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TOP STORIES:

EXCEL ENERGY-OIL BOOM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electricity demand on Xcel Energy's grid is reaching all-time records thanks to the oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. SENT: 360 words, photos.

DEFACED VIRGIN MARY

OJO CLAIENTE, N.M. — A mural of the Virgin Mary in one of the oldest health resorts in North America and in a historic Hispanic and Native American community has been defaced. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words after 11 a.m., photos

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DANGEROUS BULLDOZERS

REDDING, Calif. — The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges to fight wildfires face many dangers, from the flames themselves but also from unsteady dirt and rocky terrain. The deaths of two bulldozer operators battling California wildfires in July highlighted the dangers confronting these less visible firefighters. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. PT.

ALSO:

— FOUR CORNERS-AIRLINE DISPUTE: The city of Farmington says Great Lakes Aviation failed to pay landing fees and terminal fees before the company ceased Four Corners Regional Airport service.

EXCHANGE ALGAE-ENERGY RESEARCH:

SANTA FE, N.M. — That green pond scum on the backyard pool may be annoying now, but it could someday fuel a jet plane to whisk you away on vacation. And those lawn clippings? They could be used to convert algae into a mass-produced, economical biofuel to be used in cars, trucks and airplanes. By Andy Stiny, Santa Fe New Mexican. SENT: 850 words.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — A day after trading outfielder Tommy Pham, the St. Louis Cardinals continue their series against the Colorado Rockies. Luke Weaver starts for the Cardinals, while Kyle Freeland goes for the visiting Rockies. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

REDSHIRT RULE

Under a new NCAA rule change, football players will be able get into four games and still take a redshirt season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MANTLE CARDS-AUCTION

A 76-year-old man from New Jersey recently went through his old sports cards and discovered five Mickey Mantle Topps cards from 1952, all similar to one sold earlier this year for $2.88 million. The man and his brother had their collection valuated by Heritage Auction, and they've already sold 26 cards for a total of $384,000. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 830 words.

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