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Today's News

  • Huge Python Caught in Florida Everglades
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  • Indian leaders express frustrations about sacred sites

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With less than 90 days until the election, the Obama administration on Monday began reaching out to Native American political and spiritual leaders to address concerns over the protection of sacred sites on federal land.

    Tribal leaders said they're frustrated. Some feel consultation between the federal government and tribes has become just a formality despite promises by the administration to improve discussions.

    About four dozen tribal leaders from New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere packed a meeting room in Albuquerque for the first of a few listening sessions planned by the U.S. Interior Department.

    Pointing to the importance of sacred sites to religious and cultural practices, the department is aiming to develop some kind of uniform policy for addressing the protection of such sites. That could mean a consultation policy specific to sacred sites or changes in law that would allow for greater protections, officials said.

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  • Shooting Near Texas A&M Kills Officer, Civilian

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Police say at least one law enforcement officer and one civilian have been killed in a shooting near Texas A&M University's campus.

    Assistant Chief Scott McCollum says the gunman also was shot Monday before being taken into custody.

    McCollum say the officer killed was a constable with Brazos County.

     He says a College Station police officer and another woman also were injured in the shooting.    

  • Commission picks moderators for October debates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate.

    CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate one of three October debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS News will moderate the other two debates.

    Lehrer will question the candidates during the first debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, focused on domestic topics.

    Crowley's Oct. 16 debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., will use a town hall format, allowing undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization to directly question the candidates. Foreign and domestic policy questions will both be fair game.

    Another female journalist, Martha Raddatz of ABC News, will moderate an Oct. 11 debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

  • New Mexico's chile harvest underway

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The chile harvest has begun as grocery stores in Las Cruces are starting to roll out roasters in preparation for green chile sales.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that this year's crop is being sold at roadside stands in the Hatch area.

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says that last week the New Mexico chile harvest was 11 percent complete.

    Retailers and canneries this year are subject to a new law that prevents falsely advertising that chile is New Mexico-grown, if it's from elsewhere.

    Katie Goetz, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, says inspectors have already found some violators and will be on the lookout as the season continues.

  • London Puts on a Rockin' Finish to Olympics
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  • McIlroy wins PGA Championship by record 8 strokes

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.

    McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.

    The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.

    Just like the U.S. Open, this one was never seriously in doubt.