Today's News

  • Hawks knock off Hilltoppers at home

    The Hilltopper girls basketball team hosted the Volcano Vista Hawks Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hawks, one of the top teams in Class 5A, came away with a 61-39 victory. Volcano Vista (13-0) held Los Alamos to just five second quarter points and 13 first half points on its way to victory. Los Alamos (6-8), which has struggled against top-tier opponents in recent games, will have an important test Friday night when it hosts St. Pius X.

  • LA tennis team wins district

    A local United States Tennis Association men’s team pulled off an upset in the final round of the Northern New Mexico District League championship.
    Los Alamos’ team, composed of George E. Von Nieda, Thomas Kelley, Jerome Morzinski, David A. Shunas, Geoffrey B. Mills, Bob Nolen, James B. Harris and Sergey S. Kurennoy topped previously undefeated Highpoint Sports of Albuquerque, 2-1, to take the district championship last month.
    The district tournament was held at the Lobo Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    With Los Alamos’ victory over Highpoint Dec. 11 in the 3.5 championship, the team qualified for the United States Tennis Association’s Southwest Sectional Tournament. That tournament will be played in early May in Surprise, Ariz.

  • More US women having twins; rate at 1 in 30 babies

    ATLANTA (AP) — More U.S. women are having twins these days. The reason? Older moms and fertility treatments.

    One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin — an astounding increase over the last three decades, according to a government report issued Wednesday. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

    "When people say it seems like you see more twins nowadays, they're right," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist who co-authored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Mexican cartel kingpin to plead guilty in US court

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix will plead guilty to unspecified charges, the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Wednesday.

    Spokeswoman Debra Hartman said she could not elaborate in advance of the filing. Arellano Felix is expected in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

    Arellano Felix headed a once-mighty cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1980s.

  • The irresistible resolve to control

    I feel one coming on, oh heck I feel a lot coming on. Oh no, I don’t want to do it but I can’t control the temptation.
    Yikes, here they come ... my New Year’s Resolutions.
    Ok, here goes. I resolve to grow my hair back in a month, my eyebrows in a week. I resolve to banish cancer from my body forever, and stop my husband nagging me.
    Oh hang on, but I have no control over any of those things, especially the last one!  Umm. What on earth am I going to do?
    Seems silly doesn’t it to try and control that which we have no power over, like our own health, but it’s often a reflex reaction when you’re diagnosed with cancer.

  • Hitting below the belt

    If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat right and trim down, be forewarned that medical science shows your brain has it in for you and will actively promote your failure on two different fronts.
    That’s not good news, of course, but you should know about it so you can strengthen your resolve as best you can.
    Here’s the scoop. It’s relatively easy – particularly if you are significantly overweight – to lose a few pounds by reducing the number of calories you consume each day.
    The problem is that your initial success will trigger a couple of responses in your body.
    First, as you lose weight a hormone called leptin, which is produced by your fat cells, will start to drop in concentration.

  • Sudden reunification could be trouble for Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

    And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

  • NM sheriff: Scientist was still working on bombs

    ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A retired Sandia Labs scientist was apparently busy building bombs and possibly a new type of explosive at a rural eastern New Mexico home before he died.

    Torrance County Sheriff Heath White tells KOB-TV David O'Keefe, 81, spent his retirement on the outskirts of Estancia, 60 miles east of Albuquerque, continuing his work up until his death a few months ago.

    "He was trying to make a new type of explosive, so he was experimenting with different chemicals and different compounds to make that explosive," White said.

    O'Keefe's laboratory, inside a rented home, was elaborate and potentially deadly and put neighbors within a half mile in great danger, White said.

  • Bachmann bows out, ends bid for GOP nod

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign — leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.

    Santorum's near-tie with Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.

    Bachmann said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President Barack Obama's "socialist policies."

  • Perry reassessing bid after Iowa caucuses

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid after he finished a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

    At times pausing to collect his emotions, Perry told supporters that he appreciated their work but that he needed to consider whether there was a viable strategy for him to restart his campaign in South Carolina.

    "With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said, his family standing behind him.