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Today's News

  • Perhaps U.S. is lagging

    The pubic is bombarded with news reports saying that young people in the U.S. aren’t learning enough about science, especially compared to kids in Asia.
    I’m not sure that’s true, because I work at a large university where I see very able American students starting to excel in their scientific careers, and I hear back from them as they flourish in later years.   
    But perhaps we really are falling behind. After all, everyone says so.
    How would we start to investigate that possibility?

  • Tax considerations for the self-employed

    Self-employment has its appeal, especially when businesses aren’t creating jobs fast enough for the nation’s unemployed.

  • Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hickory just might like the big-city life.

    A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

    "She's not used to lights, camera and noise," handler Angela Lloyd said.

  • State Notes 02-16-11

    Big crowd shows up for Isotopes job fair

    More than 1,000 jobseekers were at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque Saturday for the Isotopes’ annual job fair.
    The Isotopes, the top farm club of the Los Angeles Dodgers, hosted their ninth annual fair, seeking seasonal, game-day employees for the 2011 season.
    The team said in a press release all employees who were interviewed will be contacted within two weeks by the team or Ovations Food Service. Those who were unable to attend the job fair can still apply for positions at Isotopes Park.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers win big in final 2-4A game vs. Jags

    SANTA FE — A 9-0 run spanning nearly four minutes set the tone early for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team Tuesday.
    In its final regular season District 2AAAA contest, the Hilltoppers held the Capital Jaguars to just two points in the opening quarter and just four in the final quarter to win going away, 52-28 at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos never trailed in the game, scoring early and often in the first quarter while confounding the Capital offense for most of the contest.

  • Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

    PHOENIX (AP) — Henry Morello prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. But as the 84-year-old spent a fifth night stuck in a ditch in the Arizona desert, he started to lose hope.

    "My phone went dead, my battery went dead, and I went dead," Morello said.

  • Pricey jet engine tests budget cutters' resolve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to cancel a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet Wednesday and vowed to explore "all available legal options" to stop production if lawmakers won't.

    "The president, the military services and I continue to oppose this extra engine," Gates said in testimony before the House Armed services Committee.

  • Pa. teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog

    FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?

  • Stocks rise after strong earnings, deal news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings results and another round of corporate deals led stocks higher Wednesday.

    Family Dollar rose 24 percent in early trading after activist investor Nelson Peltz's firm offered to pay up to $60 a share to take the discount retailer private. That was a 36 percent premium from Tuesday's closing price. Family Dollar rose the most of any stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

  • Veterans say rape cases mishandled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen U.S. veterans who say they were raped or assaulted by comrades filed a class-action suit in federal court Tuesday attempting to force the Pentagon to change how it handles such cases.

    The current and former service members — 15 women and two men — describe circumstances in which servicemen allegedly got away with rape and other sexual abuse while their victims were ordered to continue to serve with them.