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  • Sandia Lab manager dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

    MIAMI (AP) — A diver from New Mexico who died in a Thanksgiving Day boating accident was a manager at one of the nation's leading research laboratories who was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with her nephew, authorities said Friday.

    The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled Friday that Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, drowned after Thursday when a large wave flipped over a 45-foot catamaran carrying her and nearly two-dozen others.

    The Sandia Park, N.M., woman died at a hospital after the Coral Princess capsized, said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella. Witnesses said the boat was approaching the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach when a wave 8 to 10 feet high flipped the twin-hulled craft.

    Poppelsdorf was in Florida with her nephew, who is from Pennsylvania.

  • Raw: White House Christmas Tree Arrives

    First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters were on hand to receive the White House Christmas Tree from a farm in North Carolina.

  • Today in History for November 23rd
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:

    1. WHY BLACK FRIDAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

    Americans' growing comfort with online shopping puts more pressure on brick-and-mortar stores, which depend so heavily on the holiday season.

    2. WHO THE U.S. IS COUNTING ON TO KEEP THE PEACE IN GAZA

    Egypt's President Morsi emerges from his first major international crisis with enhanced prestige after mediating between sworn enemies Israel and Hamas.

    3. ANOTHER BIG ADVANCE FOR SYRIAN REBELS

    They strengthen their hold on an oil-rich province, activists say, capturing a base seen as a bastion for Assad loyalists.

    4. 100 CARS AND TRUCKS IN TEXAS HOLIDAY PILEUP

  • Two Dead as Massive Pileup Shuts I-10 in Texas

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and dozens were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

    The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston.

    A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV.

    Officials at Acadian Ambulance service said at least 51 people have been taken to area hospitals and at least eight are critically hurt.

    It wasn't immediately clear how the pileup began, but Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rod Carroll told The Associated Press the fog was so thick that deputies didn't immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents.

  • Chances slim for winter moisture

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.

    It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.

    “It’s not a promising start to the snow season and from most of what I’ve been seeing in terms of the models floating around, it’s not looking real optimistic as far as building snowpack through the winter either,” said Wayne Sleep, a hydrology technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    Drought has a firm lock right now on much of the Midwest and Western U.S. In New Mexico, drought-related pressures are stacking up though after two consecutive years of little rain or snow. Ranchers continue selling off their livestock, dairy and other agricultural operations have been forced out of business and those farmers who have weathered the drought so far are bracing for another year of pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops.

    With no meaningful winter moisture, Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist Raymond Abeyta said this will mark the lowest New Mexico reservoirs have ever been before an irrigation season.

  • Update 11-22-12

    Special section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in today’s Los Alamos
    Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Eco Station closed

    The Eco Station, also known as the county landfill, will be closed today and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, today. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Thanksgiving Travel: Millions on the Move

    More than 43 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving weekend, keeping roads, airports, trains and buses all crowded.

  • Today in History for November 22nd
  • New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

    Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But technical glitches may hinder the robots ability to help.