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Today's News

  • European Central Bank extends special crisis measures

    LONDON (AP) — The European Central Bank stepped up efforts to contain the continent's government debt crisis, as bank president Jean-Claude Trichet announced it would prolong measures to provide ready cash to banks and steady the financial system.

    Markets were initially disappointed Thursday when Trichet did not say the bank would go even further and increase its purchases of government bonds. The euro sagged almost a cent during his news conference.

  • Iran arrests suspects over scientist's murder

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian security has made a number of arrests in the case of the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist, the country's intelligence chief said Thursday.

    Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said the arrests have given Iran's secret services "new clues" about the people involved in the deadly attacks, which it blames on Western intelligence agencies.

  • NMED renews WIPP permit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has renewed the hazardous waste permit for the federal government's nuclear waste repository east of Carlsbad.

    The new permit for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant goes into effect Dec. 31.

    It is the first time the plant had received a permit renewal. The current permit was issued in 1999, the year it opened.

  • Soccer: Mark your calendars, Qatar to host World Cup in 2022

    ZURICH (AP) — Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.

    FIFA's executive committee choose Qatar — a nation smaller than Connecticut, which has promised to overcome 130-degree heat with air conditioned stadiums — over the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea in a secret vote Thursday.

  • SKoreans dismissed intel North might attack island

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spies had information indicating North Korea might attack a front-line island in August, but the intelligence chief dismissed it as a routine threat.

  • Jump in holiday retail sales pushes stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks extended a rally Wednesday on signs that consumers are spending more this holiday season.

    Major retailers reported stronger sales for November in the latest encouraging signal on the economy. Stocks added to their gains in mid-morning trading after the National Association of Realtors said the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes jumped 10.4 percent in October.

  • Republican sees possibility of consensus on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate conservative said Thursday he believes President Barack Obama is ready to embrace the notion of keeping Bush era tax rates in place for everyone at least temporarily, including the wealthy, with no New Year's increases.

    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint told CBS's "The Early Show" he wants to "keep tax rates the same." The South Carolinian said he believes Obama "has come around to the idea that taxes can't be raised in a recession."

  • Retailers report strong November sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls, for a strong holiday shopping season.

  • Park-and-ride lot opens in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the City of Espanola have opened a $500,000 park-and-ride lot that commuters can use to board buses to Los Alamos, Pojoaque (poh-WAH-kay) and Santa Fe.

    The city donated 1.25 acres and the state provided funds for paving, lights and passenger shelters. The lot has parking spaces for 126 vehicles.

    Officials say about 105 passengers board park-and-ride buses in Espanola each day.

  • Fire station computers scrutinized in porn probe

    New information obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor Wednesday afternoon indicates that sexually explicit material may have been downloaded onto Los Alamos Fire Department computers.

    The report comes on the heels of charges filed Sunday against firefighter Brandon Gore for indecent exposure and the Oct. 18 charges of voyeurism and tampering with evidence that are pending against former Capt. Aaron Adair.