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Today's News

  • Japan emergency workers race to avert meltdown

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.

    The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown, further escalating a crisis spawned by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan's northeastern coast and likely killed more than 10,000 people.

  • Japanese agency: Another explosion heard at nuclear plant

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country's nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant — the latest on Monday — as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.

  • Aflac dumps duck voice actor for tasteless tweets

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Aflac Inc. said Monday it has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the abrasive voice of the insurer's quacking duck in the U.S., after the comedian posted a string of mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend.

    The tasteless tweets are particularly problematic for Aflac because it does 75 percent of its business in Japan. One in four homes in Japan buys health insurance from Aflac. The insurer's CEO, Daniel Amos, flew to Japan on Sunday to show support for the company's employees and agents.

  • Senate proposal finances $240M in capital projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

    Although lawmakers are cutting spending on the state's operating budget, the Legislature is able finance capital improvements using bonds backed by severance tax revenues.

  • Hundreds of bodies wash ashore in quake-hit Japan

    TAGAJO, Japan (AP) — There are just too many bodies.

    Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan's devastated northeast coast since last week's earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris Monday by firefighters using pickaxes and chain saws.

    Funeral homes and crematoriums are overwhelmed, and officials have run out of body bags and coffins.

  • Millions without food, water, power in Japan

     

    TAGAJO, Japan — The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast.

  • Baseball: Japanese players try to get news

    Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka tried to get in touch with his grandmother. Oakland slugger Hideki Matsui prayed for the victims. Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi stayed up all night to see the devastation.
    All across spring training, Japanese ballplayers worried Friday about those at home. Hundreds of people were killed or missing after Japan was struck by its biggest recorded earthquake and a massive tsunami.

  • Football: Lockout, potential lawsuits put 2011 NFL season in doubt

    WASHINGTON — Welcome to The NFL Lockout.
    As far back as May 2008, it became a possibility.
    As recently as a week ago — when owners and players agreed to extend the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement — Commissioner Roger Goodell made it sound avoidable.

  • Schedule for March 14-19

    Tuesday
    Tennis: Española Valley at Los Alamos, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, JV, TBA.

    Friday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, JV, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

  • Men's basketball: Aggies knocked out in WAC semifinals

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — La’Shard Anderson and Ryan Watkins scored 16 points each, and Boise State dominated the second half to rout New Mexico State 81-63 Friday night and reach the Western Athletic Conference championship game.
    Second-seeded Boise State (20-11) used its defense to create scoring opportunities in the first half, then hit a slew of 3-pointers in succession in the second to run away from the defending tournament champions.