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Today's News

  • Perry wants flat tax with some popular deductions

    GRAY COURT, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out an economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate.

    The Texas governor on Tuesday was outlining a proposal he calls "Cut, Balance and Grow" that is aimed at creating jobs and fixing the struggling economy, voters' top concerns heading into the 2012 election. Perry's plan sets a flat 20 percent income tax rate, but also gives taxpayers the option of sticking with their current rate.

  • US's biggest nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs, a Cold War relic 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was dismantled Tuesday in what one energy official called a milestone in President Barack Obama's mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

    Workers in Texas separated the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside from the special nuclear material — uranium — known as the pit. The work was done outside of public view for security reasons, but explosives from a bomb taken apart earlier were detonated as officials and reporters watched from less than a mile away.

  • Gov. Martinez picks 5 finalists for PRC vacancy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent are the finalists under consideration by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacancy on New Mexico's utility regulatory agency.

    The governor's office on Monday announced the finalists for a $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Strange but true: Bologna smuggler nabbed at border

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico resident has been cited after federal officials say he tried to smuggle 76 pounds of bologna into the U.S. from Mexico by hiding it in a spare tire.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said last week that the eight rolls of Mexican bologna were discovered aboard a truck at an El Paso port of entry on Friday.

    According to officials, officers detected an anomaly in the appearance of a Ford F-150 as it arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing port. Agents scanned the spare tire with a "Buster" density meter.

    When they opened the spare tire, officials said agents found the bologna hidden inside

  • COLD AND SNOW MOVING INTO NORTHERN NEW MEXICO

    The National Weather Service has issued the following statement:

    COLD AND SNOW MOVING INTO NORTHERN NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

    EASTBOUND PACIFIC MOISTURE WILL COLLIDE OVER NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO WITH SOUTHBOUND COLD AIR OUT OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN REGION TO PRODUCE SNOW AND BRING A COLD BLAST TO MUCH OF THE STATE. THIS WINTRY WEATHER TURN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY.

  • Boys soccer gets 10 seed, girls are 2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will be on the road in the first round of the state Class 4A tournament.

    The New Mexico Activities Association released its boys and girls soccer playoff brackets today. The Hilltopper girls were seeded No. 2 in the 4A tournament and won't play until the quarterfinal round Nov. 3.

    Los Alamos' boys picked up a No. 10 seed and will play at No. 7 Piedra Vista in the first round. That game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday. No time has been announced.

    In the boys draw, Capital, the Hilltoppers' District 2-4A rival, which wrenched the district title away from the Hilltoppers this season, surprised some by cracking the top four.

  • 5 quake survivors saved from rubble in Turkey--video extras

    ERCIS, Turkey (AP) — Five people were pulled out alive Monday from the rubble in eastern Turkey after a 7.2-magnitude quake leveled buildings and killed some 272 people. Four of them were rescued after one managed to call for help with his cell phone.

    Dozens of people were trapped in mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris after hundreds of buildings in two cities and mud-brick homes in nearby villages pancaked or partially collapsed in Sunday's earthquake.

    Worst-hit was Ercis — an eastern city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border that lies in one of Turkey's most earthquake-prone zones — where about 80 multistory buildings collapsed.

  • Word on the Street 10-23-11

    Because the movie, “The Lion King” was recently re-released in theaters in 3D, Teen Pulse staff member and Los Alamos High School junior, Sebastian Garcia asked LAHS students the following question: “Did you cry when Mufasa died?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-23-11
  • The band marches on

    Maybe you’ve heard them playing in the afternoon heat on Sullivan Field or better yet, seen them as they’ve faced rain and snow to perform a halftime show during Friday night football games.
    Participating in the Los Alamos Topper Band, under the direction of Drum Majors Adam Sayer, Holly Erickson and Zane Meek, although not seen as a sport by many, requires skill.
    Marching requires the ability to memorize field position. To move to that position, one must be able to balance while moving backwards on tip-toe — and just-for-fun, do it while keeping time in your  head and feet. Oh, and of course, play an instrument while moving. Think you’ve got it? Now try to do it all at once.