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Today's News

  • Pope's new book: Violence never in God's name

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI rejects the idea of Jesus as a political revolutionary and insists that violent revolution must never be carried out in God's name in a new book being released Thursday amid great fanfare at the start of Lent.

  • Gadhafi showers strategic oil port with rockets

    RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) — Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with a withering rain of rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya as Western nations struggled to find a way to stop him.

  • 14 indicted in pirate attack on American yacht

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

    Department spokesman Peter Carr said the men face piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges.

    The suspected pirates are expected to make an initial court appearance Thursday in Norfolk, which last year became home to the first successful piracy prosecution in nearly 200 years.

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.

    Applications increased by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 during the week ended March 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed. Applications usually rise in weeks following holiday-shortened weeks.

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.

    Applications rose by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 during the week ended March 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed. Applications usually rise in weeks following holiday-shortened weeks.

  • Back to the bargaining table for Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.

    The balance is particularly delicate for senators up for re-election next year. Some, mostly Democrats, bucked their parties in a pair of votes Wednesday that sank a slashing budget proposal passed by the House and killed a less onerous Senate alternative.

  • Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least two dozen protesters spent the night just outside the Wisconsin state Assembly chamber in anticipation of a late Thursday morning vote on explosive union rights legislation that passed the Senate after Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

  • Governor vows to keep up immigrant license fight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vows to keep applying political pressure to the Democratic-controlled Legislature to end New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • Boys basketball: Updated state scores

    Boys basketball

     

    Quarterfinals

     

    Class 5A

    Clovis 79, Valley 46

     

    Class 4A

    Piedra Vista 63, Roswell 52

     

    Class 3A

    Sandia Prep 52, Portales 41

     

    Class 2A

    Mesilla Valley Christian 66, Bosque School 65, 2OT

     

    Class B

    Reserve 64, Valley Christian 45

    Wagon Mound 75, Elida 57

  • Tax time help available

    Nobody likes being nagged, but I’m going to risk reader displeasure by reminding everyone that there are hefty financial consequences if you owe income taxes and do not file a return on time – or at least request a filing extension.
    Ordinarily, the federal income tax deadline is April 15; but this year the IRS has granted a reprieve until April 18. Nevertheless, here’s why procrastinating is a bad idea: