Drought Tests Centuries-Old Water Traditions in New Mexico

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — At the edge of a sandstone outcropping, Teresa Leger Fernández looks out on the Rio Chama. The river tracks a diverse landscape from the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains through rugged basalt hillsides, layers of volcanic tuff, and the red and yellow cliffs made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Here marks the genesis of New Mexico’s centuries-old tradition of sharing water through irrigation systems known as acequias. It’s also one of the many spots in the arid West facing more pressure as drought stretches into another decade and climate

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Afghan survivors of errant US drone strike seek probe

A survivor of an errant U,S By KATHY GANNON Associated Press September 18, 2021, 6:03 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KABUL, Afghanistan — A survivor of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of his family demanded Saturday that those responsible be punished and said Washington’s apology was not enough. The family also seeks financial compensation and relocation to the United States or another country deemed safe, said Emal Ahmadi, whose 3-year-old daughter Malika was among those killed in the Aug. 29 strike. On that day, a U.S. hellfire missile struck

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Salem to Require Negative Test for Large Halloween Events

A look at pandemic-related developments around New England on Saturday: The city that hosted the Salem witch trials more than three centuries ago will require a negative COVID-19 test for people to attend some large Halloween events, officials said as they brace for the typical influx of visitors in the weeks ahead of the holiday. Political Cartoons The Salem Board of Health voted Friday to require people to have a negative test taken within 72 hours to attend indoor events with more than 100 people at a public space. The requirement goes into effect on Oct. 1 and lasts through

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Fred Dakota, Native American gambling pioneer, dies at 84

Fred Dakota has died at age 84 after creating a milestone for Native American gambling by opening a garage casino in Michigan in the 1980s ByThe Associated Press September 18, 2021, 6:06 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BARAGA, Mich. — Fred Dakota, whose garage casino in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 1983 was a milestone for Native American gambling, has died at age 84. Dakota, a former leader of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, died Monday at his home in Baraga, according to Reid Funeral Service. The cause was not disclosed. Tribal offices were

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Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical Protestant denomination in the U.S., announced this month it is requiring vaccinations for missionaries they’re sending into the field amid the pandemic. The IMB may be the first U.S. missionary agency known to have such a mandate, according to leaders in the field, as other faith groups approach the issue in a variety of ways including limiting where people can

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USM Prof, Water Institute Work to Restore Chandeleur Islands

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based research organization and a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi are joining forces in a research project aimed at restoring and protecting the Chandeleur Islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In a news release announcing the effort, USM notes that the islands provide habitat for gulf fish and wildlife, and provide storm protection for coastal Louisiana. Led by Dr. Kelly Darnell, an assistant research professor at USM, the project is one of 20 awarded a combined $2.3 million to find ways of best managing natural resources in the Gulf, including marine,

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SpaceX’s 1st all-civilian crew set to splashdown Saturday night

They went the farthest any civilian has traveled from Earth. September 18, 2021, 2:25 PM • 6 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article After three days in space, the first all-civilian flight to Earth’s orbit is set to splashdown tonight. The Dragon capsule is expected to return to Earth just after 7 p.m. ET Saturday evening. It will be traveling at 17,500 miles per hour when it deorbits; will slow down to around 350 mph when the parachute deploys at 18,000 feet; will and stay at around 119 mph before it hits the ocean. SpaceX’s preferred splashdown

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‘Justice for J6’ updates: Protesters expected to gather at noon

Temporary fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Last Updated: September 18, 2021, 10:12 AM ET Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The “Justice for J6” rally is being billed as a protest for defendants being detained in connection with the January insurrection at the Capitol. At least 610 individuals have been federally charged for their involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol, according to the Department of Justice. Most of the roughly 60 who remain behind bars are suspects prosecutors and judges have identified as posing a credible and ongoing threat to the public’s

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