• Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. General manager Jim Popp considered Sam's sexuality a nonissue....

  • Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. He died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its...

  • Mexico reports large-scale firefight in cartel stronghold

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A large-scale firefight broke out Friday when federal forces came under fire in an area of western Mexico dominated by drug cartels, two Mexican officials said. One official said a convoy of federal police and soldiers were ambushed near the border of Michoacan and...

  • 2 men arrested in California in terrorism probe

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California men arrested by the FBI wanted to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. attorney's office charged 24-year-olds...

  • Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate. She described the U.S. economy as "well positioned for...

  • TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

    Associated Press
    Updated: 2 min ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. In a statement, the channel said it was...

  • Blog: Local filmmaker and director's music video debuts on Vevo

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 min ago

    Dillon Novak, a former Colorado Springs resident, is now a professional filmmaker and director living in L.A. A music video he directed for Denver musician Rob Drabkin's single, "Stay (the morning light fades)," will be featured on the homepage of Vevo.com on Tuesday. The video was...

  • Correction: Air Force Station-Crash story

    Updated: 14 min ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — In a story May 20 about the death of a second Marine during a training exercise in Hawaii, The Associated Press, relying on information from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, erroneously reported the hometown of Lance Cpt. Matthew Determan. He was from Ahwatukee,...

  • Colorado Springs teacher accused of sexual assault on student

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: 17 min ago

    A 30-year-old teacher who works at Stetson Hills Elementary School was arrested Friday after police received a Safe2Tell tip about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student. Christopher Markham, a paraprofessional at the school's library, is suspected of sexual...

  • Cavs' Irving misses shootaround, questionable for Game 2

    Updated: 27 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving skipped the morning shootaround Friday before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final to get further evaluation on his ailing left knee. Irving was listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final 8...

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