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Today's News

  • Democrats make pre-election pitch to help seniors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are making a pre-election pitch to give Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250, part of a larger effort to convince senior voters that their party, and not Republicans, will best look out for the 58 million people who get the government retirement and disability benefits.

    The $250 check is meant to make up for a second year without a cost-of-living increase due to low inflation.

  • Lee fans 13 as Rangers take 2-1 ALCS lead on Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pitching in the postseason is supposed to be stressful. Cliff Lee is making this all look so easy.

    The ace of October overpowered the New York Yankees again, striking out 13 and sending the Texas Rangers to an 8-0 victory Monday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL championship series.

  • “Ninja burglar” fled to Los Alamos

    The Santa Fe boy dubbed the “ninja burglar” for reportedly donning a hood and black clothing and wielding an axe in the course of an alleged burglary was captured on 9th Street Saturday.

    “We received an anonymous tip about 2:30 p.m. that Shalom Katz was inside apartment #15 at 1203 9th St., and we dispatched officers to that address,” Los Alamos Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “When Cpl. Larry Baker and Cpl. Alfred Roybal arrived, the suspect was sitting outside in front of the apartment.”

  • Palin in Reno: Common sense 'endangered species' in D.C.

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin launched a 15-day Tea Party Express coast-to-coast campaign tour Monday in Reno, hoping to capitalize on government discontent and unify conservatives before the election.

    Headlining a rally outside county GOP headquarters, Palin told hundreds of supporters that common sense is an "endangered species" in Washington, D.C., and they should "keep the faith" as they go to the polls Nov. 2.

  • CPR switch: Chest presses first, then give breaths

    DALLAS (AP) — New guidelines out Monday switch up the steps for CPR, telling rescuers to start with hard, fast chest presses before giving mouth-to-mouth.

    The change puts "the simplest step first" for traditional CPR, said Dr. Michael Sayre, co-author of the guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.

  • Oklahoma, Oregon ahead of Boise St in BCS

    The first BCS standings are out and Boise State is already chasing a couple of teams from the power conferences.

    Oklahoma was first and Oregon was second Sunday, with Boise State in third place and in need of plenty of help to become the first team from a conference without an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid to play for the BCS title.

    Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS standings at collegebcs.com, said despite a better early season showing in the polls than ever before, Boise State is a long shot to play for the national championship.

  • Consortium set to design human trials of HIV vaccine

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Bette Korber is part of an international team of investigators working to design and implement the first human trial of a mosaic HIV vaccine candidate. The vaccine represents a novel strategy for fighting the virus that causes AIDS by attempting to address one of the most daunting challenges in HIV vaccine design: the virus’s extensive genetic diversity.

  • Accusations fly during gubernatorial debate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - With just over two weeks left until Election Day, New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates are using their first televised debate to woo any voters who have yet to make up their minds.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez appeared this evening on Albuquerque television station KOAT. They talked about government spending, the sputtering economy and education.

    Denish went on the offensive early, calling Martinez a liar and accusing her of siding with big corporations

  • Alleged “ninja” burglar captured at local apartment

    SANTA FE (AP) – An anonymous tip led police officers to a Los Alamos apartment where they caught a young man believed to be involved in a string of crimes in Santa Fe.

    A Los Alamos police officer confirmed the identity of the 17-year-old Shalom Katz, the alleged “ninja” burglar, on Saturday afternoon.

    Katz was arrested for concealing his identity, two days after he fled his Santa Fe home as officers were en route to arrest him.

    Police say the teenage fugitive dressed as a ninja and used a hatchet to rob a jewelry store.

  • Mullins says ideals can help him beat Lujan

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — During this election cycle, Tom Mullins is the closest thing New Mexico will see to a bona fide tea party candidate.

    The Republican nominee in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, Mullins is challenging first-term incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., for the House seat representing northern New Mexico and parts of the eastern plains.

    A petroleum engineer in Farmington, Mullins is making his first run for office after becoming involved as an organizer of San Juan County tea party events.