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Today's News

  • Pilots among those dismayed at scanners, pat-downs

    CHICAGO (AP) — Airport security stops one airline pilot because he's carrying a butter knife. Elsewhere, crews opt for pat-down searches because they fear low-level radiation from body scanners could be harmful. And in San Diego, one traveler is told he can't fly at all when he likens an intrusive body search to sexual harassment.

  • House ethics panel: Rep. Rangel violated rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment.

    An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat's career. The 80-year-old Rangel was charged with 13 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct.

  • Football: Vick, Eagles embarrass McNabb & Redskins 59-28

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Forget about the contract: The Philadelphia Eagles weren't happy with Donovan McNabb's words. And they were thoroughly upset with LaRon Landry's alleged dirty deeds, both before and during the game.

    The best way to handle it? Have Michael Vick and the offense run up the score.

  • Murkowski leads in Alaska Senate race

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Election workers are scheduled to continue counting ballots in Alaska's still-undecided Senate race.

    About 8,800 ballots were to be tallied on Tuesday, a day after election officials said Sen. Lisa Murkowski had emerged from several days of counting with a 1,706 vote lead over GOP nominee Joe Miller.

  • Wholesale prices rise on higher gas costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices rose in October for the fourth straight month due to higher gas costs, but there was little sign of inflation as the cost of food, cars and computers all fell.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that the Producer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month, the same increase as September and August. Wall Street analysts had expected a larger increase. The index is up by 4.3 percent in the past 12 months.

  • Hope fades in search of collapsed Indian building

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Anna Halder sat on a patch of packed mud and dialed her cell phone Tuesday, clinging to the hope that her parents or sisters somehow survived under the wreckage of their collapsed apartment building and would pick up.

    "It's ringing," she said. No one answered. She dialed again.

  • Expect high winds for much of Tuesday

    The Los Alamos area got its first taste of winter Monday evening as a light snowfall dusted the area. Residents awoke to patchy fog Tuesday morning that is expected to diminish and give way to windy conditions throughout most of the day.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for east-central New Mexico including the Interstate 40 corridor from Clines Corners to Tucumcari.

  • ECONOMIC VITALITY CHIEF GONE AFTER 7 MONTHS ON THE JOB

    Los Alamos County's top economic development leader, Scott Frederick, is no longer employed with the county. The county and Frederick reportedly came to a parting of the ways last Friday afternoon, but details are not being released by officials because it is a personnel matter.

  • Feds seek protective order in Mascheroni case

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to restrict lawyers from releasing sensitive information in the case of a former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist accused of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon.

    A motion seeks to require prosecutors and defense lawyers to use materials strictly for litigation as both sides begin sharing evidence.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales said his office filed the request because of the nature of the charges.

  • Autos drive rise in October retail sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months.

    The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had been expected and the largest increase since March. Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.