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Today's News

  • Raging winds spur power outages

    High winds with speeds reported at 35 to 40 m.p.h. Monday evening and early Tuesday morning caused scattered outages that affected several customers of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. Outages lasted anywhere from one hour to almost five and a half hours.  
    Electric linemen with the DPU received their first call at 5 p.m. Monday after wind broke a large tree branch and blew it into a customer’s electrical service connection.  The branch tore the service connection from the home rendering the structure without power.  

  • Incumbents challenged over pet projects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Harry Reid, the No. 1 Democrat in the Senate, began his re-election campaign last year, he ran ads touting his ability to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in federal largess back to Nevada.

    "From Vegas to Reno, Carson City to Elko, he's helped build roads, hospitals and schools," said an early television ad.

  • Israeli settlers: Govt. delaying 4,300 West Bank apartments

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlers accused the government on Wednesday of holding up construction of more than 4,000 apartments in large West Bank settlements, suggesting that Israel is quietly complying with U.S. demands to reinstate a building moratorium that expired in late September.

  • New home sales rise 6.6 pct. after dismal summer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes improved last month after the worst summer in nearly five decades, but not enough to lift the struggling economy.

    The Commerce Department says new home sales in September grew 6.6 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 307,000. Even with the increase, the past five months have been the worst for new home sales on records dating back to 1963.

  • Indonesia tsunami toll at 272; aid arrives... Video extra included

    MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) — Planes and helicopters packed with rescue workers and supplies landed for the first time Wednesday on remote Indonesian islands that were pounded by a 10-foot (three-meter) tsunami, sweeping away villages and leaving at least 272 people dead and more than 400 missing.

    The first aerial surveys of the region revealed huge swaths of land underwater and the crumbled rubble of homes torn apart by the wave. One lay tilted, resting on the edge of its red roof, with tires and slabs of concrete piled up on the surrounding sand.

  • Basketball: James' 31 not enough to top Celtics

    BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat were showered with chants of "overrated!" They sure looked that way in their debut as a team formed to win a championship.

    The old Big Three of the Boston Celtics, playing under the franchise's 17 title banners, beat the new Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh 88-80 on Tuesday night.

  • Baseball: Lee vs. Lincecum is marquee matchup for Series opener

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cliff Lee marvels at Tim Lincecum's motion. So much torque, so much power. So darn unusual.

    "The way he does it, no one else does it that way. I like that," Lee said Tuesday, a day before the Texas Rangers ace pitches against the San Francisco Giants star in Game 1 of the World Series.

  • Storm brings wind, rain to Midwest, South

    CHICAGO (AP) — A massive storm making its way through a big chunk of the nation brought a bit of everything: strong winds, rain, tornadoes and now even some snow for parts of the Midwest.

  • Pentagon: Equipment outage at Wyo. nuke site

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An equipment failure disrupted communication between 50 nuclear missiles and the launch control center at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming over the weekend, although the Air Force never lost the ability to launch the missiles.

    Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said the break occurred early Saturday and lasted less than one hour. The White House was briefed about the failure Tuesday morning.

  • Soccer: LA girls take on Broncos in 1st round

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team fell in about where it expected to in the Class AAAA state tournament bracket, the fates of some other teams turned out to be a bit different.
    Los Alamos was awarded the sixth seed in the Class AAAA championship bracket, which was released Sunday. The AAAA state tournament gets going Friday and continues through Nov. 6 with the state title game.