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Today's News

  • Israel draws international rebuke over settlements

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League have rebuked Israel after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.

  • Stocks edge higher as jobless claims drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news on the labor market and efforts to get more Democrats to support the compromise on extending tax cuts have stocks edging higher in early trading Thursday.

    Before the market opened, the Labor Department reported that first time claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the second-lowest level this year. Claims fell to 421,000, below the 428,000 figure that Wall Street expected.

  • Massive budget bill faces opposition in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of House legislation to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year is now in the hands of the Senate, where it faces uncertain prospects.

    The House passed the bill Wednesday evening by a 212-206 vote. It would cap the annual operating budgets of federal agencies at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year — a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request.

  • Flight Diverted to Albuquerque Airport

    Continental Airlines Flight 1576, which departed San Jose this morning en route to Houston, was diverted and landed without incident in Albuquerque today.

    An unruly male passenger was removed from the plane and the flight continued without further delay.

    There were no injuries and the flight and passengers were not in any danger.

    The man is being interviewed by federal and local authorities.

    Albuquerque FBI officials said they will continue to investigate but, at this time, the incident does not appear to have any terrorism ties.

  • Basketball: LA teams head to tough tourney at Academy

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will be facing stiff competition this week when they travel to one of the premier tournaments in the state.
    The teams will take part in the Joe Armijo Invitational, which starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

  • Boys basketball: Topper boys pick up win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season and the first victory of head coach Matt King’s career by outlasting the Belen Eagles.
    The Hilltoppers did a lot of good things Tuesday night to make up for their struggling shooting as they knocked off the Eagles on the road 35-29. The Hilltoppers had their best team defensive effort of the season and did well on the boards to limit the Eagles’ offensive chances.

  • Forget taxes, deficits, debt - it’s time for a family movie or two

    Nothing like Christmas to test our fragile American psyches.
    While times remain hard for millions of us, stores have amped up the gift-giving hype because, well, they’ve been hit by hard times, too. What better way to make up for a hard year than by sending us the message that if we really, really care for someone...kaching! Guilt makes the sales soar, si?

  • Spirits of budgets past

    All this talk about budget cutting conjures up images of Aubrey Dunn Sr. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee back in the 1970s, he kept a hatchet on the table to remind his committee members – and everyone else – what they were there for.
    I’m imagining two ghosts of budgets past hovering over Roundhouse deliberations – Dunn and the equally no-nonsense John Mershon, once chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. Both hailed from Otero County, both were fiscally conservative Democrats.

  • Outcome of probe uncertain

    Los Alamos County Council did little Tuesday night to dispel the cloud of uncertainty over the fate of County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. Mortillaro has been the subject of an investigation on unspecified allegations for the past 12 weeks.

    Speculation and rumors escalated rapidly in the last week as the independent investigation came to a conclusion. First Line Resources, the outside firm that was hired to handle the probe, issued its 135-page report to county council last week.

  • Council schedules a special meeting for CIP projects

    To determine how to handle the 16 newest capital improvement project (CIP) applications, Los Alamos County Council agreed Tuesday night to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in council chambers to further discuss the proposed projects.
    County Administrator Tony Mortillaro recommended to the council during their regular meeting to approve a budget amendment of $690,000 for fiscal year 2011 to fund phase one studies for:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift, station, parking, cover and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements – $240,000;