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Sep 6, 2011, 11:41 p.m.

U.S. safer 10 years after 9/11, but at what cost?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tourists flock to Times Square for the bright lights and Broadway shows. There they find another spectacle: helmeted police with machine guns patrolling the subway station on the lookout for would-be bombers and gunmen. Ten years after the September 11 attacks of 2001, the United States has altered the balance between freedom and security, turning an open and casual society into an ever-vigilant one.

Wildfires sweep across Texas, four dead

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two people have died in a monstrous wildfire that raged out of control near Austin on Tuesday and had destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to be evacuated, officials said. The two deaths in the 33,000-acre Bastrop County Complex fire brought the death toll from Labor Day weekend fires across the state to four, including a mother and infant daughter who died in northeast Texas on Monday.

Gunman kills 4 at Nevada pancake house, shoots self

CARSON CITY, Nev (Reuters) - A man with an assault rifle opened fire at a pancake house in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing three National Guard soldiers and a civilian and wounding seven others before killing himself, authorities said. The gunman, in what investigators said appeared to be a random burst of violence by a grocery worker with a history of mental illness, opened fire at a group of uniformed Army National Guard troops as they ate breakfast.

Missouri River to return to normal by early October

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Missouri River, which has been pressing flood defenses from Montana to Missouri for more than three months, was expected to return to normal water flows by early October, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. "Barring any significant rain events during the next month, river levels are expected to return to normal in portions of the Missouri River in early October," the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement.

Crews curb California fire sparked by plane crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews made decisive gains on Tuesday against a fierce blaze that destroyed 12 homes after it was ignited by a small-plane crash in Southern California, and evacuation orders were lifted late in the day for hundreds of dwellings. The fire had grown by roughly 5,000 acres between nightfall Monday and daybreak Tuesday as strong, erratic winds fanned the flames across steep, rugged terrain near the mountain town of Tehachapi, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

American nabbed for smuggling grenade parts to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican police arrested an American accused of trafficking grenade and gun parts to one of the country's deadliest drug cartels in a sign the gangs could now be making their own weapons, authorities said on Tuesday. Federal police captured Jean Baptiste Kingery last week at a house in the Pacific tourist town of Mazatlan in Sinaloa state, where they seized a small cache of guns and found a Hummer sports utility vehicle parked outside.

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