• NTSB: 2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields. The two people aboard the smaller Cessna were killed, and the plane was...

  • California right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The move came despite pleas involving the case of Brittany...

  • Arkansas woman takes plea deal in slain realtor case

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death. Crystal Lowery was sentenced to 30...

  • APNewsBreak: Texas AG figures in federal securities probe

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose admitted violations of state securities laws will go before a grand jury this month, has also figured in a federal investigation of a Dallas-area technology company suspected of defrauding investors. Paxton owns at least...

  • Pope presses environment message in bio-diverse Ecuador

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis challenged Latin America's youth to take up his environmental protection campaign Tuesday, saying the defense of God's creation isn't just a recommendation but a requirement. Francis appeal, delivered at Quito's Catholic University, is particularly...

  • Colorado Springs zoo gets three new furry babies

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has three furry additions after one of its lionesses gave birth to healthy cubs last month. The roly-poly African lion cubs were born June 25 and are currently behind the scenes with their mother, Lomela, to give them time to bond and grow, the Zoo wrote in a...

  • Bomb blamed on Boko Haram kills 20 in northern Nigeria

    Updated: 13 min ago

    ZARIA, Nigeria (AP) — A bomb blast in Nigeria's northern university town of Zaria killed at least 25 people Tuesday including a 2-year-old toddler, the Kaduna state governor reported, the latest in a string of deadly bombing and shooting attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist...

  • 75th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks off this week

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: 18 min ago

    Grounds open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through July 10 and 10 a.m. July 11 for pre-rodeo activities including mutton bustin' tryouts, gold panning, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, climbing wall and more, rodeo at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through July 11, 12:45 p.m. July 11, Norris-Penrose...

  • Vern Smith has volunteered for 57 of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo's 75 years

    By AARON REISS aaron.reiss@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

  • El Paso County commissioners vote to end Black Forest code exceptions

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to expire exceptions to land use codes in Black Forest, a decision that will force residents who have been living in RVs and trailers to move out and move on. Following the Black Forest fire in 2013, the commissioners...

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