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  • Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential

    FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) — The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin. The cops aren't coming to seize hemp plants anymore. Instead, the federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed for research and development...

  • Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches. The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically...

  • MOVERS &SHAKERS

    Jon Paukovich has been promoted to chief lending officer for Ent Federal Credit Union. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including more than 11 years leading Ent's mortgage lending business units, and is a past member of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association board of directors, Fannie Mae Western Region Customer...

  • Security guards added to efforts to address panhandling, loitering in downtown Colorado Springs

    Despite the addition of police patrolling in the city's core, including a greater effort to address vagrancy, a downtown Colorado Springs advocacy group has said the effort is not enough. Two security guards now also are patrolling downtown streets looking for aggressive panhandlers, moving along people loitering in alleyways and parking...

  • Broadmoor area estate packed with 'jaw dropping' items lures shoppers

    Rich Schell had his arms loaded Friday with vintage clothes, including a Bill Blass gown of embossed taffeta. He was one of many estate sale goers mesmerized by the offerings at 12 El Encanto Drive in the Old Broadmoor area. The items he chose will be given to a designer friend back east, Michelle Workman, who likes to dress in vintage...

  • Man not guilty of murder in killing of unarmed trespasser

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man who was accused of murder after confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of all charges in the latest case to test the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws. Wayne Burgarello, 74, a retired Sparks school teacher,...

  • APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. The Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island would be one of the...

  • AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not...

  • Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson tentatively ruled on Thursday that FM Holdings Inc. had established clear title to the Brazilian gem, which has been appraised...

  • US fines Wisconsin bar $7,000 for death in dumbwaiter

    FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Wisconsin bar $7,000 for the death of an employee who died when her head got caught in a dumbwaiter. OSHA says WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City failed to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that were likely to cause death or...

  • Family first: Marrison Law fights for legal rights in custody, divorce disputes

    If anyone knows a thing or two about successful relationships, it’s attorney Pat Marrison. After 46 years in a strong marriage and raising three children and two stepchildren, the family law attorney brings decades of experience and sincere empathy for each of her clients to the table. “I know what it’s like, the pain and the joy that...

  • Family law attorney experiences first-hand significance of elder law

    For attorney William “Bill” Moller, elder law hits close to home. “When I meet with clients who are trying to make long-term care decisions for themselves or their elderly relatives, I know exactly what they are going through, because I have been there,” he said. ELDER LAW EXPERIENCE Bill’s mother has dementia and his mother-in-law has...

  • Q&A: Personal injury firm takes collaborative approach to client care, case management

    What roles do the McDivitt team members play in each client’s case? We have more than 90 employees working in four different locations to provide our clients with protection and access to the civil justice system. From the intake and marketing departments to the pre-litigation team and helpful client services staff, each person is in place to...

  • Downtown attorney works to bring legal order, healing to families through estate planning

    When it comes to family, we are all dealt a different hand. Throw in finances, end-of-life decisions and legal red tape, and for many relatives, it’s the perfect storm. Take Katherine, whose name has been changed to protect her identity. After her father passed away suddenly last year, Katherine’s future and inheritance were left to the mercies...

  • The Latest: Holmes says depression drove him to kill

    5 p.m. (MDT) Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting have been sent home for the weekend after spending most of Friday listening to a videotaped interview of James Holmes by a state-appointed psychiatrist. District Attorney George Brauchler had interspersed about five hours of the recording with questioning of the psychiatrist, helping to...

  • Amazon ups Ohio jobs to 1,000, begins collecting sales taxes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amazon has announced a Midwest expansion in Ohio that will include 1,000 well-paying jobs over several years. Ohio's deal with the retailing giant was announced Friday. It adds a third data computing center in the Columbus suburb of New Albany to previously announced centers in Dublin and Hilliard. Vice President Paul...

  • AmEx president dies suddenly after falling ill on flight

    American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. Gilligan, 55, was coming back from a business trip. The plane made an emergency landing in the U.S., an American Express spokeswoman said. She declined to say where Gilligan had been. "This is deeply...

  • White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped. U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has proposed a bill to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility...

  • 2 court fights after failed Atlantic City loan program

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The future of a company that Atlantic City's former mayor gave $3 million to run a loan program that has yet to make a loan is being sorted out in two courts. After Atlantic City sued ZeMurray Street Capital last year to get back its money, a federal judge on Friday ordered owner W. Wesley Drummon to certify by Monday that...

  • Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin. Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and...

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