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Today's News

  • NM spaceport gets new executive director

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Spaceport Authority's board of directors has named a retired Air Force civilian official as the spaceport's next executive director.

    Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced Christine Anderson's appointment Monday. Anderson previously served for 30 years in civilian positions with the Air Force, including several years at Kirtland Air Force Base.

  • Jane Russell, star of '40s and '50s films, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western "The Outlaw," died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

    Although Russell largely retired from Hollywood after her final film, 1970's "Darker Than Amber," she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield. She died at her home in Santa Maria.

  • L.A. Teen Center Opens

    The L.A. Teen Center opened Monday at lunchtime for youth in 9th to 12th grade. The center is across from Los Alamos High School in the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Church.

    The Family YMCA is operating the new facility, which will have its official grand opening for the community in a couple of weeks.

    In the meantime, teens can participate in the many activities available at the center including computers with high-speed wireless Internet, Wii video games, PS3 PlayStation, ping pong, air hockey, study area, pool table, television and more.

  • Bodies of 2 people found in burned car in NM

    HERNANDEZ, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they believe they know the identities of two people whose charred bodies were found in a burning car west of Espanola.

    But state police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia says police are not releasing names until the families can be notified and the identities can be confirmed.

    He says the bodies are believed to be those of two Espanola-area residents.

    Authorities have not determined what killed the pair.

  • Basketball: LA girls get No. 12 seed in tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will face the Grants Pirates in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

    Los Alamos, which finished second in the District 2AAAA tournament to Espanola Valley Saturday night, earned a 12 seed into the playoffs.

    The Class 4A playoffs start this weekend. Los Alamos and fifth-seeded Grants are scheduled to face off Friday night. Tip-off time had yet to be announced.

    Los Alamos' boys were not selected for an at-large bid this season. Los Alamos finished fourth in the 2AAAA tournament.

  • Stunned Texans survey homes destroyed by wildfires

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Stunned and weary residents of a Texas Panhandle town were allowed to return to what was left of homes on Monday, a day after fleeing one of several wind-driven wildfires that scorched some 190 square miles in the state.

    Shaken residents of rural Mesilla Park who spent Sunday night in a shelter in nearby Amarillo waited in their cars at a roadblock until authorities gave them the all-clear to return home to survey the damage. The 30 destroyed homes in the town were among at least 75 that burned statewide.

  • Oscars go young and hip, with traditional results

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These were supposed to be the younger, hipper Academy Awards, the ones that shook up the ceremony's conventions with popular, great-looking emcees in actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who were unlike the middle-aged comedians and TV talk-show hosts of years past.

  • Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider dies at 84

    Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died Sunday. He was 84.

    Snider died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif., said the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which announced the death on behalf of the family. Snider had been ill for months. His family said he died of natural causes.

  • AP IMPACT: Ugly US medical experiments uncovered

    ATLANTA (AP) — Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

  • Air travelers may have been exposed to measles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health officials are warning travelers and workers present at four U.S. airports on two recent days that they may have been exposed to measles from a traveler arriving from London.

    Authorities said Saturday that a New Mexico woman later confirmed to have measles arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport late in the afternoon of Feb. 20. Two days later, the measles-infected traveler departed from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore on an evening flight to Denver, Colo., and then on to Albuquerque, N.M.