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The parks did receive about $1 billion dollars of stimulus funding, but that went to repair park roads and to fix visitor centers.
The movement of people over age 65 from one state to another has declined by 26 percent since 2006.
In the last five years, Customs and Border Protection has added 10,000 employees to beef up security nationwide. Along with that boost comes more people vulnerable to temptations of corruption.
Many factors contribute to the drop in consumption. They include increased awareness; federal, state and municipal water restrictions; and even the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
The ATF is accused of running an operation it called "Fast and Furious" that allowed cartel gun buyers to purchase weapons and take them unhindered into Mexico.
That part of the border is easily crossed from Mexico by people on foot. The only border fence anywhere near there is meant to stop vehicles, not people.
The tribe has been struggling for decades to get more drinking water. Now they are on the verge of a historic agreement that will help them get a share of the Colorado River.
The ritual is known as the Dance of the Matachines, and it dates back to the Spanish Conquest.
A Border Patrol agent yesterday shot dead a Mexican man on the San Diego-Tijuana border, prompting criticism that there was indiscriminate use of force by the agency.
Prominent Catholics want to build pro-life leaders amongst the country’s growing Latino population, who are considered the future of the Catholic Church.
The agency announced the temporary measure as it considers a permanent ban.
"Clearly the concern is that a weapon, two weapons, were found at the homicide scene where Brian Terry was murdered and that those weapons had been part of Operation Fast and Furious."
Despite some recent reforms, some states say the "Secure Communities" program is making their policing efforts more difficult.
Agents from the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms testified they tried to stop the gun walking program.
Aggravating the fire season this year is a severe drought, which is especially hurting southern New Mexico.