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  • Carlsbad woman burns home over attic noises

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Carlsbad woman burned down her own house after claiming to hear noises in the attic.

    The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that 33-year-old Valerie Hernandez was arrested last week after a nearly six-month investigation.

    According to police, Hernandez moved into the home in March and told police she never liked living there because she believed someone was living in the attic and had bugged the house to listen to her conversations.

    Hernandez admitted buying lighter fluid but told police she just dropped the lighter fluid by the front door. Police say she repeatedly asked authorities if the person in the attic had died during the fire.

    No one was hurt in the blaze.

    Police say fire originated on a mattress.

    It was unclear if Hernandez had an attorney.

  • Cross country JV teams sweep meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ junior varsity and C team results from Saturday’s Los Lunas Invitational:

    JV girls

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos , 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 68; 3. Grants, 76.

    Individual results
    1. Madison Foley, 20:25; 2. Nica Vasquez, 20:26; 3. Talia Dreicier, 20:26; 4. Sophia Galvez, 20:26; 5. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 7. Anna Wermer, 21:30; 8. Eliana Riciputi, 21:47.

    JV boys

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos, 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 66; 3. Sandia Prep, 88.

    Individual results
    1. Aaron Bao, 17:58; 2. Cameron Staples, 18:19; 3. Connor Bailey, 18:26; 4. John Rees, 18:33; 5. Victor Kim, 18:35; 6. Hayden Walker, 18:41; 7. Aaron Roybal, 18:46.

    C team girls

    Individual results

  • LA rallies to beat Demons

    The Santa Fe Demons came out guns blazing Tuesday at home, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team overcame the initial push to earn an important district victory.
    Santa Fe scored a goal less than a minute into the contest, but Los Alamos regrouped and outplayed the Demons at Ivan Head Stadium. Henry Steinkamp scored a pair of goals to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 win.
    Los Alamos and Santa Fe were both in need of a win to keep their hopes of a district title alive. Los Alamos, by grabbing Tuesday’s win, will still have a shot to reclaim the crown from the Capital Jaguars.
    The Jaguars, however, still have the edge over the Hilltoppers by virtue of their 1-0 win at Sullivan Field Oct. 6.
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said his team needed some time to adjust to the field at Ivan Head Stadium — a natural grass facility that’s considerably narrower than Sullivan Field.
    “The goal woke us up,” Gartz said. “They still had some good rhythm after their goal, but we settled down and found some things that were working.”
    Despite the narrow field, the Hilltoppers (11-7 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) were able to work the ball out wide and find Steinkamp near the Santa Fe goal. Steinkamp scored goals in both halves.

  • Toppers struggle but pick up 2-4A crown at Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team officially clinched their sixth consecutive District 2-4A title with its victory over the Santa Fe Demons Tuesday.
    Amy Neal scored twice for Los Alamos while Meghan McDonald picked up a goal and an assist as the Hilltoppers earned a 4-1 victory over the Demons. The win put the Hilltoppers at 5-0 in District 2-4A play (14-3 overall) and put the finishing touch on their district crown.
    While Los Alamos’ continued domination of 2-4A this year came as no surprise, Santa Fe (7-9 overall, 2-3 in district) gave Los Alamos as much of a run for its money in their two games as any team has done since 2007.
    The last time the Hilltoppers had allowed a goal in 2-4A play was in 2006.
    Late in the first half, Santa Fe’s Elena Lemus scored on a rebounded indirect kick that came from about 30 yards out toward the goal mouth to snap the Hilltoppers’ streak of 41 consecutive district shutouts.
    The goal by Santa Fe made the score 2-1 at halftime. Los Alamos picked up two goals in the second half, however, to end any hope the Demons may have had for an upset. Neal and McDonald both scored in the second half, with McDonald assisting Neal on her goal and Jordan Ahlers assisting McDonald on hers.
    For her effort, McDonald was given the coaches’ Player of the Game nod.

  • All 5 victims ID'd in Denver bar homicide-arson--Updated

    DENVER (AP) — Police were investigating the deaths of five people whose bodies were found in a neighborhood bar after a fire broke out around closing time early Wednesday. Police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings.

    Firefighters found four women and one man dead inside Fero's Bar & Grill. The fire was reported around 2 a.m.

    Authorities have identified five people found dead at a Denver bar after a fire broke out early Wednesday.

    They include 63-year-old Young Fero, of Aurora, one of the bar's owners.

    The fire at Fero's Bar & Grill was spotted just before 2 a.m., closing time for bars, by a police officer on patrol. Firefighters found four women and one man dead inside.

  • Candidates fan out after combative debate

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Fresh off an intently combative debate, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are taking their tuned-up fight to the precious few battleground states where the election is still up for grabs with just 20 days to go.

    In the sprint to the Nov. 6 Election Day, every aspect of the campaign seems to be taking on a fresh sense of urgency — the ads, the fundraising, the grass-roots mobilizing and the outreach to key voting blocs, particularly women. Romney quietly began airing a new TV ad suggesting he believes abortion "should be an option" in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake.

  • Government: Violent crimes spike 18 percent in 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the number of violent crimes rose by 18 percent in the United States last year while property crimes went up by 11 percent.

    It was the first year-to-year increase for violent crime since 1993. The report does not address any correlation between the spike and chronically high unemployment figures.

    That increase marks the end of a long string of declines for violent crime, which has fallen by 65 percent since 1993 — from 16.8 million to 5.8 million last year.

    The information comes from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics' annual national crime victimization survey.

    The bureau cautions that the size of the percentage increases in both violent crime and property crime is driven in large part by the historically low levels seen in 2010.

  • Nike severs ties to Armstrong 'with great sadness'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nike has severed ties with famed cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade.

    The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was terminating Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."

    "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner," it said in a statement.

    Armstrong said Wednesday, just minutes before the announcement from Nike, that he was stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so that the organization can steer clear of the whirlwind surrounding its founder.

    A representative for Armstrong could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Nike Inc., based in Beaverton, Ore., said it plans to continue its support for Livestrong. Anheuser-Busch and the sunglasses company Oakley have already pledged ongoing support for the organization.

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday


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

    1. AGGRESSIVE OBAMA TRIES TO REBOUND, ROMNEY HOLDS FIRM

    AP's Ben Feller described the crackling debate as an almost desperate competition of ideas and claims between two men who badly want the job.

    2. BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN

    The line by Romney inspired its own Twitter account, (at) Romneys_Binder, which had more than 12,000 followers before the debate ended.

    3. WHO'S FIGHTING THE REGIME IN SYRIA'S LARGEST CITY

    If they win, the rebels' blend of poverty, religious fundamentalism and anger could define the future of Aleppo, and perhaps the rest of the country.

    4. CUBA'S TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LOOSENED

  • Today in History for October 17th