10 Things to Know for Monday

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. VOTERS SKEPTICAL THAT ECONOMY CAN BE FIXED

Half of Americans in a new AP poll say it won’t matter much whether Obama or Romney wins — even though the presidential candidates have staked their chances on who would be better at fixing the economic mess.

2. BIDEN HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT WAR BUILDUP

A new book reveals that as Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, the vice president warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed.

3. COLORADO SEEING WORST WILDFIRES IN A DECADE

A raging inferno moved in on some of Colorado’s most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, destroying nearly two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park and pushing tourists away from Pikes Peak.

4. DEBBY LASHES FLORIDA WITH HEAVY RAIN

The tropical storm whips the Sunshine State with bands of drenching rain while its center remains largely still in the Gulf of Mexico. Its slow progress means that the most pressing threat from the storm is flooding, not wind.

5. PRESIDENT HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN NEW ENGLAND

Obama will fly to New Hampshire, where he will speak at Oyster River High School in Durham at 1:05 p.m. before heading to Boston.

6. UNLIKELY ALLIANCE FORCED LUGO FROM POWER

The impeachment of Fernando Lugo was an unlikely marriage of Paraguay’s two main political parties who had long checked each other’s power in Congress.

7. SEEKING TO BRIDGE THE GAP ON TWO ICONIC TRAILS

The North Country National Scenic Trail runs 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York’s eastern border. But a group is trying to bridge the final 40-mile gap to the Appalachian Trail.

8. OPERATION ANVIL BEATING BACK DRUG FLIGHTS

Since April, the DEA and State Department have assisted Honduras police and military to move more quickly and pursue more suspicious flights conducted by drug traffickers.

9. “JEOPARDY’ HOST SUFFERS MILD HEART ATTACK

Alex Trebek, 71, host of the Emmy award-winning game show, is expected to recover in time to resume production on a new season next month.

10. THIRD TENNIS MAJOR POISED TO BEGIN

Play begins this morning at Wimbledon where stars such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will compete on the grass courts at the All England Club.

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