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Today's News

  • McCain: Increase military support to Libyan rebels

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military support Friday for Libya's rebels, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition in the battle to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

    McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at a news conference in the rebels' stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya that he did not believe U.S. ground troops are in order.

  • Obama's deficit plans run into economic reality

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.

    Audiences in California and Nevada understood why it's important to get a handle on the deficit over the long term. Yet they made clear that the economic recovery hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.

  • Japan plans disaster budget, building 100K homes

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government proposed a special $50 billion (4 trillion yen) budget to help finance reconstruction efforts Friday and plans to build 100,000 temporary homes for survivors of last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    The twin disasters destroyed roads, ports, farms and homes and crippled a nuclear power plant that forced tens of thousands of more people to evacuate their houses for at least several months. The government said the damage could cost $309 billion, making it the world's most expensive natural disaster.

  • Not so merry-go-round

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    With safe safety razors, we can safely enjoy safe productive safe lives safe safe safe safe.
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    A common technique used in presentations; repetitive repetitive repetitive reinforcement to drive drive drive into your skull the belief that something is true.  Say it enough times and it must be true.  
    And so it was with the presentation given by the California-based consulting firm at the county council meeting April 7.  

  • Just A Wag 04-22-11

    Fire officials set to retire

    Although nothing has been formally announced, we hear that Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson are planning to retire some time this summer.
    Tucker has 17 years of service with LAFD and   25 years with the Phoenix Fire Department. Thompson has 19 years with LAFD.

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    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Toyota: Car production disrupted until Nov or Dec

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December — imperiling its spot as the world's top-selling automaker.

    President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the world.

    "To all the customers who made the decision to buy a vehicle made by us, I sincerely apologize for the enormous delay in delivery," Toyoda said at a news conference in Tokyo.

  • Texans plan to rebuild wildfire-devastated homes

    POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) — Their homes have been reduced to a gray heap of ashes, and acres of trees turned into blackened sticks. Yet many who live in a lakeside community ravaged by a massive Texas wildfire — whether in a million-dollar mansion, a quaint lake house or a simple fishing cabin — say they hope to rebuild and get back to watching the wildlife and whiling away the hours with loved ones.

  • Obama's deficit plan runs into economic reality

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.

    Audiences in California and Nevada understood why it's important to get a handle on the deficit over the long term. Yet they made clear that the economic recovery hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.

    As Obama shifts into re-election mode, he will need to show that he hasn't lost his focus on jobs even as the conversation in Washington swings to paying down what the nation owes.

  • NM unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the March unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

    A report released Thursday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows the state's unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March.

    The Farmington metropolitan area had the state's highest unemployment rate, at 9.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent in February.

    Overall job growth remains stunted. The recovery is progressing slowly because no particular sector of the economy is leading the way in creating more jobs.

  • NM ex-governor Johnson enters presidential race

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing.

    Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won't be outworked when it comes to retail politics.

    "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire," he said. "So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire."