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  • WH: Obama calls Carter, ex-president doing 'great'

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Jimmy Carter following the ex-president's hospitalization in Cleveland.

    White House spokesman Bill Burton says Obama called Carter from Air Force One as he traveled from New Mexico to Wisconsin. Burton says Carter is feeling great and plans to resume his book tour on Wednesday.

  • Southern Calif. heat wave leaves many without power

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's heat wave has left tens of thousands of people without electricity.

    Southern California Edison says more than 27,000 of its customers were without power Tuesday morning, mainly in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Most have been blacked out for eight to 16 hours as temps hit 113 degrees in some parts.

  • Consumer confidence drops to lowest since Feb.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February.

    The downbeat report, released Tuesday, raises more fears about the tenuous U.S. economic recovery. It also further underscores the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street; consumers' confidence fell further even as stocks rebounded in September.

  • Police: Man kills self after shooting at UT Austin

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside a University of Texas campus library then fatally shot himself, and police are searching for a possible second suspect, university police said.

    A man opened fire with an automatic weapon on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castaneda Library early Tuesday, UT police spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said.

  • Home prices rise 0.6 percent in July

    NEW YORK (AP) — A national gauge of home prices ticked up in July for the fourth straight month, but many cities are bracing for declines in the year ahead.

    The price increases were fueled by now-expired homebuyer tax credits. With the peak buying season over, a record number of foreclosures, job concerns and weak demand from buyers are pushing prices down.

  • Mexican governor among those feared dead in landslide

    OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — A hillside collapsed on a rural Mexican community on Tuesday and the region's governor said hundreds of people are feared dead.

    Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz told the Televisa television network that the early morning landslide in the town Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec buried 100 to 300 houses and speculated that 500 to 1,000 people could be dead.

  • Obama pushes to energize dispirited Dems

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Determined to energize dispirited Democrats, President Barack Obama told New Mexico voters on Tuesday that Republicans would reverse the progress he's made on education reform and student aid.

  • Obama starts three-day, four-state trip in N.M.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-state tour featuring three more of the backyard visits with American voters that have become a campaign staple of his.

    The president flew Monday to Albuquerque, N.M., where he planned to spend the night. He will meet Tuesday morning with several people at a private home to discuss the economy and education. Obama plans similar backyard visits Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, and Richmond, Va.

    Tuesday night he will attend a Democratic campaign rally in Madison, Wis.

  • NM candidates for governor face off in debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish sought Sunday to shift the focus of the race away from Gov. Bill Richardson's administration, which has been a punching bag for rival Republican Susana Martinez.

  • Diamond Drive opens for traffic

    Commuters get a much-needed reprieve from Diamond Drive roadwork as the project winds down for the season. 
    “The first part of Phase 4 is essentially complete,” said Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. “Phase 5, which is the utilities portion, ran pretty much concurrently with Phase 4 and as of this week is substantially complete as well. We’ve got one more stretch of the project to complete from where we are now to the Omega Bridge starting next spring.”