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Today's News

  • Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon.

  • No Daley on the ballot as Chicago votes for mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign to replace Mayor Richard Daley has unfolded unlike any in Chicago's history, and almost certainly will end with a mayor unlike anyone who's run City Hall before.

  • Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65, traps more

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — One of New Zealand's biggest cities lay in ruins Tuesday after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country's worst natural disaster in decades.

    The quake even shook a massive chunk of ice from New Zealand's biggest glacier, some 120 miles to the east of Christchurch, where most of the damage was reported.

  • Witnesses report bodies in the streets in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of slain protesters were left on the streets of the Libyan capital Tuesday and frightened residents hunkered down in their homes as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi sought to crush anti-government demonstrations by shooting on sight anyone outside, residents and an opposition activist said.

    Amid the crackdown, a defiant Gadhafi appeared on state TV in the early hours Tuesday to show he was still in charge, brandishing a large umbrella and wearing a cap with fur ear flaps, and denying reports he had left the country.

  • Boys basketball: LA holds on in final seconds to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team survived some scary final moments but hung on to win its opening round game of the District 2AAAA tournament Monday.

    Los Alamos topped Bernalillo 41-40 Monday night. Brandon Saiz of Bernalillo converted the first two of a 3-shot attempt from the foul line with 2.7 seconds left in regulation, but the third shot, to tie the ballgame, was just a hair long.

  • Skandera's qualifications questioned

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Questions are being raised in the Legislature over whether Gov. Susana Martinez's nominee for public education secretary meets state constitutional requirements for the job.

    The constitution says the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator." But Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has never worked as a teacher or administrator in an elementary or secondary school.

  • Looking for a credit card? It pays to be rich

    NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to be rich if you need a credit card.

    A year after sweeping credit card regulations upended the industry, banks are showering perks and rewards on big spenders with sterling credit scores. And they're socking customers with spottier histories with higher interest rates, lower credit limits and new annual fees. In some cases the riskiest customers are being dropped altogether.

  • NM congressman says he's considering Senate race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich said Sunday he's considering running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Bingaman announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012 when his fifth term in the Senate expires.

  • Japan to dig site linked to WWII human experiments

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is starting to excavate the site of a former medical school that may reveal grisly secrets from World War II.

    The investigation begins Monday at the former school linked to Unit 731, a germ and biological warfare outfit during the war. Shadowy experiments conducted by the unit on war prisoners have never been officially acknowledged by the government but have been documented by historians and participants.

  • Basketball: Tourneys will start Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will host the first round of the District 2AAAA championship tournament Monday.
    The Hilltoppers, who finished fourth in the district regular season race, will host the Bernalillo Spartans Monday night. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Both the 2AAAA boys and girls tournaments will be played this week. The winners of the tournaments will get an automatic bid to the Class 4A state championship tournament, which is scheduled to start next weekend.