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Today's News

  • Comcast takes control of NBC Universal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest cable TV company, Comcast Corp., took control of NBC Universal after the government shackled its behavior in the coming years to protect online video services such as Netflix and Hulu.

    The deal closed shortly before midnight EST on Friday.

    The takeover gave the cable-hookup company 51 percent control of NBC Universal, which owns the nation's fourth-ranked broadcaster, NBC; the Universal Pictures movie studio and related theme parks; and a bevy of cable channels including Bravo, E! and USA.

  • State child welfare agency under scrutiny

     

     

    SANTA FE — As a father finalized funeral arrangements for his 3-year-old son this week,New Mexico's governor is placing the state's child welfare agency under scrutiny in the investigation of the boy's death.

  • Tennis: Clijsters tops China's Li Na, wins Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday.

    The loss ended an outstanding run through the tournament by Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

    Li appeared to become upset with some of the Chinese spectators in the crowd in the third set and asked the chair umpire to intervene. She later complained about the flashes from photographers at center court.

  • Russia identifies airport bomber as Caucasus man

    MOSCOW (AP) — The suicide bomber who killed 35 people and wounded 180 at Moscow's largest airport was a 20-year-old man from the volatile southern Caucasus region, Russian investigators said Saturday.

    Breaking a five-day silence over the probe, federal investigators also said foreigners were deliberately targeted, marking an ominous new tactic in Russia's losing battle with extremism.

  • In turnabout, Dems say GOP has dropped job focus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans won dozens of elections last fall after claiming Democrats had focused too little on creating jobs. Now GOP lawmakers stand accused of the same charge, using their new House majority to push to repeal the president's health care law, restrict abortions and highlight other social issues important to their most conservative supporters.

    Republican leaders say they have a jobs agenda, kicked off by their attempt to unravel what they call the Democrats' "jobs-killing" health overhaul.

  • Winter weather poised to sweep through the area early next week

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement regarding an abrupt change in conditions early next week:

    BREATHTAKING COLD POSSIBLE NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY... ... BEST POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

  • Military lays out plan to implement gay ban repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Military training to apply the new law allowing gays to serve openly will begin in February and will move quickly, senior Pentagon leaders said Friday.

    They said there is no intent to delay but would not guarantee full implementation of the repeal this year.

    The hedge on scheduling came despite assertions by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech this week that the repeal of the 17-year-old ban will be finalized in 2011.

  • Taco Bell takes its beef with lawsuit to public

    Taco Bell says a legal beef over the meat in its tacos is bull.

    The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in at least nine major newspapers and launched a YouTube campaign featuring its president Friday to proclaim its taco filling is 88 percent beef.

    A false-advertising lawsuit filed last week that caused an online stir alleges the company's filling doesn't have enough beef to be called that. The lawsuit seeks to make the company stop calling it "beef," and pay the suing law firm's bill.

  • Just A Wag 01-28-11

    Judge renders sentence
    A Bernalillo County judge sentenced Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore to six months of probation. Following successful completion, the indecent exposure charge will be removed from his record.
          
    Charles Lujan retires
    Ofc. Charles Lujan retired today from the LAPD after more than 20 years of service, most recently as chief of animal control. He chose to retire quietly without any fanfare.
       
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  • Alternative lender helps kids find their castle

    Sandra Monica has a passion for working with children. That’s why after 15 years as an employee, Monica decided it was time to start a day care center of her own.
    Starting out was no easy task, but with her husband’s support and financing from The Loan Fund, Monica opened Kid’s Castle Child Development Center in Las Cruces.
    The center offers early education to children six weeks to 12 years of age. Kid’s Castle serves more than 100 children and employs approximately 25 full-time teachers.