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Today's News

  • Deficit panel leaders' plan curbs Social Security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission on Wednesday proposed reducing the annual cost-of-living increases in Social Security, part of a bold plan to control $1 trillion-plus budget deficits.

    The proposal also would set a tough target for curbing the growth of Medicare and recommends looking at eliminating popular tax breaks, such as mortgage interest deduction.

  • Ex-senator heads gov.-elect's inaugural committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici will serve as honorary chairman of Gov.-elect Susana Martinez's inaugural committee.

    Martinez announced Domenici's appointment on Tuesday and said Andrea Goff of Hobbs will be the inaugural committee's executive director.

    Goff works as an independent fundraiser.

    Martinez said at a news conference that private money will finance her inaugural activities. The Republican takes office on Jan. 1.


     

  • COUNCIL GREEN LIGHTS TRINITY SITE DEVELOPER

    The long-awaited Trinity Site retail development became one step closer to fruition Tuesday night as the Los Alamos County Council gave the green light for county officials to begin negotiations with North American Development Group.

  • US approval of arms pact with Russia looking shaky

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approval of President Barack Obama's nuclear arms treaty with Russia, which once looked close to a sure thing, is now in jeopardy.

    The administration is scrambling to get enough Republican support in the Senate to ratify the New START treaty before the Democrats' majority shrinks by six in January. But Republicans have little incentive to give Obama a big political boost after leaving him reeling from their strong gains in last week's congressional elections.

  • House veterans to newcomers: Sweat the small stuff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Be work horses, not show horses. Choose details over drama. The small stuff? Sweat it. And do it fast.

    Republicans retaking control of the House in January are getting lessons from veterans of the past two transitions of power on Capitol Hill — 1994, when the GOP last took control of Congress, and 2006, when Democrats grabbed it back. Lesson No. 1: They have a short window to convince the public they're serious about changing the way Washington works.

  • GM reports $2B 3Q profit ahead of stock offering

    DETROIT (AP) — Strong profits on new cars and trucks helped General Motors Co. earn $2 billion in the third quarter, enhancing the company's appeal as it nears next week's initial public stock offering.

    The third-quarter earnings of $1.20 per share nearly match what GM made in the first two quarters of the year combined, aided by profits from overseas and healthy revenue from North America, the company said Wednesday. The earnings were boosted by higher prices from newly introduced models such as the Buick LaCrosse, a midsize luxury sedan.

  • Volleyball: LA gets No. 4 seed in playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team is the top seed in Pool D for the 2010 state playoffs.
    The state Class AAAA playoffs will start Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos, the District 2AAAA champion, earned a No. 4 overall seed in the state tournament, which gets going with the pool play round Thursday. In its pool, it will face fifth-seeded Piedra Vista and 12th-seeded Aztec.

  • Football: Toppers left out of bracket

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s push in the last three games of the regular season didn’t seem to impress the New Mexico Activities Association.
    The Hilltoppers were left out of the postseason draw in Class AAAA for 2010. The NMAA released the state playoff brackets this weekend.

  • Basketball: LA girls ranked 9th in first poll

    Exactly one week following the official opening of the New Mexico prep basketball preseason, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association put out its preseason top 10 rankings.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got a top-10 nod in the preseason top 10, while the Hilltopper boys basketball team earned nary a sniff.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals last season, finished in the ninth spot in the 2010-11 preseason voting.

  • Composting rarely enters one’s mind

    When you think of ways to reduce the amount of waste you generate,  you probably think about recycling, and using more reusable items, but people rarely think about composting.  
    Composting is one of the major Los Alamos County initiatives in the community-wide effort to reduce waste and create a more sustainable community.  In fact, on an annual basis composting results in the diversion of around 3,000 tons, which is more than double the average tons recycled through the curbside recycling program.