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Today's News

  • Building bust

    The daughter of a friend got a great deal on a house recently, buying on a short sale. My friend is happy – her daughter, a single mom, can stretch her budget farther.

    These transactions are good for the buyer but not the seller or the bank and say something about real estate in general. In June, about 25 percent of home sales in the state were of distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales (lender and borrower selling a home for less than the balance owed).

  • Basketball: All-Star game to be streamed live

    The North-South Class 4A-5A All-Star boys basketball game will be streamed live on the Internet tonight.

    The game, which will be played at Valley High School in Albuquerque, will feature former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout Alex Kirk.

    The game will be streamed live at proviewnetworks.com. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

  • TCU picked to repeat in Mountain West

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — TCU is still on top in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Horned Frogs received all 31 first-place votes in the league's preseason media poll, released Tuesday.

    "Probably what that means is that we have good talent. Now we have to live up to it," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I think that's the whole thing. It doesn't matter what people say about them in August. Preseason goes off of what happened last year."

  • Airplane crash in Pakistan claims 152 people aboard

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A passenger jet crashed into the hills surrounding Pakistan's capital amid poor weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.

    Initial Interior Ministry reports that five people survived the Airblue crash were wrong, said Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authority, which deals with emergencies and reports to the ministry.

  • Cops probe forced prostitution allegations

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say they're looking for a man who allegedly forced a young North Carolina woman into prostitution while holding her captive in his home.

    Albuquerque Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says the 18-year-old woman fled the home on Tuesday and ran to a neighbor's house asking for help. She told officers she had met the man online while she was living in North Carolina, and he offered to fly her to New Mexico on July 17.

  • Ariz. sheriff: I'll jail immigration protesters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona says he's "not going to put up with any civil disobedience" when the state's new immigration law takes effect.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he'll put them in it.

    The Arizona law, which takes effect Thursday, requires officers enforcing other laws to check a person's immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

  • Arizona helped deport thousands without new law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Without the benefit of their state's strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems.

    Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was responsible for the deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007.

  • 30K trapped in China flooding

    BEIJING (AP) — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country.

    Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through Thursday.

  • Report: DWI cases rife with inconsistencies

    ALBUQUERQUE — The latest report from a project analyzing how New Mexico courts handle driving-while-intoxicated cases found some defendants were pleading to reduced charges, sentences were deferred, and cases were dismissed because officers didn’t come to court.

    The report also identified more cases in which district judges weren’t complying with parts of mandatory sentencing requirements such as ordering ignition interlocks, DWI school, fines, community service, screening and treatment.

  • United Way seeks local grant proposals

    The United Way of Northern New Mexico is seeking grant proposals from non-profit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

    Grants will be dispersed from the United Way Community Action Fund in the fall of 2010.  

    The deadline for filing an application is August 16 at 3 p.m.

    All proposals must be mailed or delivered in person to the UWNNM office located at 1200 Trinity Drive, Suite 418, Los Alamos, on the fourth floor of the Los Alamos National Bank.  

    Final approval and grant selection is expected to occur in September.