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Today's News

  • Underwater mortgages rise as home prices fall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth rose at the end of last year, preventing many people from selling their homes in an already weak housing market.

    CoreLogic said Tuesday that about 11.1 million households, or 23.1 percent of all mortgaged homes, were underwater in the October-December quarter. That's up from 22.5 percent, or 10.8 million households, in the July-September quarter.

  • Female GIs struggle with higher rate of divorce

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two failed marriages were the cost of war for Sgt. Jennifer Schobey.

    The breaking point in her first marriage came when her husband deployed to Afghanistan, the last in a long line of separations they had endured as they juggled two military careers. Schobey married another combat veteran, but eventually that union failed under the weight of two cases of post-traumatic stress disorder — his and hers. They are now getting divorced.

    Separations. Injuries. Mental health issues. All are added weights to the normal strains of marriage.

  • Taliban car bombing kills 20 in east Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban detonated a car bomb in Pakistan's third-largest city on Tuesday, killing 20 and wounding more than 100 people in an attack they said targeted the offices of the country's main intelligence agency.

    The blast in the Punjabi city of Faislabad underscored the reach of al-Qaida and Taliban in the U.S.-allied nation.

  • Wind-driven wildfire destroys homes in New Mexico

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico fire officials say fire activity on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has lessened overnight in southwest New Mexico.

    Officials say crews were able to build containment lines overnight.

    State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the wildfire near Silver City has burned about 1,770 acres, or about 2.7 square miles, by early Tuesday. That's up from 500-1,000 acres burned by Monday night.

  • Potential GOP presidential candidates visit Iowa

    WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — Several Republicans mulling 2012 presidential bids descended on Iowa Monday to test their strength among social conservatives who hold the key to the state's lead-off caucuses.

    Whether any of them manages to stand out from the crowd hints at how a scattered and as-yet undeclared GOP field will eventually shake out. Five of the potential candidates took the stage for a forum at a church in the Des Moines suburb of Waukee, hoping to set themselves apart.

  • US Marshals arrest sex offender, 2nd man escapes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was on New Mexico's most wanted sex offenders list has been arrested at a Santa Fe motel but a second wanted man escaped.

    Deputy U.S. Marshals acting on a tip say they went to a Motel 6 Sunday night looking for 24-year-old Jeremy Martinez. They found him at the motel along with fugitive sex offender Jonathan Chavez.

    Martinez was handcuffed but escaped while agents were questioning Chavez. He was wanted for escape.

  • NM House approves higher worker pension payments

    SANTA FE — (AP) — The House has approved a proposal requiring public employees and educators to pay more for their pension programs while government lowers its contributions.

    The measure will cut government costs by nearly $111 million in the upcoming fiscal year to help the state balance the budget.

    The bill passed the House on Monday on a 43-26 vote and goes to the Senate.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THROUGH 11 A.M. TODAY

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES... LOCALLY UP TO 5 INCHES ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS EARLY THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL COINCIDE WITH LOWER SNOW LEVELS OVERNIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF LATE TUESDAY MORNING.

  • Warner: Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men'

     

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Sheen was fired Monday from "Two and a Half Men" by Warner Bros. Television following the hard-living actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospitalizations and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses.

    The action was taken after "careful consideration" and was effective immediately, the studio said in a statement. No decision has been made on the show's future without its star, Warner spokesman Paul McGuire said.

  • Gas prices are about more than just oil

    When Jay Ricker, owner of the BP filling station off Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Ind., set the price of unleaded gasoline at $3.44 per gallon on Monday of last week, it was 4 cents higher than the Friday before.

    That alone might have been irritating to drivers paying the highest gas prices in more than two years. It was even more so because it happened on a day when the price of crude oil, which is used to make gasoline, fell almost $1 a barrel.