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Today's News

  • Football: NFL gives its OK for players to go to work

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On one of the busiest days of the year for the NFL, teams were plotting not only how to land the best draft picks but just how to let their most-prized employees return to work.
    Welcome back, players. For now, at least.
    The NFL cleared the way for some of its basic football operations to begin Friday, five days after a federal judge declared the lockout illegal and nearly seven weeks after it began.
    Players can talk with coaches, work out at team headquarters and look at their playbooks.
    “Everybody’s tired of sitting around, laying around,” Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays said. “We’ve had enough of that. Now, we’re trying to get back to business.”

  • Running: Williams is tops at Tuesday's Pace Race

    It was a small gathering for this week’s Pace Race.
    Only 10 runners and walkers braved the cold Tuesday night for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race. The Pace Race was held on West Road starting near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The top predictor this week was Ted Williams, who was off by eight seconds, easily topping the rest of the field. The second-best predictor was Dan Kelly, who missed by 93 seconds.
    Tuesday’s temperatures were not only cold, but the weather had mixed snow showers as well.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Inez Ross, who also had the third-best prediction Tuesday. Ross finished with a time of 16:32. Bob Westervelt was the top male finisher on the 1-mile course this week (17:38).

  • Baseball/Softball: Topper girls stay put at No. 10 in 4A

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team               Total pts.     Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (12)        120    1
    2. Farmington                  87    2
    3. Los Lunas                    84    4

  • Girls track and field: Wendelberger turning into a star in 4A

    At first sight, she doesn’t stand out. It’s not until one looks at the stat sheet on her blossoming track and field career that Laura Wendelberger catches the eye.
    Wendelberger, a sophomore, isn’t tall, something that most top high jumpers or hurdlers tend to have in common. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for her.
    Heading into Saturday’s regular season-ending home meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field meet, Wendelberger has already qualified for four different events, including both lengths of hurdles, the high jump and the long jump. Only a handful of other Class 4A athletes in the state have made the cut in four events this season.

  • Dow rises after strong corporate earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average rose in early trading Friday after more strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies. Broader indexes were mixed.

    Merck & Co., Chevron Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. beat earnings forecasts for the first quarter. All three are among the 30 companies that make up the Dow average.

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. rose 12 percent, the most of any company in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after it set a company sales record and reversed its loss from the first quarter of last year.

  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff.

    President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander.

    Launch commentator George Diller said the next try likely would be Monday at the earliest. Officials huddled in launch control, discussing a path forward.

  • Football: Newton goes 1st in less-than-festive NFL draft

    NEW YORK (AP) — This draft was no party.

    Between the boos raining down on Commissioner Roger Goodell and the uncertainty created by a bitter labor battle, the NFL draft opened Thursday night lacking much of its usually festive atmosphere.

    What it wasn't missing was intrigue and surprises — at least after the Carolina Panthers made Cam Newton the first pick.

    The Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as expected went to the worst team in the league — and vowed to fix that immediately. Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1957.

  • Obama embarks on day of high, lows in Ala., Fla.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embarking on a day of contrasts remarkable even for a president, traveling to storm-ravaged Alabama to survey devastating twister damage before heading to Cape Canaveral, Fla., to cheer the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour alongside the injured congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Capping it all off Friday, the president was to deliver an evening commencement address at Miami Dade College. And before even departing the White House, he was to meet with participants in the iconic 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

  • Britain celebrates monarchy as Kate, William wed--video extras

    LONDON (AP) — With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William in a union expected to revitalize the British monarchy. Hundreds of thousands then cheered as the royal couple rode an open carriage to Buckingham Palace.

    Even with millions of people tuning in to watch, the couple managed to appear at times in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words "I will."

  • Wind Advisory in effect Friday

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM MDT FRIDAY.

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU AND SURROUNDING HIGHLANDS... THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS... THE RIO GRANDE... TULAROSA... AND SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEYS.

    * WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... LATE MORNING TO EARLY EVENING FRIDAY WITH THE PEAK WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 1 PM AND 7 PM.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN DUST PRONE LOCATIONS.