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  • Gates back on stand in antitrust trial

    By Paul Foy
    The Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY  — Microsoft’s Bill Gates returned to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

    Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004. The company said Gates duped it into thinking he would include its WordPerfect writing program in the new Windows system then backed out because he feared it was too good.

  • Europe treated to works by O’Keeffe

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Fame followed Georgia O’Keeffe through New York’s art galleries and across the desolate landscapes of the Southwest. But beyond America’s shores, her work is relatively unknown.

    For the first time, her iconic paintings of flowers, bleached bones and dramatic landscapes will be exhibited over the next year in Italy, Germany and Finland as part of a major traveling retrospective.

  • Court weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    By Elliot Spagat
    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States.

  • City hires safety officer

    The city of Las Vegas has tapped a retired member of the Air Force to serve as its new safety officer, a position that has been in the spotlight since the trench collapse six months ago that claimed the lives of two city workers.

    Arturo Marlow begins his new job this week. The city is planning to pay him just under $37,000.

    His selection drew praise from members of the governing body, who were impressed with his credentials and voted unanimously during last Wednesday’s City Council meeting to approve his hiring.

  • Guadalupita native killed in crash

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The Oklahoma State University assistant women’s basketball coach killed in a plane crash Thursday was a native of Guadalupita in Mora County.

    Miranda Serna, 36,  and three others died when the small plane they were in crashed in steep terrain in central Arkansas.

    Serna played for the Mora Rangerettes during her junior high, freshman and sophomore years, said Albert Martinez, her former coach at Mora. He said she started for the Rangerettes her sophomore year.

  • Raising Awareness

    By the time Annette Leger found out she had lung cancer, she was already in Stage IV.

    The Las Vegas native who currently lives in Albuquerque had a cough that wouldn’t go away. Her primary care physician initially suspected asthma and gave her medication.

    Leger had asked for a chest X-ray, but was told it wasn’t necessary. She didn’t insist until later on when the cough persisted.

    “She got a chest X-ray and, boom, there it is,” said her brother Nicolas Leger.

  • Ready Pac salads recalled in NM

    The Associated Press

    IRWINDALE, Calif.  — Ready Pac Foods has recalled more than 5,000 cases of bagged salad because of a possible E. coli contamination.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that the bagged romaine lettuce and salad mixes were distributed to 15 Western states, including New Mexico.

    The recall was issued by the Irwindale, Calif. company after a random government test showed contamination.

    The bagged salads have a sell-by date of Nov. 18.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Nov. 18 — Already the arrangements for the annual mask ball to be given by the boys of the East Las Vegas Fire department on Jan. 1, are well under way and indications are that it will be the biggest and grandest affair in the history of the Meadow City fire department. At the last meeting of the firemen in the city hall on Nov. 7 committees were appointed, and the committee on arrangements, composed of Arthur Minnium, Dick Smith and James Lowe, immediately got busy and has already outlined the entire plan for the big dance.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2011

    Free Thanksgiving Dinner

    Take advantage of a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. Helen Rivera and her family have been providing the meal for more than a decade as a way to give back to the community.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2011

    Monday
    A chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday