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  • John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than...

  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the effects that companies like the Monsanto Company have on the community when they spray fields with chemical...

  • Get a Job Monday: Why the Y for a career

    One of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations is hiring, and you could be the one they need. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is offering a career to make a lasting difference in the community. At any given time, the Y has about 30 positions open ranging from part-time, full-time and exempt status and is seeking energetic, dedicated and...

  • Voice of the consumer: The trusty tire gauge

    As you know, potholes seem to be everywhere. They're lurking, waiting for us to smack them. They don't discriminate on size or location. It's almost as if they're daring city crews to not fill them soon enough. Let's help each other in this ongoing battle and report them so they don't grow into monsters. Don't be afraid to call the Colorado...

  • Northeast marinas scramble to repair damage from deep freeze

    GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the effects of a hurricane. After a scramble to get ready for the all-important Memorial Day weekend, most marinas are...

  • Bettering the Better Business Bureau: Incoming CEO has vision for improvements

    Jonathan Liebert has spent much of his career working for a business that generates profits to support a nonprofit organization. Next month, he will take over as CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, a nonprofit that works primarily with for-profit businesses to help build trust between them and their customers. For the...

  • Colorado Springs area business events starting May 24, 2015

    MONDAY Colorado Springs Toastmasters Club 555 - 6 p.m., City Hall Building, 212 E. Kiowa St.; tinyurl.com/o6hfahd. TUESDAY Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; Jon, 510-9831. Tri-Lakes Business Accelerators - 8-9:15 a.m., call for location; Sandy, 434-7031. PBX (Premier Business...

  • Don't want to get sued? BBB suggests complaining through its review service

    The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado hopes you'll bypass Yelp and skip over Ripoff Report.com in favor of its business review service, saying it's a more credible alternative because it vets consumer comments - and helps ward off lawsuits. "The issue with a lot of online reviews is that they are not vetted," said Matt Colligan, a...

  • Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement...

  • About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 162,000 trailer hitches sold at U-Haul outlets are being recalled because of weak steel that could cause the parts to break. The recall, announced Saturday, covers two types of hitches made by Wisconsin-based Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and January 2015 and sold under the "U-Haul Power Tow" brand. They were...

  • What we know right now about the deadly Amtrak derailment

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive...

  • Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle

    BELLINGHAM, Washington (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has no plans to remove a woman who has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans. The activist attached herself to the ship anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle, on Friday evening. The Coast Guard cutter Osprey...

  • Fido al fresco? NY weighs allowing outdoor dining with dogs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Never mind the doggie bag: Spot wants a seat at the outdoor table, or rather under it. New York is considering whether to join a growing number of states that give pet dogs legal entree, if not actual entrees, at open-air eateries. Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine...

  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said. The fire was on a platform in Breton Sound near environmentally delicate barrier islands off the state's southeast coast. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews...

  • Drenching rains green pastures, bode well for herd expansion

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Drenching rains that recently soaked the Great Plains have brought welcomed moisture to areas still recovering from droughts, greening pastures as ranchers begin the annual rite of moving cattle to the nation's summer grazing lands. Ranchers in Kansas and elsewhere in cattle country are still trying to rebuild herds that...

  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. It's not the uninsured, but rather the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already covered. Democrats call it "underinsurance." After paying premiums, many...

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal agreed upon on Friday will serve as a model for more...

  • Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the bill by voice vote early Saturday; the measure passed the House earlier in the week. Authority to spend money from the federal...

  • Five Colorado Springs companies honored for technology work

    A company that uses sophisticated equipment to create molds for manufacturers and another firm whose expertise in data and engineering has been used by the Department of Defense were among several local businesses honored Friday during the annual Celebrate Technology awards ceremony in Colorado Springs. High Performance Engineering won the...

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of...

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