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Today's News

  • Review: ‘Spanglish’ reveals a dysfunctional rainbow

    There are some really great Adam Sandler movies and then, as though to balance out the cinematic universe, some really tacky ones, where everyone looks embarrassed.
    But “Spanglish” is one of the greats.

  • Y sponsors Heart Smart poster contest

    The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade.
    The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart.” Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.)  Posters must be brought to the Y by Oct. 21.
    Winners will be notified Oct. 22 and will have their posters on display at the Health Fair on Oct. 23.

  • Panel: Gov't blocked worst-case oil spill figures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

  • Soccer: Liverpool board agrees on sale to Red Sox owners

    LONDON (AP) — Liverpool's board agreed to sell the debt-riddled Premier League club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, but may have to take legal action to force out the existing American owners.

    Current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. have already said they will resist the bid from New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Red Sox, and a separate bid from Asia.

  • Fluke storm saves September from drought

    Normally, it is early September when monsoon moisture diminishes in Los Alamos.
    And, as a rule of thumb, 2 inches of precipitation can be expected during September, splitting the difference between 3 inches during each of July and August and 1 inch during every other month.
    This year, however, the monsoon ended with the closing of August.
    A normally moist September threatened to go into the books as unusually dry until a tropical storm kicked moisture to the north on Sept. 22.

  • September retail sales edge up

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans kept spending carefully last month, buying electronics and back-to-school clothes but holding back on luxuries.

    Erratic weather and tepid economic news dampened sales, according to data released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which includes transactions in all forms including cash.

    But pockets of growth during the five weeks between Aug. 29 and Oct. 2 point to a modestly more robust holiday season this year than last.

  • Trio wins chemistry Nobel for key chemical tool

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing chemical methods widely used to make potential cancer drugs and other medicines, as well as slimmed-down computer screens.

    Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki were honored for their development four decades ago of one of the most sophisticated tools available to chemists today, called palladium-catalyzed cross couplings.

  • It's go-for-broke time on 9th anniversary of war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between.

    Fearing that his Western allies may in the end abandon him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started to prepare his nation for a withdrawal of international forces by shoring up relations with neighboring Pakistan and reaching out to insurgents interested in reconciliation.

  • Candidates contrast on issues in NM race for governor

    Diane Denish and Susana Martinez are locked in battle to become New Mexico's first woman governor. The issues loom large with a ballooning budget gap, taxes and a sputtering economy. Their approach to governance, for the most part, runs in lockstep with ideological differences in the political parties they each represent.

    The following is a snapshot look at the two candidates on key issues in the race for New Mexico governor:

    DEMOCRAT DIANE DENISH

  • Football: Roethlisberger looks sharp in 1st practice

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ten seconds were all Ben Roethlisberger needed to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers he wasn't affected by his month away from the NFL.

    On the first pass he threw Tuesday in his first post-suspension practice, Roethlisberger found fast wide receiver Mike Wallace far downfield for an over-the-shoulder catch of a perfectly thrown football.

    Right about then, his teammates probably were thinking the same thing: Ben is back.