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  • Truck accident cleanup expected to erase scars

    If things go as planned, the paint truck and the mess created by it should be a memory by late October or early November.

    According to Rod Torrez, a public information officer with Bandelier National Monument, the area where a paint truck landed after going off a cliff into the park from N.M. 4 will be cleaned up soon.

    “We have already talked to a number of contracting companies about taking it out of here and we’ve just about reached a decision,” Torrez said.

    Another big step has already been cleared; getting someone to pay for it. Although it’s not clear yet exactly whose fault the accident was, San Bar, the owner of the truck, has agreed to pay for the damages and cost of the clean-up through its insurance.

    According to Torrez, clean-up can’t happen fast enough. The truck, which was carrying about 800 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint when it went over the side of the road, spilled its visually garish cargo all over the side of the mountain, making it look like someone spilled the contents of a giant egg onto the otherwise natural and pristine landscape of Bandelier.

    “It’s definitely an eyesore,” Torrez said. “You can see it from the entrance of the park.”

    Fortunately, according to Torrez, an eyesore is all it seems to be.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. OBAMA TO STEP ON WORLD STAGE

    The president speaks at the U.N. General Assembly at 10:10 a.m. in his final international address before the November election.

    2. WHY ISRAEL WALKED OUT OF AHMADINEJAD'S SPEECH

    Iran's president, speaking at a high-level U.N. meeting, called Israel a "fake regime" shielded by the United States.

    3. WHAT BRINGS MYANMAR'S SUU KYI TO FORT WAYNE

    The Indiana city, where the democracy activist gives a speech at 9 a.m., is home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the U.S.

    4. EINSTEIN'S BRAIN: THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

    For $9.99, you can download detailed images of the famed physicist's gray matter to an iPad.

  • Buffalo Stampede Draws Thousands to South Dakota

    Thousands are gathered at Custer State Park in South Dakota for the annual Buffalo Roundup. The event was created nearly 50 years ago to manage the buffalo herd, and draws spectators from around the world.

  • Today in History for September 25th
  • Climber: "We See Many Bodies in the Snow"

    Mountaineers who survived a pre-dawn avalanche in Nepal say they waited an hour for sunlight, and then saw pieces of tents and bodies of victims strewn around them on the snow.

  • Absentee voting begins Oct. 9

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans can soon start to vote in the general election.

    Absentee voting begins Oct. 9, and people can go to their county clerk's office to cast a ballot in person. Voter registration also ends then, making it possible for New Mexicans to register and vote on that same day.

    Early voting starts Oct. 20 at alternate polling locations established by the clerks and continues through Nov. 3.

    Election Day is Nov. 6 and that's also the deadline for returning absentee ballots.

    Four years ago, slightly more than 833,000 people cast ballots in the general election or nearly 70 percent of the state's registered voters.

  • No Cause Yet in Panda Cub Death

    Officials at the National Zoo in Washington said Monday that they do not yet know what killed a week-old giant panda cub Sunday. They were able to confirm that the cub was a female.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. THE BALLOT'S IN THE MAIL

    Early voting for the U.S. presidential race has begun and at least a third of voters are expected to lock in their choice before Nov. 6.

    2. FIGHT AT APPLE SUPPLIER FOXCONN

    A brawl involving as many as 2,000 employees shut down a factory in northern China for a day.

    3. THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE 'HOMELAND'

    Showtime's espionage thriller won best drama and top acting Emmys for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

    4. HOW TORREY SMITH PAID TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE BROTHER

    Hours after his younger sibling died in a motorcycle accident, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver caught two touchdown passes.

  • Today in History for September 24th
  • Zoo Director: Panda Cub's Death Is 'devastating'

    The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington has died, and it was not immediately known why the animal died. Zoo officials say they are devastated by the loss.