Today's News

  • Ind. home explosion now homicide investigation

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed a young couple and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

    Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement after meeting with residents of the subdivision where the Nov. 10 blast occurred and shortly after funerals were held for the two victims, who lived next door to the house where investigators believe the explosion originated.

    "We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation," Coons said, marking the first time investigators have acknowledged a possible criminal element to the case.

    Search warrants have been executed and official are looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision the day of the blast, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Authorities are offering at least a $10,000 reward.

    Curry said the investigation is aimed at "determining if there are individuals who may be responsible for this explosion and fire."

  • LANL names 2012 Laboratory Fellows

    Three members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory scientific staff are being honored with appointment as Laboratory Fellows for 2012. The committee ranked a collection of nominations on the basis of:

    1) Sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to the Laboratory; 2) A fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use; 3) Having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

    The new Los Alamos Fellows are

    •  Charles Farrar
    •  Steven Elliott
    •  Mikhail Shashkov

    "Chuck, Steven, and Mikhail have made exceptional contributions in their fields and to national security,” said lab Director Charlie McMillan. “To be honored by their peers is a testament to their work. I congratulate the 2012 Laboratory Fellows and thank them for their service.”

  • Forecasters: NM chances slim for winter moisture

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers are painting a grim picture of the chances of drought-stricken New Mexico making up any ground this winter.

    It's early, but officials say the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year and weather models aren't offering any hope for more snow.

    Drought has a lock on nearly three-quarters of the West, including much of New Mexico.

    With no meaningful winter moisture, Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist Raymond Abeyta says this coming year will mark the lowest New Mexico reservoirs have ever been heading into an irrigation season.

    That means trouble for water users who have spent the last two years operating on rations. In southern New Mexico, home to the second biggest pecan crop in the nation, groundwater levels are already taking a hit.


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  • 10 things to know for Monday

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


    Palestinian militants continued to barrage Israel with rockets, and Israel announced it was widening its offensive to target the military commanders of the ruling Islamist group.


    Lawmakers say Cairo needs to take serious diplomatic steps to rein in Hamas.


    The president makes a historic trip to the Asian nation, meeting its leader Thein Sein and longtime activist Aung San Suu Kyi.


  • Sipapu kicks off NM's ski season, others this week

    VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week.

    Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu was the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base.

    Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall.

    Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early because of lackluster snow.

  • Today in History for November 19th
  • The AP top 25 college football poll 11-18-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Saturday prep football scores roundup


    Class 3A
    First Round

    Hope Christian 50, Taos 0

    Lovington 36, Pojoaque 0

    Robertson 40, Portales 26

    Class 2A
    First Round

    Clayton 52, Navajo Prep 6

    Dexter 56, Ramah 11

    Lordsburg 21, Laguna-Acoma 14

    Tucumcari 45, Mesilla Valley Christian 0

  • Moonshine Makers Set Up Shop in Ga. City Hall

    Moonshine distillers are making their first batches of legal liquor in this tiny Georgia town's city hall, not far from the mountains and the maroon, orange and gold canopy of trees that once hid bootleggers from the law.