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Today's News

  • In quest of some tax relief

    I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse.
    Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits not available if they file separately. However, one potential drawback is that you’re each responsible, jointly and individually, for any taxes, interest and penalties due on returns filed while you’re married, even if you later divorce.

  • Road to Victory

    Alamogordo’s Marcel Berger celebrates as he crosses the finish line on the way to a win in the Licensed Men Category 4 race Sunday as part of the Tour de Los Alamos. Check Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for complete results.

  • Horses travel to London in style

    LONDON (AP) — They didn’t have to absolutely, positively get them there overnight, but when the U.S. Equestrian Federation sent some of its horses to London for the Olympics, it was a special delivery.
    The elite U.S. three-day eventing equine squad landed in London on Monday on a FedEx flight, having taken the red eye from Newark, N.J. They’re not the first competitors to arrive as the countdown to the games clicks to less than 40 days away, but they are among the most pampered.
    “They are all special,” said Tim Dutta, who owns the international horse transport company that organized the trip. “We are working on everybody’s dream.”

  • Clemens’ acquittal is latest blow for federal prosecutors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Bonds. Guilty on a technicality. At least that’s how much of the public sees it. It’s all that came out of a seven-year investigation into baseball’s home run king.
    Lance Armstrong. Not even prosecuted. A two-year, multi-continent investigation brought to a close this year with no charges filed.
    Now Roger Clemens. Acquitted on all counts. A five-year investigation ended with the top pitcher of his generation celebrating with family hugs inside the courtroom.
    After three expensive failures, the government is done, it seems, with the business of pursuing high-profile cases of drugs-in-sports — with a track record not worth bragging about.

  • Fla. Teen Survives 3-foot Spear to the Head

    A 16-year-old boy from South Florida is recovering after doctors removed a 3-foot-long fishing spear that wait straight through his skull from front to back.

  • Topes Notes 06-19-12

    Isotopes are back for more in Albuquerque

    The Albuquerque Isotopes are back from their short road trip to face the New Orleans’ Zephyrs tonight.
    The Isotopes and Zephyrs meet at 7:05 p.m. It’s the opener of an eight-game home set for the Isotopes, who went 3-1 on a quick trip to Iowa over the weekend.
    Albuquerque (40-31) picked up some ground on division-leading Oklahoma City by taking three of four against Iowa and now trail by just 1-1/2 games in the division standings.
    Tonight, Fernando Nieve will take the mound for Albuquerque. Nieve, who is new to Albuquerque this year, has been shaky in 10 starts, going 3-4 and posting an ERA of 6.85.

  • Colorado wildfire now 50 percent contained

    LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that has charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado since it began 10 days ago is now 50 percent contained, authorities said.

    Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as they toiled in hot, dry weather to battle the blaze, which has now destroyed at least 189 homes — the most in the state's history.

    Eight more homes were found Monday to have burned in the fire near Fort Collins.

  • Microsoft Unveils 'Surface' Tablet Computer

    Microsoft unveiled the Surface on Monday, a new tablet computer that's expected to compete with Apple's iPad. The Surface is 9.3 millimeters thick and works on the Windows RT operating system.

  • Today in History for June 19th
  • First Person: Losing a Home to Colo. Wldfires

    Jeff Corum recently finished work to make his Masonville, Colorado cabin his permanent home, but a wildfire tearing through the state burned it to the ground. He made it out with only a handful of possessions.