Grand piano found on sandbar in Miami bay

    MIAMI (AP) — A grand piano recently showed up on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from condominiums on the shore.

    The piano, which weighs at least 650 pounds, was placed at the highest spot along the sandbar so it doesn't get underwater during high tide.

    While officials aren't sure how it got there, they know it won't be going anywhere unless it becomes a hazard to wildlife or boaters.

  • Putin: retribution 'inevitable' for airport bomb

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed "retribution is inevitable" for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at Russia's busiest airport, while President Dmitry Medvedev demanded full security checks at all transport hubs Tuesday and lashed out at the airport for lax security.

    Putin has built much of his reputation on harsh statements, and the Russian news agencies that reported his comments Tuesday did not say whether he specified what kind of retribution or against whom.

  • 2 Fla. officers killed in shootout, suspect dead

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When two wounded law officers were rushed from the scene of a deadly shooting Monday morning on Florida's Gulf Coast, someone handed St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon a ring, two bracelets and a badge.

    They belonged to Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who died from the wounds they sustained helping to serve a warrant on a man with a long criminal history.