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Today's News

  • Retail sales: Tepid recovery just 'chugging along'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

    The month's rainy weather contributed to mixed results, including a sharp increase in online sales, according to the latest numbers from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

    It was the ninth-straight month that online sales rose compared with a year earlier.

  • UPDATE: Cottrell named top tennis coach in state

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis head coach Bruce Cottrell was named the Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.

    The award was announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, which does the annual selection.

    The Hilltopper girls and boys tennis teams start the Class AAAA state championship singles and doubles tournament today in Albuquerque. Play starts at 3:30 p.m.

  • World stocks tumble as Greek riots turn deadly

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets fell further Wednesday while the euro slid to a fresh 13-month low as three people died in a blaze at an Athens bank during rioting against austerity measures imposed as part of an international bailout package for heavily indebted Greece.

    The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 96.41 points, or 1.8 percent, at 5,314.70 while Germany's DAX fell 69.95 points, or 1.2 percent, to 5,936.91. The CAC-40 in France was 68.31 points, or 1.9 percent, lower at 3,620.98.

  • Track and field: LA girls poised to grab second straight 4A championship

    Heading into the Class AAAA championship track and field meet, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls will once again be the heavy favorites.

    Los Alamos’ girls will be looking for their second-straight state AAAA title this weekend at the title meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.

  • Little House on the Prairie, meet the Patriot

    “The Cowboys” is a bit like “Little House on the Prairie” meets “The Patriot.”

    Instead of Michael Landon or Mel Gibson, imagine an awkwardly paternal John Wayne. Rather than the complacency of Walnut Grove or the sadism of the Revolutionary War, picture New Mexico in the Old West – a hard life of herding cattle and breaking horses, and young men looking for an easier way. Ranch hands were heading toward the rivers, planning to find lots of gold and retire early.

  • Letter carriers to deliver more than the mail

    Hunger doesn’t sleep or come to a stand still. It continually gnarls inside people’s stomachs and clings to their minds.

    As a result, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 4112, LA Cares, LA Community Food Bank and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America are working to respond to this condition and wipe hunger away.

    The annual Spring Community Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday. LA Cares will distribute donations.

  • 05-05-10 Update

    Enjoy “A Garden Festival”

      The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its sixth annual spring recital, “A Garden Festival” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance time and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children age 4 and younger are free.

    Get a wrap, support seniors

  • Chavez: ‘Sad’ comments led to resignation

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Insurance Superintendent Morris Chavez announced Tuesday he will resign, saying he and his family have been the targets of “sad and derogatory” online comments in the wake of a contentious health insurance rate case his office recently settled.

    Chavez submitted a short resignation letter to the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees the Insurance Division. He asked that his resignation become effective at the close of business Tuesday.

  • Woman sues over vaccine

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque woman has filed a lawsuit over a vaccine intended to protect women from cervical cancer, alleging it caused physical and behavioral problems in her teenage daughter.

    The lawsuit filed by Tracy Wolf said her now-16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems after receiving Gardasil’s three-shot series in 2007 and 2008, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story Monday.

  • Duplex riles neighbors

    Fed up with waiting for something to be done about a boarded up duplex in the Western Area, homeowners are now circulating a petition.

    “It’s disgusting,” said Margaret Cruz who lives across the street. “Every morning when I open my curtains I see that ugly house. It’s causing a rodent infestation and now I’m finding rodents in my house. I called the public health department and the county planning department and they say there’s nothing they can do.”