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Today's News

  • Stocks rise sharply on solid corporate earnings

    Stocks rose sharply early Friday after several big U.S. companies reported solid third-quarter earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 200 points.

    Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. rose 3.3 percent, the most of any stock in the Dow, after reporting a 9 percent increase in income. The results beat analysts' expectations and marked the ninth straight quarter of gains.

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose 5 percent after reporting a 25-percent jump in third-quarter income. The fast-casual chain raised prices, sold more burritos and opened new stores.

  • Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggest since NAFTA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.

    The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama's current term.

  • US boosts pressure on Pakistan over terrorism

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday intensified pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down Islamist militants destabilizing Afghanistan, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a tough public message that extremists have been able to operate in and from Pakistan for too long.

    For the second time in two days, Clinton pressed Pakistani authorities to step up efforts against the Haqqani militant network, which is based in the country's rugged tribal region, and is blamed for attacks both inside Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Public down on economy, Obama cures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The extreme funk that settled over the country during the summer has eased slightly, but Americans remain gloomy about the economy and more than half say President Barack Obama does not inspire confidence about a recovery.

    A sizable majority — more than 7 in 10 — believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and, in a new high, 43 percent describe the nation's economy as "very poor," according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Among those surveyed, less than 40 percent say Obama's proposed remedies for high unemployment would increase jobs significantly.

  • Judge sets redistricting hearings starting Dec. 5

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge handling redistricting is planning four hearings in December and January to gather evidence he'll use in drawing new boundaries for congressional, legislative and other elected office districts.

    Retired District Judge James Hall has scheduled a four-day hearing for congressional redistricting from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8.

    He set aside seven days for House redistricting, Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-21.

    Senate redistricting is scheduled for six days, Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-10.

    A three-day hearing on redistricting of the Public Regulation Commission is set for Jan. 11 to Jan. 13.

    Hall issued his scheduling order this week.

  • Valles Caldera searching for new executive director

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.

    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.

    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.

    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • AAUW meeting slated for Oct. 24

    Fire Prevention Specialist Marla Rogers and Recreation Specialist Kimberly DeVall will represent the Valles Caldera National Preserve at the American Association of University Women meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.

  • Be There 10-20-11

    Today
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Spooky Buddies,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present, “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” by Lanie Robertson at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium. There will also be a 3 p.m. show on Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance at CB Fox, The Hill Diner or Otowi Station Bookstore. Tickets are also available at the door. The play contains sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for children.

  • Update 10-20-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    CIP meeting

     The Capital Improvement Project Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

  • Spinoff receives NIH grant for device

    A spinoff of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mesa Tech, has been awarded a $300,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow Mesa Tech to develop an inexpensive, instrument-free, nucleic-acid testing device able to diagnose various respiratory diseases in record time.
    The managers of Mesa Tech, who are currently developing a prototype, plan to initially target the global diseases surveillance market. They also envision applications in point-of-care diagnostics, particularly in poor areas of the world, said former LANL scientist Hong Cai, who co-founded Mesa Tech and is the principal investigator for the effort benefitting from the grant.