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Today's News

  • Track and field: LA's results from APS Invite Saturday

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. La Cueva, 61; 2. Los Alamos, 58; 3. Cleveland, 39; 4. Eldorado, 37.5; 5. Volcano Vista, 34.5; 6. Manzano, 23; 7. Albuquerque Academy, 22; 8. Sandia Prep, 21; 9. Rio Rancho, 20.5; 10. Valenica, 19.5; 11. Cibola, 19; 12. Belen, 18; 13. Albuquerque, 16; (tie) Highland, 16; 15. Los Lunas, 13; 16. Bosque, 9; 17. Rio Grande, 9; 18. Sandia, 5; 19. Valley, 2; 20. Atrisco Heritage, 1; Bernalillo, Del Norte, West Mesa, no score.

    3200 meters
    Emily Pittman, 12:46.64.

    400 relay
    1. Los Alamos (Amy Neal, Madison Ahlers, Laura Wendelberger, Chase Ealey), 50.30.

  • Girls tennis: Toppers place third at tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team placed third at its home-away-from-home invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos hosted a singles and doubles tournament Saturday. However, because Los Alamos lacks a centralized location to hold a big tournament, it was played at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    The Hilltoppers finished with nine team points in the tournament, which included three singles draws and two doubles draws.
    Not surprisingly, the Farmington Scorpions, the two-time defending Class 4A champions and the odds-on favorites to win again in 2011, easily claimed the team title. Farmington grabbed 30 points at the tournament, more than the next three teams combined. Rio Rancho’s Sue Cleveland finished in second place with 12 points.

  • Government bombardment pushes back Libyan rebels

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan government forces on Tuesday unleashed a withering bombardment of the rebels outside a key oil town, pushing them back despite NATO reports that nearly a third of Moammar Gadhafi's heavy weapons have been destroyed.

    The rebels managed to take part of the oil town of Brega the day before, aided by an international air campaign, but the rocket and artillery salvos unleashed on the rebels indicates the government's offensive capabilities remain very much intact.

  • Obama calls Boehner to White House to talk budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it was still confident Republicans and Democrats could reach an agreement to fund the government through the end of the year and avoid a shutdown, while admitting frustration at the pace of negotiations.

    "We believe a deal is possible," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

    Carney spoke as President Barack Obama huddled with congressional leaders at the White House for talks aimed at reaching an agreement ahead of a Friday deadline to keep the government operating.

  • Ouattara forces seize Ivory Coast president's home--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Forces trying to install Ivory Coast's democratically elected leader seized the presidential home Tuesday and a senior diplomat said fighters were trying to coax the entrenched strongman out of a bunker.

    The diplomat also said that Laurent Gbagbo's closest adviser and longtime friend had abandoned him, leaving the bunker to seek refuge inside the French ambassador's home. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

  • Japan sets new radiation safety level for seafood

    TOKYO (AP) — Fishermen who lost their homes and boats in Japan's tsunami now fear radioactive water gushing into the Pacific Ocean from a crippled nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods.

    The contaminated water raised concerns about the safety of seafood in the country that gave the world sushi, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

    Authorities insisted the radioactive water would dissipate and posed no immediate threat to sea creatures or people who might eat them. Most experts agreed.

  • Dog gets hugs from owner after tsunami rescue--see video

    TOKYO (AP) — A dog rescued from drifting ocean debris immediately jumped to her owner and wagged her tail at their reunion more than three weeks after Japan's tsunami.

    Toshio Suzuki described Monday's reunion at the animal shelter he heads in the tsunami-wrecked Miyagi region of northern Japan. The owner of the 2-year-old mixed breed named Ban saw Friday's rescue on television.

    The woman was not identified for privacy reasons. Suzuki said she has an adult daughter and that the family suffered tsunami damage but was not specific.

    Public broadcaster NHK aired images of the reunion with the woman hugging Ban and the dog warmly wagging her tail.

  • Poll reveals baby boomers' retirement fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby boomers are starting to retire, but many are agonizing about their finances and believe they'll need to work longer than they had planned, a new poll finds.

    The 77 million-strong generation born between 1946 and 1964 has clung tenaciously to its youth. Now, boomers are getting nervous about retirement. Only 11 percent say they are strongly convinced they will be able to live in comfort.

    A total of 55 percent said they were either somewhat or very certain they could retire with financial security. Yet a substantial 44 percent express little or no faith they'll have enough money when their careers end.

  • Final battle rages in Ivory Coast--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters Monday on the arsenal of this country's entrenched ruler, as columns of foot soldiers finally pierced the city limit and surrounded the strongman's home.

    The fighters aiming to topple strongman Laurent Gbagbo had succeeded in taking nearly the entire countryside in just three days last week, but they faltered once they reached the country's largest city, where the presidential palace and residence are located.

  • New Mexico women's basketball head coach retires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan is retiring.

    Flanagan is the most successful coach in the history of the New Mexico women's program. He posted a 340-168 record in 16 seasons, took the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament eight times and won a handful of conference championships.

    Flanagan had one year left on a four-year contract extension. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Flanagan made the decision after five freshman players informed him of their intentions to quit the team.