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Today's News

  • Basketball: Seattle sweeps Atlanta to win WNBA title

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Seattle Storm made a sweeping claim to be considered one of the top teams in WNBA history.

    Even if the Atlanta Dream were difficult to convince.

    Seattle, which matched the league record for regular-season wins, completed the WNBA's first undefeated postseason in eight years, beating the Dream 87-84 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep of the finals.

  • Gunman shot and killed on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington say police shot a man who pointed a gun at them on Capitol Hill.

    U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says officers were told around 5 a.m. Friday to be on the lookout for a man with a gun.

  • Weather service to probe if tornado hit Big Apple

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.

    The National Weather Service planned to spend the day investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • NM snags millions for energy projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new federal report shows millions of federal stimulus dollars are being spent on energy projects in New Mexico.

    The report released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows nearly 100 projects and tax credits totaling nearly $670 million in New Mexico, from environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory to new investments in smart grid and other renewable energy technology.

  • Expiring tax cuts hit taxpayers at every level

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's some pressure for lawmakers: If they don't reach agreement on extending soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, nearly all their constituents back home will get big tax increases.

    A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis by Deloitte Tax LLP, a tax consulting firm. The same family making $100,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $4,500.

  • CDD seeks public input to crackdown on eyesores

    The Community Development Department (CDD) wants feedback from residents and commercial property owners about ways the county code can be made clearer regarding compliance and enforcement of yard and property maintenance and safety issues on private and commercial property.
    Two public meetings will be held and the information will help the county draft a nuisance ordinance.
    The first meeting was Thursday at Fuller Lodge and a second meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at White Rock Town Hall.

  • Smith's Union: Earnings uptick belies cuts

    Kroger’s latest earnings report has triggered another attack by the union that represents employees at Smith’s Food & Drug centers.
    In a written statement Wednesday, the union said that Smith’s parent company “revealed strong growth in an allegedly hurting economy.”

  • Census: 1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty.
    The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in office.
    The poverty rate climbed from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008.

  • Police: Hopkins gunman shot himself and relative

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A gunman who wounded a doctor at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore and then holed up inside a room has shot and killed himself and a relative during a standoff with authorities, police said Thursday.
    Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press that the suspect and his relative died in a hospital room.
    The standoff lasted more than 2 hours.

  • US homes lost to foreclosure up 25 pct.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis.
    The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed for the seventh month in a row, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.
    In all, banks repossessed 95,364 properties last month, up 3 percent from July and an increase of 25 percent from August 2009, RealtyTrac said.