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Today's News

  • Weiner calling fellow Democrats to apologize

    NEW YORK (AP) — His political career in jeopardy, Rep. Anthony Weiner has been making calls to colleagues to apologize for sending raunchy texts and photos to several women.

    He also apologized to former President Bill Clinton, who officiated at Weiner's wedding last July, said a person with knowledge of the call. The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the call publicly, spoke only on condition of anonymity. Weiner married Huma Abedin, a close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a lavish ceremony on Long Island last summer.

    He reached out to fellow Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York, according to Towns' spokesman, Julian Phillips, who declined to discuss what the two lawmakers talked about.

  • Libyan leader Gadhafi vows to fight to the death

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of some daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.

    In a phone call to Libyan state television station, Gadhafi angrily denounced the rebels who rose up against him in mid-February, inspired by a wave of Arab uprisings.

    "We will not kneel!" he shouted. "We will not surrender: we only have one choice — to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering!" he shouted.

    As he spoke, the sound of low-flying military craft could be heard whooshing through Tripoli again, and Gadhafi quickly hung up.

  • Gov. Martinez names Wallace successor

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Jim Hall to serve as state representative from House District 43.

    Hall, who served for eight years on the Los Alamos School Board, will fill the seat of former Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away from illness in April.

  • Obama, Germany's Merkel, trade partnership pledge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a day focused on both policy and pomp, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the relationship between their nations as the cornerstone of efforts to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

    The president greeted Merkel as she arrived at the White House on a warm and muggy Tuesday morning in Washington. Dozens of schoolchildren waving U.S. and German flags were among the crowd gathered on the South Lawn for the elaborate arrival ceremony.

  • Stocks open higher ahead of Bernanke speech

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks opened higher after four straight days of losses Tuesday. Traders are hoping that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will indicate in remarks later in the day that any increase in interest rates is a long way off.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,155 in morning trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8, or 0.6 percent, to 1,294. The Nasdaq composite rose 15, or 0.6 percent, to 2,717.

  • AIR QUALITY IMPACTS MAINLY TO SOUTHWEST NM MONDAY

    THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT.

    AIR QUALITY IMPACTS FROM ONGOING WILDFIRES WILL CONTINUE TODAY BUT BECOME MORE CONFINED TO THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT OF NEW MEXICO.

    THE EXPECTED DECREASE IN WIND SPEEDS AND MORE WESTERLY DIRECTION OF THE WIND... AND POTENTIALLY DECREASING SMOKE FROM THE EASTERN ARIZONA WILDFIRES... WILL CHANGE THE EXTENT OF THE IMPACT TODAY. THIS COMBINATION OF FACTORS IS EXPECTED TO CARRY THE SMOKE IN A MORE EASTERLY DIRECTION... LIMITING PRIMARY IMPACTS SOUTH OF I 40 AND WEST OF THE NEW MEXICO CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN.

  • Weiner-gate: Rep admits he sent lewd photo--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

    Weiner said at a news conference that he had never personally met any of the women he corresponded with online and sometimes via telephone, and was not even sure of their ages. He also said he had never had sex outside of his marriage.

    "This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, and lying about it," he said.

  • US, Russian lab directors meet in California to plan collaboration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.

    The two-day meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • Health care law waivers stir suspicion of favors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the Department of Waivers and Adjustments. It's doing a brisk business with the new health care law.

    President Barack Obama's administration has granted nearly 1,400 waivers easing requirements of the new health care law, and some critics on the right say Obama is giving his political allies a pass from burdensome requirements everyone else will have to live with.

    But what if the waivers work more like a safety valve? What if during the transition to a new system they can prevent unintended consequences — such as people with bare-bones insurance losing their current coverage, or insurers closing shop in a particular state?

  • Another dry, windy month for Los Alamos, White Rock

    The drought continued in Los Alamos in May. 2011 has brought only 16 percent of the normal amount of January through May precipitation to Los Alamos. White Rock has had only 7.5 percent of the normal precipitation.

    That’s 0.3 inches instead of 4.1 inches through May, with a long way to go to reach the yearly normal 14 inches there. No year has been this dry in Los Alamos County, not since the record began in 1910.