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Today's News

  • State of the Union: It's the economy, again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a demand for economic answers, President Barack Obama will try to convince the American people and a divided Congress that he has a vision for speeding up job creation, promoting spending on the core of his agenda but promising to rein in a growing, staggering debt. His State of the Union address will reflect reality: The economy trumps all.

  • 'The King's Speech' gets 12 Oscar nominations

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

  • Grand piano found on sandbar in Miami bay

    MIAMI (AP) — A grand piano recently showed up on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from condominiums on the shore.

    The piano, which weighs at least 650 pounds, was placed at the highest spot along the sandbar so it doesn't get underwater during high tide.

    While officials aren't sure how it got there, they know it won't be going anywhere unless it becomes a hazard to wildlife or boaters.

  • Putin: retribution 'inevitable' for airport bomb

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed "retribution is inevitable" for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at Russia's busiest airport, while President Dmitry Medvedev demanded full security checks at all transport hubs Tuesday and lashed out at the airport for lax security.

    Putin has built much of his reputation on harsh statements, and the Russian news agencies that reported his comments Tuesday did not say whether he specified what kind of retribution or against whom.

  • Suspect pleads not guilty in deadly Ariz. shooting

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting in Tucson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he tried to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.

    The plea by Jared Lee Loughner marked his second court appearance since he allegedly shot the congresswoman and 18 others at Giffords' meet-and-greet event on Jan. 8 outside a grocery store in Tucson. Six people died, and 13 others were wounded.

  • 2 Fla. officers killed in shootout, suspect dead

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When two wounded law officers were rushed from the scene of a deadly shooting Monday morning on Florida's Gulf Coast, someone handed St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon a ring, two bracelets and a badge.

    They belonged to Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who died from the wounds they sustained helping to serve a warrant on a man with a long criminal history.

  • Jack LaLanne dies at 96; brought fitness to masses

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack LaLanne was prodding Americans to get off their couches and into the gym decades before it was cool. And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades past most Americans' retirement age.

    The fitness fanatic ate well and exercised — and made it his mission to make sure everyone did the same — right up to the end at age 96, friends and family said.

  • Trinity debate moves to council

    Public opinion of the street design options for the NM 502 Corridor study swerve in all directions. Some individuals embrace the recommended alternatives presented in the plan, while others seek to pave the way for their own vision of the revamped roadway.

    The study focuses on a 4.2-mile stretch of state highway from the county line to Diamond Drive, and includes Trinity Drive which courses through downtown Los Alamos.

  • Key Piece of Laser Weapon Built

    Thanks to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Navy took a big step in its quest to build a powerful new anti-aircraft gun.
    LANL scientists have achieved a breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of producing the electrons needed to generate powerful megawatt-class laser beams for the Navy’s next-generation weapon system.
    The Dec. 20 milestone, which happened months ahead of schedule, was highlighted in a two-day preliminary design review Jan. 20-21 in Virginia.

  • Postal officials remain mum on late delivery issues

    Inordinately late mail delivery continues to plague Los Alamos County and the postal service is remaining mum as to the cause.

    The Los Alamos Monitor attempted to speak with local Postmaster Jim Hunter last week and was told that he was prohibited from speaking to reporters. The Monitor has not heard back from Barbara Wood of the main post office in Albuquerque who said she would contact Hunter to find out what’s causing the delivery delay.