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Today's News

  • Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

    PHOENIX (AP) — Henry Morello prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. But as the 84-year-old spent a fifth night stuck in a ditch in the Arizona desert, he started to lose hope.

    "My phone went dead, my battery went dead, and I went dead," Morello said.

  • Pricey jet engine tests budget cutters' resolve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to cancel a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet Wednesday and vowed to explore "all available legal options" to stop production if lawmakers won't.

    "The president, the military services and I continue to oppose this extra engine," Gates said in testimony before the House Armed services Committee.

  • Pa. teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog

    FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?

  • Stocks rise after strong earnings, deal news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings results and another round of corporate deals led stocks higher Wednesday.

    Family Dollar rose 24 percent in early trading after activist investor Nelson Peltz's firm offered to pay up to $60 a share to take the discount retailer private. That was a 36 percent premium from Tuesday's closing price. Family Dollar rose the most of any stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

  • Veterans say rape cases mishandled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen U.S. veterans who say they were raped or assaulted by comrades filed a class-action suit in federal court Tuesday attempting to force the Pentagon to change how it handles such cases.

    The current and former service members — 15 women and two men — describe circumstances in which servicemen allegedly got away with rape and other sexual abuse while their victims were ordered to continue to serve with them.

  • Bahrain protesters urge more pressure on rulers

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.

  • Borders files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry.

    The 40-year-old company plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks. All of the stores closed will be superstores, Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said. The company also operates smaller Waldenbooks and Borders Express stores.

  • Legislation seeks to ease penalties for alcohol to minors

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee has approved a measure that would lessen the penalty for someone who sells or serves alcoholic beverages to a minor.

    The bill by Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat, would make it a misdemeanor — rather than a fourth-degree felony — to serve alcohol to someone under age 21.

    A first offense could be punished by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Currently, a felony conviction could mean 18 months in prison.

  • Tuesday afternoon rollover snarls NM 502 at rush hour

     NM 502 was closed for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon right around rush hour when a car rolled over into a ditch heading eastbound.

    The road was closed between 4:30 and 5 p.m., said Los Alamos Police Department Sgt. James Martinez. The driver was taken by helicopter to a hospital, Martinez said.

    Three Los Alamos County police and fire units were on the scene as well as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

  • Be There 02-15-11

    Today
    What’s That Bird in My Backyard? A class for beginning bird identification with local expert Dave Yeamans, using lots of photos from his backyard, will be at 7 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The cost is $10 individual/$20 family, PEEC member discount. Register at 662-0460 or PajaritoEEC.org. Learn how to join the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count weekend.
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