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Today's News

  • Track and field: LA girls win big Saturday, boys are 2nd behind Rams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team picked up its second win of the season in three outings Saturday, taking top honors at the Bernalillo Invitational.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished a strong second behind Rio Rancho at the same event.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 128.5 points Saturday, easily outdistancing Rio Rancho in second place. Only Class 5A school Rio Rancho (73) and 3A Las Vegas Robertson (66) finished with even half the Hilltoppers’ total in the 10-team event.

  • SD governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation.

    Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.

  • As Japan mourns dead, many bodies remain missing

    NATORI, Japan (AP) — Those in search of the dead go to Natori's bowling alley, walking up the cracked concrete steps and through the glass door. "Enjoy Coca-Cola," says a neon sign out front.

    They go under the two-story painting of the bowling ball crashing into giant pins. They walk past the lists of the dead and the descriptions of the bodies yet to be identified. Inside, they step slowly through the makeshift morgue, peering into satin-wrapped coffins arranged in neat rows where bowlers so recently faced off.

    They rarely find the people they seek.

  • Japanese police say disaster death toll near 9,100

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's police agency says nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami. Almost 13,800 are missing.

    Those tallies are likely to overlap, but police officials estimate that the final figure will likely exceed 18,000 deaths.

    A police spokesman from one of the of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimates that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone. Police in other devastated areas declined to estimate eventual tolls, but said the confirmed deaths in their areas already number nearly 3,400.

  • Burglaries at an all-time high in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Repeat offenders are helping drive up residential burglaries in Santa Fe. The police department released numbers Monday showing residential burglaries were at a 15-year high in 2010.

    There were 876 residential burglaries investigated in the city limits in 2010, up 7 percent from the 820 in 2009.

    Police Capt. Gerald Rivera says officers arrest a lot of the same guys over and over for burglary.

    Rivera says burglaries are not really considered violent offenses and judges seem reluctant to give burglars any real time in prison.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city's Property Crimes Division has recently compiled an unofficial list of about 50 people considered the most problematic repeat offenders.

  • Israeli aircraft strike Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck a series of Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, damaging smuggling tunnels and suspected weapons sites. Palestinian officials said 19 people were wounded.

    Israel's volatile border with Gaza has been largely quiet since an overwhelming Israeli military offensive two years ago. But Israeli officials say Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group has recovered from the fighting, and the area has begun to heat up in recent weeks.

    Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmia said one man was critically wounded in a border clash Tuesday.

    The Israeli army confirmed the incident, saying it opened fire at a group of militants who were about to fire a missile at a tank.

  • US jet crashes in Libya, both crew are safe--video

    BU MARIEM, Libya (AP) — An American fighter jet crashed in Libya's rebel held east, both crew ejecting safely as the aircraft spun from the sky during the third night of the U.S. and European air campaign. Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled rebels regrouping in the dunes outside a key eastern city on Tuesday, and his snipers and tanks roamed the last major opposition-held city in the west.

  • Women's basketball: Lucas leads North Carolina past Kentucky 86-74

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Score one for size over speed.

    Italee Lucas scored 22 points and Jessica Breland added 18, helping North Carolina hold off Kentucky 86-74 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday night, the Tar Heels' superior height and length trumping the Wildcats' awesome quickness.

    "It all started with rebounding," Breland said after the Tar Heels' 55-31 dominance on the boards led to all sorts of problems for the Wildcats.

    North Carolina (27-8), which made it to the ACC tournament final, will face top-seeded Stanford on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

  • US sees few good options if Yemen government falls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years, the Obama administration has had a relationship of convenience with Yemen: The U.S. kept the Yemeni government armed and flush with cash. In return, Yemen's leaders helped fight al-Qaida or, as often, looked the other way while the U.S. did.

    That relationship is about to get a lot less convenient.

    Of all the uprisings and protests that have swept the Middle East this year, none is more likely than Yemen to have immediate damaging effects on U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Yemen is home to al-Qaida's most active franchise, and as President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government crumbles, so does Washington's influence there.

  • Libya rebels struggle to regroup; US jet crashes

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled rebels regrouping outside a strategic eastern city on Tuesday and his snipers and tanks controlled the streets of the last opposition-held city in the west, signaling a prolonged battle ahead. An American fighter jet crashed over North African country, both crew ejecting safely.

    The U.S. Africa Command said both crewmembers were safe after what was believed to be a mechanical failure of the Air Force F-15.

    Disorganization among the rebels could hamper their attempts to exploit the air campaign by U.S. and European militaries. Since the uprising began on Feb. 15, the opposition has been made up of disparate groups even as it took control of the entire east of the country.