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Today's News

  • Topes Notes 04-26-11

    Isotopes close series with New Orleans tonight

  • Girls golf: Toppers shoot 380 in first round at Kirtland Central

    After two straight struggles to open the spring 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team showed signs it might be getting back on track.
    Los Alamos finished with a team score of 380 shots in the opening round of the Kirtland Central Invitational. Los Alamos was just one of three teams playing both rounds of the tournament — Kirtland Central and Farmington were the others.
    The Hilltoppers were expecting a big showing this spring but things got off to a rocky start. The Hilltoppers struggled at the Ruidoso Invitational two weeks ago and didn’t see much better results at last week’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Lippiatt said he felt better about Monday’s round in Farmington.

  • Boys golf: LA finishes 3rd, Bernalillo wins in regular season finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished third at Monday’s Santa Fe Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos finished with a team total of 352 strokes at Monday’s tournament. It was the team’s final tournament of the 2011 regular season. Los Alamos will host the District 2-4A tournament Monday.
    The Santa Fe Invitational, which included nine teams from around the area, was won by the Bernalillo Spartans, one of the teams Los Alamos will have to beat at the district tournament next week in order to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament.

  • Russia calls for stricter nuclear safety rules

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's president argued Tuesday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents like the massive Chernobyl meltdown, defending nuclear energy during solemn ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history.

    Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in a religious service outside Chernobyl's damaged No. 4 nuclear reactor, laying the first stone of a monument to cleanup workers and laying bouquets of red roses at another monument to Chernobyl victims.

  • Football: Trickle of NFL players head back to work, sort of

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is a long way from playing football.

    One day after a federal judge ended a 45-day lockout, small groups of players showed up at team facilities Tuesday — let inside but told they would not be allowed to work out. Most left in a matter of minutes on a strange day with more questions than answers and the judge said she will take at least another day to consider whether she should put her order on hold.

  • Consumer Confidence Index rises in April

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' concerns about jobs and inflation eased somewhat in April, pushing the Consumer Confidence Index higher.

    The increase comes after an unexpected drop in March. But the measure had risen for five consecutive months before that and hit a three-year high in February.

    "Consumer's short-term outlook improved slightly, suggesting that the uncertainty expressed last month is easing," said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement. "Inflation expectations, which had spiked, retreated somewhat in April."

  • Ford posts best 1Q profit in 13 years

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford posted its best first-quarter profit in 13 years, as its new, more fuel-efficient vehicles reached showrooms during a surge in gasoline prices.

    New arrivals such as the Ford Explorer and Fiesta small car are selling well. Company profits are growing around the world. And Ford is charging more for its cars, helping offset higher commodity costs.

  • Police: Levee protecting Mo. town holds overnight

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding held up overnight, although the swollen river pouring over in several spots is threatening to burst through the structure and has already forced the evacuation of about 1,000 area homes, a police official said.

    Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said early Tuesday that the Black River overran the levee in about 30 locations between Poplar Bluff and the nearby town of Qulin.

    "How that hasn't broken through yet, it's a miracle," Rolland said.

  • Home prices falling in most major US cities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and at least 10 major markets are at their lowest point since the housing bubble burst.

    The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index shows price declines in 19 cities from January to February. The index fell for the seventh straight month. Prices fell at a faster rate in 11 markets in February compared with the previous month.

  • Flooding, tornado kill 9 in Arkansas--see videos

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A tornado tore up a small central Arkansas town, killing four people and leaving the governor wondering Tuesday how so many others managed to survive. The night of brutal storms killed at least nine people in the state, and more harsh weather was forecast.

    The tornado smashed through the heart of Vilonia, just north of Little Rock, on Monday night, ripping the roof off the grocery store, flattening homes, tossing vehicles into the air and twisting one tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag.