<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:56:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rangers' rivals counter by stocking up at NHL trade deadline]]> http://gazette.com/rangers-rivals-counter-by-stocking-up-at-nhl-trade-deadline/article/feed/210115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rangers-rivals-counter-by-stocking-up-at-nhl-trade-deadline/article/feed/210115?custom_click=rss

New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather struck the first bold move of the weekend by acquiring playmaking defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

By the time NHL trade deadline struck a day later on Monday, many of Sather's Eastern Conference-contending counterparts responded with a series of moves to address their needs.

"Anybody got a crystal ball around?" Sather asked, in response to whether he was prepared to predict the Rangers' chances of reaching the Stanley Cup final for a second consecutive year. "It was nice to get there. And I hope we can do that again."

But, Sather added, "there are a lot of teams that are going to think the same thing we're thinking now.

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]]> New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather struck the first bold move of the weekend by acquiring playmaking defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

By the time NHL trade deadline struck a day later on Monday, many of Sather's Eastern Conference-contending counterparts responded with a series of moves to address their needs.

"Anybody got a crystal ball around?" Sather asked, in response to whether he was prepared to predict the Rangers' chances of reaching the Stanley Cup final for a second consecutive year. "It was nice to get there. And I hope we can do that again."

But, Sather added, "there are a lot of teams that are going to think the same thing we're thinking now.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:50 -0700 <![CDATA[O'Malley now has 2016 option: a run for president, or Senate]]> http://gazette.com/omalley-now-has-2016-option-a-run-for-president-or-senate/article/feed/210126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/omalley-now-has-2016-option-a-run-for-president-or-senate/article/feed/210126?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Martin O'Malley harbors any doubts about running for president against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he now has a viable alternative.

That option arrived Monday when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced plans to retire. For more than a year, O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, has explored what looks to be a longshot bid for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016.

If O'Malley is intent on returning to elected office, he now faces a choice.

He could run for a Senate seat in which he'd be an early favorite, or mount a presidential bid in which he would begin as a significant underdog.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — If Martin O'Malley harbors any doubts about running for president against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he now has a viable alternative.

That option arrived Monday when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced plans to retire. For more than a year, O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, has explored what looks to be a longshot bid for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016.

If O'Malley is intent on returning to elected office, he now faces a choice.

He could run for a Senate seat in which he'd be an early favorite, or mount a presidential bid in which he would begin as a significant underdog.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:25 -0700 <![CDATA[New Delhi gang-rapist: She shouldn't have fought back]]> http://gazette.com/new-delhi-gang-rapist-she-shouldnt-have-fought-back/article/feed/210117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-delhi-gang-rapist-she-shouldnt-have-fought-back/article/feed/210117?custom_click=rss NEW DELHI (AP) — A man convicted for raping and killing a woman in a shocking and brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus says in a TV documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.

Instead, the 23-year-old woman should have simply remained silent.

"Then they would have dropped her off after 'doing her,'" Mukesh Singh says in the documentary being released next week. The interview was recorded in 2013 and the filmmakers released transcripts on Monday.

Singh and three other men were sentenced to death.

The woman and a friend were returning home from a movie when they boarded the bus being driven by Singh. The attackers beat the friend and took turns raping the woman. She d

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]]> NEW DELHI (AP) — A man convicted for raping and killing a woman in a shocking and brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus says in a TV documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.

Instead, the 23-year-old woman should have simply remained silent.

"Then they would have dropped her off after 'doing her,'" Mukesh Singh says in the documentary being released next week. The interview was recorded in 2013 and the filmmakers released transcripts on Monday.

Singh and three other men were sentenced to death.

The woman and a friend were returning home from a movie when they boarded the bus being driven by Singh. The attackers beat the friend and took turns raping the woman. She d]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov]]> http://gazette.com/mourners-view-body-of-slain-opposition-leader-boris-nemtsov/article/feed/210108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mourners-view-body-of-slain-opposition-leader-boris-nemtsov/article/feed/210108?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov Tuesday, paying last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition.

Nemtsov was shot to death late Friday while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin with a companion. No suspects have been arrested.

The killing has deeply shaken Russia's small and marginalized opposition movement. Many opposition supporters suspect the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for his ardent criticism of President Vladimir Putin, while authorities have suggested several possible motives including a provocation aimed at tarnishing Putin's image.

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]]> MOSCOW (AP) — Mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov Tuesday, paying last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition.

Nemtsov was shot to death late Friday while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin with a companion. No suspects have been arrested.

The killing has deeply shaken Russia's small and marginalized opposition movement. Many opposition supporters suspect the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for his ardent criticism of President Vladimir Putin, while authorities have suggested several possible motives including a provocation aimed at tarnishing Putin's image.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:18 -0700 <![CDATA[China's top political advisory body meets for annual session]]> http://gazette.com/chinas-top-political-advisory-body-meets-for-annual-session/article/feed/210116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chinas-top-political-advisory-body-meets-for-annual-session/article/feed/210116?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — The more than 2,000 members of China's top political advisory body have convened their annual meeting to put forward advisory proposals for the national congress.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, opened the session in Beijing on Tuesday, two days before the National People's Congress is set to begin.

Advisory members hail from China's various walks of life and ethnic groups, as well as from token political parties in addition to the ruling Communist Party, because the conference is ostensibly a venue for voices from the full spectrum of Chinese society.

Their proposals are considered a rough barometer of public opinion, although they lack political clout

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — The more than 2,000 members of China's top political advisory body have convened their annual meeting to put forward advisory proposals for the national congress.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, opened the session in Beijing on Tuesday, two days before the National People's Congress is set to begin.

Advisory members hail from China's various walks of life and ethnic groups, as well as from token political parties in addition to the ruling Communist Party, because the conference is ostensibly a venue for voices from the full spectrum of Chinese society.

Their proposals are considered a rough barometer of public opinion, although they lack political clout]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Indian envoy in Pakistan after talks broke down last year]]> http://gazette.com/indian-envoy-in-pakistan-after-talks-broke-down-last-year/article/feed/210107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indian-envoy-in-pakistan-after-talks-broke-down-last-year/article/feed/210107?custom_click=rss

ISLAMABAD (AP) — India's foreign secretary arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit Tuesday, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year.

Subrahmanyan Jaishankar met with his Pakistani counterpart, Aizaz Chaudhry, at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, and was expected to meet later with Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister's adviser on national security and foreign affairs.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The two have long tried to mend their differences without making much progress. The biggest sticking point has been the future of Kashmir, a Himalayan region both claim.

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]]> ISLAMABAD (AP) — India's foreign secretary arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit Tuesday, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year.

Subrahmanyan Jaishankar met with his Pakistani counterpart, Aizaz Chaudhry, at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, and was expected to meet later with Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister's adviser on national security and foreign affairs.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The two have long tried to mend their differences without making much progress. The biggest sticking point has been the future of Kashmir, a Himalayan region both claim.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan negotiator: TPP trade deal with US do-able by spring]]> http://gazette.com/japan-negotiator-tpp-trade-deal-with-us-do-able-by-spring/article/feed/210119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-negotiator-tpp-trade-deal-with-us-do-able-by-spring/article/feed/210119?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — A senior Japanese trade negotiator says a deal with the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring.

Hiroshi Oe, a deputy chief trade negotiator for Japan, said talks with the U.S. toward forging the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, have made progress.

He said he expected the two sides could reach agreement by this spring, but suggested it could be very late spring, or almost summer.

He said a final U.S.-Japan agreement was unlikely before top TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii next week.

There are disagreements over the politically sensitive dismantling of protections for Japan's farm sector and for U.S. autos and auto parts.

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — A senior Japanese trade negotiator says a deal with the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring.

Hiroshi Oe, a deputy chief trade negotiator for Japan, said talks with the U.S. toward forging the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, have made progress.

He said he expected the two sides could reach agreement by this spring, but suggested it could be very late spring, or almost summer.

He said a final U.S.-Japan agreement was unlikely before top TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii next week.

There are disagreements over the politically sensitive dismantling of protections for Japan's farm sector and for U.S. autos and auto parts.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Palestinians confiscate Israeli goods in boycott campaign]]> http://gazette.com/palestinians-confiscate-israeli-goods-in-boycott-campaign/article/feed/210127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palestinians-confiscate-israeli-goods-in-boycott-campaign/article/feed/210127?custom_click=rss RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian activist says a campaign to boycott Israeli goods sold in the West Bank has begun confiscating and destroying the products.

Boycott leader Abdullah Kmail said Tuesday that activists will visit shops and confiscate products from six major Israeli food companies.

Emmanuel Nahshon, a spokesman for Israel's foreign ministry, said the move was "not conducive to an atmosphere of dialogue."

Activists in the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the boycott plans last month, after Israel halted transfer of vital tax revenues to Abbas' cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Israel took that step after the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court to se

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]]> RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian activist says a campaign to boycott Israeli goods sold in the West Bank has begun confiscating and destroying the products.

Boycott leader Abdullah Kmail said Tuesday that activists will visit shops and confiscate products from six major Israeli food companies.

Emmanuel Nahshon, a spokesman for Israel's foreign ministry, said the move was "not conducive to an atmosphere of dialogue."

Activists in the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the boycott plans last month, after Israel halted transfer of vital tax revenues to Abbas' cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Israel took that step after the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court to se]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:48:06 -0700 <![CDATA[DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species]]> http://gazette.com/dna-tool-helping-biologists-find-elusive-or-invasive-species/article/feed/210120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dna-tool-helping-biologists-find-elusive-or-invasive-species/article/feed/210120?custom_click=rss

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

Scientists are using that environmental DNA to detect the presence of certain organisms by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells.

Biologists are using the emerging surveillance tool to help look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream.

Environmental DNA has been used for about a decade to detect microorganisms in soils and sediments.

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]]> BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

Scientists are using that environmental DNA to detect the presence of certain organisms by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells.

Biologists are using the emerging surveillance tool to help look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream.

