Steve Inskeep talks to Bob Murphy, mayor of Lakewood, Colo., about voters' concerns. Thousands of people there have jobs related to the government. Lakewood is in Jefferson County, a swing county, where the population is evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. The San Antonio mayor, 37, draws comparisons to President Obama and has been called the new face of the party. He'll be introduced by this twin, Joaquin, a state legislator.
A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
Tens of thousands of people remained without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi Monday, six days after Hurricane Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some areas under water. The large, slow-moving storm also forced many oil and gas refineries to cease or cut production.
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.
On Kickstarter, the largest crowd-funding site, a handful of entrepreneurs have raised millions of dollars more than they expected. But if they fail to deliver their promised product, questions arise over whether the supporters are donating money or making a purchase.
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