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Today's News

  • Jobless rate unchanged, stuck at 9.5 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Private employers added new workers at a weak pace for the third straight month, making it more likely economic growth will slow in the coming months. The jobless rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent.

    The Labor Department said Friday that companies added a net total of 71,000 jobs in July, far below the roughly 200,000 needed each month to reduce the unemployment rate.

    Overall, the economy lost a net total of 131,000 jobs last month, but that was mostly because 143,000 temporary census jobs ended.

  • States respond in health care overhaul lawsuit

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Twenty states and the nation's most influential small business lobby plan Friday to file their response to the government's attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

    The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge to dimiss the lawsuit, saying the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some of the lawsuit's claims. They also said other parts of the lawsuit failed to state claims upon which relief can be granted.

  • Think Outside The Bomb protest now underway in Los Alamos

    Watch lamonitor.com for details on this breaking story.

    Some traffic disruptions along Trinity and Diamond Drive are being experienced by motorists as the protesters make their way toward the guard shacks at the entrance to the lab.

  • CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of the nation’s most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then were whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned.

  • LANL to hire more workers

    Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to hire 125 people to work on an environmental remediation project.

    The additions will help the lab hit its peak as it continues working on one of New Mexico’s largest Recovery Act projects.

    The Lab received $212 million in Recovery Act funds to decontaminate and decommission 24 old buildings at Technical Area 21 (TA-21), install 16 groundwater monitoring wells, and excavate the Lab’s oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B).

    Work began in July 2009.

  • Youth pastor fired for prior sex convictions

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church has fired youth pastor Matthew Nichols.

    Nichols worked at the church for seven years until he was placed on administrative leave following a criminal investigation in January.

    He was arrested June 23, one day after a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges, including distributing and attempting to distribute, receiving and possessing child pornography.

  • Are VIP porno addicts subject to blackmail?

    Remember the four communist WWII Cambridge University effetes who donated American atomic secrets to the Russians? The latest “Peoples Republic of Cambridge” arrests spotlight “sexy” Russian spies passing “defense articles on the United States Munitions list” to their comrades.

    Russian spies using “false names and deep cover” were sneaking into “policy making circles,” snaring university degrees and recruiting other spies.

  • Demography may be destiny

     Is demography destiny?

     If so, say some experts, states with growing Hispanic populations seem doomed to fail, weighed down with ineffective school systems and abysmal test scores.

    One academic recently predicted that states like New Mexico will become the “Appalachia of the 21st Century.”

    He based his prediction on well-known statistics concerning the dropout and low achievement scores of Hispanic students.  

  • Romero takes win at pace race

    Ted Romero was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners pace race.

    The pace race, the Gravel Pit Grunt, was held Tuesday on the pavement, trails and gravel located near Bandelier National Monument.

    It was a tough prediction night for most of the 30 runners and walkers taking part Tuesday, however, Romero was one of only two participants to come within 35 seconds of his finish time.

    Romero was off by just three seconds, topping Laura McClellan, who was 14 seconds off.

  • Injured cyclist in rehab

    The famous senior bicyclist who crashed into a guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory is in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said.

    He is in rehab for occupational, physical and cognitive therapy, said his wife, Irene Jackson-Schon, who visits him every day.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Santa Fe, suffered serious injuries when he crashed his bike on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill.