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Today's News

  • TCU accepts invitation to join Big 12

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, ignoring the conference's recent instability and seizing an opportunity to be a part of a league with natural geographic rivals.

    Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. made the expected announcement in front a packed room of more than 200 people, and athletic director Chris Del Conte fought back tears as he recalled receiving the phone call from the Horned Frogs' new conference last week.

    "This is living proof that dreams do come true," he said.

  • Documents: Wis. woman hatched plan to steal baby--video extra

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Desperate to give her boyfriend a son but unable to conceive, Annette Morales-Rodriguez faked a pregnancy for months, court documents say, then began trolling Milwaukee's streets for pregnant women in hopes of stealing an unborn baby.

    After two days of searching, the 33-year-old woman finally spotted Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, who was just a week from her due date. Morales-Rodriguez lured the young Puerto Rican immigrant into her home, according to court documents, and beat her with a baseball bat before cutting her full-term fetus from her womb with an X-Acto knife, killing both the mother and the baby.

  • Deficit 'supercommittee' struggles as clock ticks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The supercommittee is struggling.

    After weeks of secret meetings, the 12-member deficit-cutting panel established under last summer's budget and debt deal appears no closer to a breakthrough than when talks began last month.

    While the panel members themselves aren't doing much talking, other lawmakers, aides and lobbyists closely tracking the committee are increasingly skeptical, even pessimistic, that the panel will be able to meet its assigned goal of at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next 10 years.

    The reason? A familiar deadlock over taxes and cuts to major programs like Medicare and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled.

  • Two Americans share Nobel economics prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that sheds light on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and policy instruments such as interest rates and government spending.

    Sargent and Sims — both 68 — carried out their research independently in the 1970s and '80s, but it is highly relevant today as world governments and central banks seek ways to steer their economies away from another recession.

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the winners have developed methods for answering questions such as how economic growth and inflation are affected by a temporary increase in the interest rate or a tax cut.

  • Survey: US gas prices dip 13 cents in past 2 weeks

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A survey says the average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 13 cents over the past two weeks.

    The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.42, down 13 cents from two weeks earlier and down 25 cents in the past month.

    Costs have seen similar drops in midgrade, now at an average of $3.58 a gallon, and premium at $3.70.

    Diesel fell seven cents to $3.85 a gallon.

    Of the cities surveyed, Albuquerque, N.M., had the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.07, and perennial price leader San Francisco had the highest at $3.81.

  • Analyze your benefits

    Admit it: You probably spend more time comparison shopping online than reviewing your annual benefits enrollment materials.
    That’s a big mistake because the money you could save by choosing the right employee benefits package probably far exceeds any savings you could get on a big-screen TV.
    For example, many people don’t sign up for an extremely valuable benefit – flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
    If your employer offers them, FSAs let you pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care and/or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis – that is, before federal, state and Social Security taxes are deducted from your paycheck.

  • Sports Schedule, Oct. 10-15

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Capital, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 5:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Española Valley, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moriarty, C team, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

  • LA shuts out Capital Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team upped its record to a spotless 4-0 in District 2-4A play with a big win over Capital Saturday night.
    Los Alamos played one of its most complete matches of the season to sweep Capital Jaguars 25-15, 25-9, 25-19 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The win put Los Alamos squarely in the driver’s seat with just four district contests remaining on the season. Los Alamos has lost just one set, its first of district play and has now won 12 straight sets against 2-4A opponents.

  • LA blanks Bernalillo 38-0 in Friday’s District 2-4A opener

    It isn’t going to take long for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to figure out where it stands in the District 2-4A race.
    With its first two district games against two of the three main contenders in the race, Los Alamos could come within two very winnable games of clinching 2-4A by Friday of this week.
    The Hilltoppers took their first big step toward that goal Friday night by routing the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and a third touchdown early in the second quarter to start what would become a 38-0 rout of the Bernalillo Spartans at Sullivan Field.

  • Controversial goal helps St. Pius X shut out LA, 2-0

    ALBUQUERQUE — In a contest mired by both the weather and controversy, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was downed by the St. Pius X Sartans Friday afternoon.
    Friday’s contest at Sartan Field pitted the two top-ranked teams in the state against one another, the Hilltoppers coming in as the No. 1 team in Class 4A and the Sartans No. 2.
    But midway through the second half, St. Pius got a quick-strike goal following a throw-in. Los Alamos’ Cassidy Reeves purposely booted a ball out of bounds after a player got injured on the field.