Today's News

  • Topes Notes 08-16-11

    Isotopes win third straight to close out series with Fresno

  • LA, Goddard will face off in first round of Cernicek Invite

    Los Alamos High School announced the slate for this year’s Louie Cernicek Invitational tournament last week, and, as usual, it’s another solid crop of opponents.
    The Louie Cernicek Invitational, hosted by the Hilltopper boys soccer team, is usually one of the most competitive tournaments held in northern New Mexico. This year’s tournament is no exception.
    This is the 15th year for Los Alamos’ boy soccer tournament, which was known as the Mountain Top Invitational until 1997.
    Currently, all but one of the tournament’s games are scheduled to be played at Sullivan Field, although it is unknown if renovations at Sullivan Field will be completed by the Sept. 2 first round.

  • Authorities recover stolen Rembrandt worth $250K

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't some bold theft carried out by burglars breaking into a heavily-fortified museum with high-tech alarms to swipe a masterpiece. It was a low-tech caper involving a distraction, an accomplice or two and a small sketch — an 11-by-6-inch drawing.

    What was remarkable was the signature on the artwork: Rembrandt.

  • Santa Fe Strip club shooter still at large

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police continue looking for a man wanted in a strip club shooting.

    Police thought they had located 27-year-old Ricky Leyba at his Santa Fe home Monday. They surrounded the residence, but Leyba wasn't inside.

    Police tell the Santa Fe New Mexican they have an arrest warrant for Leyba in the shooting of two men early Friday in the parking lot of a strip club.

    The wounded men were shot multiple times and remain hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

  • Gunfire in Syrian coastal city; 35 dead in 4 days

    BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy machine-gun fire erupted across the besieged Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 35 from a military assault now in its fourth day, residents and activists said.

    President Bashar Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Despite broad condemnation, the regime is trying to retake control in rebellious areas by unleashing tanks, ground troops and snipers.

    Assad has launched military operations in the opposition stronghold of Hama, the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, the central city of Homs and now the port city of Latakia.

  • US stock futures fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures fell Tuesday after more evidence pointed to a slowing global economy and threatened to halt the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter, dragging down growth for Europe. That offset strong profit reports from blue-chip U.S. companies, and it may also erase hopes that the market had finally calmed down since Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating less than two weeks ago.

  • Police: Kidnapper thwarted by alert neighbor--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a suspected kidnapper was thwarted by a man who witnessed a 6-year-old girl being pushed into a van and then quickly alerted authorities.

    Albuquerque police officer Robert Gibbs tells KRQE that suspect Phil Garcia tried to coax the girl into a green van late Monday afternoon before pushing her into the vehicle.

    Gibbs says an alert neighbor, who was not identified, got into his own car and began following the van while also calling 911.

    According to Gibbs, Garcia notice he was being followed and tried lose the car but instead crashed about a mile and a half from where the girl was taken.

  • To be frank, it's a dog fight

    CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's largest hot dog makers argued about the meaning of "100 percent pure beef" and the merits of ketchup Monday in a lawsuit over advertising claims stemming from their years of dog-eat-dog competition.

    Attorneys for Sara Lee Corp., which makes Ball Park franks, and Kraft Foods Inc., which makes Oscar Mayer, superimposed giant hot dogs on a courtroom screen as they delivered opening remarks in a case that could clarify how far companies can go when boasting about their products.

  • Gov. Martinez sets special session for Sept. 6

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Monday she's calling the Legislature back to work in a special session starting Sept. 6.

    The Republican governor's announcement of the date for the session puts an end to speculation on when lawmakers will return to the Capitol to deal with the politically thorny task of redistricting and a host of issues Martinez wants the Legislature to consider, including a package to finance capital improvement projects in the state.

    The Legislative Council, a leadership group, had recommended a Sept. 12 session start date.

  • Stocks rise after acquisition spree

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising after companies announced a series of acquisitions totaling more than $19 billion.

    The Dow Jones industrial average is up 104 points, or 0.9 percent, to 11,375 at midday in New York. The S&P 500 is up 13, or 1.1 percent, to 1,192. The Nasdaq is up 17, or 0.7 percent, to 2,525.

    The biggest deal of the day is Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings. Time Warner Cable, Cargill and Transocean also announced purchases of more than $1 billion.