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Today's News

  • Stocks fall sharply as Europe worries deepen

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell sharply in morning trading Tuesday as worries deepened about Europe's debt crisis and the weak U.S. economy. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell and gold rose as investors sought safety.

    An hour after the opening bell, the Dow was down 274 points, or 2.4 percent, to 10,961. All 30 stocks that make up the Dow average fell.

    The S&P 500 lost 30, or 2.6 percent, to 1,143. The Nasdaq composite fell 56, or 2.3 percent, to 2,424.

  • Romney unveils economic plan ahead of Obama speech

    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday will call for lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating capital gains taxes for middle-class Americans as part of a plan to try to lift the struggling economy as well as create jobs.

    Romney will detail 59 specific proposals aimed at fixing the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate, now at 9.1 percent. He gave a broad outline of his 160-page plan in a Tuesday morning opinion piece in USA Today and was to speak later in the day at McCandless International Trucks.

  • Poll: OK to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveillance cameras in public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe. Snooping in personal email? Not so fast.

    The same Americans who are increasingly splashing their personal lives across Facebook and Twitter trace a meandering path when asked where the government should draw the line between protecting civil liberties and pursuing terrorism.

    Ten years after the 9/11 attacks led to amped-up government surveillance efforts, two-thirds of Americans say it's fitting to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in the fight against terrorism, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • Fires destroy more than 1,000 homes in Texas--video extra

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a news conference near one of the fire-ravaged areas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said more than 100,000 acres have burned in the drought-stricken state.

    The Texas Forest Service says nearly 600 of the torched homes were in Bastrop County, some 25 miles from Austin. The agency said that blaze was still uncontained Tuesday. It was the most destructive fire of the year for a state that has had more than 3 million acres burned, said state emergency management chief Nim Kidd.

  • Legislators convene special session

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature convened Tuesday for a special session focusing on the politically charged task of redistricting, which will influence elections and public policy in New Mexico for the next decade.

    As lawmakers returned to work, House and Senate Democratic leaders said redistricting was their top priority although Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants the Legislature to consider a host of other issues besides drawing new boundaries of congressional, legislative and other elective office districts.

  • Flood Advisory Issued for LA County

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WEST CENTRAL LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 745 PM MDT

    * AT 542 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. LOOK FOR UP TO A HALF AN INCH AS THE STORM MOVES FROM NORTH TO SOUTH.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

  • Water, water not quite everywhere

    When I was a kid I was “born again,” a process that involved being fully and totally immersed in water.
    Much more recently I was on the home stretch of an eight-mile walk in the hot sun when the minister I was walking with kindly poured her drinking water on my hot little head.
    Seldom does water feel so good as when splashed on an overheating noggin in the summertime. As soon as my hair was sopping wet, I certainly felt born anew, able to complete the walk with at least a tiny smidgen of spring in my step.
    Just a cup or two of water, supplied at the crucial time and applied to best advantage, made all the difference in the world.

  • Fair wages are an American tradition

    The first Monday of September, Americans celebrate the workers who make our country strong.
    On Labor Day, we are proud of the traditions that brought us the eight-hour work day, paid vacation and sick days and minimum wage and overtime protections.
    These basic labor standards helped to make our country the wealthiest in the world by creating a vast middle class able to buy the goods and services that kept our economy growing.
    Unfortunately, 129 years after the first Labor Day celebrations, more and more American workers find themselves without some of these basic labor protections.

  • Word on the Street 09-04-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon, a homeschooled freshman, recently asked Los Alamos Middle School students a few questions.

  • Poetry Corner 09-04-11

    Study for a Love Sonnet

    Bards sing of tresses gold as sol’s noonday
    Or locks as onyx-black as midnight’s sea
    Or waves that flow as red as setting day
    Thy hair of brown that you call dirt suits me.

    Bards sing of orbs as green as emerald’s glow
    Or brilliant blue with heaven’s deepest shine
    Or golden brown as fur upon a doe
    Thine eyes of black that you call pitch are fine.

    The head of Barbie thinks no more than stone
    Thy mind teems with many an author’s art
    Thy wit a knife held at the keenest hone
    Thy tongue a spear that strikes right to the heart.

    O take their goddess, O take their Barbie;