<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:09:01 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ex-Detroit council president pleads guilty in sex case]]> http://gazette.com/ex-detroit-council-president-pleads-guilty-in-sex-case/article/feed/414428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-detroit-council-president-pleads-guilty-in-sex-case/article/feed/414428?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the Detroit City Council pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal sexual conduct with a teen more than a decade ago when he was a TV journalist.

Charles Pugh's plea deal is the latest turn in his incredible plunge since he was elected council president in 2009 as the top vote-getter in Detroit. He suddenly quit his post in 2013 and mysteriously left the city for New York as allegations surfaced about sexual misconduct.

The plea deal calls for a minimum prison sentence of 5 ½ years, after which Pugh will be eligible for parole. The maximum punishment is 15 years behind bars. He also must register as a sex offender.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:06:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Amtrak upgrades: High-speed proposals could affect 8 states]]> http://gazette.com/amtrak-upgrades-high-speed-proposals-could-affect-8-states/article/feed/414509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amtrak-upgrades-high-speed-proposals-could-affect-8-states/article/feed/414509?custom_click=rss

Proposals by the Federal Railroad Administration to upgrade the high-speed rail corridor through the Northeast have raised concerns , and some enthusiasm, from residents in the eight states containing the route of Amtrak's Acela Express from Boston to Washington. After reviewing three major alternatives and a fourth option of doing nothing, the agency plans to release its recommendations later this year. The proposals attracting the most attention:



The most vehement opposition has come from southeastern Connecticut, where residents in Old Lyme and neighboring shoreline towns fear construction of a 50-mile bypass to avoid the current curvy route that hugs the coast would ruin their communities.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy]]> http://gazette.com/the-kids-are-all-right-children-with-3-way-dna-are-healthy/article/feed/414513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-kids-are-all-right-children-with-3-way-dna-are-healthy/article/feed/414513?custom_click=rss

A new study says 17 teenagers who were conceived with the DNA of three people as far back as the 1990s appear to be healthy.

They show no sign of unusual health problems and are doing well in school, according to the report.

The children resulted from an experimental procedure designed to overcome infertility. Each of them was conceived with three sources of genetic material: the mother's egg, the father's sperm, and fluid from a donor's egg.

The procedure was done between 1996 and 2001.

The follow-up study on the children's health was released Wednesday by the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. It was based on a survey of their parents.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:02:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-coal CEO argues he's wrongly imprisoned after 29 deaths]]> http://gazette.com/ex-coal-ceo-argues-hes-wrongly-imprisoned-after-29-deaths/article/feed/414324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-coal-ceo-argues-hes-wrongly-imprisoned-after-29-deaths/article/feed/414324?custom_click=rss

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was wrongly convicted and sent to prison because jury instructions made it too easy to conclude that he willfully violated safety rules at a West Virginia coal mine, his attorneys argued Wednesday.

Blankenship, 66, ran the coal company that owned West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, where a 2010 explosion killed 29 men. He's currently serving a one-year sentence after being convicted of misdemeanor conspiracy for what prosecutors call a series of willful safety violations before the blast.

Blankenship's attorneys filed a 94-page brief to the 4th U.S.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:02:39 -0600 <![CDATA[A fast track to ruin? Amtrak opponents fear high-speed plans]]> http://gazette.com/a-fast-track-to-ruin-amtrak-opponents-fear-high-speed-plans/article/feed/414510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-fast-track-to-ruin-amtrak-opponents-fear-high-speed-plans/article/feed/414510?custom_click=rss

OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) — This quaint shoreline community, proud of its role as a nursery of American Impressionist art, fears the destruction of its heritage if a federal proposal to someday run an East Coast high-speed rail line through its historic center becomes reality.

