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Today's News

  • Deficit-cutting plan fails to advance to Capitol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action on its austere spending blueprint, but the plan will live on because a bipartisan majority on the panel embraced it.

  • Obama visits troops in Afghanistan, phones Karzai

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.

    Plans for a face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were scrapped at the last minute. Instead, the two leaders spoke by phone, Obama at the air base and Karzai in Kabul.

  • Unemployment hits seven-month high

    NEW YORK (AP) — An rise in the U.S. unemployment rate pushed most stocks down Friday as investors moved money into safer assets.

    The unemployment rate climbed to a seven-month high in November as employers added just 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected a gain of 145,000.

    The unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent.

  • Stock fall after unexpected rise in unemployment

    NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected increase in the U.S. unemployment rate pushed stock prices down and lifted prices of safer assets Friday.

    The unemployment rate climbed to a seven month high in November as employers added only 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected that 145,000 were added last month. The unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent in October.

  • WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks

    LONDON (AP) — Wikileaks struggled to stay online Friday as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web.

  • NM's governor-elect plans outdoor inauguration

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has planned an outdoor inauguration Jan. 1 on the Santa Fe Plaza.

    Her inaugural committee on Thursday released a preliminary schedule of activities for the day, which begins at 10 a.m. with her public swearing-in ceremony.

    "The plaza is a very traditional setting that will allow more New Mexicans to participate in what will be a historic event," Martinez spokesman Danny Diaz said.

  • Boys basketball: 'Toppers fall at home vs. Horsemen, 43-30

    Despite what could’ve been a disastrous first quarter Wednesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team pulled things together in the second half to make a game of it against the St. Michael’s Horsemen.

  • Government isn’t all bad

    Sometimes my friends on the right get a little tiresome with the continuing litany that government is bad. That isn’t entirely true. Government does do some good stuff beyond the basic missions of education, health care, public safety and infrastructure.
    Nor is it true that when government does something good, such as cut taxes, all is sweetness and light. Here I’m referring to the current argument from Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation that the Richardson tax cuts explain New Mexico’s climb in state per capita income ranks the past few years.

  • What happens with muni case could impact local charter

    Is the muni petition “illegal?”  There are those opposed to the petition who certainly would like it to be. George Chandler certainly thinks it is. I disagree.

  • 'Tis the season for the Nutcracker