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Today's News

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

    1. WHAT PALESTINIANS ARE POISED TO GAIN FROM THE UN

    Today's vote on recognizing a Palestinian state could give them leverage in future border talks with Israel.

    2. RUSH TOWARD 'FISCAL CLIFF' SLOWS A BIT

    The White House and a key Democrat hint at concessions on taxes and cuts, while more Republicans seem ready to give ground.

    3. WHO IS WAKING UP AS MILLIONAIRES

    Powerball officials say winning tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona to split the $579.9 million jackpot.

    4. RULING EXPECTED IN CONCORDE CRASH APPEAL

    A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the fiery crash in which 113 were killed.

  • Today in History for November 29th
  • Numbers Drawn for $579 Million Powerball Jackpot

    The winning numbers for the record Powerball jackpot were drawn Wednesday night. The numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball 6. The jackpot rose to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing.

  • Workers asked to pay more for retirement benefits

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and local government workers and educators could see their take-home pay shrink in the next several years under proposals to have them contribute more out of their salaries for retirement benefits.

    Taxpayers also would chip in tens of millions of dollars under proposals endorsed by a legislative committee on Wednesday to shore up the long-term finances of two programs for public employees — a retirement system for educators and a separate program offering health insurance to retirees from state and local government jobs as well as public schools and universities.

    The measures will be forwarded to the Legislature to consider when it convenes in January for a 60-day session. Lawmakers and the governor must approve the proposals before higher payroll contributions would take effect.

  • Wal-Mart, Disney, Sears Used Factory in Fire

    Amid what is left of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, there are piles of blue, red and off-white children's shorts bearing Wal-Mart's Faded Glory brand. There was also a hooded Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from Disney.

  • Jackpot hits $550 million

    Business has been brisk at local stores that sell lottery tickets, as the Powerball jackpot has reached $550 million. The drawing is tonight.

  • NMDWS cracks down on improper unemployment insurance payments

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has cut the state’s improper Unemployment Insurance payment rate by more than half — the highest drop in the country. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, New Mexico’s improper payment rate fell from nearly 24 percent to under 11 percent. NMDWS also cut the UI fraud rate as well, from around 6 percent in FY2011 to around 5 percent in FY2012.
     “I am so proud that our Department of Workforce Solutions is a national leader in reducing fraud and improper payments in state unemployment insurance programs,” said Gov. Susana Martinez. “The progress NMDWS has made since the beginning of our administration is a testament to our commitment to cracking down on fraud and strengthening New Mexico’s UI program for businesses and workers.”
     Cabinet Secretary Celina Bussey said the decreases in the improper payment and fraud rates are just the beginning of a new trend that will see these rates decline even lower. “We have many more initiatives planned for 2013 that will further strengthen the integrity of New Mexico’s Unemployment Insurance program and ensure that critical UI payments go to those who truly qualify for them.”

  • Caldera board sets date for meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public  from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa, in Albuquerque.
    The meeting agenda will include a year-end budget update for Fiscal Year 2012, a report on the state of the preserve, a presentation on restoration and stewardship projects, and a review of the 2012 livestock program and public visitation. Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter. Links to the agenda and map to the Embassy Suites are posted on the Trust’s website at ow.ly/fAS1L.
    The Board of the Valles Caldera Trust conducts all decision-making meetings in public. The President of the United States appoints Board of Trustee members. Current members are: Dr. Raymond Loretto, Jemez Pueblo; Dr. Melissa Savage, Santa Fe; Virgil Trujillo, Abiquiu;  Dr. Ken Smith, Sewanee, Tenn.; Kent Salazar, Albuquerque; Karyn Stockdale, Santa Fe; Jason Lott, superintendent, Bandelier National Monument and Maria Garcia, supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Update 11-28-12

    School board meets

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. today at Aspen Elementary School.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    County Council

    Idea Factory: Contribute your ideas about the Pajarito Plateau. Join PEEC as they discuss key messages and stories about the Pajarito Plateau. 6:30 p.m. Thursday Free. For more information or to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Library board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Cobalt could replace precious metals as industrial catalyst

    Cobalt, a relatively common mineral, may hold promise as an industrial catalyst with potential applications in such energy-related technologies as the production of biofuels and the reduction of carbon dioxide.
    That is, provided the cobalt is captured in a complex molecule so it mimics the precious metals that normally serve this industrial role.
    In work published Nov. 26 in the international edition of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists report the possibility of replacing the normally used noble metal catalysts with cobalt.
    Catalysts are the parallel of the Philosopher’s Stone for chemistry. They cannot change lead to gold, but they do transform one chemical substance into another, while remaining unchanged themselves. Perhaps the most familiar example of catalysis comes from automobile exhaust systems that change toxic fumes into more benign gases, but catalysts are also integral to thousands of industrial, synthetic and renewable energy processes where they accelerate or optimize a mind-boggling array of chemical reactions.
    It’s not an exaggeration to say that without catalysts, there would be no modern industry.