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Today's News

  • Baseball: Mattingly earns win in debut

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly’s phone buzzed with text messages of good luck to the new Los Angeles Dodgers manager on opening day. The man who had groomed him for the job didn’t check in.
    No slight intended, though. Retired manager Joe Torre was in Hawaii on Thursday, having talked to Mattingly a few days earlier.
    Now it was time for his protege to go to work on his own.
    “No Vince Lombardi today,” he said. “We’ve been laying out what we expect from guys all (spring) camp long.”
    And the Dodgers lived up to it in a 2-1 win over the rival San Francisco Giants.

  • Softball: LA finishes 2nd at tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team finished second in its home tournament last weekend.
    Los Alamos won four games during the two-day tournament, held at Overlook Park in White Rock. Los Alamos topped St. Michael’s 11-3, Taos 13-0, Santa Fe 13-2 and Belen 15-3.
    The Hilltoppers finished second to the one tournament team it didn’t play, Raton. Raton also won four games and earned the tiebreaker of runs scored, 55-52.
    Against St. Michael’s, Dancy Smith picked up the win on the slab, while Alyessa Mojica closed out the game.

  • Softball: Toppers rout Chargers in 5

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team closed out the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in five innings Thursday.
    In a nondistrict contest in Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers jumped out immediately to a 4-0 lead, pounding out five hits in their first at-bat, then cruised past the Chargers to win 12-0.
    Thursday’s game was the next-to-last for Los Alamos before it opens District 2AAAA play. Los Alamos travels to Raton Saturday.
    The win was the third in a row for the Hilltoppers (5-8), who have outscored their three opponents — Santa Fe and Pojoaque were the other two — by a combined 35-2.

  • Baseball/Softball: LA girls drop out of top 10, PV still heads both coaches polls

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

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team        Total pts.      Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (12)    129    1
    2. Farmington (1)    106    2
    3. Artesia        97    3
    4. Kirtland Central    65    4
    5. Los Lunas        64    6

  • Dow reaches 2011 high after unemployment falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year low in the unemployment rate sent the Dow Jones industrial average to a new 2011 high Friday.

    The Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009, as companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. Approximately 216,000 new jobs were added to the economy last month, offsetting layoffs in local governments. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to remain at 8.9 percent.

  • Flotsam from Japan's tsunami to hit US West Coast

    SEATTLE (AP) — John Anderson has discovered just about everything during the 30 years he's combed Washington state's beaches — glass fishing floats, hockey gloves, bottled messages, even hundreds of mismatched pairs of Nike sneakers that washed up barnacled but otherwise unworn.

    The biggest haul may come in one to three years when, scientists say, wind and ocean currents eventually will push some of the massive debris from Japan's tsunami and earthquake onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast.

  • Joke's on New England with April Fools' snowstorm

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An April Fools' storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of New England on Friday, creating a late-season winter wonderland and giving thousands of kids a reprieve from school while causing agony for others with power outages and cars sliding off roads.

    The spring Nor'easter was expected to last through the day Friday — April Fools' Day — dropping up to a foot of snow around parts of northern New England, a bitter prank on residents eager for spring after a long, snow-filled winter.

  • Japan's PM vows to win battle against nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister sounded a resolute note Friday, promising to win the battle against an overheating nuclear plant even as atomic safety officials raised questions about the accuracy of radiation measurements at the complex.

    Naoto Kan was grave a week ago when he addressed this nation rattled by fears of radiation that has contaminated food, milk and tap water. But three weeks after a massive tsunami disabled a nuclear power plant's cooling systems, Kan vowed that Japan would create the safest system anywhere.

  • Unemployment rate falls to 8.8 pct., two-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since before the recession began.

    The economy added 216,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Factories, retailers, the education and health care sectors and professional and financial services all expanded payrolls. Those job gains offset layoffs by local governments.

    Another month of brisk hiring provided the latest sign that the economy is strengthening nearly two years after the recession ended.

  • Japan seeks French, US expertise in nuclear crisis--video extra

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan is increasingly turning to other countries for help as it struggles to stabilize its tsunami-stricken nuclear plant and stop radiation leaks that are complicating efforts to recover the bodies of some of the thousands swept away by the towering wave.

    French, American and international experts — even a robot — are either in Japan or on their way, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy visited Tokyo on Thursday to meet with the prime minister and show solidarity.