<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:53:09 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer voted NBA coach of the year]]> http://gazette.com/atlantas-mike-budenholzer-voted-nba-coach-of-the-year/article/feed/225392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/atlantas-mike-budenholzer-voted-nba-coach-of-the-year/article/feed/225392?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks has been chosen as NBA coach of the year.

The second-year coach was honored Tuesday after leading the Hawks to a 60-22 record — the best in franchise history — and top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 points overall in balloting by sports writers and broadcasters. Golden State's Steve Kerr, who guided the Warriors to an NBA-best 67-15 record, received 56 first-place votes and 471 points.

A longtime assistant at San Antonio, Budenholzer's team was plagued by injuries and went 38-44 in his debut season. But the Hawks surged to the top of the East, giving Atlanta its first coach of the year since Lenny Wilki

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks has been chosen as NBA coach of the year.

The second-year coach was honored Tuesday after leading the Hawks to a 60-22 record — the best in franchise history — and top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 points overall in balloting by sports writers and broadcasters. Golden State's Steve Kerr, who guided the Warriors to an NBA-best 67-15 record, received 56 first-place votes and 471 points.

A longtime assistant at San Antonio, Budenholzer's team was plagued by injuries and went 38-44 in his debut season. But the Hawks surged to the top of the East, giving Atlanta its first coach of the year since Lenny Wilki]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:48:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Patriots' Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery]]> http://gazette.com/report-patriots-nate-solder-had-testicular-cancer-surgery/article/feed/225389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-patriots-nate-solder-had-testicular-cancer-surgery/article/feed/225389?custom_click=rss FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder reportedly had surgery for testicular cancer last spring. He went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory.

ESPN said Tuesday that Solder was diagnosed during the team's voluntary offseason program last April after a standard physical. He had surgery three days later and returned by June for the end of organized team activities.

Solder says he was surprised by the diagnosis and stresses the need for early detection. ESPN adds that while Solder made a quick recovery he is sensitive to others who have more significant surgery and treatments than he did.

The 27-year-old Solder is entering his fifth NFL season. The Patriots drafted him i

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]]> FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder reportedly had surgery for testicular cancer last spring. He went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory.

ESPN said Tuesday that Solder was diagnosed during the team's voluntary offseason program last April after a standard physical. He had surgery three days later and returned by June for the end of organized team activities.

Solder says he was surprised by the diagnosis and stresses the need for early detection. ESPN adds that while Solder made a quick recovery he is sensitive to others who have more significant surgery and treatments than he did.

The 27-year-old Solder is entering his fifth NFL season. The Patriots drafted him i]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:48:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Anger simmers in southern Chile over bishop appointment]]> http://gazette.com/anger-simmers-in-southern-chile-over-bishop-appointment/article/feed/225254?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anger-simmers-in-southern-chile-over-bishop-appointment/article/feed/225254?custom_click=rss

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.

In the month since Bishop Juan Barros was installed in Osorno, the priest has had to sneak out of back exits, call on riot police to shepherd him from the city's cathedral and coordinate movements with bodyguards and police canine units.

Such is the public routine of the bishop who is denounced by his opponents as having shielded Chile's most notorious pedophile priest. For his part, Barros says relations are improving.

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]]> SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.

In the month since Bishop Juan Barros was installed in Osorno, the priest has had to sneak out of back exits, call on riot police to shepherd him from the city's cathedral and coordinate movements with bodyguards and police canine units.

Such is the public routine of the bishop who is denounced by his opponents as having shielded Chile's most notorious pedophile priest. For his part, Barros says relations are improving.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Fierce storm lashes southeast Australia; 3 feared dead]]> http://gazette.com/fierce-storm-lashes-southeast-australia-3-feared-dead/article/feed/225258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fierce-storm-lashes-southeast-australia-3-feared-dead/article/feed/225258?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — A fierce storm lashing southeast Australia destroyed homes, stranded dozens of people in swirling floodwaters and may have led to three deaths, officials said Tuesday.

The storm has pounded Sydney and other parts of New South Wales state since Monday, dumping more than 30 centimeters (a foot) of rain in some areas with wind gusting more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour.

Flash flooding trapped people in cars and homes. Emergency officials received 4,500 calls for help and rescued nearly 50 people, New South Wales premier Mike Baird said.

In the town of Dungog, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sydney, three people were found dead and at least one home was swept away.

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]]> SYDNEY (AP) — A fierce storm lashing southeast Australia destroyed homes, stranded dozens of people in swirling floodwaters and may have led to three deaths, officials said Tuesday.

The storm has pounded Sydney and other parts of New South Wales state since Monday, dumping more than 30 centimeters (a foot) of rain in some areas with wind gusting more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour.

Flash flooding trapped people in cars and homes. Emergency officials received 4,500 calls for help and rescued nearly 50 people, New South Wales premier Mike Baird said.

In the town of Dungog, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sydney, three people were found dead and at least one home was swept away.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:47 -0600 <![CDATA[South Africa deploys army to end anti-immigrant attacks]]> http://gazette.com/south-africa-deploys-army-to-end-anti-immigrant-attacks/article/feed/225350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-africa-deploys-army-to-end-anti-immigrant-attacks/article/feed/225350?custom_click=rss

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African army has been deployed to areas that remain volatile after a spate of attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday.

Soldiers have been sent to support police in troubled areas, Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in a live broadcast.

The minister made the announcement in Alexandra, a Johannesburg township where a Zimbabwean couple survived a shooting overnight. Both Zimbabweans were treated and discharged from hospital.

In the same Alexandra area, a Mozambican man was stabbed to death by four South African men over the weekend. Four South African suspects appeared in court on Tuesday and remain in jail, said Velekhaya Mgobhozi, the National Pro

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]]> JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African army has been deployed to areas that remain volatile after a spate of attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday.

Soldiers have been sent to support police in troubled areas, Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in a live broadcast.

The minister made the announcement in Alexandra, a Johannesburg township where a Zimbabwean couple survived a shooting overnight. Both Zimbabweans were treated and discharged from hospital.

In the same Alexandra area, a Mozambican man was stabbed to death by four South African men over the weekend. Four South African suspects appeared in court on Tuesday and remain in jail, said Velekhaya Mgobhozi, the National Pro]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states]]> http://gazette.com/eritrea-north-korea-called-worlds-most-censored-states/article/feed/225385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eritrea-north-korea-called-worlds-most-censored-states/article/feed/225385?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its annual list of the world's top 10 most censored states.

Here's the rest of the list: Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.

How nations restrict Internet access is an important factor in the report. Eritrea allows only dial-up access, and North Korea allows Internet access to a small number of elite. And Eritrea has the world's smallest percentage of citizens with mobile phones, at 5 percent.

The report says 44 journalists are imprisoned in China, more than any other count

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its annual list of the world's top 10 most censored states.

Here's the rest of the list: Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.

How nations restrict Internet access is an important factor in the report. Eritrea allows only dial-up access, and North Korea allows Internet access to a small number of elite. And Eritrea has the world's smallest percentage of citizens with mobile phones, at 5 percent.

The report says 44 journalists are imprisoned in China, more than any other count]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift]]> http://gazette.com/replacing-carpet-at-jerusalem-shrine-reveals-religious-rift/article/feed/225277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/replacing-carpet-at-jerusalem-shrine-reveals-religious-rift/article/feed/225277?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.

But there is no such thing as routine remodeling when it comes to the most contested piece of real estate in Jerusalem, where the presence of a mere screwdriver can threaten to ignite religious tensions.

The carpet has sparked a verbal holy war over the hilltop compound, which is revered by Jews and Muslims whose competing claims often spill over into violence.

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]]> JERUSALEM (AP) — It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.

But there is no such thing as routine remodeling when it comes to the most contested piece of real estate in Jerusalem, where the presence of a mere screwdriver can threaten to ignite religious tensions.

The carpet has sparked a verbal holy war over the hilltop compound, which is revered by Jews and Muslims whose competing claims often spill over into violence.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Saudi airstrikes pound Yemen's Shiite rebels, killing 20]]> http://gazette.com/saudi-airstrikes-pound-yemens-shiite-rebels-killing-20/article/feed/225343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saudi-airstrikes-pound-yemens-shiite-rebels-killing-20/article/feed/225343?custom_click=rss

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 20 in a city in the country's west as the civilian death toll rose to 38 from airstrikes the day before in the capital, Sanaa, officials said.

The U.S. backed campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies, mainly Gulf Arab countries, is aimed at crushing the rebels, known as Houthis, who have taken over Sanaa and areas in northern Yemen and have been pressing an offensive to expand their gains in the rest of the country, including the southern port city of Aden.

The ground fighting and the airstrikes have pushed Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, to the brink of collapse.

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]]> SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 20 in a city in the country's west as the civilian death toll rose to 38 from airstrikes the day before in the capital, Sanaa, officials said.

The U.S. backed campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies, mainly Gulf Arab countries, is aimed at crushing the rebels, known as Houthis, who have taken over Sanaa and areas in northern Yemen and have been pressing an offensive to expand their gains in the rest of the country, including the southern port city of Aden.

The ground fighting and the airstrikes have pushed Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, to the brink of collapse.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:24 -0600 <![CDATA[UNHCR: Weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean]]> http://gazette.com/unhcr-weekend-shipwreck-deadliest-ever-in-mediterranean/article/feed/225309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unhcr-weekend-shipwreck-deadliest-ever-in-mediterranean/article/feed/225309?custom_click=rss

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.

New details of the tragedy were emerging as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and other aid agencies interviewed the handful of survivors who arrived overnight in Catania, Sicily.

Survivors put the number of passengers on board the three-deck fishing trawler at 850, according to UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards in Geneva. Only 24 bodies were recovered, in addition to the 28 survivors.

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]]> CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.

New details of the tragedy were emerging as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and other aid agencies interviewed the handful of survivors who arrived overnight in Catania, Sicily.

Survivors put the number of passengers on board the three-deck fishing trawler at 850, according to UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards in Geneva. Only 24 bodies were recovered, in addition to the 28 survivors.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Libya chaos spurs human smuggling, government spokesman says]]> http://gazette.com/libya-chaos-spurs-human-smuggling-government-spokesman-says/article/feed/225362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/libya-chaos-spurs-human-smuggling-government-spokesman-says/article/feed/225362?custom_click=rss

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's chaos has spurred human trafficking, a spokesman for the country's internationally recognized government said Tuesday, urging the world community to help his administration gain control of the rest of the country.

The appeal comes as violence in Libya surges and more and more crowded refugee rafts head to Europe, many of which have capsized, leaving hundreds feared dead. Libya has two rival governments, each claiming legitimacy as their allied militias fight across the country.

The smuggling of migrants to Europe via Libya generates massive amounts of illicit money, some of which ends up in the hands of militant groups, Hatem al-Aribi said in an interview in the eastern city of Bayda.

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]]> CAIRO (AP) — Libya's chaos has spurred human trafficking, a spokesman for the country's internationally recognized government said Tuesday, urging the world community to help his administration gain control of the rest of the country.

The appeal comes as violence in Libya surges and more and more crowded refugee rafts head to Europe, many of which have capsized, leaving hundreds feared dead. Libya has two rival governments, each claiming legitimacy as their allied militias fight across the country.

The smuggling of migrants to Europe via Libya generates massive amounts of illicit money, some of which ends up in the hands of militant groups, Hatem al-Aribi said in an interview in the eastern city of Bayda.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Former officer accused of injuring Indian man due in court]]> http://gazette.com/former-officer-accused-of-injuring-indian-man-due-in-court/article/feed/225369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-officer-accused-of-injuring-indian-man-due-in-court/article/feed/225369?custom_click=rss HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is due in court on charges of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation.

Federal court records show 26-year-old Eric Sloan Parker is set for an arraignment hearing before a federal magistrate in Huntsville on Tuesday.

A defense lawyer says Parker will plead not guilty. Such hearings are typically brief.

Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February.

Patel was walking in suburban Madison where he was visiting his family when a resident called police about a suspicious man.

Police video captured images of an officer slamming Patel to the ground face-fist. He's

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]]> HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is due in court on charges of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation.

Federal court records show 26-year-old Eric Sloan Parker is set for an arraignment hearing before a federal magistrate in Huntsville on Tuesday.

A defense lawyer says Parker will plead not guilty. Such hearings are typically brief.

Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February.

Patel was walking in suburban Madison where he was visiting his family when a resident called police about a suspicious man.

