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Today's News

  • Lohan avoids jail, ordered back to rehab

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lindsay Lohan sidestepped another jail stint Friday when a California judge sent the 24-year-old troubled starlet back to rehab, telling her she was an addict and faced jail time if she relapsed again.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ordered Lohan to remain at the Betty Ford Center until Jan. 3 and report back to court in late February.

    "You are an addict, I hope you understand that," Fox told Lohan.

  • Health insurers spending more money on GOP campaigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

    They may get more than they're wishing for.

  • US ups Pakistani military aid by $2 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the plan during the latest round U.S.-Pakistani strategic dialogue. The administration will ask Congress for $2 billion for Pakistan to purchase U.S.-made arms, ammunition and accessories from 2012 to 2016, Clinton said.

  • Williams: NPR was looking for reason to fire him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted NPR analyst Juan Williams said Friday that he believes his former employer had been looking for a reason to fire him and used comments he made this week about Muslim airline passengers as an excuse to do so. Meanwhile, a U.S. senator said he would start the ball rolling to cut federal funding to the network.

  • Poll: Americans split on health care repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First it was President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it's the Republican cry for repeal.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care.

  • NM gov candidates tangle in final TV debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's candidates for governor jabbed at each other Thursday while tangling over familiar themes — jobs, spending and governmental ethics — in their final debate of the campaign.

    Republican Susana Martinez linked Democrat Diane Denish, the lieutenant governor since 2003, to Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and double-digit spending increases that occurred during what she called the "Richardson-Denish" administration.

  • Tab for Fannie, Freddie could soar to $259B

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government spelled out Thursday just how much the most expensive rescue of the financial crisis will end up costing taxpayers — as much as $259 billion for mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    That figure would be nearly twice the amount Fannie and Freddie have received so far. To date, the rescue of the two companies has cost taxpayers $135 billion. They have repaid $13 billion to the Treasury Department as dividends.

  • Volleyball: Toppers sweep, earn district crown

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its third straight District 2AAAA title and a postseason berth by sweeping the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos started out slow in the first set of Wednesday’s match, played at Griffith Gymnasium, but bounced back to win 25-21. It took the next two sets by counts of 25-15.
    With the regular season district title and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2AAAA tournament secure, the Hilltoppers can now turn at least one eye toward the upcoming Class AAAA playoffs, which are scheduled to get going Nov. 11.

  • Keep it within the fence posts

    Unlike Congress, the New Mexico Legislature is not teetering on the brink of a Republican coup this year. Democrats have firm control  of both houses.
    Democratic control of the Senate is assured for next year because no Senate terms expire this year. Senators like it that way. All the statewide offices are up for election this year. So senators can take a free shot at them without having to relinquish their Senate seats.

  • Los Alamos County’s traffic control war room buzzes 24/7

    Hidden away in the back room of a nondescript building at the Pajarito Cliffs site the proverbial war room of the county’s traffic division is abuzz.

    A video wall shows an array of digital images and traffic monitor screens. While on a console, a row of computer monitors provides more information.

    Alipio Mondragon, traffic operations manager, mans this futuristic-looking system.

    What this Star Trek-like command center allows the transportation division personnel to do, Mondragon said, is to monitor traffic signals.