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Today's News

  • Obama, McChrystal, start private Oval Office talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With his future as the top U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan uncertain, Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrived at the White House Wednesday to explain his biting complaints about President Barack Obama and his aides directly to the commander in chief.

    The general was meeting with Obama in the Oval Office before attending the president's regular monthly war meeting. McChrystal usually participates by videoconference.

  • May new home sales collapse as tax credits expire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits.

    The bleak report from the Commerce Department is the first sign of how the expiration of federal tax credits could affect the nation's housing market.

    The credits expired April 30. That's when a new-home buyer would have had to sign a contract to qualify.

  • Council questions CIP process

    The Municipal Building has been a hot topic for Los Alamos residents ever since the old building near Ashley Pond was demolished. Plans for a new Municipal Building are moving along, much to the chagrin of some residents.

    Petitions have been circulated, signed and presented to council in an effort to get councilors to reconsider the decisions made regarding the building. Now there’s a new petition that’s come before council that questions whether councilors followed the county’s Capital Improvement Projects process.

  • McChrystal out; Petraeus picked for Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired — and tightly disciplined — Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort.

  • Donovan injury-time goal puts US in 2nd round

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Over and over, everything seemed to go against them.

    A referee took away a win last week, and a linesman disallowed another goal Wednesday.

    Now there was just 3½ minutes left in their World Cup, just that much remaining until all the doubts about American soccer would rise again.

  • Relief greets Obama pick for new war commander

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — America's Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal.

    By naming Petraeus, President Barack Obama managed to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal without derailing the mission at a critical juncture in the war, when casualties are rising and public support in the West is waning.

  • Mortgage interest rates dip to record lows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest level on record, giving consumers added incentive to lock in low payments for home purchases and refinanced loans.

    The average rate for 30-year fixed loans sank to 4.69 percent, from 4.75 percent last week, mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday.

    That's the lowest point since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971. The previous record of 4.71 percent was set in December. Rates for 15-year and five-year mortgages also hit lows.

  • Primary turnout up from 2006

    SANTA FE — More New Mexicans turned out to vote in the June primary than they did four years ago when Republicans and Democrats cast ballots in a gubernatorial election year, according to official results released Tuesday.

    About 28 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans participated in the primary.

  • County Council catches up

    Faced with what appeared to be a daunting agenda, Los Alamos County Councilors instead made swift work of 11 public hearings during Wednesday night’s special meeting at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock. Public turnout was sparse for discussion of various amendments to the county charter that were billed as “clean up” of language that was either ambiguous or in conflict with state law.

  • Breaking News FEDS BUST LOS ALAMOS YOUTH MINISTER ON CHILD PORN CHARGES; Update: Video added to story

    The arraignment Thursday of a Los Alamos youth minister on child pornography charges has sent shock waves rippling through this close-knit community. The minister and former teacher was apprehended June 23 at his residence in White Rock by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

    The arrest of Matthew Nichols, 58, came just a day after a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges, including distributing and attempting to distribute, receiving, and possessing child pornography.