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Cherokees elect chief by 11-vote margin

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- In a close election that ran overnight, the Cherokee Nation elected a new principal chief Sunday, with final results posted on the tribe's website showing longtime councilman Bill John Baker defeating three-term incumbent Chad Smith by 11 votes.

More than 15,000 votes were cast, and the margin between the men had been fewer than 30 since late Saturday.

"I'm humbled and honored to be the new Chief of the Cherokee Nation," he said in a statement. "I want to thank everyone who supported me. I think it's fair to say that every vote counted. We've come far, but we have far to go."


1,000 mourn 2 rangers killed in wildfire

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Firefighters across Florida were among more than 1,000 mourners attending weekend funeral services for two forest rangers killed while fighting a wildfire in north Florida.

Josh Burch and Brett Fulton died Monday in Hamilton County. They were using bulldozers to contain a 12-acre blaze that suddenly flared up.

Two Florida Division of Forestry helicopters flew overhead during the separate services held in Lake City.

Flags at the Florida Capitol and in Hamilton County were flown at half-staff.


Funding woes imperil museum of trash

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Operators of a Connecticut museum devoted to trash say it might have to close if they can't raise $100,000 within the next week.

The 16-year-old Garbage Museum in Stratford had almost 31,000 visitors and program participants last year to learn about recycling, view its massive dinosaur built of trash and visit other exhibits.

The museum's operators, the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, says they only have about $60,000 of the approximately $300,000 needed to keep it open for another year.

A spokesman for CRRA says funding for the Garbage Museum plummeted when several municipalities pulled out of a committee that sent recycling materials to the regional facility. The museum established a $2 entry fee, but that has not been enough to guarantee it will remain afloat.