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Democratic Field Offices Boost Obama In Colorado
President Obama sets off on a two-day campaign trip to Colorado Wednesday. He's looking to preserve his slim lead in the state. Republican challenger Mitt Romney was in Colorado last week trying to recapture the state that George W. Bush won twice. Obama's team has opened 32 field offices around the state --three times as many as Romney.
Rep. Akin To Challenge Sen. McCaskill In November
Missouri's Claire McCaskill is one of the most embattled Senate Democrats in the country. Conservative outside groups have been running TV ads against her for months. Tuesday night, Missouri voters in the Republican primary chose Congressman Todd Akin to face McCaskill in the fall.
Conservatives Win In Kansas GOP Senate Primary
In Kansas, there's been a battle between moderate and conservative Republicans over control of the state Senate. The state has moved in an increasingly conservative direction over the past two decades.
Florida Market Draws Candidates Like Bees To Nectar
The Parkesdale Market, located on a key highway in the swing state of Florida, attracts more than just hungry customers. The Meeks family, which runs the farmers market, talks about their visits from presidential candidates past and what concerns them in this election year.
With 'Last Book Sale,' Lit Giant Leaves One More Gift
Author Larry McMurtry's used bookstore is holding an auction to whittle its nearly half-a-million-title collection down by more than half. "I'd like for the American antiquarian book trade to stay vital and ... energetic," McMurtry says, "and pouring some books into it is a good way to help."
U.S. Gymnast Raisman Wins Gold, Bronze Medals
The "Fierce Five" have finished their run at the London Summer Olympics. That's the nickname given to America's female gymnasts. They started the games by winning the most important gold medal in the team event. They finished Tuesday with their team captain Aly Raisman finally getting the break that seemed so elusive.
Japan's Nuclear Debate Weighs Safety, Economics
Anti-nuclear protests are growing in Japan over Tokyo's decision to restart two nuclear reactors in the wake of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Many Japanese fear another accident, but others say the lack of nuclear power will further hurt the ailing economy.
U.S., Europe May Take Economic Action
There's apparently a feeling that the U.S. and Europe are poised to make moves that will help the global economy. Investors are betting the Federal Reserve will launch new stimulus action. They're also betting some decisive action will be taken soon to reign in the fiscal crisis in Europe.
Chevron Fire May Lead To Higher Calif. Gas Prices
A fire at a Chevron oil refinery near San Francisco will likely push up gasoline prices in California. The state has strict environmental rules that require a special blend of gas for motorists, so it's not as simple as merely importing gas from other states.
Natural Gas Giant Tries To Shift Gears
Chesapeake Energy is still a leader in America's "fracking"-fueled natural gas boom, but low natural gas prices are making the company less profitable. Now the company is selling some of its assets and shifting more of its efforts into oil and other energy sectors to try to boost its bottom line.