Police video captured images of an officer slamming Patel to the ground face-fist. He's]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Police: Woman killed farmer husband, buried him under manure]]> http://gazette.com/police-woman-killed-farmer-husband-buried-him-under-manure/article/feed/225370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-woman-killed-farmer-husband-buried-him-under-manure/article/feed/225370?custom_click=rss ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple's western New York farm.

State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn't go to work and hadn't been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday.

Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess' body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm.

Authorities say Mess had been killed by his 48-year-old wife, Charlene Mess. She's charged with second-degree murder.

Charlene Mess is being held without bail Tuesday in the county jail. Her public defender couldn't

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]]> ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple's western New York farm.

State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn't go to work and hadn't been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday.

Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess' body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm.

Authorities say Mess had been killed by his 48-year-old wife, Charlene Mess. She's charged with second-degree murder.

Charlene Mess is being held without bail Tuesday in the county jail. Her public defender couldn't]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Michelle Obama to speak at Tuskegee University commencement]]> http://gazette.com/michelle-obama-to-speak-at-tuskegee-university-commencement/article/feed/225365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michelle-obama-to-speak-at-tuskegee-university-commencement/article/feed/225365?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama.

The May 9 event is one of three graduation ceremonies the first lady will speak at this year. Mrs. Obama will also deliver remarks at Oberlin College and King College Prep, a high school in her hometown of Chicago.

The White House says Oberlin and King were chosen because of their video submissions to two "commencement challenges" issued by Mrs. Obama last fall. Schools had to show their commitment to college mentoring and helping students get financial aid.

Mrs. Obama will speak at Oberlin May 25 and at King College Prep June 9.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama.

The May 9 event is one of three graduation ceremonies the first lady will speak at this year. Mrs. Obama will also deliver remarks at Oberlin College and King College Prep, a high school in her hometown of Chicago.

The White House says Oberlin and King were chosen because of their video submissions to two "commencement challenges" issued by Mrs. Obama last fall. Schools had to show their commitment to college mentoring and helping students get financial aid.

Mrs. Obama will speak at Oberlin May 25 and at King College Prep June 9.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing]]> http://gazette.com/us-couple-sentenced-to-prison-in-bali-suitcase-killing/article/feed/225298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-couple-sentenced-to-prison-in-bali-suitcase-killing/article/feed/225298?custom_click=rss

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.

The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August. The badly battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

The three-judge panel said it decided to be lenient toward Mack, 19, because she recently gave birth.

"Her newborn baby badly needs a mother's love and breastfeeding," the verdict said.

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]]> BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.

The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August. The badly battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

The three-judge panel said it decided to be lenient toward Mack, 19, because she recently gave birth.

"Her newborn baby badly needs a mother's love and breastfeeding," the verdict said.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Former RI mobster Ouimette dies in North Carolina prison]]> http://gazette.com/former-ri-mobster-ouimette-dies-in-north-carolina-prison/article/feed/225368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-ri-mobster-ouimette-dies-in-north-carolina-prison/article/feed/225368?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mob enforcer in Rhode Island with ties to late New England crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca has died in a federal prison in North Carolina. Gerard T. Ouimette was 75.

The Federal Bureau of Prison's website reported that Ouimette, who had lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, died Sunday.

His nephew, Kevin Ouimette Lynch, tells the Providence Journal that his uncle was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and died in his sleep at a prison in Butner, North Carolina.

In 1996, Ouimette was convicted of extortion and became the first criminal in New England sentenced to life in prison under the federal "three strikes and you're out" provision for violent offenders.

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]]> PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mob enforcer in Rhode Island with ties to late New England crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca has died in a federal prison in North Carolina. Gerard T. Ouimette was 75.

The Federal Bureau of Prison's website reported that Ouimette, who had lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, died Sunday.

His nephew, Kevin Ouimette Lynch, tells the Providence Journal that his uncle was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and died in his sleep at a prison in Butner, North Carolina.

In 1996, Ouimette was convicted of extortion and became the first criminal in New England sentenced to life in prison under the federal "three strikes and you're out" provision for violent offenders.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:46:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Time plus distance help some Oklahoma City victims move on]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/time-plus-distance-help-some-oklahoma-city-victims-move-on/article/1549920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/time-plus-distance-help-some-oklahoma-city-victims-move-on/article/1549920?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim's advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life.

Bud Welch said his ability to eventually forgive enabled him to survive emotionally after the death of his daughter. For Jannie Coverdale, though, there's "no such thing" as moving on, even after two decades.

All three lost loved ones 20 years ago Sunday, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building with a rental truck laden with explosives. However, all three took different paths as they tried to come to grips with a pain that never fully heals.



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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim's advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life.

Bud Welch said his ability to eventually forgive enabled him to survive emotionally after the death of his daughter. For Jannie Coverdale, though, there's "no such thing" as moving on, even after two decades.

All three lost loved ones 20 years ago Sunday, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building with a rental truck laden with explosives. However, all three took different paths as they tried to come to grips with a pain that never fully heals.

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<![CDATA[Some victims of California explosion released from hospital]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/some-victims-of-california-explosion-released-from-hospital/article/1549919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-victims-of-california-explosion-released-from-hospital/article/1549919?custom_click=rss

FRESNO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. investigators were at the scene Saturday of a natural gas pipeline blast at a sheriff's gun range, as four of the 11 people injured in the explosion were released from the hospital.

The victims included two Fresno County sheriff's deputies, a public works employee and eight jail inmates, according to sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti.

The deputies and two of the inmates were released. The public works employee and another inmate were in critical condition, with the inmate's condition considered life-threatening, Botti said.



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FRESNO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. investigators were at the scene Saturday of a natural gas pipeline blast at a sheriff's gun range, as four of the 11 people injured in the explosion were released from the hospital.

The victims included two Fresno County sheriff's deputies, a public works employee and eight jail inmates, according to sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti.

The deputies and two of the inmates were released. The public works employee and another inmate were in critical condition, with the inmate's condition considered life-threatening, Botti said.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:14:50 -0600
<![CDATA[In historic face to face, Obama, Castro vow to turn the page]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/in-historic-face-to-face-obama-castro-vow-to-turn-the-page/article/1549517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-historic-face-to-face-obama-castro-vow-to-turn-the-page/article/1549517?custom_click=rss

PANAMA CITY — President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

In a small conference room in a Panama City convention center, the two sat side by side in a bid to inject fresh momentum into their months-old effort to restore diplomatic ties. Reflecting on the historic nature of the meeting, Obama said he felt it was time to try something new and to engage with both Cuba's government and its people.

"What we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility," Obama said.



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PANAMA CITY — President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

In a small conference room in a Panama City convention center, the two sat side by side in a bid to inject fresh momentum into their months-old effort to restore diplomatic ties. Reflecting on the historic nature of the meeting, Obama said he felt it was time to try something new and to engage with both Cuba's government and its people.

"What we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility," Obama said.

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<![CDATA[California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought]]> By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press http://gazette.com/california-deltas-water-mysteriously-missing-amid-drought/article/1549504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-deltas-water-mysteriously-missing-amid-drought/article/1549504?custom_click=rss

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

A state investigation was launched following complaints from two large agencies that supply water to arid farmland in the Central Valley and to millions of residents as far south as San Diego.

Delta farmers don't deny using as much water as they need. But they say they're not stealing it because their history of living at the water's edge gives them that right. Still, they have been asked to report how much water they're pumping and to prove their legal



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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

A state investigation was launched following complaints from two large agencies that supply water to arid farmland in the Central Valley and to millions of residents as far south as San Diego.

Delta farmers don't deny using as much water as they need. But they say they're not stealing it because their history of living at the water's edge gives them that right. Still, they have been asked to report how much water they're pumping and to prove their legal

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:34:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Saudis say UN could vote soon on Yemen sanctions resolution]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/saudis-say-un-could-vote-soon-on-yemen-sanctions-resolution/article/1549481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saudis-say-un-could-vote-soon-on-yemen-sanctions-resolution/article/1549481?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS — Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador said Friday a vote on a draft United Nations resolution that would impose new sanctions on leaders of Yemen's Houthi Shiite rebels and the country's former president and his son will likely take place early next week.

The debate of the sanctions resolution is taking place as fighting escalates between the Houthis and supporters of Yemen's beleaguered president, and airstrikes by a Saudi-led Sunni coalition, threaten to push Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, into collapse.

The draft is aimed at ending the Houthis' attempt to take over the strategic Mideast country.



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UNITED NATIONS — Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador said Friday a vote on a draft United Nations resolution that would impose new sanctions on leaders of Yemen's Houthi Shiite rebels and the country's former president and his son will likely take place early next week.

The debate of the sanctions resolution is taking place as fighting escalates between the Houthis and supporters of Yemen's beleaguered president, and airstrikes by a Saudi-led Sunni coalition, threaten to push Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, into collapse.

The draft is aimed at ending the Houthis' attempt to take over the strategic Mideast country.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:43:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Latest on police shooting: State investigators had doubts from the start]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/latest-on-police-shooting-state-investigators-had-doubts-from-the-start/article/1549426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/latest-on-police-shooting-state-investigators-had-doubts-from-the-start/article/1549426?custom_click=rss

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The chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Thursday evening that investigators and crime scene technicians from his agency immediately saw inconsistencies when they arrived at the scene where white North Charleston police officer Michael Slager fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black resident, in the back.

"We believed early on that there was something not right about what happened in the encounter," Chief Mark Keel said. "The cellphone video shot by a bystander confirmed our initial suspicions."

SLED did not publicly raise its concerns, however, when the North Charleston police release its initial report that said Scott was shot after taking Slager's Taser.



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The chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Thursday evening that investigators and crime scene technicians from his agency immediately saw inconsistencies when they arrived at the scene where white North Charleston police officer Michael Slager fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black resident, in the back.

"We believed early on that there was something not right about what happened in the encounter," Chief Mark Keel said. "The cellphone video shot by a bystander confirmed our initial suspicions."

SLED did not publicly raise its concerns, however, when the North Charleston police release its initial report that said Scott was shot after taking Slager's Taser.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:04:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Tsarnaev convicted on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/tsarnaev-convicted-on-all-charges-in-boston-marathon-bombing/article/1549325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tsarnaev-convicted-on-all-charges-in-boston-marathon-bombing/article/1549325?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

Tsarnaev kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as listened to the verdict, reached after a day and a half of deliberations. He was found guilty on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction — offenses punishable by death.

His conviction was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer's startling admission during opening statements that Tsarnaev carried out the attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.



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BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

Tsarnaev kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as listened to the verdict, reached after a day and a half of deliberations. He was found guilty on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction — offenses punishable by death.

His conviction was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer's startling admission during opening statements that Tsarnaev carried out the attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:40:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Blue Bell suspends operations at Oklahoma ice cream plant]]> JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press http://gazette.com/blue-bell-suspends-operations-at-oklahoma-ice-cream-plant/article/1549094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-bell-suspends-operations-at-oklahoma-ice-cream-plant/article/1549094?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Friday that it has suspended operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness linked to the deaths of three people.

"We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing everything possible to provide our consumers with safe products and to preserve the trust we have built with them and their families for more than a century," the company said in a statement.

Last month, the company and health officials said a 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.



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HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Friday that it has suspended operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness linked to the deaths of three people.

"We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing everything possible to provide our consumers with safe products and to preserve the trust we have built with them and their families for more than a century," the company said in a statement.

Last month, the company and health officials said a 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 08:58:14 -0600
<![CDATA[German crash co-pilot researched suicide, cockpit doors]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/german-crash-co-pilot-researched-suicide-cockpit-doors/article/1549025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-crash-co-pilot-researched-suicide-cockpit-doors/article/1549025?custom_click=rss

 

BERLIN — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security in the week before crashing Flight 9525, prosecutors said Thursday — the first evidence that the fatal descent may have been a premeditated act.

As the browsing history on a tablet computer found at Lubitz's apartment added a disturbing new piece to the puzzle of the March 24 crash, French investigators said they had recovered the Airbus A320's flight data recorder — another step toward completing the picture.

Attention has focused on Lubitz since investigators evaluated the plane's cockpit voice recorder last week.



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BERLIN — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security in the week before crashing Flight 9525, prosecutors said Thursday — the first evidence that the fatal descent may have been a premeditated act.

As the browsing history on a tablet computer found at Lubitz's apartment added a disturbing new piece to the puzzle of the March 24 crash, French investigators said they had recovered the Airbus A320's flight data recorder — another step toward completing the picture.

Attention has focused on Lubitz since investigators evaluated the plane's cockpit voice recorder last week.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 21:09:45 -0600