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Today's News

  • Swimming: Topper boys, girls are third at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams opened their 2011-12 seasons Saturday with third-place finishes at the Barney Relays.
    The Barney Relays, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, include the top-finishing teams in the state from the previous season’s state championship meet. Teams compete in relay events, many of which aren’t seen in any other competitions for the rest of the year.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 88 points for their third-place finish, while the Hilltopper boys had 96 points overall.
    Academy, which won both the boys and girls state titles in 2010-11, were the big winners on both the boys and girls sides Saturday.

  • VIDEO: Bunnies abandoned on Colorado roadway
  • Economy grew at 2 percent rate in third quarter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the summer than the government had earlier estimated because businesses cut back more sharply on restocking of shelves.

    The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2 percent in the July-September quarter, lower than an initial 2.5 percent estimate made last month. The government also said after-tax incomes fell by the largest amount in two years, reflecting high unemployment and lower pay raises.

    The downward revision was largely because of a lower estimate for inventory rebuilding. Economists believe this could lead to stronger growth in the current quarter, if businesses foresee more demand and restock shelves.

  • Super flop: Deficit-cutting panel gives up--video extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.

    Stock prices plummeted at home and across debt-scarred Europe as the panel ended its brief, secretive existence without an agreement. Republicans and Democrats alike pointed fingers of blame, maneuvering for political advantage in advance of 2012 elections less than a year away.

  • Minimum retirement age of 55 proposed for teachers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.

    The Educational Retirement Board voted Monday to recommend the proposals to the Legislature, which has to change state law to implement any pension revisions.

    The retirement program covers 97,000 current workers and retirees.

    Most educators can retire with full benefits at any age after working at least 25 years, although that has increased to 30 years for those hired starting in July 2010. The proposed minimum retirement age would not apply to workers within 10 years of retirement.

  • Two vehicle accident on West Jemez causes rollover

    A two-car accident on West Jemez Road caused one of the vehicles involved to rollover during the noon hour Monday.

    Los Alamos Police and Fire Department units responded to the mid-day crash about one mile west of the guard stop on Jemez Road.

    At least one person was injured in the mishap, but police on the scene declined to release any further information while the accident was still under investigation.

    Check back for more details on this developing story...

  • NM police launch crackdown on drunken driving

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico police have launched a "superblitz" of check points and patrols to crack down on drunken driving during the winter holiday season.

    State officials say the anti-drunken driving campaign will run through Jan. 8 and includes television and radio advertising.

    New Mexico Traffic Safety Director Mike Sandoval said Friday that alcohol is often a factor in holiday traffic crashes.

    During an enforcement campaign against drunken driving last winter, there were 40 traffic deaths and 15 of those involved people who had been drinking.

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  • The AP Top 25 College Football Scores

    No. 1 LSU (11-0) beat Mississippi 52-3. Next: vs. No. 6 Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 2 Oklahoma State (10-1) lost to Iowa State 37-31, 2OT, Friday. Next: vs. No. 5 Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 3.

    No. 3 Alabama (10-1) beat Georgia Southern 45-21. Next: at Auburn, Saturday.

    No. 4 Oregon (9-2) lost to No. 18 Southern Cal 38-35. Next: vs. Oregon State, Saturday.

    No. 5 Oklahoma (8-2) lost to No. 25 Baylor 45-38. Next: vs. Iowa State, Saturday.

    No. 6 Arkansas (10-1) beat Mississippi State 44-17. Next: at No. 1 LSU, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 7 Clemson (9-2) lost to NC State 37-13. Next: at No. 14 South Carolina, Saturday.

  • DOE auditor suggests lab closures

    Department of Energy Inspector General Gregory Friedman raised some eyebrows and serious questions in an audit released this week.

    Friedman suggested in the current budget climate, where more funding cuts are likely a certainty that DOE should take a look at what the Department of Defense did. The DOD closed some of its bases in recent years.

    Friedman wrote, “Using the Department of Defense’s Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) experience as a guide, the Department should establish an independent panel to comprehensively examine alternatives for evaluating, consolidating, and/or realigning the Department’s R&D (research and development) laboratory complex.”