Barack Obama's presidential nomination acceptance will be held at Denver's 76,000-seat Invesco Field football stadium Aug. 28 rather than in the much smaller downtown arena where the rest of the Democratic convention will take place, party officials announced Monday.

NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co., joined two private equity firms in purchasing The Weather Channel for a reported $3.5 billion. The channel, which can be seen by 97 percent of US cable subscribers, is based in Atlanta.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday that it's too early to tell whether tropical storm Bertha, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, will come ashore. Forecasters said the storm was well out at sea.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry, which operates an embassy in Washington, plans to open consulates in Detroit and San Diego to better facilitate assisting a growing number of expatriates, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fire crews battling a five-day-old wildfire in California that has consumed about 15 square miles of the Los Padres National Forest raced Monday to take advantage of cooler, more humid conditions before the expected return of hotter, drier conditions.

Seven players each from the Chicago Cubs and World Series champion Boston Red Sox were selected for baseball's July 15 All-Star Game in New York. In fan voting, no player from the Tampa Bay Rays, who own baseball's best record, was elected to start the game.

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