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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressman's town hall meeting in southern New Mexico attracted a standing-room-only crowd of 500 people. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2nDvwYV ) that hundreds of people packed a room at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces to participate in the Saturday discussion with Rep. Steve Pearce. Pearce was asked to address a multitude of topics in the 2 1/2 hour meeting. He was often interrupted by people asking for explanations or disagreeing with his comments, and some crowd members shouted, jeered and chanted.

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal court has denied two legal challenges to federal clean-air regulators' plan for reducing haze by limiting emissions from the Navajo Generating station, a coal-fired plant in northern Arizona. Rulings Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turn down challenges filed by the Hopi Tribe and by environmental and conservation groups. One ruling said the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in setting limits on nitrous oxide emissions.

ALGODONES, N.M. (AP) — Sandoval County authorities say a passenger was killed in a nearly head-on crash of two vehicles on a curvy section of an Interstate 25 frontage road in the Algodones area. The Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Diane Schuler of Placitas was killed and the drivers of the two vehicles suffered non-life threatening injuries in the Friday crash. Lt.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say an emergency winter shelter for the chronically homeless has closed after being open nightly for four months. Mayor Richard Berry's office says the shelter had daily average attendance of 255 people, an increase of about 10 percent. Berry said in a statement Monday the winter shelter is an important part of the city's plan to help homeless people, along with motel vouchers and connections to jobs.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University says five finalists from universities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee are in the running to be become its next president. The finalists will visit ENMU campuses in Portales (poor-TAHL'-ays), Roswell and Ruidoso (roo-ee-DOHS'-oh) in early April and the regents will select the new president in mid-April. The university says the finalists include Sandra K. Woodley, consultant and assistant to the president at Kentucky State University, and Neal R.

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My What Big Eyes You Have, Up North

Jul 28, 2011

A survey of 55 skulls from the 1800s and regions across the globe finds that people who lived in high latitudes had bigger eyes and brains. Researchers at Oxford University say the variations are not due to differences in intelligence but are instead related to ambient light:

Heartland Voters Feel Frozen Out By Debt Debate

Jul 28, 2011

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt-ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

According the latest projections from National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Don is expected to make landfall along the South Texas coast Friday night into Saturday.

The Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm warnings for a good deal of the Texas coast, stretching from San Luis Pass near Galveston to Port Mansfield near Padre Island.

After 50 Years, Cuban Houses To Go Up For Sale

Jul 28, 2011

In the years after Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, Havana's neighborhoods went through an extraordinary upheaval. As wealthy and middle-class families fled, poorer Cubans moved into their homes.

Now, communist authorities are preparing to legalize property sales for the first time in 50 years, and the city's old racial and class divisions are already creeping back.

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Bombs In Norway Breaking Down Multiculturalism?

Jul 28, 2011

The confessed Norway attacker Anders Behring Breivik says he intended to send a "wake up call" to Europe, which he sees as being taken over by Muslims. The attacks are raising tensions about immigration and multiculturalism in Europe. Host Michel Martin explores this issue with an NPR correspondent based in Paris and the author of several books about Islam in Paris.

The Challenge Of Integrating Muslims Into Europe

Jul 28, 2011

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation about Europe's multiculturalism amid the deadly attacks in Norway, which Anders Behring Breivik has acknowledged committing. Martin hears from Paris-born journalist Nabila Ramdani and Eleanor Beardsley, an NPR Correspondent based in Paris.

Update at 11:57 a.m. ET:

The AP is now reporting confirmation from the FBI that Abdo had "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder" when he was arrested.

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An AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Ky., has been arrested in Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood. Army Pfc. Naser Abdo was being held Thursday, a day after his arrest by local police at a motel in the central Texas town.

Intelligence Chief: Norway Terror Suspect Is Lone Wolf

Jul 28, 2011

Norway's domestic intelligence chief told the AP that the man suspected of killing 76 people in a bombing and shooting rampage likely acted alone.

"It's a unique case. It's unique person. He is total evil," Janne Kristiansen, the director of the Norwegian Police Security Service told The Associated Press.

For several months, opposition troops have squared off against Moammar Gadhafi's forces on the ground in Libya. But for the most part, there's been only incremental movement along the front lines.

Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?

"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something. But a desire to do something is quite different than actual implementation. I think that this is a group that that has not only suffered the loss of its leader, but was already in very bad shape before that happened."

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