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Today's News

  • Greek crisis eases after government reshuffle

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou replaced his finance minister Friday in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures will now be passed to prevent a devastating near-term debt default.

    After two days of political chaos that threatened to bring down the government, Germany also appeared ready to provide billions more in aid to carry the debt-ridden country through 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the private sector would not be forced to share in the pain of a second bailout.

  • Air Force flies 7 missions to battle NM wildfires

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires have flown seven missions and dumped about 12,000 gallons of retardant on blazes in New Mexico.

    The Air Force said Friday the C-130s are basing their operations at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. They arrived there Wednesday.

    The C-130 aircraft carry a system of pressurized tanks that can dump 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds.

    The planes are from the California Air National Guard at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Personnel from the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are overseeing the planes' operations.

  • Hecklers disrupt Weiner's somber resignation in NY--see video

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity.

    Instead, heckling and catcalls disrupted his news conference, creating a noisy, circus-like atmosphere that overshadowed the main event. It was an ungracious end, a fitting metaphor for the troubled congressman's career.

  • Golf: McIlroy moving into record territory at US Open

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Rory McIlroy holed out from the fairway for eagle on the eighth hole at the U.S. Open to move to 10-under par, building a six-shot lead at the midway point of Friday's second round.

    McIlroy's short approach hit the back of the green and bounced twice, then spun backward about 20 feet and dropped into the cup. He thrust both hands in the air and Phil Mickelson, playing in his threesome, applauded.

  • Marine reservist in custody after Pentagon scare--video

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Marine Corps reservist carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon.

    Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was discovered after 1 a.m. Friday inside Arlington National Cemetery, hours after it had closed. He was detained for trespassing after becoming uncooperative, authorities said, though he has not yet been charged with anything. Authorities believe Melaku acted alone.

  • Small fire contained at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area.

    There were no active flames and the fire was not expected to grow. Crews on the ground monitored the fire r through the Wednesday night and a helicopter dropped water until sunset.

    No injuries have resulted and no structures have been damaged from the fire.

  • Ruidoso fire prompts evacuation

    RUIDOSO — The Ruidoso Police Department says residents are being evacuated from the Pine Cliff area because of a fire.

    The fire was sparked in a wooded residential neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Ruidoso on Thursday afternoon. Crews from Ruidoso, nearby Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln County and the State Forestry Division were responding.

    Evacuees were being directed to a church in Ruidoso.

    Authorities could not immediately say how many residents live in the area or provide details on the size of the fire.

    Strong afternoon winds that were hampering firefighting efforts in other parts of the state were also affecting the Ruidoso area.

  • Top 10 Movies 06-16-11

    1.  “Super 8,” weekend gross, $35.4 million
    2.  “X-Men: First Class,”  weekend gross,
    $24.1 million
    3.  “The Hangover Part II,” weekend gross,
    $17.6 million
    4.  “Kung Fu Panda 2,” $16.5 million
    5. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” weekend gross, $10.9 million
    6.  “Brides Maids,” weekend gross,
    $10 million
    7.   “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer,” weekend gross, $6 million

    8.  “Midnight in Paris,” weekend gross, $5.8 million

    9.  “Thor,” weekend gross, $2.4 million

  • ‘Mormon,’ ‘War Horse’ the big winners at Tonys

    NEW YORK — A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn’t even eligible still managed to cast a shadow — well, shall we make that a web? — over the proceedings.
    On a night when the hilariously profane “The Book of Mormon” reigned supreme, the famously troubled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” got attention both positive and negative at Sunday’s Tonys. There was a performance — certainly rare for a show that hasn’t even opened yet — plus a plug from its famous composers, Bono and The Edge. And of course, there were the obligatory “Spider-Man” jokes, without which no awards show would be complete.

  • Billboard Top 10 Singles 06-16-11

    1.  Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    2. Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    3.  E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

    4. The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars

    5. On The Floor, Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

    6.   Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

    7.  The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga

    8. Just Can’t Get Enough, The Black Eyed Peas
    9.  Till the World Ends, Britney Spears
    10.  The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco