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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Freedom of stupidity

    Freedom of speech is “the right to communicate ideas and opinions without government intervention.” There are limits of course. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded room just for fun.  Public obscenity can land you a hefty fine. And I wouldn’t suggest that you crack jokes about having a gun while in an airport.

  • Football: LA honors its top performers of '10

    Following the conclusion of the 2010 football, the Gridiron Booster Club recognized the 2010 Hilltopper football teams for their efforts on and off the field.
    “This is about honoring these young men,” said head coach Garett Williams. “That’s what we’re celebrating tonight, their commitment. Hopefully they’re learning something every time they step out on the field.”
    In all, 39 varisty awards were presented throughout the evening both offensively and defensively.

  • Ski report 01-28-11

    Angel Fire
    27-32 inch base of packed powder and machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 50 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    15-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported.

    Pajarito
    16-inch base of variable conditions. Operations have been suspended pending more snowfall.

    Red River
    25-30 inch base of packed powder and machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 35 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak