New Mexico chili peppers are distinct, but locals in the pepper industry have been struggling to compete with the foreign pepper market. A new state law requires that only New Mexico-grown peppers are labeled as such. Danise Coon/AP/NMSU Chile Pepper Institute hide caption

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The San Andres Mountains and pieces of construction equipment are reflected in the glass windows of Spaceport America near Upham, N.M., in May. Despite construction delays and difficult working conditions in a remote area of the desert, state officials say New Mexico is committed to seeing the project succeed. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP hide caption

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Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang waves on a spacewalk during a 2009 shuttle visit to the International Space Station. NASA hide caption

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Earlier this year, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) helped introduce the bipartisan CAP Act, which would aim to cut federal spending by $7.6 trillion over 10 years. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner (from left), with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaks to reporters after meeting with President Obama about the deficit at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images hide caption

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Barack Obama shakes hands with tourists visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday during a surprise visit a day after budget negotiations with Congress prevented a government shutdown. Getty Images hide caption

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Budget experts say it's unlikely that Social Security and veterans checks would stop coming during a government shutdown. Bradley C Bower/AP hide caption

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Guard Britny Latham is a breakout star on a team that's nationally ranked — and a favorite for an NCAA tournament bid. Matt Kohashi/Gallaudet University Athletics hide caption

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shown in an undated handout image courtesy of the Giffords For Congress website, was in critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi  prepares to hand the gavel to Speaker-elect John Boehner as the 112th Congress opens. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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House Minority Leader John Boehner answers questions from reporters at the Capitol with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday. Following Tuesday's midterms, Republicans stand ready to take control of the House of Representatives, with Boehner likely becoming the next speaker. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Carol Shea-Porter rode a Democratic wave that propelled her to office four years ago. Now, says analyst Andrew Smith, "the Republican wave of anger against the Obama administration and general dissatisfaction with the state of the economy may be the wave that takes her out." Cheryl Senter/Pool, AP hide caption

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