Today's News

  • Marine gets jail time, reduced rank in hazing case

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii-based Marine lance corporal will spend 30 days in jail and have his rank reduced to private first class for punching and kicking a fellow Marine who killed himself shortly afterward, a judge ruled late Monday, saying she found no evidence the abuse led to the suicide.

    Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby, 21, who pleaded guilty to assault, acknowledged he punched and kicked Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, of Santa Clara, Calif., out of anger and frustration that the fellow Marine repeatedly fell asleep while on watch for Taliban fighters.

  • Toy company owners to be sentenced in drug scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For more than four years, a Los Angeles toy company that sold cuddly stuffed animals was a perfect front for Colombian drug traffickers to launder their money, authorities said.

    The complex scheme involved the deposit of drug money to Angel Toy Corp. bank accounts in exchange for Colombian pesos via the sale and shipment of the company's toys. Two Angel Toy co-owners are expected to be sentenced Tuesday in a case that highlights how cartels are funneling drug proceeds into the U.S. to avoid detection.

  • Ex-Los Angeles Teacher Charged with Molesting 23 Children

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher was arrested after he allegedly gagged and made bondage photos of nearly two dozen children — possibly inside a classroom, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

    A department statement said Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested at his Torrance home on Monday and remained jailed Tuesday on $2.3 million bail.

    The district attorney's office said Berndt has been charged with committing lewd acts with 23 boys and girls ages 7 to 10.

    Berndt worked for more than 30 years at Miramonte Elementary School in an unincorporated area of south Los Angeles before being fired.

  • Romney confidently eyeing Fla. primary's big prize

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney oozed confidence and a defiant Newt Gingrich seemed to acknowledge his momentum had been checked, at least for now, as Florida Republicans voted Tuesday to decide who gets the state's 50 delegates, the biggest prize yet in the Republican presidential nomination contest.

    Romney is heavily favored in the winner-take-all primary, the final and possibly pivotal contest in a high-stakes month in which the former Massachusetts governor has claimed one win and two second-place finishes so far. On Monday, he campaigned so optimistically that he broke into song.

  • Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new budget report released Tuesday predicts the government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure.

    The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the next several years if Bush-era tax cuts slated to expire in December are extended, as commonly assumed.

  • NM House panel puts off vote on $5B budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed $5.6 billion state budget hit a last-minute snag in a House committee Monday after Republicans objected that several of the GOP governor's initiatives might get chopped if the state's revenue outlook dims.

    The Appropriations and Finance Committee postponed a final vote on the budget, and the chairman, Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, said he was surprised by the GOP complaints because members of the panel had tentatively agreed last week on provisions of the spending plan.

    The budget proposal calls for a spending increase of nearly $216 million, or about 4 percent, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • VIDEO: Prisoners Dig Out Dog Kennels Buried by Snow

    A dozen prisoners shoveled snow to help clear a stray dog shelter housing 300 dogs just outside Bucharest on Monday, as temperatures plummeted to five degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Raw Video: Pandas in China Get Special Treat

    Pandas have long enjoyed a simple diet of bamboo - but, at a panda center in China's Sichuan province, keepers are now giving them special cakes, designed to meet their nutritional needs.

  • Marshall's 4 TD Catches Lifts AFC in Pro Bowl

    Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns and the AFC used a second-half surge to beat the NFC 59-41 Sunday.

  • Council set to hear report on broadband

    The most significant item on Tuesday night’s county council agenda will be the 60 percent status update on the proposed Community Broadband network.
    In April of 2011, council approved a study of the feasibility of building a Fiber-to-the-Premise infrastructure for Los Alamos County. The parameters of the study included 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth per premise, an open access model and fiber to all 8,994 residences and businesses in the county. If the final stage of the study is approved, the end result will include a business case and an engineering design for a “shovel ready” project.