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  • Giants blast Cardinals, head to World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the Giants had overcome to get back to the World Series, a late shower wasn't about to dampen their celebration.

    All right, it was a driving downpour.

    So reliever Sergio Romo danced through the raindrops, Tim Lincecum helped lead a soaked victory lap around the ballpark and Angel Pagan stayed on the field with his daughter long after his teammates took the party indoors.

    Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday night.

    "The rain never felt so good," series MVP Marco Scutaro said. "We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable."

    San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.

    The Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Triple Crown slugger Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Verlander is set to pitch Wednesday's opener at AT&T Park. Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted before Monday's game he had not planned any further in advance.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

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

    1. AMID CLASH, CANDIDATES FIND COMMON GROUND

    In final debate, Obama and Romney both stress support for Israel, and both oppose sending U.S. forces to topple Assad.

    2. YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

    The AP's Calvin Woodward examines Obama and Romney's claims, separating fact from fiction.

    3. HOW THE SPA SHOOTING SUSPECT GOT HIS GUN — DESPITE PRIOR VIOLENCE

    Police say Radcliffe Haughton didn't have to wait for a background check, because he bought his weapon from a private individual.

    4. WHAT APPLE HASN'T TOLD US ABOUT ITS NEW MINI IPAD

    With the public getting its first look at the device Tuesday, many details are already known — except what it will cost.

  • Today in History for October 23rd
  • NM voter registration up 5% since 2008 election


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter registration in New Mexico has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election, and independent voters have grown the fastest, state election officials reported Monday.

    Nearly 1.3 million people are registered and eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state's office since registration closed earlier this month.

    The number of New Mexicans who declined to affiliate with a political party when they registered to vote — so-called independents or "declined to state" as New Mexico election officials label them— has increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.

    "The independents have been on the rise for 30 years and it just continues," said Brian Sanderoff, who runs a polling and research business in Albuquerque.

  • Windows 8 Could Pose Challenge for Users

    Consumers are in for a shock when Microsoft releases the Windows 8 operating system later this week. The interface changes are the most widespread the OS maker has undertaken since the release of Windows 95.

  • Share your best photos in Los Alamos Life 2013

    Whether you're an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures published in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it's like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet--home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

    Los Alamos Life is looking for photos that will help tell that story... Nature, wildlife, kids, pets, funny moments from a family gathering, poignant shots of our senior citizens... Photos can include everything from action sports to thought-provoking still life.

  • Russell Means, Indian activist, actor, dies at 72

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Russell Means never shunned attention. Whether leading Native Americans in railing against broken federal treaties, appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster or advocating a sovereign American Indian nation within U.S. borders, the activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee reveled in the spotlight.

    But it was only on his terms. Openly critical of mainstream media, the onetime leader of the American Indian Movement often refused interviews and verbally blasted journalists who showed up to cover his public appearances. Instead, he chose to speak to his fan base through YouTube videos and blog posts on his personal website.

    When he did speak out publicly, he remained steadfast in his defense of AIM. He found himself dogged for decades by questions about the group's alleged involvement in the slaying of a tribe member and the several gun battles with federal officers during the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, but denied the group ever promoted violence.

  • LA takes over first place in district with win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its second sweep of the District 2-4A season over the Beranlillo Spartans Saturday.

    More importantly, it also took over sole possession of first place in the 2-4A standings with the victory, coupled by a 3-2 loss by Española Valley against Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers now sit alone atop the district with a mark of 4-1 (10-6 overall), while Santa Fe and Española Valley are tied at 3-2 behind them.

    Los Alamos, which has some tough contests with Bernalillo over the past few seasons, picked up a solid 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 win on the road to start the second half of the district season.

    The Spartans (4-12, 1-4) had little answer for Hilltopper middle Claire Stewart. Stewart had a match-high 18 spike kills, one of the top offensive totals of the season for Los Alamos.

    Also for Los Alamos, Erin Kirk and Sam Fenner finished with 8 spike kills. Setter Savanah Romero earned 39 assists.

    Saturday’s win was the fourth in a row for the Hilltoppers, who have given up just three games in those four victories.

    This week, however, will go a long way to determining how the 2-4A regular season will shake out. Los Alamos faces Santa Fe Wednesday night at home then travels to Esapñola Valley Saturday night.

  • UCI strips Armstrong of his 7 Tour titles--Video Extra

    GENEVA (AP) — Cycling's governing body agreed Monday to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.

    Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said the race would go along with whatever cycling's governing body decides and will have no official winners for those years.

    USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen" within his U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

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

    1. WHERE IN THE U.S. THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT WILL BE DECIDED

    AP analysis of the past three presidential races shows 106 counties in nine states may determine who wins.

    2. WHAT WILL BE CENTER STAGE AT THE LAST DEBATE

    The blame for Benghazi and the right line to take with Iran are expected to be main topics Monday night.

    3. THE SPARK FOR THE KILLING OF THREE IN A WISCONSIN SALON

    Police say a domestic dispute may have led Radcliffe Franklin Haughton to open fire before taking his own life.

    4. WHY LEBANON LAUNCHED A MAJOR SECURITY OPERATION