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Today's News

  • College students get hard lessons in finance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In these tight times, college students are getting a lesson in economics no matter what their major. Students say money influences everything from what school they attend and what career they pursue to how quickly they complete their degrees — or whether they graduate at all.

    Money problems, not bad grades, are the reason cited by most college students who have considered dropping out, an Associated Press-Viacom poll finds.

  • Tech earnings give Nasdaq biggest jump in 6 months

    NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings from technology companies including Intel Corp. sent stocks soaring Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite index had its biggest one-day jump in six months.

    The Nasdaq rose 57, or 2 percent, to 2,802 in early afternoon trading. The technology-focused index hasn't risen that much since Oct. 5.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 200 points, or 1.6 percent, to 12,467.

  • Careful search for mementos slows Japan's rebuilding

    KESENNUMA, Japan (AP) — Sakuji Funayama watched intently as a giant steel claw tore chunks off the remains of his two-story home, ripped open like a dollhouse by last month's tsunami and washed up onto a pile of debris. Suddenly, he spied something, waved his arms and pointed.

    The claw froze and a half dozen construction workers scrambled into the wreckage, emerging a few minutes later with a battered backpack that belonged to Funayama's son, who moved away years ago. He set it off to the side.

  • Day of remembrance: 1 year after Gulf oil disaster

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Relatives of some of the 11 men who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are flying over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, back to the epicenter of the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history.

    Meanwhile, on land, vigils were scheduled in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to mark the spill.

  • NM man found not guilty in crash that killed teens

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 29-year-old man who was charged in a crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth has been found not guilty by a Santa Fe jury.

    Jurors reached their verdict Tuesday evening in the case of Scott Owens.

    The Santa Fe-area man had pleaded not guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of causing great bodily harm in the June 28, 2009, crash on the Old Las Vegas highway near Santa Fe.

    Authorities allege he was driving in the wrong lane just after midnight when he ran into the teens' car.

    Officials had said his blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent, double the legal driving limit.

  • Storm's human, financial toll rises in Raleigh, NC

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The tornado that carved through North Carolina's capital killed four children, shuttered a university for the rest of the spring semester and felled the signature trees in the metropolis known as the "City of Oaks."

    It was the most active system of tornadoes on record in the state's history, leading to 23 deaths. In Raleigh, one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, the death toll and property damages underscored the massive costs that can be inflicted when a tornado makes a rare venture into areas of dense population.

    In all, the storm killed 45 people in six states, but North Carolina was by far the hardest-hit.

  • McDonald's hiring day draws crowds, high hopes--video extra

    McDonald's Corp. went on the offense Tuesday against critics who complain that it's a lousy place to work.

    The world's largest hamburger chain held its first National Hiring Day and was awarded with a strong response from job seekers. Thousands showed up at restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs mixing shakes and serving Happy Meals. The company planned to hire 50,000 new workers in one day, boosting its staff by about 7 percent.

    McDonald's painted the event as a boon for an economy where more than 13 million Americans are looking for work. But the real purpose, industry experts said, is that McDonald's needs to portray itself as a decent employer.

  • D. Ray Smith to speak about Oak Ridge

    D. Ray Smith, historian at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., shares stories from the earliest white settlement in the land of the Cherokee to the removal of 3,000 farmers to make way for the most significant military and industrial achievement in history, to modern day applications of the technological advances of the nuclear era.  As he spins legends and tales, Smith shares historic photographs from Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott, as well as humorous interludes to look at the lighter side of history.

  • Correction 04-19-11


    In the story titled, “Coro de Camara enchants audiences,” in Sunday’s Spectrum, the venue for the April 30 performance was erroneously listed as Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. The concert will be at 7 p.m. April 30 at the United Church.

  • Be There 04-19-11

    Today
    “Fire Up” for Scouting will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #3 in White Rock and from 6:30-8 p.m. April 21 at Fire Station #4 on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. All boys interested in being a Boy Scout and completing grades K-4 are invited to register.
    Wednesday
    Chamisa Elementary will host a series of events during TV Turn Off Week, which runs through April 22. The week includes a Recycle Fashion Show at 6 p.m. today and a Family Science Night at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 663-2470.
    Thursday