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  • Raw: Athens Police Caught in Fires, Blasts

    Police continued to clash with protesters hurling petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens on Wednesday, after an anti-government rally called as part of a general strike in Greece turned violent.

  • Publicist: 'Moon River' singer Andy Williams dies


    ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about.

    "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once recalled. "Well, I was there all right, but my memory of them is blurred — not by any drugs I took but by the relentless pace of the schedule I set myself."

    Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and easy demeanor helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s, and continued to perform in his 80s at the Moon River Theatre he built in Branson, Mo. In November 2011, when Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, he vowed to return to performing the following year: His 75th in show business.

  • Portales plant shut after peanut butter recall

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A peanut processing plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to peanut butter made at the facility.

    The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the plant's equipment.

    Trader Joes Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt made at the plant is suspected in the salmonella outbreak. Twelve of the 29 people who are sick all ate that type of spread about a week before they got sick.

    Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Corburn tells KRQE-TV that no salmonella has been found in the plant and the peanut roasting process would kill any bacteria.

    Sunland recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter it makes for several retailers.

  • Today in History for September 26th
  • Dow sheds 100 points after Fed official's warning

    NEW YORK (AP) — A quiet day on Wall Street turned into the worst sell-off in three months after a Federal Reserve official said he doubted the bank's effort to boost economic growth would work.

    Charles Plosser, president of the Fed's Philadelphia branch, told an audience Tuesday that the Fed's effort to support the economy would likely fall short of its goals. And if the Fed looks ineffective, it could undermine future Fed action.

    The speech probably startled some investors who had faith in the Fed's latest plan, said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer Harris Private Bank. The plan includes buying $40 billion in mortgage bonds each month until the economy improves.

    "So many investors have bought into the illusion," he said. "And it was like Plosser pulled up the curtain on the Wizard of Oz."

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 15.30 points, its fourth straight decline, to close at 1,441.59. The 1.05 percent drop was the worst for the S&P since June 25.

  • Main Hill Road traffic flow OK after accident -- photos added

    A three-vehicle accident at Anderson Lookout has created traffic problems on the Main Hill, LAPD Capt. Randy Foster confirmed this afternoon.

    Those problems, however, have eased somewhat as the accident was cleared by 4 p.m. The other good news was that there were no injuries.

    One of the vehicles in the accident was driven by Ken Johnson, a former Los Alamos Board of Education member and a former Democratic candidate for county council.

    Johnson said in a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor that he was driving his Subaru Outback and was following a Volvo.

    "The pickup truck was coming up The Hill and straddling the center line," Johnson said from the scene. "He T-Boned the Volvo and ricocheted off the Volvo and hit the back of my car on the driver's side."

    The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and put in handcuffs by the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and will likely be charged with careless driving. A Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy Tai Chan said the driver of the pickup vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed and likely hydroplaned into the oncoming vehicles.

    Johnson said nobody was transported to the hospital.

    Then Johnson saw a scary sight.

  • White Rock ranked the 16th top suburb in U.S.

    Suburbs make up the fabric of America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and bustle of city-life. As part of its five-part “Best Places to Live” series, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank the top places for Suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more than 11,000 suburban areas.

    Coldwell Banker Real Estate released its new report, the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites,” which ranks White Rock, N.M. as No. 16 out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list as No. 1. 

    The data revealed a glimpse into life in the suburbs, where many people own their homes (75 percent), drive to work (92 percent) and spend approximately four times as much to prepare meals at home than go out to eat.

  • Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in 1st Half of Year

    U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

  • Dems claim they made no endorsement of Hall

    When is an endorsement not an endorsement.

    Apparently, not when it comes to the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, “I worked with Jim Hall when he was a County Councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.”

  • Be There 09-25-12

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos High School Band Boosters are hosting a “No Cook Noodle Night” from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill’s Kelly Hall. With an eat-in or carryout option, the menu includes lasagna with meat and red sauce; spaghetti with a choice of meat or vegetarian sauce; penne with alfredo sauce (meatless); macaroni and cheese; and rice noodles with gluten-free Asian sauce. Dine-in meals include salad, bread and a cookie. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and are available in advance or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maire O’Neill at 412-8739.

     Mesa Public Library presents Game Night at Mesa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will discuss women in atheism from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room one of Mesa Public Library. Feel free to bring a favorite book, quotation or other contribution to free thought by women. All are welcome.

    Thursday
     The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Mesa Public Library.