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Today's News

  • Starting the year off right

    The Piñon Panthers started out the new year doing good deeds for the needy. Prior to the break, Kristen Martines and her second and third graders did a community service project collecting pajamas for Safe House in Albuquerque.

  • Tennis: Federer edges Simon in 5 sets at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer admitted he was lucky to escape with a victory at the Australian Open on Wednesday, edging Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round.

    Early on it seemed as if Simon, who had beaten Federer in their only two previous meetings, would send the Swiss star packing out of a Grand Slam before the third round for the first time since the French Open in 2003 — a total of 31 majors.

  • Giffords will move to Houston rehab center

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be moved Friday to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston to begin the next phase of her recovery from a gunshot wound, barring medical issues that would delay the move, her family said Wednesday.

  • Football: NFL players' union files collusion claim

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL players' union filed a collusion claim against the league's owners, another move in the back-and-forth between the sides as they near the expiration of their labor contract.

    The union originally had until December — 90 days after the start of the season — to accuse teams of conspiring to restrict players' salaries last offseason, but the league agreed to extend that deadline.

  • Family of slain Palestinian seeks murder charge

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Relatives of a Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli police still hope to have the officer who killed him tried for murder, their lawyer said Wednesday, even though the officer was cleared by Israeli authorities.

  • Pa. abortion doc charged with 8 counts of murder

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Tennis: Mother's 'fight' plea pays off for Venus

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams was in the middle of a first-set tiebreaker at the Australian Open on Wednesday when her mother yelled some encouragement from the players' box at Rod Laver Arena.

  • Obama hosts Hu as world powers seek common ground

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House Wednesday with full honors, a red carpet and a color guard. But the two leaders wasted no time in delivering pointed messages to each other at the start of daylong meetings to address trade, security and human rights issues that have been the cause of past strain between the two powers.

  • 2010 ends as 2nd worst year for home construction

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders began work last year on the second fewest number of homes in more than half a century, as the weak economy kept people from buying houses.

    Builders broke ground on a total of 587,600 homes in 2010, just barely better than the 554,000 started in 2009. Those are the two worst years on records dating back to 1959.

  • House to vote on repealing Obama's health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own.

    The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to power in Congress. Democrats, who hung on to the Senate, have vowed to block the GOP drive.