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Today's News

  • US stocks fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence of a slowing global economy sent stocks falling Tuesday and threatened to end the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter. That dragged down growth for Europe. In the U.S., reports painted a mixed picture of the economy: The housing market remains weak, but factory output rose last month at its fastest pace since the March earthquake in Japan disrupted global manufacturing.

    Worries about the economy overshadowed strong profit reports from U.S. companies.

  • They didn’t actually ask me but...

    Read my lips: No new pledges. How’s that for a campaign slogan?
    The recent debate over the federal debt limit showed millions of Americans just how dysfunctional our federal leadership has become, if they needed another demonstration.
    Since the 2012 Congressional election season has already begun, it’s not too early to talk about what we really want from our representatives in Congress.
    New Mexico has only three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, two of which have incumbent advantages, and one Senate seat on the ballot next year.

  • New Hispanic leader needed

    Redistricting never turns out how you think it will, warned Michael Davis, vice president of political programs for the Washington D.C.-based Business and Industry PAC.
    One demographic could trump lines drawn on a map, here and across the nation – immigration reform.
    “Republicans are in trouble with Hispanics,” Davis said, and in the last five years, Hispanics have outpaced every other group in population growth – by large margins. “Every year for the next 20 years, there will be 500,000 new Hispanic voters turning 18. It will play a large, deciding vote in elections.”  
    In New Mexico that increase was 16 percent and in Texas, 20 percent. Davis predicts Texas will be a blue state by 2020.

  • Reach for the Sky

    Sophomore Claire Stewart works on her attack during practice last week at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltopper volleyball, cross country and boys and girls soccer programs all officially began preseason workouts Aug. 8. The Hilltopper volleyball team will open its season Aug. 27 when it hosts Pojoaque.

  • 'God Bless America,' baseball eased the pain of terror attacks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Major League Baseball returned to the field with a new ritual. During the seventh-inning stretch, a moment typically reserved for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” another song played at parks around the country: “God Bless America.”
    Everybody sang along, that night and for weeks afterward.
    In a riveting World Series that year between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Yankees, one of the most enduring memories came during Game 3 in New York, when 56,000 people at Yankee Stadium joined in a melancholy rendition of the tune as a tattered flag recovered at the World Trade Center site fluttered on a pole above the center field scoreboard.

  • Topes Notes 08-16-11

    Isotopes win third straight to close out series with Fresno

  • LA, Goddard will face off in first round of Cernicek Invite

    Los Alamos High School announced the slate for this year’s Louie Cernicek Invitational tournament last week, and, as usual, it’s another solid crop of opponents.
    The Louie Cernicek Invitational, hosted by the Hilltopper boys soccer team, is usually one of the most competitive tournaments held in northern New Mexico. This year’s tournament is no exception.
    This is the 15th year for Los Alamos’ boy soccer tournament, which was known as the Mountain Top Invitational until 1997.
    Currently, all but one of the tournament’s games are scheduled to be played at Sullivan Field, although it is unknown if renovations at Sullivan Field will be completed by the Sept. 2 first round.

  • Authorities recover stolen Rembrandt worth $250K

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't some bold theft carried out by burglars breaking into a heavily-fortified museum with high-tech alarms to swipe a masterpiece. It was a low-tech caper involving a distraction, an accomplice or two and a small sketch — an 11-by-6-inch drawing.

    What was remarkable was the signature on the artwork: Rembrandt.

  • Santa Fe Strip club shooter still at large

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police continue looking for a man wanted in a strip club shooting.

    Police thought they had located 27-year-old Ricky Leyba at his Santa Fe home Monday. They surrounded the residence, but Leyba wasn't inside.

    Police tell the Santa Fe New Mexican they have an arrest warrant for Leyba in the shooting of two men early Friday in the parking lot of a strip club.

    The wounded men were shot multiple times and remain hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

  • Gunfire in Syrian coastal city; 35 dead in 4 days

    BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy machine-gun fire erupted across the besieged Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 35 from a military assault now in its fourth day, residents and activists said.

    President Bashar Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Despite broad condemnation, the regime is trying to retake control in rebellious areas by unleashing tanks, ground troops and snipers.

    Assad has launched military operations in the opposition stronghold of Hama, the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, the central city of Homs and now the port city of Latakia.