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Obama defends tenor of his campaign, slams Romney

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the White House briefing room in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — Denounced by his Republican rival for divisiveness, President Barack Obama on Monday defended the tone of his campaign in a combative election year and insisted it’s actually Mitt...

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Rising Afghan insider attacks imperil US strategy

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Monday he is sticking to his war strategy of using U.S. troops to...

Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE-In this May 17, 1999 file photo, Emmy award winning game show host, Alex Trebek greets actress and comedian Phyllis Diller before receiving his newly-dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Diller, the...

Autopsy: Man shot in police car had meth in system

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2012 file photo, Teresa Carter, mother of Chavis Carter, is hugged by supporters following a candlelight vigil held in Jonesboro, Ark. An autopsy report released Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 lists the death of Chavis Carter as caused by...

Darla Moore known for breaking gender barriers

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – At left, in a March 24, 2011 file photo, Darla Moore speaks to students at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. At right, in a Jan. 24, 2008 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice smiles during a meeting with trade...

Insurer Aetna to buy Coventry in $5.7 billion deal

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In a Feb. 9, 2006 file photo a sign for Aetna insurance is seen in Hartford, Conn. The Hartford, Conn., company said Monday Aug. 20, 2012 that it would buy Coventry Health Care for $5.7 billion. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, file) Aetna, one of the...

NM state police officer fatally shoots Clovis man

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer has shot and killed a man at the end of a foot chase in Clovis. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the suspect led the officer on a short vehicle pursuit early Sunday afternoon. McDonald...

Investor sues promoter of failed hospital project

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who says he invested more than $1.5 million in a failed northwestern New Mexico hospital project is suing the project’s promoter for fraud. Michael Atchison’s lawsuit claims promoter Bobby Willis spent the money on...

Los Alamos Co. settles with ex-official in firing

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A former top Los Alamos County official who claimed she was wrongfully fired because of her gender will receive $800,000 to settle her case. Diana Stepan was fired from her assistant county administrator job in early 2011 after...

NM lake has problems because of ash in river

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Game and Fish Department says ash from a wildfire in southwestern New Mexico is creating problems at a lake that produced the state’s record largemouth bass. The agency says Bill Evans Lake in Grant County may drop by 40 feet...