<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:26:55 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Spain: Court orders release of puppeteers in terror case]]> http://gazette.com/spain-court-orders-release-of-puppeteers-in-terror-case/article/feed/315523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-court-orders-release-of-puppeteers-in-terror-case/article/feed/315523?custom_click=rss MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the release of two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money.

The decision came after prosecutors recommended setting them free but ordering them to hand in their passports and report to the court daily while the investigation continues.

The puppeteers were detained without bail last Friday for using a sign during their performance saying, "Long Live Alka ETA," a word-play reference to Spain's armed Basque group ETA and al-Qaida. Praising terrorism has been a crime in Spain since 1995.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:18:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes]]> http://gazette.com/ex-ss-guard-on-trial-in-late-push-to-punish-nazi-crimes/article/feed/315565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-ss-guard-on-trial-in-late-push-to-punish-nazi-crimes/article/feed/315565?custom_click=rss

DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.

Reinhold Hanning is accused of serving as an SS Unterscharfuehrer — similar to a sergeant — in Auschwitz from January 1943 to June 1944, a time when hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were brought to the camp in cattle cars and were gassed to death.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:14:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents]]> http://gazette.com/kurds-attack-syrian-air-base-held-by-insurgents/article/feed/315529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kurds-attack-syrian-air-base-held-by-insurgents/article/feed/315529?custom_click=rss

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system is close to collapse in parts of northern Syria.

Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him.

But with Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes waging a major offensive between the northern city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, the Kurds appeared to be exploiting the chaos to expand their nearby enclave, known as Afr

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:13:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Report charges Thai government ignores torture allegations]]> http://gazette.com/report-charges-thai-government-ignores-torture-allegations/article/feed/315566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-charges-thai-government-ignores-torture-allegations/article/feed/315566?custom_click=rss BANGKOK (AP) — A group of human rights organizations in southern Thailand has issued a report aimed at drawing public attention to what it says are complaints of torture by security forces that have not been addressed by authorities.

In a report released Wednesday, the Cross Cultural Foundation and two other agencies look at 54 cases of alleged psychological and physical torture in Thailand's deep south, where the government has been battling a Muslim separatist insurgency since 2004. It says the government has made no effort to address the issue despite previous complaints, and no perpetrator has ever been punished.

Government spokesman Winthai Suvaree said there is no evidence to back allegations of torture.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:13:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Widow of celebrated chef can't explain apparent suicide]]> http://gazette.com/widow-of-celebrated-chef-cant-explain-apparent-suicide/article/feed/315567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widow-of-celebrated-chef-cant-explain-apparent-suicide/article/feed/315567?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — The widow of celebrated Swiss-French chef Benoit Violier says in a published interview that she has no explanation for his apparent suicide, sharply denying allegations that financial troubles were to blame.

Brigitte Violier explained her decision along with restaurant investors and executives to reopen the three-star Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville in the town of Crissier, near Lausanne, less than two days after her husband died Jan. 31 of what police called a likely self-inflicted gunshot.

In an interview published Wednesday in Swiss newspaper L'Illustre, Violier said neither she nor friends had noticed any strange behavior from the chef before his death, adding, "There's no rational explanation.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:11:05 -0700 <![CDATA[French foreign minister leaving to head Constitutional Court]]> http://gazette.com/french-foreign-minister-leaving-to-head-constitutional-court/article/feed/315495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-foreign-minister-leaving-to-head-constitutional-court/article/feed/315495?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — France's top diplomat is leaving his post to become chief of the Constitutional Council, France's top court which makes sure that legislation complies with the constitution.

French President Francois Hollande formally proposed the nomination of Laurent Fabius to the Constitutional Council in a statement Wednesday. Fabius, 69, had been in office since 2012.

"I led the French diplomacy with pride and I served it with pleasure", Fabius told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, getting loud applause.

His successor was not named immediately, but a government reshuffle is expected in the coming days.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:10:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Twitter tweaks its timeline to look a bit more like Facebook]]> http://gazette.com/twitter-tweaks-its-timeline-to-look-a-bit-more-like-facebook/article/feed/315562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/twitter-tweaks-its-timeline-to-look-a-bit-more-like-facebook/article/feed/315562?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is tweaking its timeline.

The social media site will let people turn on a setting that lets popular tweets related to people you follow show up first in your timeline, followed by the real-time feed most people on Twitter are used to.

It's a significant change for the microblogging service, although its existing "while you were away" feature also highlights tweets from the recent past.

The Twittersphere exploded over the weekend on rumors that Twitter was changing its feed to look more like Facebook's newsfeed. CEO Jack Dorsey was compelled to tweet that the real-time stream won't change.

Pressure has been building on Twitter to accelerate user growth, and its stock has declined significa

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:10:28 -0700 <![CDATA[President: Czechs paid $6.2M ransom to Pakistan kidnappers]]> http://gazette.com/president-czechs-paid-6.2m-ransom-to-pakistan-kidnappers/article/feed/315568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/president-czechs-paid-6.2m-ransom-to-pakistan-kidnappers/article/feed/315568?custom_click=rss PRAGUE (AP) — President Milos Zeman says the Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013.

Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, when they were seized in March 2013.

They returned home last year in March and the government said their release was negotiated by a Turkish non-governmental humanitarian organization.

Zeman confirmed Wednesday information about the ransom first released in the latest edition of the weekly magazine Respekt. Zeman said during a visit to a western Czech region that 150 million koruna ($6.2 million) was paid, adding it was a tough decision.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:06:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver]]> http://gazette.com/government-will-consider-google-computer-to-be-cars-driver/article/feed/315563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/government-will-consider-google-computer-to-be-cars-driver/article/feed/315563?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver.

The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google and a big step toward getting self-driving cars to the public. But the company still has a long journey ahead before the cars without steering wheels or pedals arrive in great numbers.

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed with Google's "driver" reinterpretation in a recent letter, it didn't allow other concessions.

For instance, Google claimed the cars met requirements for foot or hand brakes because the electronic driver can stop them.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:05:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Corps of Engineers to study Souris River flood protection]]> http://gazette.com/corps-of-engineers-to-study-souris-river-flood-protection/article/feed/315535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/corps-of-engineers-to-study-souris-river-flood-protection/article/feed/315535?custom_click=rss

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Long-term flood protection for Minot and the Souris River Basin is among a select group of projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study this year.

The agency's 2016 work plan includes $200,000 to begin the study, and President Barack Obama's proposed 2017 budget includes $500,000 to continue it, according to U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp.

"This gets us over an important hurdle to secure comprehensive flood protection for the Minot region," Hoeven said.

The Souris River swelled with excessive rain and snowmelt in June 2011 and damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes and other structures in Minot, causing nearly $700 million in damage in the city and additional damage in rur

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:00:56 -0700 <![CDATA[NATO chief expects OK for greater presence in Eastern Europe]]> http://gazette.com/nato-chief-expects-ok-for-greater-presence-in-eastern-europe/article/feed/315485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nato-chief-expects-ok-for-greater-presence-in-eastern-europe/article/feed/315485?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers should approve plans Wednesday for increasing NATO's presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and discuss what the alliance might do to stanch the ongoing flow of migrants into Europe, the organization's secretary-general said.

"Today and tomorrow, we will make decisions to strengthen our defense and deterrence," NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said as he arrived for the start of the two-day meeting.

Beefing up NATO's presence in Poland and other allies close to Russia "will send a clear signal," Stoltenberg said. "NATO will respond as one to any aggression against any ally.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:59:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Man who won new trial on flawed hair evidence seeking bail]]> http://gazette.com/man-who-won-new-trial-on-flawed-hair-evidence-seeking-bail/article/feed/315564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-who-won-new-trial-on-flawed-hair-evidence-seeking-bail/article/feed/315564?custom_click=rss NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent three decades in prison based in part on a single strand of hair will ask a Massachusetts judge to free him on bail while he awaits a new trial.

A bail hearing for George Perrot is scheduled Wednesday in New Bedford Superior Court.

Perrot was convicted of raping a 78-year-old woman in 1985. Last month, a judge granted Perrot a new trial after finding fault with an FBI agent's testimony that a hair found in the woman's home matched Perrot.

The U.S. Justice Department flagged Perrot's case in 2014 as one of hundreds that involved erroneous statements from FBI agents about hair analysis. Microscopic hair analysis has since been found to be far from precise.

Perrot was arres

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:59:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Inadequate oversight blamed in deadly Illinois highway crash]]> http://gazette.com/inadequate-oversight-blamed-in-deadly-illinois-highway-crash/article/feed/315559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/inadequate-oversight-blamed-in-deadly-illinois-highway-crash/article/feed/315559?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — A federal accident investigations board says inadequate safety oversight was partly to blame for a fatal crash near Chicago in which a truck driver fell asleep and plowed into stopped emergency vehicles.

The January 2014 crash on Interstate 88 near Naperville, Illinois, killed a tollway worker and seriously injured a state trooper whose patrol car was engulfed in flames.

The trucker had slept less than 4 ½ hours in the 37 hours before the crash, in violation of regulations. Investigators found he routinely falsified logbook entries to hide hours-of-service violations.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that even though regulators had classified the company as high-risk, it failed to ge

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:58:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Proposed Navy solar project on Guam put on hold]]> http://gazette.com/proposed-navy-solar-project-on-guam-put-on-hold/article/feed/315509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposed-navy-solar-project-on-guam-put-on-hold/article/feed/315509?custom_click=rss HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Navy's proposal to lease Guam property for a solar power project has been put on hold.

Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo announced Wednesday that she had halted the proposal. She cited concerns over how the project would impact a Navy plan to reduce its overall footprint on the island, The Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1QUZwFl).

The Navy is looking to lease property in south Finegayan and the former Tumon Tank Farm to build a solar power system. The project is not directly related to the military buildup.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:57:44 -0700 <![CDATA[UAE picks woman to be first "happiness" minister]]> http://gazette.com/uae-picks-woman-to-be-first-happiness-minister/article/feed/315560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uae-picks-woman-to-be-first-happiness-minister/article/feed/315560?custom_click=rss DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has named a woman as its first minister of state for happiness and appointed a 22-year-old to a ministerial post overseeing youth affairs in a Cabinet shake-up designed to inject fresh thinking into the oil-rich country's government.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced his new Cabinet in a series of Twitter posts Wednesday evening. He is the seven-state federation's vice president and prime minister in addition to his role as hereditary ruler of Dubai.

The director-general of the prime minister's office, Ohood Al Roumi, was named to the happiness post. She will also continue in her current post.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:57:29 -0700 <![CDATA[NFL Hall: No Davis, but Favre, Stabler lead 2016 class]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-hall-no-davis-but-favre-stabler-lead-2016-class/article/1569455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-hall-no-davis-but-favre-stabler-lead-2016-class/article/1569455?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace and Tony Dungy have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 also includes contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr. and senior selection Dick Stanfel.

The announcement was made Saturday, a day before the Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

Five nominees were eliminated in the final vote: players Terrell Davis, Joe Jacoby, John Lynch and Kurt Warner, and coach Don Coryell.

Earlier Saturday, the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting Terrell Owens, Edgerrin James, Steve Atwater, Alan Faneca and Morten Anderson.

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<![CDATA[10 things to know for Monday]]> http://gazette.com/10-things-to-know-for-monday/article/1569021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-things-to-know-for-monday/article/1569021?custom_click=rss

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


In the White House race, Democrats and Republicans acknowledge that the outcome of Monday night's caucuses will hinge on turnout, so they're making last-ditch pitches to ensure supporters show up.


Poor women who are pregnant have no option to leave the country, and must face the dread that the mosquito-borne illness may cause birth defects in their unborn babies.


Two Virginia Tech engineering students are arrested in connection with the death of a

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