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Today's News

  • Who hid the deficit?

    What did I tell you? My column written for Oct. 4, announced a $450 million budget deficit. At the time, the Legislature was predicting a $260 million deficit.
    No, I wasn’t part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s “hide the ball” conspiracy that Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez alleges.
    My not-so-secret information came from watching the ebb and flow of  deficit projections during the past two years.
    Even one year ago, Martinez was still chasing drug cartels and her advisers were still back in Washington, D.C. So how were they to know?

  • Richard Branson on space travel

    UPHAM — British billionaire and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson could see the gently curving roof line and unfinished steel shell of Spaceport America rising from the desert as his jet banked overhead.
    It’s in this remote part of southern New Mexico, where Branson’s dream of reaching space may soon come to fruition.
    Branson, the head of Virgin Group, which counts airlines, entertainment and mobile communications among its many businesses, visited recently for a tour of the spaceport and the dedication of its nearly two-mile-long runway.

  • LAPS board ponders HQ options

    A lot can happen in a year. Last year, the Los Alamos Public Schools administration offices were moved into their current home at 2075 Trinity Drive, after staff vacated the buildings across from the Mari-Mac Shopping Center in preparation for demolition to make way for the Trinity Revitalization Development project.
    Not only has the Trinity project taken some twists and turns in that time, but now the school board isn’t so sure that they want to make the building owned by Elmo CdeBaca their permanent home.

  • New system conserves water

    A waste treatment plant is rarely a popular topic. After all, it’s not a pretty sight – from the gurgling, bubbling aeration basins to the slowly shifting clarifiers.
    It’s a dirty business, but Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon feature an environmentally clean component through its new wash water system.
    The wash water system will have the capability to recycle water and use the treated water for operations at the plant, said Clay Moseley,
    Department of Public Utilities associated engineer and GIS services.

  • A party in Albuquerque for undefeated No. 3 TCU

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — TCU's players handed out roses on the sideline after defeating New Mexico, symbolizing what's next — a possible Rose Bowl trip.

    The No. 3 Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0) had just capped a perfect regular season for the second straight year, winning 66-17 on Saturday. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson dashed into the boisterous locker room and handed over the trophy for TCU's second consecutive league title.

    One night earlier, the Frogs had another celebration at the team hotel.

  • Football: Boise St. shocked by Nevada

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — For two years, Boise State won every time it took the field. The Broncos had to, if they wanted to be considered a serious team that could one day possibly compete for the BCS title.

    When the inevitable loss came, it hurt in more ways than the Broncos could count.

    No national title game. No BCS bowl. No grudging respect from the big boys in the big conferences.

  • US and South Korea push ahead with war games

    YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea prepared for war games Sunday as South Koreans demanded vengeance over a deadly North Korean artillery bombardment that has raised fears of more clashes between the bitter rivals.

    The North, meanwhile, worked to justify one of the worst attacks on South Korean territory since the 1950-53 Korean War. Four South Koreans, including two civilians, died after the North rained artillery on the small Yellow Sea island of Yeonpyeong, which is home to both fishing communities and military bases.

  • Suicide bombers kill 12 at Afghan police HQ

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters Saturday, killing 12 officers in an area along the Pakistan border that still sees heavy Taliban attacks even as NATO pours in more troops and resources.

  • Online sales see 16 percent spike on Black Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers who skipped the crowds on Black Friday gave online merchants a 16 percent spike in revenue, according to data released Saturday. That's spurring optimism for spending the rest of season.

    That increase came partly from shoppers who spent more per online purchase during the traditional opening day of the holiday shopping season, according to Web research company Coremetrics. The average order rose to $190.80. That's a 12 percent increase over $170.19 on the same day last year.

  • AP Exclusive: Teens adrift at sea almost lost hope

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — For more than 50 days, the three boys slurped rainwater that puddled in the bottom of their tiny boat, gobbled flying fish that leaped aboard and prayed for salvation.

    Etueni Nasau and his two cousins almost gave up hope they would survive as they bobbed in their aluminum dinghy across the South Pacific for more than seven weeks, before a fishing trawler spotted them by chance and brought an end to their extraordinary ordeal.