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  • Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol' as new judge--Video Extra

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.

    "I am so excited to be joining 'Idol,'" said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly's cell phone, which he put on speaker for the hotel ballroom meeting.

  • Sandoval County fire chief dies in crash

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The fire chief in Sandoval County has been killed in a crash on Interstate 25 near Bernalillo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Jon Tibbetts died Monday morning after his vehicle struck a barrier in the center of the interstate, and it flipped into the southbound lane.

    According to KOB-TV, the 59-year-old Tibbetts had been on duty and driving his county-issued vehicle at the time.

  • Raw Video: First Look at Colo. Shooting Suspect

    Colo. movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes, 24, is making his first court appearance and has reddish orange hair.

  • Colo. Massacre Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

    A Colorado prosecutor says James Holmes, the suspect in the mass shooting at a midnight Batman film screening could face the death penalty. Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Chambers said Monday that her office is considering it.

  • Waterman withdraws from council race

    In a one-paragraph e-mail to the Los Alamos Monitor, Republican candidate Roger Waterman announced he was withdrawing from the county council race Monday.

    The statement read: “Due to business and professional issues that have arisen over the last several weeks, I am withdrawing as a candidate for the Los Alamos County Council. I regret disappointing my many supporters. I will be returning any financial support I have received to those who supported me in that manner.”

    "I'm really disappointed," Waterman said in a phone interview. "I really have an interest in governmental affairs. The timing was just bad."

  • Penn St fined $60M, wins vacated from '98-11--Video Extra

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years' probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.

  • Today in History for July 23rd
  • US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

    Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections.

    The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or conservative leanings. 

  • Raw Video: Former New Orleans Hotel Imploded

    A former hotel was imploded in New Orleans Sunday morning. It's destruction clears the way for the construction of the future University Medical Center.

  • Statue of Penn State Coach Paterno Taken Down