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Today's News

  • Winter weather continues to batter East Coast

    NEW YORK (AP) — A storm that had been predicted for days caught much of the East Coast off guard with its ferocity, tearing through with lightning, thunder and mounds of wet snow, leaving nearly 300,000 customers around the nation's capital without power Thursday and forcing people to shovel out their cars and doorsteps all over again.

  • Bomb strikes funeral, killing 48 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a funeral tent in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 48 people and triggering skirmishes between Iraqi troops and demonstrators angry about security failures.

    The blast and three other small bombings Thursday were the latest in more than a week of attacks that have killed more than 200 people, raising fears about an uptick in violence as the U.S. military prepares to withdraw from the country.

  • Tennis: Federer joins Nadal on sideline at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — First Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer.

    Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.

  • Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The foreclosure crisis is getting worse as high unemployment and lackluster job prospects force homeowners in an increasing number of U.S. metropolitan areas into dire financial straits.

  • Mandela hospitalized for tests in S. Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was in the hospital Thursday for what his office said were routine tests, as the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon's overnight stay drew extraordinary media attention.

  • 3-year-old Pojoaque boy dies; mother held

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a 3-year-old boy is dead and his mother and her boyfriend are in jail. Police say Leland Valdez died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital from severe injuries.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that authorities think the Pojoaque boy was beaten over a long period of time.

  • Snowstorm wallops Northeast, piling on the misery

    BOSTON (AP) — Commuters up and down the East Coast began the all-too-familiar task of digging out cars, shoveling sidewalks and slogging and slipping through a treacherous morning commute on Thursday after a drawn-out storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas overnight, heaping more misery on a region that has been hit by one snowstorm after another.

  • Social Security fund will be drained by 2037

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security's finances are getting worse as the economy struggles to recover and millions of baby boomers stand at the brink of retirement.

    New congressional projections show Social Security running deficits every year until its trust funds are eventually drained in about 2037.

  • Girls basketball: LA falls at Española by 31

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team struggled in the second half of Wednesday night’s game in the valley, falling big to its arch-rival.

    Española Valley’s Sundevils held Los Alamos to just three second half field goals as they went on to a big 64-33 victory Wednesday in Española.

    The win puts the Sundevils at 3-0 in the District 2AAAA race and sole possession of first place. The Hilltoppers slipped to second in the district chase.

    For more information on the game, read Thursday’s Monitor.

  • Boys basketball: Sundevils outlast Hilltoppers at home

    The game plan couldn’t have been much better for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Tuesday night.
    But, once again, Los Alamos couldn’t find the bucket when it had the opportunities.
    Los Alamos, trying to slay the District 2AAAA beast that is Española Valley, held the fast-charging Sundevil offense to under 50 points. However, the Hilltopper offense, which again misfired on several high-percentage looks, couldn’t keep pace.