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Today's News

  • Stocks dip after disappointing economic reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes dipped Tuesday after reports on consumer confidence and home prices fell below analyst estimates.

    The Conference Board announced that consumer's confidence in the economy slid in December to a level of 52.5, down from 54.3 in November. Economists were expecting the index to rise to 55.8. A reading on the index above 90 indicates a healthy economy.

  • The Force is strong: 'Empire' tapped for registry

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

  • Intel: 3 suspected US strikes kill 17 in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Three suspected U.S. missile strikes targeting a militant-riddled tribal region near the Afghan border killed 17 people Tuesday, including at least two who were retrieving bodies from the first attack, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    The strikes come in the final days of a year that has seen an unprecedented number of such drone-fired attacks as part of a ramped-up U.S. campaign to take out al-Qaida and Taliban fighters seeking sanctuary outside Afghanistan.

  • Obama's economist pick seen as sign of new agenda

    HONOLULU (AP) — Among the first announcements President Barack Obama will make upon returning from his Hawaiian vacation is his choice for top economic adviser, a decision that could signal a new direction for the administration as it struggles to jumpstart the economy and wrestle down unemployment.

  • WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

    Here's the latest from the National Weather Service:

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST TONIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE LIKELY BELOW 7500 FEET WITH 12 TO 18 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY OVER THE PEAKS AND ALONG THE WEST SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND CENTRAL JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

  • Martinez names warden to lead NM corrections

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has chosen the warden at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants to lead the state Department of Corrections.

    If the nomination is confirmed by the state Senate, Lupe Martinez, 49, would become the first woman confirmed as a corrections secretary in New Mexico's history.

  • Martinez names warden to lead NM corrections

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez announced Monday she is nominating the warden at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants to lead the state Department of Corrections.

    If the nomination is confirmed by the state Senate, Lupe Martinez would become the first woman confirmed as a corrections secretary in New Mexico's history.

    Lupe Martinez, no relation to the governor-elect, has 25 years of experience in the corrections department.

  • Flights resume--as do long lines--after blizzard

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Angela Madsen was pulled off her plane and her wheelchair stayed on board, she knew she was in for a rough night. The paraplegic athlete struggled to get into the bathrooms at Kennedy Airport. Turning the wheels on her borrowed wheelchair strained her shoulders. Sleeping was impossible.

    "I actually got out of it and laid on the floor," Madsen said.

  • Christmas spirit alive, well in LA

    Holiday sentiment blossoms this time of year as service clubs, churches, schools, businesses and county and laboratory employees focus on families and individuals in need.
     Bake sales are numerous. Families are adopted. Fund drives are held. Food, clothing and toys are collected. These compassionate gestures brighten the season for both receivers and givers.

  • Outgoing Councilors Celebrated

    It’s been a significant year for Los Alamos County Council. Councilors made big decisions on everything from moving ahead with a prospective developer for the Trinity Redevelopment Site to firing County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.
    The year even ended with a bang — not only did councilors approve a contract for the municipal building design-build at their final meeting but they also said goodbye to four of its members.
     “This has been a challenging year for council,” outgoing councilor Michael Wheeler said.