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Today's News

  • Council candidates put to the test

    Anybody can talk a good game but are they able to walk the walk?
    During the League of Women Voters’ forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at Fuller Lodge, members of the public put the candidates to the test.
    The forum revealed that the council candidates share similar views on many of the topics raised during the question and answer period.

  • Race for Magistrate bench turns sour

    Likening Magistrate Judge Pat Casados’s performance to the under-sized, doughnut-like spare tire found inside the trunk of many cars and himself as a “brand new tire” is how challenger Gary Ahlers characterized the race in his opening remarks at Tuesday’s forum.
    “My opponent is doing an OK job…but we need to take the doughnut off and put a brand new tire on…,” Ahlers said.
    The Republican lost a 2006 run against two-time Democratic incumbent Casados.

  • New lab allows more training for NM magistrates

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the first time this fall, new magistrates will tour the New Mexico Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory, seeing how its toxicology division operates and how it does testing in driving-while-intoxicated cases.

    "With the emphasis on DWI and the complexity of drug testing and all the issues that have come down from the Supreme Court, it's thrown the lab in the judges' faces more than it has in the past," said lab director David Mills. "So this is a real good opportunity to help them deal with it."

  • Grades can be grating

    Earlier this year, the Rhode Island Central Falls school board made national news by firing all teachers in the high school.
    It was a drastic move intended to address the school’s declining performance.  
    Union officials quickly condemned the dismissals as “immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful” (they would have said more, but they didn’t have a big enough Thesaurus).  

  • Economy loses 95K jobs due to government layoffs in September

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation's payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.

    The unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The jobless rate has now topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.

  • Baseball: Lincecum fans 14 as Giants top Braves 1-0

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sellout crowd that had been waiting seven years for another playoff game roared when Tim Lincecum jogged back out to the mound to start the ninth inning. The way the Freak dominated in his postseason debut, there was no way manager Bruce Bochy would take the ball away.

    Lincecum pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 in a dazzling performance, and the San Francisco Giants scored their only run after a questionable umpiring call to beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of their NL division series Thursday night.

  • Baseball: Rangers one win away from first playoff series victory

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Following Cliff Lee in the postseason is a tough act, yet C.J. Wilson made it look easy.

    Now, the Texas Rangers are up 2-0 in their AL division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, with a chance to make franchise history when the best-of-five matchup shifts to Ranger Ballpark this weekend.

  • Baseball: Pettitte leads Yanks to 2-0 lead on Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Pettitte missed two months with a groin injury this summer and was still trying to find his strength and his form in late September.

    Lance Berkman hit only one homer for the New York Yankees after coming over in a deadline-day trade during the worst season of his powerful career.

    This is October, though, when the Yankees usually bring out their best.

  • Economy likely creating some jobs, but not enough

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies likely added a small number of jobs last month, but hardly enough to bring much relief to the nation's 15 million unemployed.

    On Friday, the Labor Department will issue the final monthly jobs report before the midterm congressional elections. The report is likely to leave President Barack Obama in a precarious position: Democratic members of Congress will face voters with unemployment likely above 9.5 percent.

  • Chinese dissident Liu wins Nobel Peace Prize

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for using nonviolence to demand fundamental human rights in his homeland. The award ignited a furious response from China, which accused the Norwegian Nobel Committee of violating its own principles by honoring "a criminal."