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Today's News

  • Dow reaches 2011 high after unemployment falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year low in the unemployment rate sent the Dow Jones industrial average to a new 2011 high Friday.

    The Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009, as companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. Approximately 216,000 new jobs were added to the economy last month, offsetting layoffs in local governments. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to remain at 8.9 percent.

  • Flotsam from Japan's tsunami to hit US West Coast

    SEATTLE (AP) — John Anderson has discovered just about everything during the 30 years he's combed Washington state's beaches — glass fishing floats, hockey gloves, bottled messages, even hundreds of mismatched pairs of Nike sneakers that washed up barnacled but otherwise unworn.

    The biggest haul may come in one to three years when, scientists say, wind and ocean currents eventually will push some of the massive debris from Japan's tsunami and earthquake onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast.

  • Joke's on New England with April Fools' snowstorm

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An April Fools' storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of New England on Friday, creating a late-season winter wonderland and giving thousands of kids a reprieve from school while causing agony for others with power outages and cars sliding off roads.

    The spring Nor'easter was expected to last through the day Friday — April Fools' Day — dropping up to a foot of snow around parts of northern New England, a bitter prank on residents eager for spring after a long, snow-filled winter.

  • Japan's PM vows to win battle against nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister sounded a resolute note Friday, promising to win the battle against an overheating nuclear plant even as atomic safety officials raised questions about the accuracy of radiation measurements at the complex.

    Naoto Kan was grave a week ago when he addressed this nation rattled by fears of radiation that has contaminated food, milk and tap water. But three weeks after a massive tsunami disabled a nuclear power plant's cooling systems, Kan vowed that Japan would create the safest system anywhere.

  • Unemployment rate falls to 8.8 pct., two-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since before the recession began.

    The economy added 216,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Factories, retailers, the education and health care sectors and professional and financial services all expanded payrolls. Those job gains offset layoffs by local governments.

    Another month of brisk hiring provided the latest sign that the economy is strengthening nearly two years after the recession ended.

  • Japan seeks French, US expertise in nuclear crisis--video extra

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan is increasingly turning to other countries for help as it struggles to stabilize its tsunami-stricken nuclear plant and stop radiation leaks that are complicating efforts to recover the bodies of some of the thousands swept away by the towering wave.

    French, American and international experts — even a robot — are either in Japan or on their way, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy visited Tokyo on Thursday to meet with the prime minister and show solidarity.

  • Political group asks NM Secretary of State to resign due to racist comments

    SANTA FE — A liberal-leaning political group called Thursday for Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran to resign over what it described as racist jokes in a campaign form on the state election agency's website.

    Justice League PAC Treasurer Eli Lee said he was shocked by an entry in an electronic form for political committees downloaded from the secretary of state's office because it apparently referred to two African-American legislators.

    In a section for disclosing donors, the form was blank except for an entry listing "Sheryl Powdrell-Culbertson" as the last name of a contributor from a group called the "National Organization of the Beer Drinkers and Guzzlers."

  • Clarification

    In a story titled, “Ministry hopes to hula in Hawaii,” published on the Religion page in last Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor, Michele Irish is quoted as saying, “It started out as a religious praise thing and morphed into entertainment.”
    Irish wants to make clear that the ministry does not perform for entertainment purposes.

  • Be There 03-31-11

    Saturday
    The Pajarito Astronomers will have their first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Mercury and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Sunday

  • Community annoucements 03-31-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846.

    A day in the life