Today's News

  • Christie: 'Now is not my time' for White House bid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced he would not run for president, refusing to bow to pressure from GOP donors, fans and luminaries clamoring for another option in the search for a strong Republican to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

    "Now is not my time," Christie told reporters at the New Jersey Statehouse.

    His decision means that three months before voting is set to begin, the Republican race remains focused on two men — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

  • Fracking cracks open the crannies

    “Fracking” is shoptalk for hydraulic fracturing. The technology uses mixtures of fluids and sand under pressure to crack rocks underground and prop open the cracks.
    In the right rocks, the technique frees natural gas trapped in mini-pockets and adds greatly to the nation’s supply of the popular fuel.
    It works too for extracting oil. The industry proudly promotes fracking. A persistent TV ad shows a lady riding a see-through elevator deep into the Earth to highlight the value of fracking while suggesting no risks.
    But everything has risks. The chance of error and unknowns lurks on every side.
    The policy questions are what are the risks, who bears the risks and how can the total risk be cut.

  • Rumbling In

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang gets by the Albuquerque Academy defense en route to a first quarter score Friday night. Mang scored three touchdowns in Friday’s Homecoming game as the Hilltoppers picked up a 36-20 win over Academy’s Chargers, its biggest win of the season to date. Los Alamos takes on Bernalillo in its District 2-4A opener Friday night at Sullivan Field.

  • Tampa Bay keeps Colts winless

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Call it ugly. Call it sloppy. Call it anything you want.
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t care. Close games, rallies, penalty-filled performances, as long as they end with celebrations, the Bucs will take them all.
    Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a score, and the Buccaneers rallied to beat the winless Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.
    Freeman picked up the tough yards, Blount had the highlight play and the defense ended the night with four sacks. Together, they helped the Buccaneers win their third consecutive game.

  • Lawrence, Stam combine to win golf course’s Oktoberfest

    The duo of Jim Lawrence/John Stam rolled to a big victory at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s Oktoberfest tournament.
    The tournament was held this weekend at LAGC. Teams of two were selected by blind draw with the two net scores for the players combined to calculate the teams’ totals.
    Lawrence/Stam finished with a net total of 129, topping runner-up team Randy Balice/Jon Rau by 10 shots. Lawrence had a net 63 and Stam finished with a net 66 to win the tournament going away.
    Oktoberfest is the final big event of the year at the golf course.

  • State Notes 10-04-11

    Lobo men’s hoops tickets go on sale Wednesday

    ALBUQUERQUE – The University of New Mexico will put 2011-12 men’s basketball season tickets on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    Tickets will go on sale at the Lobos’ ticket office, located at The Pit in Albuquerque. Tickets may also be purchased online at golobos.com or by calling the ticket office at 505-925-5858.
    The Lobos, who have won at least 22 games in each of head coach Steve Alford’s first four years at the school, are returning senior Drew Gordon and last year’s Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Kendall Williams.

  • Bernanke says economic recovery close to faltering

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the economic recovery "is close to faltering" and the central bank is prepared to take further steps to support it.

    The economy is growing more slowly than the Federal Reserve had expected, Bernanke said Tuesday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee. He said the biggest factor depressing consumer confidence is poor job growth.

    "We need to make sure that the recovery continues and doesn't drop back and that the unemployment rate continues to fall downward," Bernanke said.

  • Protests against Wall Street spread across US--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Protests against Wall Street entered their 18th day Tuesday as demonstrators across the country show their anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed by marching on Federal Reserve banks and camping out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine.

    Demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the week as more groups hold organizational meetings and air their concerns on websites and through streaming video.

  • Kercher family perplexed by verdict freeing Knox

    PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — One family's judicial triumph has left another stunned and wondering who exactly murdered a daughter and sister who had only just arrived in Italy for a study abroad program.

    Meredith Kercher's brutal stabbing death on Nov. 1, 2007 left her family in shock and — four years later — still searching for answers after the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were overturned, allowing the two to walk free.

    The Kerchers have also lamented the fact that the 21-year-old victim had fallen into oblivion, with Knox the center of worldwide media attention.

  • Studies of universe's expansion win physics Nobel--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three U.S.-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for overturning a fundamental assumption in their field by showing that the expansion of the universe is constantly accelerating.

    Their discovery created a new portrait of the eventual fate of the universe: a place of super-low temperatures and black skies unbroken by the light of galaxies moving away from each other at incredible speed.

    Physicists had assumed for decades that the expansion of the universe was getting ever-slower, meaning that in billions of years it would resemble today's universe in many important ways.