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  • Bomb kills 9, wounds 20 in NW Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A car bomb killed nine people close to the main northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, the latest in a rash of attacks that are challenging police claims of progress against Islamist militants in the region.

    Twenty others were wounded in the blast on a main road leading to Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan, said government official Siraj Ahmed Khan. Three children were among the dead.

    The target of the bombing was not immediately clear. It was the third major bombing in or near the city in the last week.

  • Blizzard keeps Midwest cattle ranchers busy

    BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Wind gusts of up to 40 mph whipped western Kansas on Tuesday as cattleman Jerry Byrd drove his pickup back and forth between his home and the pens a mile away where dozens of his pregnant cows were waiting in frigid temperatures to give birth. The snow on was only an inch or so deep, but Byrd was keeping a close watch because the cold could kill a wet, newborn calf.

  • NASA finds planets aplenty outside solar system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's planet-hunting telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life. An early report from a cosmic census indicates that relatively small planets and stable multi-planet systems are far more plentiful than previous searches showed.

  • Early spring? Just ask the groundhog

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The world's most famous groundhog predicted an early spring Wednesday, but wasn't willing to go out on a limb to forecast whether the nearby Pittsburgh Steelers will win Sunday's Super Bowl.

    Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn on Groundhog Day to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd who braved muddy, icy conditions to hear his handlers reveal that he had not seen his shadow.

  • NM seeing record-setting cold temperatures

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The National Weather Service says a very strong arctic cold front that pushed into New Mexico has brought the coldest temperatures of the winter.

    The weather says the cold air will continue flowing into New Mexico on strong east winds, driving wind chills dangerously low.

    The cold will remain into Thursday.

  • Flags lowered to honor Navajo Code Talker

    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo President Ben Shelly has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker Johnny Alfred.

    Tribal officials say the 91-year-old Alfred died on Saturday.

    Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation for five days starting Wednesday.

    Alfred enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He was one of hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to confound the Japanese during World War II.

  • Traffic slows as winter storm hits New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, causing icy roads and littering streets with fender-benders.

    The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as cautious motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on a two-hour delay in Santa Fe.

    On the state's east side, schools closed in Melrose, Tucumcari and San Jon.

  • Bitter cold grips Los Alamos area

    If you thought it was cold Tuesday morning, brace yourself.

    It’s going to be even colder the next couple of days.

    At 9 Tuesday morning, it registered eight degrees on the illuminated sign at the Los Alamos National Bank.
    With the 15 mph wind gusts, it felt like -8 degrees with the wind chill factor.

    And it’s supposed to get even worse.

    Winds are forecasted to pick up and temperatures are expected to plummet to -5 Tuesday night and -10 Wednesday night.

  • Water line break creates sinkhole on Main Hill Road

    County crews faced the daunting task of not only repairing a ruptured water line, but also filling in a large sinkhole, but nonetheless, the Main Hill Road reopened to all east and westbound traffic at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
    Los Alamos County officials report that they were notified of a water main break at 1 a.m. Monday that caused the Main Hill Road to be shut down.

  • A look at restructuring county government

    To gain insight into the potential restructuring of Los Alamos County government, Charter Review Committee members met with Executive Director William Fulginiti of the New Mexico Municipal League.
    On Jan. 24, the Structuring of Government Subcommittee, which includes all members of the Charter Review Committee, spoke with Fulginiti in Santa Fe. Committee member Morrie Pongratz said the group discussed various forms of county government and that Fulginiti reviewed a number of New Mexico structures such as mayor/council and mayor/manager/council.