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Today's News

  • BATHTUB ROW STANDOFF ENDS WITHOUT INCIDENT

    Los Alamos Police have successfully concluded negotiations with a local man who had barricaded himself inside a residence at 1350 Bathtub Row. Police subdued Richard Morse shortly before noon when he left his residence to dispose of some trash.

    Police officials said Morse, 75, had threatened to shoot police, but that no shots were fired since the situation began unfolding at about 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

  • Higher energy and food costs lift wholesale prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spike in oil and food costs pushed wholesale prices up last month by the biggest amount in nearly a year, a trend that could threaten the still-fragile global economy.

    The Producer Price Index, which measures price changes before they reach consumers, rose 1.1 percent in December, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was up from a 0.8 percent rise in November and was the largest increase since January 2010.

  • Jobless claims rise as employers cut holiday help

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week after retailers shed temporary holiday employees.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people seeking benefits jumped by 35,000 to a seasonally adjusted 445,000 for the week ending Jan. 8. It was the highest level since late October.

    The increase comes after applications had fallen to their lowest levels in two years over the winter holidays. Applications usually rise in early January once the holiday season ends.

  • Banks repossess 1 million homes in 2010, peak numbers yet to come

    NEW YORK (AP) — The bleakest year in foreclosure crisis has only just begun.

    Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and more will miss payments as they struggle with job losses and loans worth more than their home's value, industry analysts forecast.

    "2011 is going to be the peak," said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc.

  • New England digs out from winter storm

    BOSTON (AP) — Much of New England continued to dig out from under more than 2 feet of snow and children in hundreds of communities enjoyed a second day off from school Thursday as power companies worked to restore energy to homes and businesses darkened by the region's third snowstorm in three weeks.

  • Neighboring states gleeful over Ill. tax increase

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While many states consider boosting their economies with tax cuts, Illinois officials are betting on the opposite tactic: dramatically raising taxes to resolve a budget crisis that threatened to cripple state government.

    Neighboring states gleefully plotted Wednesday to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.

  • Gov’s prosecutorial roots surface

    During the recent campaign, New Mexicans heard a great deal from their Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez and Diane Denish, about the proposals they would submit to the 2011 legislature for dealing with the state’s wickedly unbalanced budget.
    Those proposals, with variations on themes, boiled down to promises neither to hike taxes nor to cut spending on education and Medicaid. Hardly anyone versed in the realities of New Mexico’s budget woes considered the candidates’ budget balancing notions in the least plausible.  

  • Girls basketball: Hilltoppers knock off Eagles at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team put together its most dominant performance of the season Tuesday in topping Belen.
    Los Alamos held Belen to just 17 points in the first half at home Tuesday. Meanwhile, Hilltopper Erin Kirk turned in a double-double performance with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Los Alamos knocked off Belen’s Eagles 60-46 at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Boys basketball: LA dropped by St. Pius X on road, 46-27

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell in an important game against one of its chief rivals Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos faced off against former District 2AAAA foe St. Pius X in a big Class 4A contest, but wound up on the short end of a 46-27 decision at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.
    The loss was the third straight and fourth in the last five contests for the Hilltoppers (4-12), who have been held to under 40 points for each of the four losses on the current slide.

  • N.M. 502 study gets more input

    The community voiced their opinions on the different options for N.M. 502 Corridor Tuesday night. The options will be presented to Los Alamos County Council Jan. 25.
    During the meeting Tuesday, a representative of MIG, the consulting company for the N.M. 502 Corridor study, presented three options that council will consider for further research.