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Today's News

  • NM Boys' State fosters citizenship

    In a 2008 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 71 percent of Americans failed a civic literacy test, with an overall average score of 49 percent. Fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of government. Even more disturbing is the fact that elected officials scored lower than the general public, with an average score of 44 percent.

    This lack of civic literacy may be the result of a lax educational system. Most states do not require middle school students to take classes in civics and government. It may also be that civics, like history, is one of those classes filled with dry facts and figures that evaporate soon after the course is over.

  • False alarm

    A fire alarm created some excitement at Starbucks and Ruby K’s near Central Avenue and 20th Street, Wednesday afternoon. Battalion Chief Glenn Trehern said there was no apparent cause.

  • Los Alamos' Most Wanted

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division is searching for Raymond Behringer and Amanda Burns in connection with a number of local burglaries. Anyone with information about the couple is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 662-8282. Callers can remain anonymous.

    Raymond “Ray” G. Behringer has a warrant for his arrest for the following charges: burglary, receiving and possessing stolen property and larceny.
    Age: 36 years old
    Height: 5’10”
    Weight: 160 lbs.
    Eyes: Blue
    Scars/Marks: Spider web tattoo on the back of his head and  spider tattoo on his neck

    Amanda Burns has a warrant for her arrest for the following charges: burglary and larceny.

  • Burglary binge spurs police action

    Becky Cortesy was at work the morning burglars knocked on the door of her 47th Street home. They broke in and stole her extensive jewelry collection, which spanned 25 years, during that June 2 burglary.

    “We lost our big screen TV but that doesn’t have any value … it’s the items with sentimental value that are priceless … no price can be put on my mother’s rings … it’s that kind of emotional damage that occurs that they could care less about,” Cortesy said.

  • Helping a billion bovines

    You and I have our challenges and some real worries, too. There are bills to pay and doctors to visit, to say nothing of mulling over those strange sounds coming from the rear of the car.
    But I confess, I thought the life of a cow was rather placid. Eating and sleeping, I would have guessed, pretty much summed up the existence of the more than one billion bovines that share the planet with us.
    But as I’ve recently learned, both beef cattle and dairy cows often have trouble just catching their breath.

  • Oil drops as international reserves are tapped

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil plunged nearly 5 percent Thursday after the International Energy Agency said it will release 60 million barrels of oil from its reserves to make up for a loss of Libyan exports in global oil markets.

    The IEA, which includes the U.S., will release 2 million barrels per day over the next 30 days. Half of that will come from U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which currently holds 727 million barrels in underground caverns along the Gulf Coast.

  • Top Republican Cantor exits budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that Democratic demands for tax increases have brought budget negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden to an impasse and that he's pulling out of the talks.

    The Virginia Republican said in a statement that the Republican-dominated House simply won't support tax increases and that he won't be participating in a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Cantor said that it's time for President Barack Obama to weigh in directly on the budget because Democrats insist on pairing at least some tax increases with the spending cuts.

  • Unemployment applications jump by most in a month--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose by the most in a month, signaling growing weakness in the job market.

    Applications rose by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the second increase in three weeks and the 11th straight week that applications have been above 400,000.

    The four-week average for unemployment benefit applications, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 426,250 last week.

  • Feds snare Whitey Bulger after 16 year manhunt--video extra

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles 16 years after his run from the law sparked an international manhunt and served as a major embarrassment to the FBI as their onetime informant eluded authorities.

    The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.

  • Storms damage barns, chapel at Churchill Downs--video extra

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A few barns partially collapsed and horses ran loose for a time Wednesday at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville.

    Officials have no immediate reports of serious injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. A mayor's spokesman said a couple people may have been trapped in their cars in high water on the east side of the city.