Residents of Old Lyme, population 7,600, have enlisted nearby communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island to stop a 50-mile portion of the proposed Northeast Corridor Future plan. They're awaiting a recommendation, possibly before the end of the year, from the Federal Railroad Administration on a "preferred alternative" route for a faster, modern Boston-to-Washington line.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:02:35 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: US abstains in UN on Cuba embargo for first time]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-us-abstains-in-un-on-cuba-embargo-for-first-time/article/feed/414511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-us-abstains-in-un-on-cuba-embargo-for-first-time/article/feed/414511?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. abstention from a U.N. resolution condemning the embargo against Cuba (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The United States has abstained for the first time in 25 years on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed.

The General Assembly resolution was overwhelming approved Wednesday by a vote of 191-0 with the United States and Israel abstaining. Diplomats in the assembly chamber burst into applause as the results appeared on an electronic board.

The U.S. decision to change its vote follows President Barack Obama's restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and his support for lifting the embargo,

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:59:32 -0600 <![CDATA[New Jersey Transit moves forward with train control system]]> http://gazette.com/new-jersey-transit-moves-forward-with-train-control-system/article/feed/414507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jersey-transit-moves-forward-with-train-control-system/article/feed/414507?custom_click=rss NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit's board has voted to secure the final piece of radio frequency spectrum it needs to install an automatic train braking system.

The board voted Wednesday to lease the radio frequency for a positive train control system from New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority for 50 years. The lack of the train control system is one of the things being looked at in last month's fatal Hoboken train crash.

The agency says it's on target to install the GPS-based system by a 2018 deadline.

New NJ Transit executive Steve Santoro says that acquiring the radio spectrum "was one of the larger hurdles which we have now crossed."

The board also approved its $2.11 billion operating budget

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:58:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Norfolk Southern's 3Q profit rose 2 pct on cost controls]]> http://gazette.com/norfolk-southerns-3q-profit-rose-2-pct-on-cost-controls/article/feed/414389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norfolk-southerns-3q-profit-rose-2-pct-on-cost-controls/article/feed/414389?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. says its third-quarter profits improved 2 percent because it cut costs enough to offset a 4 percent decline in railroad freight volume.

The Norfolk, Virginia, based railroad said it earned $460 million, or $1.55 per share, in the quarter. That's up from $452 million, or $1.49 per share, a year ago.

Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected the railroad to report earnings per share of $1.45.

The railroad's revenue declined 7 percent to $2.5 billion from last year's $2.7 billion because of the slower volume and a decline in the amount the railroad collects from fuel surcharges.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:57:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-judge's regrets could help cut sentence of drug kingpin]]> http://gazette.com/ex-judges-regrets-could-help-cut-sentence-of-drug-kingpin/article/feed/414514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-judges-regrets-could-help-cut-sentence-of-drug-kingpin/article/feed/414514?custom_click=rss PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former judge's regret could help lead to the early release of a drug kingpin whose case became well-known because of its connection to an organ transplant that saved Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey in 1993.

Robert Cindrich was the federal judge who gave Ronald Whethers a life sentence in 1996 for drug trafficking.

Now a practicing attorney, he's written to the court in Pittsburgh in support of a sentence reduction.

He says sentencing guidelines forced his hand back in the 1990s. They were amended two years ago, so Whethers can be resentenced.

Whethers' case made headlines because his underlings killed a man whose heart and liver were transplanted into Casey, saving his life.

A deal under di

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:56:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Toyota adds 5.8M vehicles to global Takata recall total]]> http://gazette.com/toyota-adds-5.8m-vehicles-to-global-takata-recall-total/article/feed/414508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toyota-adds-5.8m-vehicles-to-global-takata-recall-total/article/feed/414508?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles in Japan, Europe, China and other countries to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

The company says it knows of one person injured in a crash involving one of the vehicles, but a spokesman didn't know where the crash happened. Toyota says it hasn't determined if the injury was caused by a ruptured inflator.

The vehicles have inflators that can rupture and spew shrapnel. U.S. vehicles with the same inflators are already under recall.

