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Today's News

  • Tea partiers a factor in Congressional races

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doubters who thought the tea party would fade away can forget it. More than 70 of its favored candidates are on Nov. 2 ballots, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press.

  • Iran will be ready to resume nuclear talks soon

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday that Tehran was ready to resume talks about its nuclear program with the international community within a matter of weeks.

    "From our point of view October or November is a good time for the re-establishment of negotiations," Mottaki said.

  • Soldier says he was ordered to delete Fort Hood videos

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier who recorded the terror of last year's deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

  • Government reports $1.3 trillion budget deficit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for the just-completed budget year.

    That means the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent as tax revenues continued to lag while spending on food stamps and unemployment benefits went up as joblessness neared double-digit levels in a struggling economy.

  • Government to report on $1 trillion-plus deficit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is set to report Friday that the federal budget deficit exceeded $1 trillion for the second straight year, providing critics of government spending with fresh ammunition ahead of the midterm congressional elections.

    The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the 2010 budget year that ended Sept. 30 will total $1.29 trillion. That's down by $125 billion from the $1.4 trillion in 2009 — the highest deficit on record.

  • Consumer prices, excluding gas, flat last month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices, excluding energy, were flat in September for the second straight month, a sign that cost-conscious consumers are making it difficult for businesses to charge more.

  • Football: Will allegations sack Favre's marketability?

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Over 20 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Brett Favre has taken plenty of hits on the field.

    Now his reputation is taking a hit, too.

    The NFL is investigating the Deadspin website report that he allegedly sent below-the-waist naked photos of himself to a woman who worked for the New York Jets when he played for the team two years ago.

  • Bernanke: Fed wrestles with size of aid program

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is prepared to take further steps to rejuvenate the economy by buying Treasury bonds but is wrestling with how big the program should be, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

    Bernanke also indicated that Fed policymakers are trying to craft a plan to lift inflation from super-low levels. He made his remarks in a speech delivered to a Fed conference in Boston.

  • It's official: No increase for Social Security next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 58 million retirees and disabled Americans will get no increase in Social Security benefits next year, the second year in a row without a raise.

    The Social Security Administration said Friday inflation has been too low since the last increase in 2009 to warrant an increase for 2011. The announcement marks only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

  • Council candidates forum attracts standing room crowd

    The Los Alamos Monitor and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsored a council candidates forum Thursday evening that focused on economic issues.

    Read the full story in Friday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.