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  • Report: US military cracked most online encryption

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports Thursday based on internal U.S. government documents.

    The NSA has bypassed or altogether cracked much of the digital encryption used by businesses and everyday Web users, according to reports in The New York Times, Britain's Guardian newspaper and the nonprofit news website ProPublica. The reports describe how the NSA invested billions of dollars since 2000 to make nearly everyone's secrets available for government consumption.

    In doing so, the NSA built powerful supercomputers to break encryption codes and partnered with unnamed technology companies to insert "back doors" into their software, the reports said. Such a practice would give the government access to users' digital information before it was encrypted and sent over the Internet.

  • $37K worth of paintings reported stolen in Pojoaque

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are looking for paintings that were stolen from a storage unit in Pojoaque that were valued at about $37,000.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials took a report of the reported burglary Wednesday.

    The victim says several oil canvas paintings and a painted hide within a shadow box stolen from his storage unit on Aug. 26.

    The paintings are by artist Juan Machicado and the hide painted by Allen Monroe.

    Sheriff's officials say they have video of the suspect and SUV leaving the storage unit with the paintings tied to the roof of the vehicle.

  • National Zoo: "It's a Girl."
  • Key players react to district judge's ruling

    Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau could not be happier as they filled out their applications for a marriage license after District Judge Sheri Raphaelson upheld her decision ordering the Los Alamos County Clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
    “I’m from Los Alamos, so for me it was very important for it to be a Los Alamos County license. That’s got a lot of power, for anyone who’s connected to community, to have your community recognize that it’s important to see you as equal,” said Newton, who grew up in Los Alamos. “And part of it for me is awareness that there are all kinds of people who live in all kinds of counties in New Mexico, and we all matter.”
    Newton’s father, Carl, who paid for the marriage license, said, “I’ve been working for this for years, in the Roundhouse and elsewhere.”
    Many members of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos were at the hearing to support the couple, including Rev. John Cullinan.
    “We’re not supportive just because she grew up in our church, but supportive because our church has supported marriage equality for over a decade now.” Cullinan said. “We campaigned long and hard in Massachusetts, where our headquarters is, when that came about. And we’ve been fighting for it in every state.

  • Update 09-05-13

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. The DPU Charter Review Committee will present their findings.

    'Bag Day'

    The Jemez Thrift shop will be celebrating its monthly “Bag Day” sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fill a large grocery sack for $5, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    College Day

    College Day Friday. Assets In Action is asking all the community that live and work in Los Alamos to wear their favorite college or military apparel to display their educational path of lifelong learning. Questions can be directed to 661-4846.

    Car wash

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership is hosting a car wash, bake sale and Frito Pie lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot. 

  • Get a 'PEEC' at nature with the 'Crittercam'

    Sure the mountainous, high desert landscape of Los Alamos looks pretty peaceful, with not a lot going on out there to the casual observer. However, when the sun goes down a popular program run by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center reveals something else altogether.

    Known as the “Crittercam” program, residents, who also have a PEEC membership, can rent a special camera for a week or two to see what shows up when you aren’t out barbecuing or mowing the lawn.

    You might be surprised. People that have used the Crittercam (there’s only one available) have captured black bears, coyotes, foxes, bluebirds, bobcats and a lot of other wildlife.

    PEEC maintains a Flickr account to showcase the best shots at flickr.com/photos/peec_nature/sets/72157631033339270. PEEC also has another camera watching its butterfly garden, and that too has revealed some surprises, including regular visits from a mountain lion and a black bear that use the garden’s natural pool to drink from or as in the bear’s case, to cool off in.

    According to PEEC Coordinator Beth Cortright, the program started in August, and plans are to run it indefinitely.

  • Raw: Water Leaks Into Damaged Fukushima Reactor

    The first video footage showing streams of ground water flowing through the basement of the damaged unit one Fukushima reactor was released on Thursday by TEPCO.

  • Today in History September 5
  • Video: Udall votes against using force in Syria
  • Udall has reservations about Syria

    During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said he has reservations about further U.S. intervention in Syria and asked tough questions about whether the administration’s planned bombing campaign would further pull the United States into the Syrian civil war.
    “We’re being told we’re bombing in order to send a message, but what message are we sending?” Udall said during the hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    “To the international community, we’re saying once again, the United States will be the world’s policeman. You break a law, and the United States will step in. We are on shaky international legal foundations with this potential strike,” Udall continued. “And we need to know whether we exhausted all diplomatic and economic sanction options to affect Syria’s behavior.”
    Among the steps Udall would like to see the United States take is to push Russia and China to stop supporting Assad’s regime. “I don’t believe we should have given up so easily,” Udall said in one exchange with Kerry during the hearing. “We haven’t taken Russia to task.”