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Today's News

  • Otero, Lincoln County residents told to boil water

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents in Otero and Lincoln Counties are being told to boil water before drinking, cooking or washing dishes.

    The New Mexico Environment Department's precautionary boil water advisory includes all of Ruidoso.

    Health officials say they issued the warning because extreme weather conditions have frozen and ruptured water pipes, possibly contaminating the water supply.

  • 3 dead in Pa. natural gas explosion; 2 missing

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. Three people were killed, including an infant, and at least two others were unaccounted for Thursday.

  • NY Rep. Lee resigns after shirtless photo surfaces

    CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York abruptly resigned with only a vague explanation of regret after a gossip website reported that the married congressman had sent a shirtless photo of himself flexing his muscles to a woman whose Craigslist ad he answered.

  • Fewest requests for unemployment aid since 2008

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, continuing a downward trend that suggests hiring could pick up this year.

    Applications sank by a seasonally adjusted 36,000 to 383,000, the lowest point since early July 2008, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

  • NKorea: No military talks with 'traitor' SKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's abandonment of military talks with South Korea is merely the latest feint in a long duel between the two rivals, according to analysts who see further provocative actions from Pyongyang coming next.

    The communist country refused to hold further talks Thursday after walking out of their first discussions in months the day before, blaming the South for insisting on putting the deadly sinking of a warship on the agenda.

  • GOP invites business to vent about regulations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On issues ranging from the air we breathe to the noise factories make, business leaders want the government to stay out of their way. And the Republicans, looking toward the 2012 elections, are listening.

    The House's principal investigative panel, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is taking its turn Thursday in a hearing designed to give a voice to business complaints about government regulations.

  • Sandia team helps Kazakhstan with nukes

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team from Sandia National Laboratories helped the country of Kazakhstan move nuclear materials — enough to build an estimated 775 nuclear weapons — to safety.

    Shipping containers holding casks of nuclear materials were loaded onto special trains for an 1,800-mile journey to long-term storage in the Central Asian country's interior.

  • New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US

    A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

    Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day — more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.

  • Community annoucements 02-09-11

    Help Barranca students
    Students at Barranca Elementary are collecting funds to help fix their basketball court and build a new court. Monetary donations may be made to help fund the project, or bricks may be purchased for $100. Those who purchase bricks may have their names engraved on them. Mail donations to Mrs. McGrane’s 6th Grade Class, Barranca Elementary, 57 Loma Del Escolar, Los Alamos, NM 87544, or contact McGrane at n.mcgrane@laschools.net, for more information.

    Tables available

  • Be There 02-09-11

    Thursday
     Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and former teacher Kelly Myers will present the findings of almost a year-long effort on a long range planning report during the monthly League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader meeting. The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Central Avenue Grill. RSVP to League President Barbara Calef, 662-3825 or bfcalef@yahoo.com by Feb. 9.

    A Love Stinks party for teens ages 13-18 will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.