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Today's News

  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff.

    President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander.

    Launch commentator George Diller said the next try likely would be Monday at the earliest. Officials huddled in launch control, discussing a path forward.

  • Football: Newton goes 1st in less-than-festive NFL draft

    NEW YORK (AP) — This draft was no party.

    Between the boos raining down on Commissioner Roger Goodell and the uncertainty created by a bitter labor battle, the NFL draft opened Thursday night lacking much of its usually festive atmosphere.

    What it wasn't missing was intrigue and surprises — at least after the Carolina Panthers made Cam Newton the first pick.

    The Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as expected went to the worst team in the league — and vowed to fix that immediately. Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1957.

  • Obama embarks on day of high, lows in Ala., Fla.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embarking on a day of contrasts remarkable even for a president, traveling to storm-ravaged Alabama to survey devastating twister damage before heading to Cape Canaveral, Fla., to cheer the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour alongside the injured congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Capping it all off Friday, the president was to deliver an evening commencement address at Miami Dade College. And before even departing the White House, he was to meet with participants in the iconic 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

  • Britain celebrates monarchy as Kate, William wed--video extras

    LONDON (AP) — With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William in a union expected to revitalize the British monarchy. Hundreds of thousands then cheered as the royal couple rode an open carriage to Buckingham Palace.

    Even with millions of people tuning in to watch, the couple managed to appear at times in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words "I will."

  • Wind Advisory in effect Friday

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM MDT FRIDAY.

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU AND SURROUNDING HIGHLANDS... THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS... THE RIO GRANDE... TULAROSA... AND SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEYS.

    * WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... LATE MORNING TO EARLY EVENING FRIDAY WITH THE PEAK WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 1 PM AND 7 PM.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN DUST PRONE LOCATIONS.

  • Lack of parts slows probe into NM coke plane crash

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A twin-engine plane carrying cocaine was destroyed when it crashed into a New Mexico lake, authorities said Thursday as they continued working with few clues into what caused the accident and how many people were aboard.

    A preliminary report posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website Wednesday lists the crash as an accident and says the airplane was destroyed, but the only other information in the short posting was the note: "Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a lake. Unknown person/s on board."

    Authorities have said only fragments of human remains have been recovered.

  • State News at a Glance 04-28-11

    Rio Grande flow could drop significantly

    SANTA FE — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a dire prediction for the future of the Rio Grande. The government says the river’s water supply could decline 7 to 14 percent on average by midcentury as a result of a warmer climate.
    The forecast was presented during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting in Santa Fe Wednesday. The state climatologist told the gathering much of New Mexico is experiencing extreme drought conditions with below-average river flows because of a dry winter.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the hearing included a rundown on this year’s drought as well as a scientific perspective on the problems posed by climate change in the future.

  • Top 10 Movies 04-28-11

    1.  “Rio,” weekend gross, $26.3 million
    2.  “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” $25 million
    3.  “Water for Elephants,” weekend gross, $16.8 million
     4.  “Hop,” $12.1 million
    5. “Scream 4,” weekend gross, $7 million
    6.  “African Cats,” weekend gross, $6 million
    7.   “Soul Surfer,” weekend gross, $5.4 million

    8.  “Hanna,” weekend gross, $5.2 million

    9.  “Insidious,” weekend gross, $5.2 million

    10.  “Source Code,” weekend gross, $5 million

    Source: www.the-movie-times.com

  • Out and about 04-28-11

    Art openings
    Fine tapestry artist Donna Loraine Contractor brings a solo exhibition of new work to Taos’ Weaving Southwest May 3-31. An opening reception and meet the artist opportunity for the show will be from 6-8 p.m. May 7 at the Weaving Southwest, 106A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

    Jennifer J.L. Jones will exhibit, “Serenata,” new paintings at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. May 27. The exhibit continues through June 12.

    Art shows
    The Contemporary Clay Fair will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.

    Book signings

  • LA Happenings 04-28-11

    Music
    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, their barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from  7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.