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  • 1,100 injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia--Video Extra

     

    MOSCOW (AP) — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

    While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, the fireball it produced was dramatic. Video shot by startled residents of the city of Chelyabinsk showed its streaming contrails as it arced toward the horizon just after sunrise, looking like something from a world-ending science-fiction movie.

    The largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century occurred hours before a 150-foot asteroid passed within about 17,000 miles (28,000 kilometers) of Earth. The European Space Agency said its experts had determined there was no connection between the asteroid and the Russian meteor — just cosmic coincidence.

  • Today in History for Friday, February 15th
  • Burned Remains ID'd As Fugitive Ex-Cop Dorner
  • LAFD quickly responds to structure fire

    Call it a Valentine’s Day card for White Rock.

    Fire Department crews responded in short order Thursday to a structure fire in White Rock, putting the fire out within minutes.

    According to Deputy Chief Justin Grider of the Los Alamos Fire Department, crews responded to the fire at around 4:30 p.m. and put out the fire within four minutes.

  • Update 02-14-13

    Trash service

    In observation of Presidents’ Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection.

    Dance

    Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band will play from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple. For more information, call Carey at 412-7845.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Feb. 19: Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. 

  • House OKs gun-buyer background checks

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.
    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
    Federal law requires those checks for sales by licensed dealers in their stores or at gun shows, but it doesn’t cover private gun sales regardless of the location of the transaction.
    Supporters of the legislation said it was a step in trying to reduce gun violence.
    “Something needs to get done. We are at a point now where we are seeing these horrible things. And if this bill helps address the problems and I believe it will in a very significant way, then I am willing to support it,” said Rep. Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque Republican.
    The measure cleared the House on a 43-26 vote, with eight Republicans joining 35 Democrats in support. Only three Democrats opposed the bill.

  • Today in History for Thursday, February 14th
  • NKorean nuclear test may be intelligence windfall

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's latest underground test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

    Hoping to capitalize on a rare opportunity to gauge North Korea's nuclear capabilities, intelligence and military officials around the region are scrambling to glean data to answer three big questions: how powerful was the device Pyongyang tested, what sort of device was it, and what progress does the test indicate the nation has made.

    North Korea hailed Tuesday's test as a "perfect" success, saying it used a device that was stronger and more advanced than those in its past two attempts. Add that to its successful rocket launch in December and the threat of a North Korea ready to strike at the United States, which it sees as its arch-enemy, would appear to be more real than ever.

    But just how close is it?

  • State House OKs gun buyer background checks

     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.

    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

  • Be There 2/13/13

     

    Today

    Lead Her, a Christian-based women’s group, will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of Mesa Public Library. Join them for this month’s teaching video and theme of, “Putting on Kindness.” Call Shona Neff at 672-1456 for more information.

     

    PEEC at the Ice Rink. PEEC will have a snow science table at this pre-Valentine’s Day kid-friendly event. 1- 4 p.m. Visit losalamosnm.us/rec/rink/Pages/HolidayHoursandEvents.aspx for more information.

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