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Today's News

  • Girls basketball: LA hangs on to take overtime victory

    SANTA FE — Despite earning a comfortable 15-point victory in its first meeting against the Santa Fe Demons, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wasn’t taking anything for granted Wednesday night.
    That turned out to be a good thing.
    With under 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Santa Fe’s Alix Jeantette, who hadn’t taken a shot all game long, buried a long-range 3-pointer to force overtime at Toby Roybal Gymnasium.

  • Egypt army takes control, sign Mubarak on way out

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military announced on national television that it stepped in to "safeguard the country" and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down Thursday.

    State TV said Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo.

  • Otero, Lincoln County residents told to boil water

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents in Otero and Lincoln Counties are being told to boil water before drinking, cooking or washing dishes.

    The New Mexico Environment Department's precautionary boil water advisory includes all of Ruidoso.

    Health officials say they issued the warning because extreme weather conditions have frozen and ruptured water pipes, possibly contaminating the water supply.

  • 3 dead in Pa. natural gas explosion; 2 missing

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. Three people were killed, including an infant, and at least two others were unaccounted for Thursday.

  • NY Rep. Lee resigns after shirtless photo surfaces

    CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York abruptly resigned with only a vague explanation of regret after a gossip website reported that the married congressman had sent a shirtless photo of himself flexing his muscles to a woman whose Craigslist ad he answered.

  • Fewest requests for unemployment aid since 2008

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, continuing a downward trend that suggests hiring could pick up this year.

    Applications sank by a seasonally adjusted 36,000 to 383,000, the lowest point since early July 2008, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

  • NKorea: No military talks with 'traitor' SKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's abandonment of military talks with South Korea is merely the latest feint in a long duel between the two rivals, according to analysts who see further provocative actions from Pyongyang coming next.

    The communist country refused to hold further talks Thursday after walking out of their first discussions in months the day before, blaming the South for insisting on putting the deadly sinking of a warship on the agenda.

  • GOP invites business to vent about regulations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On issues ranging from the air we breathe to the noise factories make, business leaders want the government to stay out of their way. And the Republicans, looking toward the 2012 elections, are listening.

    The House's principal investigative panel, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is taking its turn Thursday in a hearing designed to give a voice to business complaints about government regulations.

  • Sandia team helps Kazakhstan with nukes

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team from Sandia National Laboratories helped the country of Kazakhstan move nuclear materials — enough to build an estimated 775 nuclear weapons — to safety.

    Shipping containers holding casks of nuclear materials were loaded onto special trains for an 1,800-mile journey to long-term storage in the Central Asian country's interior.

  • New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US

    A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

    Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day — more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.