Today's News

  • Plunge on Wall Street threatens to spook consumers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the last thing a nervous consumer and a fragile economy needed: a confidence-killing nosedive on Wall Street.

    Americans struggling with lean wages, job insecurity and high gasoline prices have seen a 15-percent plunge in stock prices shrink their 401(k) accounts over the past 2½ weeks. When consumers feel less wealthy, they're less likely to buy new furniture, new appliances or new cars. And their spending drives about 70 percent of the economy.

    Murray Specktor, 58, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot, says he has enough money tucked away to support himself in retirement. But after the stock market's plunge, he's taking further precautions.

  • Stocks tank as markets enter bear market territory

    LONDON (AP) — Stocks tanked again Tuesday as many global markets entered official bear market territory after one of the worst days on Wall Street since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

    Asian markets briefly recouped many earlier losses and European stocks opened higher. That rally proved short-lived, as investors worried about the consequences of the U.S. credit downgrade, Europe's debt crisis and mounting expectations of a global recession.

    Many investors are looking for relatively safer assets to park their cash and the price of gold and the Swiss franc continued to rise to record levels.

  • Injured hiker airlifted to safety after Sunday mishap

    On Sunday afternoon a hiker broke his lower leg hiking near the Rio Grande below White Rock and was airlifted by Tristate CareFlight to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

    The unidentified hiker, who officials said is in his 40's,  and a friend hiked down the Blue Dot Trail from White Rock to the Rio Grande, where the injury occurred. Both hikers were very familiar with the Los Alamos County Trail System. The injured man’s hiking partner made a 911 cell phone call requesting rescue.

  • S&P also downgrades Fannie and Freddie, US-backed debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday downgraded the credit ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other entities linked to long-term U.S. debt.

    S&P also lowered the ratings for: farm lenders; long-term U.S. government-backed debt issued by 32 banks and credit unions; and three major clearinghouses, which are used to execute trades of stocks, bonds and options.

    All the downgrades were from AAA to AA+, reflecting the same downgrade S&P made of long-term U.S. government debt on Friday.

    The downgrade of the mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie reflected their "direct reliance" on the U.S. government, S&P said.

  • Dow plunges more than 600 points after downgrade--video extras

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged Monday as anxiety overtook investors on the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt.

    The Dow Jones industrials fell 634.76 points. It was the sixth worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst one-day drop since December 2008. Every stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index declined Monday.

    Investors worried about the slowing U.S. economy, escalating debt problems threatening Europe and the prospect that fear in the markets would reinforce itself, as it did during the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

  • 'Captain America' hits the big screen

    Comic book fans can now see Captain America in action on the big screen and in 3D. “Captain America: The First Avenger” was released worldwide on July 22.
    The action-adventure film takes place during World War II, where America is losing increasingly more men on the front lines.
    Steve Rogers is a scrawny, young man who wants to serve his country more than anyone else.
    He finally gets his chance when a German scientist who has defected to America notices him. The scientist is working on an experimental “super soldier” for the United States Army.

  • Word on the Street 08-07-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Madalina Ciuca recently asked Los Alamos High School students a few questions.

  • In freshman World History

    Philosophers were these somewhat smart guys, who saw the world with different eyes.
    The Enlightenment was all about figuring it out and these guys were determined to, without a doubt.

    From the French nobility came Montesquieu, who discovered the three branches familiar to you.
    From legislative, executive and judicial, with separation of powers, his analysis was official.

    Then came Voltaire, a Parisian, who fought against intolerance of religion.
    He mastered deism based on reason and natural law, close to the “world machine” that Newton saw.

    And of course there was Diderot.
    Writing the Encyclopedia is how he is known.
    It was 28 volumes of trying to change the way people think.

  • LAHS student gets an inside look at a Swiss school

    Editor’s note: Teen Pulse staff member Alexandra Hehlen wrote this story after spending a day at a school in Switzerland.

    School Here, School There: What is the Difference?
    At the Progymatte Oberstufen Schule, or the Progymatte Upper-level School, in Thun, Switzerland, the learning atmosphere is different for teens compared to that of Los Alamos High School. Every morning, the bell rings at the large, old stone schoolhouse at 7:30 a.m.
    The teenagers rush to their classrooms, catch up on morning gossip and await the arrival of their first period teacher.
    The teacher walks into the room just after the bell rings. As he does so, all the students stand up as a polite way of greeting him, and sit down when he tells them to.

  • Animal Shelter 08-07-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.