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Today's News

  • New-home sales fall, 2011 could be worst year yet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who bought new homes fell for the third straight month in July, putting sales on track to finish this year as the worst on records dating back half a century.

    Sales of new homes fell nearly 1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That's less than half the 700,000 that economists say represent a healthy market.

    Housing remains the weakest part of the economy. Last year was the worst for new-home sales on records that go back nearly 50 years.

  • Biden lauds Japan's resolve in tsunami zone visit

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday praised the resolve of the Japanese people in their efforts to recover from the tsunami and reaffirmed the two countries' alliance as vital for regional peace and prosperity.

    In a speech at Sendai's airport, which American military personnel helped clear of debris after the tsunami, Biden spoke of the U.S. public's admiration of Japan after the March 11 disaster, which left about 20,000 people dead or missing and ravaged hundreds of miles (kilometers) of coastline.

    "The disaster met its match in the legendary industriousness and relentless perseverance of the Japanese people," he said.

  • AP survey: No recession but weakness will endure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Another recession isn't likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy.

    That's the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.S. economy into 2012.

    Their gloominess comes at a time when Europe's debt crisis threatens to infect the global financial system. It also coincides with an annual economic conference late this week in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and speculation about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will unveil any new steps there to help the economy.

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973 shakes homes along NM border

    DENVER (AP) — The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border and caused minor damage to a few homes.

    The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed three smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day.

  • Sunday's rainstorm floods Bandelier and other areas

    Last month’s monumental Las Conchas Fire burned most of the vegetation from the upper sections of Frijoles Canyon.

    Without plants to slow down and absorb rainfall from monsoons now in the area, the canyon is ripe for flash floods, such as the one experienced Sunday.

    The torrential thunderstorm began in the upper Frijoles Canyon area in early afternoon and fell heavily for nearly two hours. About 5:40 p.m., the creek began to rise in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, and within about one minute was roaring through the picnic and parking areas, black with ash and carrying logs and rocks, according to Bandelier’s Chris Judson.

  • Albuquerque utility curtails river diversions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority say they have curtailed drinking water diversions from the Rio Grande because of ash from the Las Conchas fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the utility did not shut down its diversion completely. Utility spokesman David Morris says by reducing the amount of water it takes from the river, it hopes to reduce the risk of ash fouling its water treatment system.

    Thunderstorms pounded the Las Conchas burn area over the weekend, including storms that hit the Peralta Canyon area downstream from Cochiti Reservoir, where the ash can reach Albuquerque.

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 4 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 1256 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THE STORMS WERE NEARLY STATIONARY. RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE BELOW AND NEAR INDIVIDUAL CELLS.

  • Santa Clara governor escapes flash flood

    Heavy rains Sunday afternoon triggered a flash flood in Santa Clara Canyon, endangering Governor Walter Dasheno and six others. A Blackhawk helicopter rescued four of those trapped by the flood and all were able to reach safety.

     The National Weather Service estimated that from 1.7 up to 3 inches of rain fell on the Santa Clara Canyon watershed. The heavy rains impacted areas damaged by the Las Conchas fire, sending a cascade of water down the canyon.

  • Fresh fighting erupts between Libya rebels, regime--video extras

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fresh fighting has erupted in Tripoli hours after Moammar Gadhafi's son turned up free to thwart rebel claims he had been captured and to rally supporters.

    Rebels and forces loyal to the Libyan leader waged fierce street battles Tuesday, a day after opposition fighters swept into the capital with relative ease, claiming to have most of it under their control.

    Thick clouds of gray and white smoke filled the sky as heavy gunfire and explosions shook several districts of the city of 2 million people. Some of the heaviest fighting was around Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya main compound and military barracks.

    The reappearance of Seif al-Islam in Tripoli appears to have energized forces loyal to Gadhafi.

  • After Irene: When will the power come back on?--video extras

    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Cold showers. Meals in the dark. Refrigerators full of spoiled food. No TV. No Internet. Up and down the East Coast, patience is wearing thin among the hundreds of thousands of people still waiting for the electricity to come back on after Hurricane Irene knocked out the power last weekend.

    "It's like 'Little House on the Prairie' times," said Debbie McWeeney, who went to a Red Cross shelter in Warwick to pick up food and water after everything in her refrigerator went bad. "Except I'm not enjoying it at all."