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  • Attacks in 8 Iraq cities kill 46 ahead of summit

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across eight Iraqi cities on Tuesday, targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 46 people. The deadly wave undermined the government's hopes for stability ahead of next week's meeting of the Arab world's top leaders.

    The Iraqi wing of al-Qaida said it was behind at least one of the attacks near Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone. A statement on a militant website said the group targeted the office that will oversee security for the upcoming Arab League summit — the first time the meeting is set to be held in Baghdad for more than a generation.

  • House GOP unveils budget blueprint

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans controlling the House unveiled a budget blueprint Tuesday that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply lower tax rates in an election-year manifesto painting clear campaign differences with President Barack Obama.

    The GOP plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would, if enacted into law, wrestle the deficit to a manageable size in short order, but only by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants and a host of other programs that Obama has promised to protect.

  • Big crane comes to town

    Traffic was closed on N.M. 502 for about an hour this afternoon as a crane was transported to the municipal complex site on Central Avenue.

    Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the road had to be closed because the transporters decided they could not bring up the crane via the truck route.

    Purtymun said the road is now open in time for the commute home for lab employees.

    The crane is part of the contractor's plans for setting the steel framework into place for the new, three story building. The crane will hoist the steel beams into position the last week of March.

  • Manning will get 5 yrs., $95 mil with Broncos

    DENVER (AP) — All that's needed is Peyton Manning's autograph.

    After being pursued by teams around the NFL, the QB with four MVP awards is headed to the land of John Elway and Tim Tebow, agreeing to a contract with Denver that could make the Broncos an instant Super Bowl contender. It could also send one of the NFL's most intriguing young players packing.

    So much for Tebowmania.

  • Police: 2 women snatch puppy from NM 4-year-old

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say two women have snatched a puppy out of a 4-year-old's arms and authorities believe the duo may be linked to other crimes.

    KOAT-TV reports that police said the poodle puppy, Pip, was taken out of the arms of four-year-old Olivia Lippert as she was playing outside of her southwest Albuquerque home. The girl said the two women took the puppy after they pulled up in a gray car and asked to see the dog.

    The girl then ran inside to tell her mother.

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  • Race is on for county council

    Three Democrats and three Republicans will be on the primary and general election ballot for county council, following the 5 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday.

    On the Democrat side, Peter Sheehey drew the number one ballot position, followed by Kenneth Johnson at number two and Kristin Henderson at number three.

    On the Republican side, Marc Clay drew the number one spot, followed by Vincent Chiravalle at number two and Roger Waterman at number three.

    In the county clerk race, it will be council chair Sharon Stover against Nathan Hjelm.

    The primary election is slated for June 5, but all candidates will also be on the general election ballot in November. There are three slots open on council.

  • Dispatch from District 43


    By Jim Hall, State Representative for District 43

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  • Medieval melee

    The Los Alamos chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, better known as the Kingdom of Outlands, is a medieval reenactment group that meets regularly on Saturdays at Ashley Pond.Chris Graham aka Chris Blackwood, the leader of the group, said the most popular activity is heavy weapons fighting. They also take part in fencing and cut a thrust, which is dueling with dulled steel swords.