• Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. The International Astronomical Union's general assembly starts Monday. It was planned years in advance...

  • Employee dorm fire kills 1, injures 4 in Grand Teton

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A fire at an employee dormitory in Grand Teton National Park killed one person and injured four others in the third emergency for national park concession workers in Wyoming in the past two months. The fire ignited at a two-story Grand Teton Lodge Company dorm at...

  • Some Alaska Natives allowed visa-free travel to Russian area

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some western Alaska Natives can again travel back and forth to Russia's Chukota region without a visa under a decades-old agreement that was recently revived. Vera Metcalf, a Native leader in Nome who works part time with the State Department, said Friday that...

  • Newseum features Nationals' first 10 years in Washington

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Washington Nationals celebrate their first decade in the nation's capital, the Newseum is opening a new exhibit spotlighting 10 of the team's most newsworthy moments. The Newseum opens "Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News" on Friday. This weekend, the Newseum...

  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday. In the Zimbabwean government's first official comment on the killing of Cecil the...

  • Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral, saying it's in line with the law and wouldn't hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, which has wielded increasing...

  • US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Tom Kaplan, a natural resource investor...

  • Colorado Day: Do you have the Colorado smarts to pass our quiz?

    The Gazette
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created a fun quiz. Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The...

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating...

  • Rob Bell's 'Everything Is Spiritual' tour coming to Colorado

    By Jesse James Deconto Religion News Service -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Hipster preacher Rob Bell is mashing up quantum physics, Jewish Kabbalah and Catholic mysticism to explain humanity's future evolution. In his 30-city "Everything Is Spiritual" tour, the former megachurch pastor and short-lived Oprah Winfrey Network talk-show host delivers a two-hour...

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