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Today's News

  • Gates: No ground troops in Libya while 'I am in this job'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. debates its future role in the Libyan conflict, Defense officials slammed the brakes on any broad participation Thursday, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying there will be no American ground troops in Libya "as long as I am in this job."

    Under withering congressional probing and criticism of an ill-defined mission to aid a rebel force that officials know little about, Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen sketched out a largely limited role for the U.S. military going forward, with Gates saying some other country could train the rebels trying to oust strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Radioactivity 10,000 times standard at Japan plant

    TOKYO (AP) — Officials with the company that operates Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear plant say radioactive contamination in groundwater underneath a reactor has been measured at 10,000 times the government health standard.

    A spokesman for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the company doesn't believe any drinking water supply is affected.

    Contaminated water has been pooling at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex since it was damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. It has already leaked into the ocean.

  • Anastasio, D'Agostino testify at U.S. Senate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino Wednesday said President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request provides the resources required to invest in the future of the nuclear security enterprise, implement the president’s nuclear security agenda, and improve the way the NNSA does business.

  • Former inmate sues LAPD

    A former Los Alamos Detention Center inmate filed a lawsuit against the Los Alamos Police Department claiming he was roughed up by guards and police last July.

    Both civil and criminal suits are pending and are scheduled for April 28.

    Read the full story in today's Los Alamos Monitor. 

  • Unemployment stats reveal mixed bag on hiring front

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people seeking benefits dipped by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 for the week that ended March 26. That's the second decline in three weeks.

    Applications near 375,000 or below are consistent with a sustained increase in hiring. Applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

    The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose to 394,250. Still, that figure has dropped by 35,500, or 8 percent, in the past eight weeks.

  • Low levels of radiation found in West Coast milk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan. But the officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash. The California Department of Public Health said on its website that a similar result was found March 28 in San Luis Obispo County.

  • LA Firefighter calls it quits

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    Gore was charged with indecent exposure in Bernalillo County in November. A judge in January sentenced him to six months of probation.

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker confirmed Gore's resignation today saying, "Brandon resigned for personal reasons."

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 110 mph winds damage homes in Mississippi--see video

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winds that reached estimated speeds of 110 miles per hour in central Mississippi damaged more than 40 homes as severe storms dumped large hail and heavy rain flooded roads, officials said Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a report of a tornado and several suspected twisters in Florida, but there was no damage or injuries.

    Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said officials went to Simpson County to determine if it was a tornado that hit the area. Three homes there were destroyed and 40 others were damaged, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

  • UN: High radiation outside Japan's exclusion zone

    VIENNA (AP) — Recent radiation readings outside the exclusion zone around Japan's nuclear disaster show radiation substantially higher than levels at which the U.N. nuclear agency would recommend evacuations, agency officials said Wednesday.

    The comments could add to the debate over how far people need to stay away from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, which was crippled in the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Elena Buglova, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the reading was 2 megabecquerels per square meter at the village of Iitate, adding that "as a ratio it was about two times higher" than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations.

  • Hunting lottery ends April 6

    Valles Caldera National Preserve - is an extraordinary national treasure with hunts that have been described as opportunities of a lifetime.  
    The lottery system offers everyone a fair and affordable chance at this unforgettable experience:
    •75 Bull and 151 Antlerless Permits
    •Independent Lottery system
    •No Trophy fees
    •Guides Are Optional
    For information, contact the Valles Caldera Trust at 1 866-382-5537 or
    www.vallescaldera.gov.