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Today's News

  • FEMA seeks to redeem agency reputation

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The messages came in a fast and furious onslaught: a series of massively powerful tornadoes were ripping across Alabama and other parts of the South.

    On the receiving end of frantic descriptions of entire neighborhoods wiped out by last week's pulverizing storms that killed 342, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate urged President Barack Obama to immediately sign an emergency disaster declaration for Alabama.

    The near immediate response was starkly different from past catastrophes.

  • Pakistan's president denies harboring bin Laden

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's leader denied suggestions that his country's security forces sheltered Osama bin Laden as Britain demanded Tuesday that Islamabad answer for how the al-Qaida chief lived undetected for six years in a large house in a garrison town close to the capital.

    But in a nod to the complexities of dealing with a nuclear-armed, unstable country that is crucial to success in the war in neighboring Afghanistan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said having "a massive row" with Islamabad over the issue would not be in Britain's interest.

  • Findings revealed in LAFD porn probe

    More than 30 Los Alamos firefighters were initially linked to the investigation launched late last year into pornography allegedly downloaded onto county-owned computers at fire station 3 in White Rock.

    The independent investigation concluded March 15 and 10 firefighters, including people of rank, have been disciplined. The majority of the remaining firefighters were cleared of wrongdoing and a few retired or resigned rather than face punishment for their actions.

  • One unwary phone call led US to bin Laden doorstep--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist.

    That phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.

  • Bin Laden's luxury hideout raises questions--video extras

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Osama bin Laden made his final stand in a small Pakistani city where three army regiments with thousands of soldiers are based not far from the capital — a location that is increasing suspicions in Washington that Islamabad may have been sheltering him.

    The U.S. acted alone in Monday's helicopter raid, did not inform Pakistan until it was over and pointedly did not thank Pakistan at the end of a wildly successful operation. All this suggests more strain ahead in a relationship that was already suffering because of U.S. accusations that the Pakistanis are supporting Afghan militants and Pakistani anger over American drone attacks and spy activity.

  • NM bases, state homeland security on alert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's homeland security secretary says the state is on heightened alert because of the death of Osama bin Laden, but no specific threats have been made to New Mexico.

    State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Duvall says states were told to go to heightened alert because of the uncertainty about what might occur in the wake of the Al-Qaida leader's killing by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

    Duvall says residents should be more aware and report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.

    New Mexico's three Air Force bases and White Sands Missile Range also have heightened security.

  • Rain, rain go away at Churchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The weather forecast wouldn't change, no matter how long Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sat in front of the television.

    "The only time I got away from the Weather Channel was when Obama came on last night," Baffert said, referring to President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan.

    Slop and all, Baffert had no choice but to sent out Midnight Interlude on Monday for the final workout before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

  • AP source: US used 'multiple methods" to ID body

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After the firefight that killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. used "multiple methods" to positively identify his remains, according to a senior Pentagon official who personally saw a photograph of the corpse.

    The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, declined to specify the methods of identification, but two Obama administration officials said DNA evidence confirmed the death.

    The officials claimed the DNA evidence provides a match with 99.9 percent confidence.

  • Golf: 2-4A tourney postponed until Tuesday

    The District 2-4A golf tournament, scheduled for this morning at Los Alamos Golf Course, has been postponed.

    The tournament is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Should conditions not improve at Los Alamos Golf Course, the tournament will be shifted to Santa Fe Country Club at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back on lamonitor.com for further information.

  • Inside the raid that killed bin Laden--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.

    The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

    Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader.