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Today's News

  • House takes first step toward health care repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting President Barack Obama, the new Republican-led House took a first step Friday toward a symbolic vote to repeal his landmark health care overhaul law, which would provide coverage to more than 30 million now uninsured.

  • Suicide attack kills 17 in southern Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in a bathhouse in a southern Afghan border town as men gathered to wash before Friday prayers, killing 17 people, a provincial official said.

    About an hour later, gunmen shot dead a police inspector in the nearby city of Kandahar, local police said. The attacks came the same day NATO announced that three of its service members were killed in roadside bombings, underscoring the continuing threat the Taliban pose, despite a stepped-up coalition offensive.

  • Holiday storm just gone, more snow falling in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Snow began dusting the city Friday morning, less than two weeks after a post-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the city and its airports for days. Reeling from criticism over a slow cleanup, city officials put GPS devices on sanitation trucks and quality-of-life teams on the streets and promised to do a better job.

  • Jobless rate declines as people stop looking for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.

    But the job growth fell short of expectations based on a strengthening economy. And the drop in unemployment was mainly because people stopped looking for work.

    Private employers added a net total of 113,000 jobs last month and the government shed 10,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.

  • Palestinians: Israeli troops mistakenly kill man

    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65-year-old Palestinian man Friday during a predawn raid to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

    Omar Kawasmeh lived on a different floor of the same building, according to security and rescue officials in the city of Hebron.

    They spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made.

    Associated Press television footage showed a bloodstained bed and shell casings in the man's bedroom.

  • 2 fiery packages put Md. mailrooms on alert

    HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A disgruntled "lone wolf" griping about highway signs mailed a small package to Maryland's Democratic governor and the parcel ignited when someone in the state mailroom unzipped it, shooting out a tiny flame that singed the worker's fingers.

    About 15 minutes later Thursday, a second worker was injured opening a similar package at a state government building 20 miles away.

  • Ex-astronaut gets energy post in Martinez cabinet

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico.

    Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The Republican governor also named Dr. Catherine Torres, a Las Cruces pediatrician, as secretary of the Health Department.

  • Wrestling: LA's efforts are paying off

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team doesn’t always leave it on the mat. Currently, the team is hitting the pavement.
    Los Alamos’ wrestling team is pounding the streets with its fundraising efforts, which started during the fall to assist with equipment needs for the 2010-11 season.
    As teams look for new ideas to boost budgets, the high school and middle wrestling programs participated in a push-up-a thon.

  • Basketball: Broncos, Sundevils still top 4A polls

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA boys and girls basketball coaches polls.
    The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls, Class 4A

        Team                Total pts.          Pvs.

    1. Kirtland Central (7)    113        1

  • More than 10 years have past since the feared 2000 disaster

     I remember it like it was yesterday: 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 1999. The world, according to people who knew, would soon end. All of civilization was run by computers, and when 1999 rolled over and became 2000 we would be launched back into the Stone Age.  
    Or at least the Eisenhower years.
    I checked our stockpiled food and water, gathered the family together, built a fire, brought out our most cherished family game, and waited. Ever vigilant.  
    Finally, I dozed off. My son poked my ribs, “Wake up.”