Today's News

  • LA girls top Raton to win at Capital, LA boys finish fifth

    The Los Alamos girls golf team held off Raton to take the top honors in the Capital City Invitational tournament, while a pair of Hilltoppers picked up qualification legs for the state tournament.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls competed in the Capital City tournament at Santa Fe Country Club Monday. In all, six boys teams competed in Monday’s event. In the girls event, five girls teams were scheduled to compete, but two teams showed up with only five players, while the fifth had a player disqualified and wasn’t eligible for the team title.
    Los Alamos’ Aislinn McDonald and Emma Haines both shot well enough to grab state qualification legs Monday. McDonald finished with a score of 92 and Haines fired a 93.

  • Bachmann slides ideas into 11-point economic plan

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Searching for a campaign boost, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann attached a catchy slogan Tuesday for a newly packaged 11-point proposal for repairing the U.S. economy.

    Her "American Jobs, Right Now" framework calls for tax accommodations that would give companies incentive to re-invest at home money that presently is earned abroad. She also would decrease government worker salaries, eliminate an inheritance tax and roll back a slate of federal regulations. That includes repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health law.

  • 7 survive 20 hours at sea clinging to boat, cooler--video extra

    MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Eight relatives had set out to fish in less-than-ideal conditions off the Florida Keys. It was raining, seas topped 7 feet and winds were whipping up to 38 mph.

    Before they knew it, two waves hit, capsizing their anchored 22-foot boat and knocking them into the sea about 3 1/2 miles offshore Saturday. Seven, including a 4-year-old, survived by clinging to their capsized vessel and a small blue cooler for nearly 20 hours, suffering exhaustion, jellyfish stings and hypothermia. A 79-year-old woman, the matriarch of the group, was missing and presumed drowned.

  • Lab finishes demolition of former admin building--video extra

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed demolition of its former Administration Building. Demolition of the 316,500-square-foot building that was home to seven Laboratory directors was completed five months ahead of the original schedule and significantly under budget.

    “After we removed all regulated, hazardous materials such as asbestos, our team was able to recycle about 95 percent of the building,” said Darrik Stafford, LANL’s project director for the demolition.

    “At more than 300,000 square feet, this was a sizable undertaking,” added John Gallegos of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “I am pleased with the results of this project.”

  • Sayre joins LANL for plant research

    Richard Sayre, one of the nation’s top specialists in algae and energy-producing plant research, has joined the Bioscience Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory to help boost cutting-edge research in this area.

    Cited by Nature magazine as “one of five crop researchers who could change the world,” Sayre brings a crew of postdoctoral researchers and a range of funding to LANL.

  • Republicans starting to pile on Romney

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican presidential race is quickly becoming a scattershot effort to deny Mitt Romney the GOP nomination by any means necessary.

    His rivals descended this week on what is essentially his home turf and they are ready to challenge the former Massachusetts governor on the economy, his central campaign theme, in a Tuesday night debate focused on that issue.

    But don't expect the criticism from Romney's opponents to stop there, given that time is quickly running out before the first votes are cast in the GOP nominating fight.

  • Senate Republicans likely to kill Obama jobs bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's jobs bill, facing a critical test in the Senate, appears likely to die at the hands of Republicans opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.

    Obama has been waging a campaign-style effort seeking to rally public support behind the $447 billion measure, which will be the subject of a Senate vote Tuesday. The plan combines payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses with $175 billion in spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers.

  • Search to begin in NM sex torture case

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agents are scheduled to comb through Elephant Butte Reservoir in southern New Mexico to search for possible victims of a man convicted of sexually torturing women.

    Dozens of agents are slated Tuesday to search area caves for any remains of missing victims of David Parker Ray.

    The FBI says it has received new information about possible victims who may have been buried in the area.

    Authorities have long believed that the Elephant Butte man, who died in 2002 while was serving life in prison for sexual torture, buried some of his victims. Ray boasted that he was responsible for around 40 victims.

  • Cruz hits grand slam in 11th, Texas beats Tigers

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

    Cruz doubled early, then hit a tying home run in the seventh inning. His second homer of the game was a high drive to left field off Ryan Perry with nobody out in the 11th, and came after a misplay in the Detroit outfield loaded the bases.

    "It was amazing," Cruz said. "First two pitches, I was too aggressive. I hit the ball — foul ball, foul ball. So after that, I told myself just slow down and try to hit a fly ball to the outfield."

  • TCU accepts invitation to join Big 12

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, ignoring the conference's recent instability and seizing an opportunity to be a part of a league with natural geographic rivals.

    Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. made the expected announcement in front a packed room of more than 200 people, and athletic director Chris Del Conte fought back tears as he recalled receiving the phone call from the Horned Frogs' new conference last week.

    "This is living proof that dreams do come true," he said.