Today: Gearing up for recalls, CU crime on rise, more record temps

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1. El Paso County gearing up for historic recall elections

The El Paso County clerk will test voting machines Tuesday morning, doing their work to ensure the equipment is working accurately heading into next week’s historic recall elections. Early voting began last week. Official voting begins on September 10.

2. Local dad’s brave fight against Stage 4 skin cancer

Nick Auden, a father of three, is battling Stage 4 melanoma. He’s also part of a very public fight to take part in a test of a potentially life-saving drug. He was initially denied entry into the test because of previous medical conditions, but Auden and his family are asking drug companies to bend the rules to allow him to participate.

3. Search continues for suspects in killing of 13-year-old boy

Police were still searching for clues after a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in a Montbello neighborhood on Friday night. No arrests in the case had been made in the case as of early Tuesday.

4. Students vigilant after series of crimes near CU

Two weeks after a CU student was assaulted by two men — possibly two other students — at an underpass near campus, another assault and attempted robbery near the University of Colorado at Boulder campus has students on high alert as police investigate.

5. Another round of record-breaking heat

Considering the normal high temperature this time of year is 83 and the record is 95, Tuesday’s expected high of 94 is unseasonably warm. On Wednesday, there is a 20 percent chance of a late day storm, but highs are once again expected to be in the 90s.

6. Doctors advising children to get flu shots early this year

The American Academy Of Pediatrics is urging parents and the children to get vaccinated early this fall. This is based on the expectation that the flu virus will start circulating earlier than usual this year.

7. Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park 70 percent contained

The stubborn Rim Fire, one of the largest wildfire in California’s history, is 70 percent contained. With rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast, firefighters are making progress, but don’t expect full containment until October 20.

8. Wal-Mart slashes iPhone 5 and iPad prices

IPhone discounts are typical this time of year, but Wal-Mart’s will be tough to beat. The retail giant said it has slashed the price of the 16 gigabyte iPhone 5 to $98

9. Microsoft to buy Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion

Microsoft announced late Monday night that it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone business — a momentous deal that pits Microsoft squarely against Apple and Google in the hotly contested smartphone arena.

10. Obama pushes Congress to act on Syria

President Barack Obama, before meeting Tuesday morning with members of Congress about possible military intervention in Syria, said he believes the U.S. military plan is appropriate, proportional, limited, and “does not involve boots on the ground.” “This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan,” he said.

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