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Today's News

  • FedEx 1Q profit doubles; will cut 1,700 jobs

    NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx Corp. indicated Thursday that the global economic recovery isn't as strong as previously thought, and moved to fix the weak spot in its operations: its money-losing truck business.

    FedEx did raise its financial outlook after its first-quarter net income doubled. But the projections for the second quarter and full year fell shy of Wall Street expectations, and the stock dropped 2.6 percent in premarket trading.

  • New unemployment claims fall slightly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week to its lowest level in two months, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 450,000, the third decline in four weeks. Many economists had expected an increase.

  • Football: Boise St. no longer sneaking up on anyone

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It's been four years now, and Travis Hawkes is still amazed each day when he sees the pile of Boise State merchandise waiting to be shipped out.

    When he was a kid, nobody wore Boise State gear. Even at Broncos games, maybe half the stadium would be dressed in blue and orange — and some of that was folks simply pulling out their blaze orange hunting jackets and calling it team spirit.

  • NM sheriff's wife fights off would-be mugger

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A mugger who tried to steal a purse from the wife of a New Mexico sheriff came up empty when she fought him off.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano says his wife, Antoinette Solano, had just left a gas station Wednesday evening when a white minivan pulled up behind her. The van began tailgating her, so she pulled over to let the driver pass.

  • LULAC files complaint against LANL doctor

    The League of United Latin American Citizens has filed a complaint with the state's medical board charging a LANL doctor and his wife with "discriminatory, disparaging and cruel behavior... "

    The league also fired a letter off to Michael Anastasio, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory asking that the lab investigate "conduct that is offensive and unacceptable..."

  • School board agrees to $2.4M price on building

    Los Alamos Public Schools Administration is one step closer to having a permanent home.
    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, members voted 3-0 on a purchase price for the building at 2075 Trinity Dr. that houses LAPS administration offices. Board members Joan Ahlers and Thelma Hahn were absent.
    “The board took action on the intent to buy the building at the price that was listed,” said Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean. “They agreed to a price of $2.4 million.”

  • Smith’s: Union wants proprietary information

    Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will likely not provide some of the financial information demanded by its union, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.
    United Food and Commercial Workers is asking for several bits of information from the company, including earnings, salaries of some employees and future development plans among other bits of information.
    The union also charges Smith’s with bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices.
    The two local Smith’s stores, in Los Alamos and White Rock, are represented by UFCW Local 1564.

  • Score one for area’s youth

    Well-known youth advocates battled on behalf of local teenagers at Tuesday’s county council meeting.
    “I’ve been working for the welfare of Los Alamos young folk for almost 40 years, including 18 years in elected office,” said Vice Chair Morrie Pongratz of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

  • United Way kicks off campaign

    “Live United” is the slogan for this year’s United Way of Northern New Mexico giving campaign, which kicked off Monday at Central Avenue Grill.
    “Give, advocate, volunteer,” was the mantra of the evening event attended by community members and campaign volunteers from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The laboratory’s 2011 employee giving campaign also kicked off Monday.
    “We opened the campaign today at the laboratory and we already have 30 pledges,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of LANL’s Community Programs Office.

  • Tea party pulls off major victories in primaries

    (Associated Press) — It’s tea time in America.
    Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, antiestablishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others.