Toyota says the recall brings to 23.1 million the total number of vehicles it has recalled worldwide to fix inflators.

Authorities say as many as 16 deaths worldwide have been linked to Takata.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:55:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Pennsylvania Turnpike: Commercial scofflaws owe $1.5M]]> http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-turnpike-commercial-scofflaws-owe-1.5m/article/feed/414405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-turnpike-commercial-scofflaws-owe-1.5m/article/feed/414405?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike is trying to shame trucking firms and other commercial haulers into coughing up more than $1.5 million in unpaid tolls.

One firm, Green Coast Logistics of South Plainfield, New Jersey, owes the bulk of that money, more than $678,000 stemming from more than 7,600 violations, the turnpike commission said in a list of top violators. The company didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The violations occur when vehicles drive through EZPass lanes and don't have an electronic toll-paying device attached — or don't have enough money in their EZPass account to cover the tolls. Pennsylvania doesn't use gates on EZPass lanes, like Ohio and some other

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:53:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Oscars-Nicholl Fellowships story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-oscars-nicholl-fellowships-story/article/feed/414118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-oscars-nicholl-fellowships-story/article/feed/414118?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Oct. 25 about the film academy's Nicholl Fellowships presentation next month, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a performer. Her name is Alia Shawkat, not Alia Shawka.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Film academy dedicates Nicholl Fellowships event to Yelchin

The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that its annual Nicholl Fellowships live-read event

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:41:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Wyoming loses right tackle to injury]]> http://gazette.com/wyoming-loses-right-tackle-to-injury/article/feed/414500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wyoming-loses-right-tackle-to-injury/article/feed/414500?custom_click=rss LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coach Craig Bohl says starting offensive right tackle Ryan Cummings is likely out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

The injury occurred in Wyoming's 42-34 win at Nevada last Saturday.

Cummings started the last 26 games for the Cowboys going back to his true freshman season in 2014.

Sophomore Brinkley Jolly is listed as Cummings' backup on the depth chart. The 6-foot-5, 273-pound Jolly has yet to play in a game this season. He played in one game last season as a redshirt freshman.

Wyoming (5-2 overall, 3-0 Mountain West) hosts No. 13 Boise State (7-0, 3-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:41:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Study: Asian immigrants to US giving birth at higher rates]]> http://gazette.com/study-asian-immigrants-to-us-giving-birth-at-higher-rates/article/feed/414515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-asian-immigrants-to-us-giving-birth-at-higher-rates/article/feed/414515?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — The share of children born to Asian immigrants in the United States has significantly grown while that of Latin American migrant women has dropped.

The Pew Research Center released new data Wednesday showing that Asian immigrants account for 22 percent of U.S. births by foreign women, up from 16 percent in 2010.

Meanwhile, fewer Latin American immigrants are having babies in the U.S. The study found the share of births to mothers from Latin America dropped from 64 percent of foreign mothers in 2008 to 54 percent in 2014.

Demographers say this is part of the changing makeup of the country, although Latina immigrants still have far more children than Asians.

A Pew study last month found that U.S.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:41:05 -0600 <![CDATA[New York's MoMA acquires original set of emojis]]> http://gazette.com/new-yorks-moma-acquires-original-set-of-emojis/article/feed/414512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-yorks-moma-acquires-original-set-of-emojis/article/feed/414512?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the day, before cars could drive themselves and phones could send stickers and animations, a Japanese phone company released a set of 176 emojis.

The year was 1999 and the tiny 12-by-12 pixel designs — smiley faces, hearts of the intact and broken variety, cats, and so on — were mainly popular in Japan. In 2010, Unicode Consortium, which now controls emoji standards, translated the emoji into the Unicode standard, which means that a person in France, for example, can send an emoji to a person in the U.S. and it will look the same.

New York's Museum of Modern Art says it has acquired original set of 176 emojis. They were a gift to the museum from the phone company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.

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