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Today's News

  • Be There 12-22-10

    Friday
    Skate to holiday music on the outdoor ice rink lit with the reflection of holiday lights under the starry night sky from 6-8 p.m. at the Christmas Eve Luminaria Skate at the Ice Rink. The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is located at 4475 West Road. Call 662-4500 for more information or e-mail larec@lacnm.us.

  • Letters 12-22-10

    Thanks for a successful fair

    The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair and the Fabulous 50s Café that provided the food and beverages for the event.

  • AP sources: Deal reached on 9/11 health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have reached a deal on a scaled-down bill to help 9/11 first responders who became sick from having worked in the dust of the World Trade Center.

    Congressional aides close to the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the deal calls for providing up to $4 billion in health care and economic aid over five years to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

  • Officials: Fifth home swept away by Ariz. flooding

    BEAVER DAM, Ariz. (AP) — A fire department dispatcher in northwestern Arizona says a fifth unoccupied home has been swept away by floodwaters.

    Dori Rothenberger, with the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, tells The Associated Press the fifth home in the community of Beaver Dam was washed away Tuesday night. The four others near a normally dry wash collapsed into the floodwaters Tuesday afternoon.

  • Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.

  • Rain-soaked Calif. braces for biggest storm yet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of relentless rain, Southern California was bracing for the most intense storm system yet, with evacuations ordered, roads covered by water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires.

  • Stocks flat as GDP growth falls below forecasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes on Wall Street were flat Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy did not grow as fast as analysts predicted.

    The Commerce Department said the country's gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between July and September, a small increase from its earlier estimate of 2.5 percent. Analysts expected the number to rise to 2.8 percent.

  • BioPark Zoo loses beloved rhinoceros

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo says a 44-year-old rhinoceros has been euthanized.

    Zoo officials say the rhino, named Sally, has been receiving treatment for a variety of age-related problems by veterinarians in recent years and her quality of life dropped over the past year.

    Senior zookeeper Catalina Parker, who has cared for the rhinoceros for more than 13 years, says it was the hardest thing to do but it is best for Sally.

  • Vigilantism discouraged in Philly strangler search

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A serial killer who police say sexually assaulted and strangled three women, and possibly attacked three others, in a neighborhood rife with drugs and prostitution might want to hope that authorities find him before the neighbors do.

    Residents of Kensington, who once severely beat a suspected rapist based on a police photo, have posted hundreds of comments and theories about the case on a Facebook page titled "Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love."

  • Martinez picks reformer as public education head

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico's next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.

    Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions. Martinez said reading scores in Florida schools went up dramatically.