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  • NORAD sends fighter jets to escort flight after passengers' 'disruptive behaviour'

    A Sunwing Airlines flight to Cuba was escorted into Toronto by two Canadian fighter jets on Wednesday evening, NORAD said. Sunwing Flight 656 was about midway through its flight from Toronto to Cuba when the pilot of the 737 aircraft was alerted to a fight between passengers and alerted NORAD. The jet was over South Carolina at the time, said...

  • Front Range veterans health system to resume surgeries

    DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System is restarting surgical procedures. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1qAGxnp ) that surgeries resume Thursday. The system ceased surgical procedures on Friday over concerns about its air-handling units. There were 115 procedure cancellations, with 17 urgent cases...

  • Sheriff's Office: Military jet crashes in Virginia

    DEERFIELD, Va. — A sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard. Augusta County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter says witnesses reported hearing a loud noise that sounded like an explosion just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Coynter says...

  • Funeral Tuesday for Colorado Marine who wanted to surprise brother

    FORT COLLINS — Family and friends are gathering to remember the Colorado Marine killed in a crash on his way home to surprise his little brother. The funeral for Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Church in Fort Collins. He died in a rollover crash in central Utah on Aug. 15 while traveling from...

  • Army: Shooter injured self, no others on Va. base

    FORT LEE, Va. — The Army says early reports indicate that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base. The Army put Fort Lee on lockdown Monday morning, with a report of an active shooter. Officials say the soldier had a gun inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for...

  • New Air Force Space Command boss outlines big rules

    Air Force Space Command got a new leader, but not a new face, when Gen. John Hyten took command Aug. 15. "It's a dream job," he said. The general, who replaced Gen. William Shelton, has served as the top deputy for the Peterson Air Force Base command since 2012. He also had a stint as boss of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base....

  • Guard leader, Woodland Park's Capozzela, retires in September

    The Colorado Army National Guard's commander is retiring in September after a 27-year career. In one of her final acts as boss, Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella will re-enlist her son, Nathaniel Utter. "This is my other family," she said this month. "My Guard family." Capozzella, of Woodland Park, took command of the Army half of the state Guard...

  • Fort Carson to welcome home about 100 soldiers

    FORT CARSON — About 100 soldiers who were serving in Kuwait are scheduled to return to Fort Carson early Sunday morning. They were among about 2,500 soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division who were deployed in September and will be the last from the combat team to return to Fort Carson. The soldiers...

  • Senators call for investigation into AFA sex assaults

    The case of a cadet informant and the agent who handled his tips could face an investigation from the federal Office of Special Counsel under a request from two senators. The review would determine whether Office of Special Investigations agent Brandon Enos and former cadet Eric Thomas faced retaliation for uncovering misconduct at the...

  • Service to be held Saturday for Korean War veteran, POW Lester Stroup

    A Colorado Springs veteran who spent more than 1,000 days in a North Korean prisoner of war camp will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Lester Stroup died Sunday. He was 84. Stroup joined the Army in 1949 as an alternative to life as a farm laborer and wound up in an artillery outfit of the Army's 2nd...

  • Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade could shake the neighborhood with tank training

    Leaders at Fort Carson are warning neighbors about booms and dust as the post's most heavily-armed combat brigade heads to field training. The post's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which uses M-1 tanks and M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, will be training through Sept. 1 on the south side of the post, Fort Carson said in a news release. With the...

  • Hickenlooper signs postcard in support of Fort Carson

    Part of Gov. John Hickenlooper's visit to Colorado Springs on Thursday included his support of Fort Carson, as he signed a "Keep Carson Strong" postcard at an area YMCA. Proposed Depart of Defense cuts could slash two-thirds of the 24,000 personnel at Fort Carson, so the Fort Carson Strong campaign is gathering signed postcards in support of...

  • Officials: US rescue mission in Syria failed

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after...

  • Plenty of dust, but no fire at Air Force Academy

    Air Force Academy firefighters investigating reports of smoke in an industrial building on the south side of campus discovered plenty of dust, but no fire Wednesday morning. Workers reported smelling smoke inside the 10th Air Base Wing building on Industrial Drive, which was evacuated before 11 a.m. academy said. A four-member team of...

  • Colorado Marine killed in crash planned to surprise brother

    FORT COLLINS — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school. Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, 20, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died Friday in a rollover crash on Interstate 70 near Salina in central Utah. He was traveling with a fellow Marine, Jesus T. Paredes, from...

  • Obama: World is 'appalled' by Islamic State killing of journalist

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. Obama says the Islamic State...

  • Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    WASHINGTON — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. The number of accused...

  • Colorado Springs leaders ask public to join campaign to avert troop cuts at Fort Carson

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance on Tuesday kicked off an effort to keep troops at Fort Carson through thousands of love 
letters. The post faces cuts of up to 16,000 of its 24,000 soldiers under a Pentagon doomsday plan that projects $900 billion in Defense Department budget cuts over a decade. The alliance, which this year...

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