MICHELLE OBAMA-NOT WATCHING GOP
NEW YORK (AP) -- What's first lady Michelle Obama watching? Not the Republicans. But Mrs. Obama tells David Letterman she's got a good excuse. The first lady points out the Republicans are running against her husband, so she tends "not to watch it." As for the rest of the voters, Mrs. Obama says it's important to watch the conventions of both parties. That way, the first lady says voters can make an informed choice. Mrs. Obama tells Letterman she's working on her speech for the Democratic convention. Letterman got a big laugh when he offered to write a joke for her to open with.
ROMNEY-GUN ON PLANE
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Whoops! A forgetful Secret Service agent left a gun in the bathroom of Mitt Romney's plane. A reporter discovered the weapon while the GOP presidential nominee was flying from Florida to Indiana yesterday. The gun was quickly retrieved by an agent. Agency officials say they're aware of the incident and matter is being handled internally. Officials aren't revealing who left gun or how it was misplaced. The agent wasn't on the afternoon flight back to Tampa, here Romney will address the Republican convention this evening.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Do you prefer a "Romney" or a "No-Bama." We're not talking candidates but cocktails. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is offering two politically-themed drinks at his steakhouse in downtown Sin City. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the "No-Bama" includes 2 ounces of Jefferson's 10-year-old straight rye whiskey, 1.5 ounces of Canton ginger liqueur and a half-ounce of Sombra. As for the "Romney" -- it's just plain tap water.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Ribs for a-half million. That's on the menu in Sparks, Nevada, this holiday weekend. The 24th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off kicked off yesterday. About 500,000 barbecue fans are expected. Two dozen of the best rib cookers in the country will be working their smokey magic with more than 120 tons of meat. But not all BBQ masters are Americans. The Aussom Aussie team hails from Sydney, Australia. Member Andrew Mackay says they "love" coming to Sparks. He adds it's the biggest cook-off in the world.
POPULAR BABY NAMES
NEW YORK (AP) -- Expect a lot of Isabellas and Jaydens in the playgrounds and kindergartens of New York City in the years to come. Isabella and Jayden were the most popular baby names last year in the Big Apple. And it has been that way for three years. But also look out for more Aidens, Alexanders and Emmas. Michael is moving up, too. That's good news to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He notes Michael is "a fine name."
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- The vote was tilted -- against the Tilted Kilt. City officials in Quincy, Massachusetts, have denied a license to the national Scottish-themed sports bar chain. The bar features waitresses in skimpy tartan skirts and revealing tops. Local religious leaders objected, noting the proposed bar is near a church. A lawyer for the Tilted Kilt calls the decision disappointing. The bar can file an appeal.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.