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Today's News

  • Out and about 12-16-10

    Out of town

  • 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways.

    The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

  • Okla. set to execute inmate with substitute drug

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man on Oklahoma's death row for the 2001 slaying of his cellmate is believed to be the first U.S. inmate set to be executed using a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals.

  • Palestinians ask Europe to recognize a state

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians have asked European countries to recognize an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — a new step in the campaign to pursue statehood outside the framework of a peace deal with Israel.

  • Pakistani officials say US missiles kill 7 in NW

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. missile strike killed seven militants Thursday in a Pakistani region close to the Afghan border that has rarely seen such attacks, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    The missiles hit a vehicle in the Spin Drand area of Khyber, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

  • Home construction up after 2 months of declines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction nudged up in November after two months of declines.

    Builders broke ground last month on a seasonally adjusted 555,000 units, a 3.9 percent rise from October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

    Even with the gain, housing starts are just 16 percent above the 477,000 unit pace from April 2009 — the lowest point on records dating back to 1959.

  • Unemployment benefit claims dip for sixth week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the third drop in the past four weeks and a sign that the job market may be slowly improving.

    Weekly claims for jobless aid dipped by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 420,000 in the week ending Dec. 11, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure, fell for the sixth straight week to 422,750. That's the lowest level since August 2008, just before the financial crisis intensified with the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

  • Hockey: LA tops NMIIHL standings this week

    With its eight-game winning streak, including running the table with its weekend’s tripleheader, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team moved into first place in league standings.
    Los Alamos (8-1) took sole possession of the top spot in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, thanks largely to the trifecta this weekend.
    It owns 16 points, two more than the team it moved past, Taos, and holds a half-game lead over both Taos and Albuquerque’s Outkast, although the Outkast have 17 total points.

  • Community’s social service needs assessed

    Several concerns surfaced during a “Los Alamos Community Needs Assessment” project conducted last spring. Anne Hays Egan of New Ventures Consulting presented her assessment at Tuesday’s county council meeting in White Rock.
    The community needs assessment was conducted to determine  social service needs, current services available and gaps between the two.
    Group interviews included 57 people in six different groups as well as 53 individuals.

  • Wreaths Across America

    Lawrence Armenta of the Materials Management group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, second from left, Lawrence Jr., wife Claudine and daughter Lauren were part of the more than 300 LANL employees who volunteered to lay wreaths on graves at Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday.