<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:36:24 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds]]> http://gazette.com/device-possibly-aerial-drone-found-on-white-house-grounds/article/feed/198935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/device-possibly-aerial-drone-found-on-white-house-grounds/article/feed/198935?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president's trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.

The Secret Service had no immediate comment on what it found.

Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, speaking in New Delhi, did not deny that the object found at the White House was

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president's trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.

The Secret Service had no immediate comment on what it found.

Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, speaking in New Delhi, did not deny that the object found at the White House was ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:36:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Documents: Quinn had marijuana recommendations, didn't act]]> http://gazette.com/documents-quinn-had-marijuana-recommendations-didnt-act/article/feed/198962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/documents-quinn-had-marijuana-recommendations-didnt-act/article/feed/198962?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before leaving office.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released the material to The Associated Press and other news organizations in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Quinn administration said it would issue the licenses by the end of last year. But he did not act before Rauner succeeded him, saying agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.

The documents appear to show the agencies made recommendations to Quinn around Dec. 25.

A Quinn spokesperson told the Chicago Su

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before leaving office.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released the material to The Associated Press and other news organizations in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Quinn administration said it would issue the licenses by the end of last year. But he did not act before Rauner succeeded him, saying agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.

The documents appear to show the agencies made recommendations to Quinn around Dec. 25.

A Quinn spokesperson told the Chicago Su]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:35:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Credit card interest cap before Colorado lawmakers]]> http://gazette.com/credit-card-interest-cap-before-colorado-lawmakers/article/feed/198903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/credit-card-interest-cap-before-colorado-lawmakers/article/feed/198903?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Democrats want to see finance charges on credit cards from Colorado lenders capped at 12.5 percent, instead of the current 21 percent limit.

But their proposal faces long odds in a Republican committee.

Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City is leading the effort to limit credit-card finance charges. The bill has its first hearing Monday afternoon in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Democrats are newly in the minority in the Senate and are bringing a series of proposals to rein in costs for the middle class. They've also proposed caps on college tuition hikes and student loan interest rates.

The tuition bill failed last week in a separate committee.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Democrats want to see finance charges on credit cards from Colorado lenders capped at 12.5 percent, instead of the current 21 percent limit.

But their proposal faces long odds in a Republican committee.

Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City is leading the effort to limit credit-card finance charges. The bill has its first hearing Monday afternoon in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Democrats are newly in the minority in the Senate and are bringing a series of proposals to rein in costs for the middle class. They've also proposed caps on college tuition hikes and student loan interest rates.

The tuition bill failed last week in a separate committee.

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]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:35:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers consider banning powdered alcohol]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-banning-powdered-alcohol/article/feed/198905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-banning-powdered-alcohol/article/feed/198905?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores.

Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal regulators. A bill to join those states will be considered Monday in a Colorado House committee.

The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form, which is mixed with water.

Those who oppose the product worry it will make it easier to sneak alcohol into schools and public events. But the makers of Palcohol say the goal is convenience and they tout potential uses on flights, after long hikes, and as an antiseptic on remote locations.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores.

Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal regulators. A bill to join those states will be considered Monday in a Colorado House committee.

The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form, which is mixed with water.

Those who oppose the product worry it will make it easier to sneak alcohol into schools and public events. But the makers of Palcohol say the goal is convenience and they tout potential uses on flights, after long hikes, and as an antiseptic on remote locations.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:35:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses]]> http://gazette.com/panic-attack-bad-back-theater-shooting-brings-jury-excuses/article/feed/198901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panic-attack-bad-back-theater-shooting-brings-jury-excuses/article/feed/198901?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

Even as an unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors were summoned for questioning, both sides in the mass murder trial are worried about letting too many potential jurors go.

Prosecutors have asked the judge not to reveal why he releases jurors, for fear of handing out a road map for others trying to avoid serving.

And defense attorney Daniel King warned the judge who was listing off the reasons to let people go: "You have to consider the fact that people may not want to sit on this jury."



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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

Even as an unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors were summoned for questioning, both sides in the mass murder trial are worried about letting too many potential jurors go.

Prosecutors have asked the judge not to reveal why he releases jurors, for fear of handing out a road map for others trying to avoid serving.

And defense attorney Daniel King warned the judge who was listing off the reasons to let people go: "You have to consider the fact that people may not want to sit on this jury."

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<![CDATA[Gas prices continue to drop in state but rise expected soon]]> http://gazette.com/gas-prices-continue-to-drop-in-state-but-rise-expected-soon/article/feed/198967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-prices-continue-to-drop-in-state-but-rise-expected-soon/article/feed/198967?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in North Dakota has dropped further below $2.

GasBuddy.com reports that the average price in the state has fallen more than 2 cents over the past week, to $1.97 per gallon. The national average is $2.02 per gallon.

Prices in North Dakota are 42 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and nearly $1.25 lower than a year ago.

GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says motorists should expect prices to start rising soon. He says refineries have been producing less gas, and there will soon be a seasonal rise in prices as refineries do maintenance and shift to summer blends. DeHaan says last year's seasonal rise began the second week of Februa

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]]> BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in North Dakota has dropped further below $2.

GasBuddy.com reports that the average price in the state has fallen more than 2 cents over the past week, to $1.97 per gallon. The national average is $2.02 per gallon.

Prices in North Dakota are 42 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and nearly $1.25 lower than a year ago.

GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says motorists should expect prices to start rising soon. He says refineries have been producing less gas, and there will soon be a seasonal rise in prices as refineries do maintenance and shift to summer blends. DeHaan says last year's seasonal rise began the second week of Februa]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:35:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood]]> http://gazette.com/seekers-of-the-hollywood-sign-disrupt-nearby-neighborhood/article/feed/198891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seekers-of-the-hollywood-sign-disrupt-nearby-neighborhood/article/feed/198891?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies.

They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich and Famous. And just like those on pilgrimages to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get as close as they can to the immortality of fame that it represents.

Unlike visitors to other sites, however, Hollywood Sign seekers can't just take a bus or join a tour group.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies.

They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich and Famous. And just like those on pilgrimages to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get as close as they can to the immortality of fame that it represents.

Unlike visitors to other sites, however, Hollywood Sign seekers can't just take a bus or join a tour group.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:35:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow]]> http://gazette.com/airlines-cancel-thousands-of-flights-ahead-of-northeast-snow/article/feed/198953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airlines-cancel-thousands-of-flights-ahead-of-northeast-snow/article/feed/198953?custom_click=rss Airlines cancelled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.

JetBlue, whose flights are largely in the Northeast, has already cancelled about a third of its entire schedule.

Airlines cancelled 2,194 flights Monday, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. More than 2,000 additional flights have been scrapped for Tuesday.

Problems in the Northeast are rippling outward, however.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, where temperatures are expected to be in the 70s Monday, about 30 percent of all flights have been cancelled. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando are also reporting major cancellations.

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JetBlue, whose flights are largely in the Northeast, has already cancelled about a third of its entire schedule.

Airlines cancelled 2,194 flights Monday, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. More than 2,000 additional flights have been scrapped for Tuesday.

Problems in the Northeast are rippling outward, however.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, where temperatures are expected to be in the 70s Monday, about 30 percent of all flights have been cancelled. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando are also reporting major cancellations.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Norfolk Southern meets 4Q profit forecasts]]> http://gazette.com/norfolk-southern-meets-4q-profit-forecasts/article/feed/198964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norfolk-southern-meets-4q-profit-forecasts/article/feed/198964?custom_click=rss NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC) on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $511 million.

The Norfolk, Virginia-based company said it had net income of $1.64 per share.

The results met Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.64 per share.

The railroad posted revenue of $2.87 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Analysts expected $2.93 billion, according to Zacks.

For the year, the company reported profit of $2 billion, or $6.39 per share. Revenue was reported as $11.62 billion.

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The Norfolk, Virginia-based company said it had net income of $1.64 per share.

The results met Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.64 per share.

The railroad posted revenue of $2.87 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Analysts expected $2.93 billion, according to Zacks.

For the year, the company reported profit of $2 billion, or $6.39 per share. Revenue was reported as $11.62 billion.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Reinsurers Axis Capital, PartnerRe combining]]> http://gazette.com/reinsurers-axis-capital-partnerre-combining/article/feed/198966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reinsurers-axis-capital-partnerre-combining/article/feed/198966?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Reinsurers Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. and PartnerRe are combining in an $11 billion deal.

PartnerRe Ltd. shareholders will receive 2.18 shares of the combined company's stock for each share of PartnerRe that they own. Axis Capital shareholders will receive one share of the new company's stock for each share of Axis Capital that they own.

PartnerRe shareholders will own about 51.6 percent of the new company once the deal closes. Axis Capital shareholders will own about 48.4 percent.

Axis Capital CEO Albert A. Benchimol will serve as CEO of the new company.

PartnerRe CEO Costas Miranthis is stepping down from his post and as a PartnerRe director. PartnerRe board member David Zwiener will serve as i

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Reinsurers Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. and PartnerRe are combining in an $11 billion deal.

PartnerRe Ltd. shareholders will receive 2.18 shares of the combined company's stock for each share of PartnerRe that they own. Axis Capital shareholders will receive one share of the new company's stock for each share of Axis Capital that they own.

PartnerRe shareholders will own about 51.6 percent of the new company once the deal closes. Axis Capital shareholders will own about 48.4 percent.

Axis Capital CEO Albert A. Benchimol will serve as CEO of the new company.

PartnerRe CEO Costas Miranthis is stepping down from his post and as a PartnerRe director. PartnerRe board member David Zwiener will serve as i]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Norfolk Southern 4Q profit flat as coal revenue falls 15 pct]]> http://gazette.com/norfolk-southern-4q-profit-flat-as-coal-revenue-falls-15-pct/article/feed/198965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norfolk-southern-4q-profit-flat-as-coal-revenue-falls-15-pct/article/feed/198965?custom_click=rss OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. reported its profit was little changed in the fourth quarter from a year ago because the railroad's coal revenue fell 15 percent on weak demand from utilities and export markets.

The Norfolk, Virginia, based company said Monday that total volume increased 4 percent but that wasn't enough to offset the coal weakness.

The railroad reported it earned $511 million, or $1.64 per share, slightly below last year's earnings of $513 million, or $1.64 per share.

Norfolk Southern said its revenue also dipped to $2.87 billion from last year's $2.88 billion.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected the railroad to report earnings per share of $1.63 on revenue of $2.94 billion.

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]]> OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. reported its profit was little changed in the fourth quarter from a year ago because the railroad's coal revenue fell 15 percent on weak demand from utilities and export markets.

The Norfolk, Virginia, based company said Monday that total volume increased 4 percent but that wasn't enough to offset the coal weakness.

The railroad reported it earned $511 million, or $1.64 per share, slightly below last year's earnings of $513 million, or $1.64 per share.

Norfolk Southern said its revenue also dipped to $2.87 billion from last year's $2.88 billion.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected the railroad to report earnings per share of $1.63 on revenue of $2.94 billion.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68]]> http://gazette.com/renowned-greek-singer-demis-roussos-dead-at-68/article/feed/198956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/renowned-greek-singer-demis-roussos-dead-at-68/article/feed/198956?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.

The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalization, but did not give an exact cause of death.

For many an iconic presence with a colorful dress sense — Roussos was once dubbed the Kaftan King — and rotund, bearded appearance, he enjoyed the respect of his colleagues and a steady global following.

"He had a superb voice, he traveled in the world ... he loved what he was doing," singer Nana Mouskouri told French radio RTL in a

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]]> ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.

The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalization, but did not give an exact cause of death.

For many an iconic presence with a colorful dress sense — Roussos was once dubbed the Kaftan King — and rotund, bearded appearance, he enjoyed the respect of his colleagues and a steady global following.

"He had a superb voice, he traveled in the world ... he loved what he was doing," singer Nana Mouskouri told French radio RTL in a]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files]]> http://gazette.com/sex-abuse-civil-trial-to-unveil-boy-scout-perversion-files/article/feed/198887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sex-abuse-civil-trial-to-unveil-boy-scout-perversion-files/article/feed/198887?custom_click=rss

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Previously sealed Boy Scout "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization.

Opening statements were scheduled in Santa Barbara, where a man who is now 20 and was molested by a Boy Scout volunteer in 2007 is seeking punitive damages. He claims the Scouts failed to educate and warn parents and volunteers about the dangers of sex abuse.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the man's attorney, Tim Hale, could introduce more than 30 years' worth of "perversion" files kept by the Boy Scouts as evidence in the case.

The files cleared for use by Santa Barbara Superi

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]]> SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Previously sealed Boy Scout "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization.

Opening statements were scheduled in Santa Barbara, where a man who is now 20 and was molested by a Boy Scout volunteer in 2007 is seeking punitive damages. He claims the Scouts failed to educate and warn parents and volunteers about the dangers of sex abuse.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the man's attorney, Tim Hale, could introduce more than 30 years' worth of "perversion" files kept by the Boy Scouts as evidence in the case.

The files cleared for use by Santa Barbara Superi]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:33:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow]]> http://gazette.com/noreaster-threatens-northeast-with-up-to-2-feet-of-snow/article/feed/198890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/noreaster-threatens-northeast-with-up-to-2-feet-of-snow/article/feed/198890?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

The National Weather Service said the nor'easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston.

Officials cautioned residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth morning commute. They warned that getting home could be difficult and asked residents to avoid any unnecessary travel.

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The National Weather Service said the nor'easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston.

Officials cautioned residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth morning commute. They warned that getting home could be difficult and asked residents to avoid any unnecessary travel.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:33:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Williams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open]]> http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-advance-to-quarterfinals-at-australian-open/article/feed/198864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-advance-to-quarterfinals-at-australian-open/article/feed/198864?custom_click=rss

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch.

Venus Williams continued her impressive career resurgence at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday night, reaching the last eight at a major for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Open.

Younger sister, Serena Williams, was supporting her and cheering for her from the stands at Rod Laver Arena, just hours after she had to dig deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza on the same court.

The sisters haven't both advanced this far at a major since Serena won Wimbledon in 2010, their careers seemingly veering off at o

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]]> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch.

Venus Williams continued her impressive career resurgence at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday night, reaching the last eight at a major for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Open.

Younger sister, Serena Williams, was supporting her and cheering for her from the stands at Rod Laver Arena, just hours after she had to dig deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza on the same court.

The sisters haven't both advanced this far at a major since Serena won Wimbledon in 2010, their careers seemingly veering off at o]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:28:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Nuggets beat Kings for 4th straight win]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/nuggets-beat-kings-for-4th-straight-win/article/1544354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nuggets-beat-kings-for-4th-straight-win/article/1544354?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 118-108 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

The Nuggets erased a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Kings 36-15 in the third period. Kenneth Faried's three-point play put Denver ahead by 20 with just over six minutes to play.

Rookie center Jusuf Nurkic and JJ Hickson had 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who shot 55 percent from the field. Faried finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high four blocks for the Kings, who are 4-8 since coach Tyrone Corbin replaced Michael Malone on Dec. 15.



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 118-108 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

The Nuggets erased a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Kings 36-15 in the third period. Kenneth Faried's three-point play put Denver ahead by 20 with just over six minutes to play.

Rookie center Jusuf Nurkic and JJ Hickson had 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who shot 55 percent from the field. Faried finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high four blocks for the Kings, who are 4-8 since coach Tyrone Corbin replaced Michael Malone on Dec. 15.

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<![CDATA[AP source: US weighs criminal charges for Petraeus]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ap-source-us-weighs-criminal-charges-for-petraeus/article/1544345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-us-weighs-criminal-charges-for-petraeus/article/1544345?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is weighing bringing criminal chargesagainst former CIA Director David Petraeus over the handling of classified information, a U.S. official said Friday night. Investigators have presented senior-level Justice Department officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder with information on the case to help inform a decision on charging the former four-star general, the official said.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Robert Barnett, a lawyer for Petraeus, declined to comment Friday night, as did Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Justice Department.



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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is weighing bringing criminal chargesagainst former CIA Director David Petraeus over the handling of classified information, a U.S. official said Friday night. Investigators have presented senior-level Justice Department officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder with information on the case to help inform a decision on charging the former four-star general, the official said.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Robert Barnett, a lawyer for Petraeus, declined to comment Friday night, as did Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

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<![CDATA[French security forces kill gunmen, end terror rampage]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/french-security-forces-kill-gunmen-end-terror-rampage/article/1544275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-security-forces-kill-gunmen-end-terror-rampage/article/1544275?custom_click=rss

PARIS — With explosions and gunfire, security forces Friday ended three days of terror around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper and an accomplice who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket to try to help the brothers escape.

The worst terrorist violence France has seen in decades killed at least 20 people, including the three gunmen. A fourth suspect — the common law wife of the market attacker — was still at large and believed to be armed.

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PARIS — With explosions and gunfire, security forces Friday ended three days of terror around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper and an accomplice who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket to try to help the brothers escape.

The worst terrorist violence France has seen in decades killed at least 20 people, including the three gunmen. A fourth suspect — the common law wife of the market attacker — was still at large and believed to be armed.

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Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen said it directed the attack against the publication Charlie Hebdo to avenge the honor of the Prophet Muhammad, a frequent target of the

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<![CDATA[Video: Fireworks truck ignites during 123-vehicle pileup on Michigan interstate]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/video-fireworks-truck-ignites-during-123-vehicle-pileup-on-michigan-interstate/article/1544344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-fireworks-truck-ignites-during-123-vehicle-pileup-on-michigan-interstate/article/1544344?custom_click=rss

GALESBURG, Mich. — More than 100 vehicles were involved in pileups on a snowy Michigan interstate on Friday, killing a trucker and igniting a fire and explosion on a semi carrying fireworks, police said.

Snow, wind and poor visibility were blamed for the chain reaction of crashes on both sides of Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County, 150 miles east of Chicago. The interstate wasn't expected to reopen until late Friday or Saturday.

"As you can imagine, it's not easy to count vehicles as they pile up," said Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder, who pegged the number at 123.



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GALESBURG, Mich. — More than 100 vehicles were involved in pileups on a snowy Michigan interstate on Friday, killing a trucker and igniting a fire and explosion on a semi carrying fireworks, police said.

Snow, wind and poor visibility were blamed for the chain reaction of crashes on both sides of Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County, 150 miles east of Chicago. The interstate wasn't expected to reopen until late Friday or Saturday.

"As you can imagine, it's not easy to count vehicles as they pile up," said Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder, who pegged the number at 123.

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:18:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Iginla scores 2 goals as Avalanche beats Senators]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/iginla-scores-2-goals-as-avalanche-beats-senators/article/1544292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iginla-scores-2-goals-as-avalanche-beats-senators/article/1544292?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Semyon Varlamov showed that his impressive performance on Tuesday was no fluke.

Varlamov followed up his 54-save shutout at Chicago with 36 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla scored twice and Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart and Daniel Briere also had goals for the Avalanche, which has won four of five.

Colorado, the surprise team in the league last year, sputtered at the start but has a winning record for the first time at the halfway point of the season.

"I think we're starting to build up confidence like the group last year," Iginla said. "We're starting to make better plays, we're starting to have the puck more.



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DENVER — Semyon Varlamov showed that his impressive performance on Tuesday was no fluke.

Varlamov followed up his 54-save shutout at Chicago with 36 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla scored twice and Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart and Daniel Briere also had goals for the Avalanche, which has won four of five.

Colorado, the surprise team in the league last year, sputtered at the start but has a winning record for the first time at the halfway point of the season.

"I think we're starting to build up confidence like the group last year," Iginla said. "We're starting to make better plays, we're starting to have the puck more.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 23:17:34 -0700