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Today's News

  • Today in History for October 9th
  • Skydiver's supersonic jump prep underway

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner's death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert was lifted Tuesday morning and crews began laying out his balloon.

    The planned early morning launch had been delayed by high winds. But just before 9 a.m., the winds calmed and the team decided to proceed with plans to make the flight, a process that would take about two hours.

    The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria plans to take off in a 55-story, ultra-thin and easy-to-tear helium balloon that will take him into the stratosphere for the jump. He hopes it will make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

  • Einstein 'God Letter' Up for Auction
  • Power, phones down at Monitor offices

    Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Department of Public Utilities crews working to repair a water leak on DP Road inadvertently took down an electrical transformer knocking out power and phones to the Los Alamos Monitor offices.

    Crews at the scene could not give a firm time when power would be restored.

    Email is being monitored remotely in the interim, so if you have an urgent news or advertising situation please send that to info@lamonitor.com and it will be channeled to the appropriate party.

    Power was restored about 4 p.m. and business operations are scheduled to return to normal Tuesday morning.

  • Wedding Brawl Breaks Out at Philly Hotel
  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday (times in EDT):

    1. OBAMA REGROUPS AS ROMNEY GAINS NEW CONFIDENCE

    Both campaigns acknowledge the Republican's strong turn in last week's debate had an impact, but Democrats hope a get-out-the-vote program will turn the election in their favor.

    2. SANDUSKY SENTENCING SET FOR TUESDAY

    The ex-Penn State assistant coach and some of the victims he was convicted of molesting are expected to speak at the hearing.

    3. WHAT NASA HOPES TO LEARN FROM SKYDIVER'S JUMP

  • Today in History for October 8th
  • Finnish Team Wins Wife Carrying Contest

    A Finnish couple have won the 13th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine. "Wife carrying" sees male competitors race each other while carrying a female team mate and, perhaps misleadingly, they do not have to be married.

  • CenturyLink, union fail to reach labor agreement

    DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact.

    The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. CWA spokesman Al Kogler said in a statement that negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job during the extension.

    Kogler has said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union had authorized a strike in the event that a new deal couldn't be reached with the Monroe, La.-based telecommunications company.

    CenturyLink workers in Montana, who are negotiating a separate contract, also agreed to the extension

  • Northern New Mexico Skate Tour

    The Skateboard Bums crew in collaboration with VYCE community projects checks out a few parks across Northern New Mexico - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Taos.