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Today's News

  • Gaps in US radiation monitoring system revealed--video extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Parts of America's radiation alert network have been out of order during Japan's nuclear crisis, raising concerns among some lawmakers about whether the system could safeguard the country in a future disaster.

    Federal officials say the system of sensors has helped them to validate the impact of nuclear fallout from the overheated Fukushima reactor, and in turn alert local governments and the public. They say no dangerous levels of radiation have reached U.S. shores.

  • First woman to run for VP Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75--video extra

    BOSTON (AP) — Geraldine Ferraro was a relatively obscure congresswoman from the New York City borough of Queens in 1984 when she was tapped by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale to join his ticket.

    Her vice presidential bid, the first for a woman on a major party ticket, emboldened women across the country to seek public office and helped lay the groundwork for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential candidacy in 2008 and John McCain's choice of his running mate, Sarah Palin, that year.

  • Winning Mega Millions tix worth $319M sold in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lottery official says a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million has been sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y.

    New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman says the winning jackpot ticket for Friday's drawing was sold at Coulson's News Center, located just a few blocks from the state Capitol.

    Hapeman says final sales numbers raised the annuity value of the prize to $319 million, with a cash value of $202.9 million.

    According to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game's history. The biggest jackpot was $390 million in March 2007.

  • US rushes freshwater to help Japan nuclear plant--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. naval barges loaded with freshwater sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant on Saturday to help workers struggling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility.

    Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been using seawater in a frantic bid to stabilize reactors overheating since a tsunami knocked out the complex's crucial cooling system March 11, but fears are mounting about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water.

  • Libyan rebels take back oil town in westward push

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels took back a key oil town on Sunday in their westward push toward the capital, seizing momentum from the international airstrikes that tipped the balance away from Moammar Gadhafi's military.

    Brega, a main oil export terminal in eastern Libya, fell to rebels after a skirmish late Saturday, said Ahmed Jibril, a rebel commander manning a checkpoint on the westernmost edge of town.

    "There are no Gadhafi forces here now, the rebels have Brega under their full control, it is free," Jibril said.

  • New Mexico job market remains stagnant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal labor statistics show most states have seen positive job growth over the past year, but New Mexico and several others remain on the negative side of the curve when it comes to the job market.

    There haven't been any sizable layoffs in the past year by big employers in New Mexico, but business leaders say small businesses — from plumbing contractors and car dealerships to real estate companies and architectural firms — have been forced to lay off handfuls of workers, and those numbers are adding up.

  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya--video extra

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections.

    The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to assume at least some command and control responsibility within days.

  • Former LA players earn honor

    A pair of former local athletes have made the Eastern Rocky Mountain Rugby Football Union Select Side.
    Liz Dinkel and Sidney Provan were named to the Select Side team, the rugby equivalent of an All-Star team.
    Dinkel, currently attending Colorado State University, and Provan, of Colorado College, were picked from the rugby programs of several regional colleges, including such schools as University of Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming and several smaller schools in the area.
    If selected for the ERMRFU’s traveling team, Dinkel and Provan would participate in an All-Star Tournament in Kansas.

  • Sports update 03-25-11

    Dog Jog set for April 16
    The 2011 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 16 in White Rock.
    Registration is currently open for the Dog Jog, which features a 3.1-mile competitive race or a 2-mile fun run/walk. Dogs may take part in the event, but participants are welcome without a dog.
    The race is open to anyone 12 and over. The early registration fee of $20 ends March 26.
    The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter. Entry blanks are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea or on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org.
    For more information, call 672-2089.
    Atomic Man Duathlon returning to White Rock
    Registration is open for the 2011 Atomic Man Duathlon.

  • LAPS sees uptick in enrollment

    For the past few years, schools in the Los Alamos School District have seen a mixed bag of decreases and increases in student enrollment.

    During Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting at Mountain Elementary, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean discussed the enrollment trends from 2006-2011. For the past few years, the school district has focused on building enrollment in grades K-6. In an effort to help this process, out-of-district students have been accepted into those grades and so far, the method seems to be working, however, it also is creating a backlog of students hoping to get into the middle and high schools.