Today's News

  • VIDEO: Girl Dies After Being Forced to Run for Hours

    Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the Alabama girl had a seizure and died days later.

  • Copter collision kills 7 Marines in Calif. desert

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two military helicopters collided over the California desert during nighttime training exercises, killing seven Marines in the latest of several similar accidents in the region.

    The service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were based at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego, Lt. Maureen Dooley with Miramar Air Base in California said Thursday. The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday and involved an AH-1W Cobra that carries two crew members and a UH-1 Huey utility helicopter carrying the other five.

  • Romney seeks tea party votes, Santorum hunts cash

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Launched by a bitter debate, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are powering into a crucial stretch of Republican primaries and caucuses, one man badly needing money and the other anxious to win over conservative voters.

    Romney was turning his focus Thursday to tea partyers in Michigan, his birthplace, where cash-strapped Santorum is waging an unexpectedly strong challenge. Romney's been put on the defensive in the auto-building state over his opposition to the government's bailout of car makers.

  • Pregnant mom busted with cocaine in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant mother, who's already on probation for the death of her two-year-old child, is facing drug charges after police found cocaine on her and two kids in her car.

    KOAT-TV reports that probation and parole officers arrested Rose Garcia and her boyfriend, Joe Martinez, at a Sonic in Espanola on Wednesday.

    Police said the pair has six grams of cocaine on them and two kids in her car. Investigators said they believed the two were dealing cocaine.

    It was unclear if either had attorneys.

  • At least 7 Marines killed as choppers collide in Arizona

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Seven Marines were killed late Wednesday in a collision of two helicopters near Yuma, Ariz., during night training exercises, the Marine Corps said Thursday.

    Lt. Maureen Dooley with Miramar Air Base in California said the service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were based at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego. The crash involved an AH-1W "Cobra" and UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, she said.

    The aircraft collided in a remote portion of the Yuma Training Range Complex.

    "We're still gathering a lot of details as the sun comes up," Dooley said.

    It will be at least 24 hours before the Marine Corps releases the names of those killed, she said.

  • Raw Video: Scientists Revive Ice Age Flower

    Russian scientists have regenerated an entire plant from the fruit tissue found in an Ice Age squirrel's burrow estimated to be at least 30,000 years old.

  • $5 Gas Coming to Pumps Near You?

    Over the past week alone, gas prices in California and several other parts of the country have spiked 20 cents a gallon. Experts say many motorists could start to see five dollar a gallon prices by summer.

  • Update 02-22-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Thursday at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention

    Los Alamos Democratic Party will have its county convention at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House. They will meet in wards and choose delegates to attend the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention on March 10, in Albuquerque.

  • Alcohol compliance sweep leads to two firings Friday

    A random compliance sweep Friday put two alcohol servers in Los Alamos out of work.
    The New Mexico Department of Public Safety Special Investigation Department’s Lt. Chris Ortiz said officers conducted a minor compliance operation at 11 establishments in Los Alamos that sell alcohol.
    “Two locations sold to a minor,” Ortiz said.
    He said the operation involved an undercover minor, which the department recruits and trains to go into liquor stores to buy a six-pack of beer or stroll up to a bar and order a drink.
    “Just like anyone,” he said. Meanwhile, an undercover agent is already waiting inside the establishment to see what unfolds.

  • Details of Judge Hall’s redistricting plans emerge

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state district judge is proposing two options for revamping political districts of the state House of Representatives to comply with directives from New Mexico’s highest court.
    One of the plans suggested by retired District Judge James Hall will cost the Santa Fe area a legislative seat held by House Speaker Ben Lujan, who plans to retire after serving 19 terms in the House.
    Hall is giving lawyers until Thursday to comment on the proposals. He will adopt a final redistricting plan by next Monday.