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  • Out and about 12-30-10

    Around Los Alamos

    The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a five-course dinner for New Year’s Eve celebrants. Tickets are $55 per person and include five courses and a glass of sparkling wine. Seating will be from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins will be accommodated if possible. For reservations call 662-6305.

    Out of town

  • Prosecutors seek death penalty for escapees

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Mexico have begun steps to seek the death penalty against two Arizona prison escapees and a woman who allegedly helped them escape.

    A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a superseding indictment against 45-year-old John Charles McCluskey, 42-year-old Tracy Allen Province and 44-year-old Casslyn Mae Welch.

    They are accused in the murders of Gary and Linda Haas, of Tecumseh, Okla., whose bodies were found with their burned-out recreational trailer near Santa Rosa.

  • O'Donnell: Spending accusations are 'thug' tactics

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers.

    The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched a criminal probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.

  • Initial jobless claims hit lowest level since July 2008

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in more than two years, a sign that the job market may be slowly improving.

    Applications dropped by 34,000 to 388,000, the fewest since July 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The level of applications has either fallen or remained unchanged in five of the past six weeks.

  • South Korea: North Korea builds up special forces

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has faster, more powerful tanks prowling the world's most heavily armed border and 200,000 special forces poised to carry out assassinations and cause havoc in South Korea, a major military review said Thursday.

  • US, Venezuela evict ambassadors in diplomatic spat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dared the U.S. to expel his ambassador in retaliation for his move to reject the U.S. envoy to the South American country.

    On Wednesday, that's just what the Obama administration did.

    Chavez issued his dare a day earlier, saying he would not allow the U.S. diplomat, Larry Palmer, to be ambassador because the U.S. official made what Chavez described as blatantly disrespectful remarks about Venezuela.

  • Be There 12-29-10

    Thursday
    “The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green,” a documentary featuring American and European solutions to energy problems, will be screened at 7 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The film will be introduced by the director and filmmaker, Brad Marshland. The event is free and open to the public, with donations welcome.
    Friday

  • Jingles for Jasmine

  • The victim: A poisoned painter

    Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series introducing the characters featured in Agatha Christie’s “Go Back For Murder” production at Los Alamos Little Theater.

    It wasn’t me, although I’m hardly innocent. In fact, I don’t know who the murderer was. What I do know is that I’m the one that’s dead. That’s right, I’m the one that got murdered. I am, or was, Amyas Crale.

  • BP oil spill ranks as the top story of 2010

    NEW YORK — The massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors.
    The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The health care bill was next, with 30 first-place votes. The U.S. election was third.
    In fourth place was the U.S. economy, which had been voted the top story of 2009.