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  • 'Odd Couple' Actor Jack Klugman Dies
  • Sex offender kills himself in Aztec standoff

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a registered sex offender wanted on a probation violation is dead after a nearly eight-hour barricade situation near the northwestern New Mexico city of Aztec.

    San Juan County Sheriff's officials say 39-year-old Byron Boyd fatally shot himself Monday night inside a cinder-block outbuilding.

    They sent a mechanical robot into the structure and confirmed that Boyd was down before deputies entered the structure.

    Before that, Boyd reportedly fired several shots at SWAT team members but nobody was hit.

  • 2 firefighters die in ambush at blazing NY house--Video Extras

    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-con gunned down two firefighters after luring them to his neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze early Monday, then took shots at police and committed suicide while several homes burned.

    Authorities used an armored vehicle to help residents flee dozens of homes on the shore of Lake Ontario a day before Christmas. Police restricted access to the neighborhood, and officials said it was not clear whether there were other bodies in the seven houses left to burn.

  • NM officers watching for drunken drivers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers around New Mexico will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers through the holiday season.

    The increased patrols, DWI checkpoints and constant pleas from elected officials to celebrate responsibility have become part of New Mexico's fabric as the state continues to fight the pervasive problem of drunken driving.

    "Too often we hear about the pain and heartache caused by a DWI fatality around this time of year," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. "Law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers so I hope all New Mexicans will do the right thing by not drinking and driving."

  • Today in History for December 24th
  • Track Santa on his magical journey

    Just like each of you, those of us at LAMonitor.com can't wait to see what Santa brings us this year so we've assembled a number of the best Santa trackers in an effort to keep you posted on Santa's whereabouts. From all of us to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas!

    The NORAD Santa Tracker

    Tracking Santa with LANL's satellites

    Follow Santa on Google maps

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • NM survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 93

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Pablo Gutierrez, a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war, has died.

    Gutierrez was 93 and died at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City on Dec. 17 after developing respiratory complications and pneumonia, daughter Rosemary Gutierrez said Sunday.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement calling Gutierrez a true American hero and real family man.

    "I am grateful for his service to our country, and for the mark he left on his community." Pearce said. "The Gutierrez family is in my prayers."

  • Officials: 3 Set Deadly Ind. Blast for Insurance

    Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood deliberately set up the deadly blast to collect a big insurance payout, authorities said.

  • Raw: Gang Rape Protesters Clash With Police

    Police in India's capital used tear gas and water cannons to push back thousands of people who tried to march to the presidential mansion to protest the gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus.

  • Today in History for December 23rd