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  • Primary roundup: Michigan incumbent goes down, Missouri voters approve anti-Obamacare measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust.

    Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son's legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers.

  • Retail data: Americans remained cautious in July

    NEW YORK (AP) — Worried about the stalling economic recovery, Americans remained reluctant to spend at stores in July, especially on pricier items like jewelry, though they let go of some money for travel, according to data released Wednesday.

  • Black members of tea party dispute racist claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Black members of the tea party movement on Wednesday rejected charges of racism by the group's activists, saying they oppose President Barack Obama because of his policies not his skin color.

    The members gathered at a Washington news conference in the wake of allegations about its rank and file, heightened by the recent split with a Tea Party Express leader who had posted a letter on his blog written from "Colored People" to Abraham Lincoln. The post suggested that black people would choose slavery over having to do real work.

  • Muni building sparks debate

    Although it hasn’t been built yet, the municipal building is already sparking a wide range of emotions from Los Alamos County – in its councilors and its citizens.

    There is frustration, trust issues and confusion.

    But there is also faith that the building is being ushered into reality.

    Read more in today's Monitor

  • Savvy bicyclists bode better

    Riding a bicycle one-handed into a pothole while chatting on a cell phone is dumb – yet people do it every day.

    As roadways and bike trails become increasingly complex and congested, riders need to be equipped with safety knowledge and the know-how to teach their children how to ride confidently and conspicuously when on their own. Trained bicyclists have a much better chance of avoiding injury and even death than do their less trained counterparts, according to the experts.

  • 6 teens drown in La. river during family outing

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Six teenagers who could not swim drowned in a northwest Louisiana river during a family outing, falling into deep water from the shallows where they were wading.

    Officials planned to hold a news conference Tuesday to release more details about the deaths of the six, who drowned Monday in the Red River in a popular recreational area where sand bars gave way to 20-foot depths. A seventh teen, a 14-year-old, was rescued.

  • NWS issues Flash Flood Watch for Tuesday afternoon and evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather advisory early Tuesday morning:

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

  • Consumer spending and personal incomes remain weak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of consumer spending stalled in June and personal incomes failed to increase, further evidence that the economy slowed significantly in the spring.

    The Commerce Department reports that personal spending was unchanged in June, the third straight month of lackluster consumer demand. Incomes were flat as well, the weakest showing in nine months.

  • Commission gives nod for controversial mosque near ground zero in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A city commission on Tuesday denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Center site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community center and mosque that has drawn national opposition.

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks wasn't special or distinctive enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners also said that other buildings from the era were better examples of the building's style.

  • AP source: Favre tells Vikings he will not return

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Brett Favre's stint with the Minnesota Vikings appears to be over after a single season.

    Favre has informed the Vikings he will not return to Minnesota this fall, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.,

    The 40-year-old Favre called coach Brad Childress to say his injured ankle is not responding as well to surgery and rehabilitation as he had hoped, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an official announcement.