Environmental DNA has been used for about a decade to detect microorganisms in soils and sediments.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:47:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Brothers guilty of fraud at Systemax due for sentencing]]> http://gazette.com/brothers-guilty-of-fraud-at-systemax-due-for-sentencing/article/feed/210121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brothers-guilty-of-fraud-at-systemax-due-for-sentencing/article/feed/210121?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — Two brothers who were once top executives with the Systemax computer company are set for sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion for accepting bribes and kickbacks from companies doing business with Systemax.

Carl Fiorentino faces over 12 years in prison and Gilbert Fiorentino could get up to five years at a hearing Tuesday. Records show their crimes included taking bags of cash in the company's parking lot and diverting millions of corporate American Express points to personal use. Prosecutors say Carl Fiorentino alone received $9.5 million in kickbacks from a Taiwanese supplier.

Systemax is based in Port Washington, New York, and has substantial operations in South Florida. Its brands includ

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Two brothers who were once top executives with the Systemax computer company are set for sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion for accepting bribes and kickbacks from companies doing business with Systemax.

Carl Fiorentino faces over 12 years in prison and Gilbert Fiorentino could get up to five years at a hearing Tuesday. Records show their crimes included taking bags of cash in the company's parking lot and diverting millions of corporate American Express points to personal use. Prosecutors say Carl Fiorentino alone received $9.5 million in kickbacks from a Taiwanese supplier.

Systemax is based in Port Washington, New York, and has substantial operations in South Florida. Its brands includ]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:47:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Venture capitalist to take stand in Silicon Valley lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/venture-capitalist-to-take-stand-in-silicon-valley-lawsuit/article/feed/210118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/venture-capitalist-to-take-stand-in-silicon-valley-lawsuit/article/feed/210118?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon.com is set to take the stand in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capitalist arenas.

John Doerr is scheduled to testify on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court in a lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, says she was denied a promotion at Kleiner Perkins because she is a woman and then fired in 2012 after she complained.

The firm says Pao was a poor performer who didn't get along with her colleagues.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon.com is set to take the stand in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capitalist arenas.

John Doerr is scheduled to testify on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court in a lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, says she was denied a promotion at Kleiner Perkins because she is a woman and then fired in 2012 after she complained.

The firm says Pao was a poor performer who didn't get along with her colleagues.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:47:10 -0700 <![CDATA[3 officers in LA Skid Row death had training on mentally ill]]> http://gazette.com/3-officers-in-la-skid-row-death-had-training-on-mentally-ill/article/feed/210123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-officers-in-la-skid-row-death-had-training-on-mentally-ill/article/feed/210123?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the beat on Los Angeles' downtrodden Skid Row who had special training to deal with the homeless and mentally ill, police leaders said.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said the officers had "completed our most extensive mental illness training over a 36-hour course."

The rookie officer who cried out that the man had his gun, leading to the shooting, had considerably less experience, however, and didn't immediately say how much training he'd had in dealing with the mentally ill, though all officers must go through at least an 11-hour course.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the beat on Los Angeles' downtrodden Skid Row who had special training to deal with the homeless and mentally ill, police leaders said.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said the officers had "completed our most extensive mental illness training over a 36-hour course."

The rookie officer who cried out that the man had his gun, leading to the shooting, had considerably less experience, however, and didn't immediately say how much training he'd had in dealing with the mentally ill, though all officers must go through at least an 11-hour course.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:47:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Parents sue county, landlord over Santa Barbara rampage]]> http://gazette.com/parents-sue-county-landlord-over-santa-barbara-rampage/article/feed/210090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parents-sue-county-landlord-over-santa-barbara-rampage/article/feed/210090?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of the first three victims of a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara last year are suing the county, the Sheriff's Department and the apartment building where the killer lived, contending they ignored numerous warning signs that he was violent and unstable.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges negligence and violations of the victims' constitutional right to due process under the law.

Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed, shot and ran down people in the community of Isla Vista on May 23. He killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people before shooting himself as authorities closed in.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of the first three victims of a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara last year are suing the county, the Sheriff's Department and the apartment building where the killer lived, contending they ignored numerous warning signs that he was violent and unstable.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges negligence and violations of the victims' constitutional right to due process under the law.

Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed, shot and ran down people in the community of Isla Vista on May 23. He killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people before shooting himself as authorities closed in.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:46:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Ferguson News Guide: No charges expected for policeman]]> http://gazette.com/ferguson-news-guide-no-charges-expected-for-policeman/article/feed/209716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferguson-news-guide-no-charges-expected-for-policeman/article/feed/209716?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests.

The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown led to two separate federal investigations: one looking at whether criminal charges should be brought against Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot the black teenager, and the other a broader examination of the city's police department.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests.

The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown led to two separate federal investigations: one looking at whether criminal charges should be brought against Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot the black teenager, and the other a broader examination of the city's police department.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:46:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons]]> http://gazette.com/homeland-funding-appears-on-track-minus-immigration-add-ons/article/feed/210125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeland-funding-appears-on-track-minus-immigration-add-ons/article/feed/210125?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is headed back to the House without restrictions that conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. But it has a good chance of passage anyway.

Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other House GOP leaders declined Monday night to say what their next move would be in a controversy that has exposed deep divisions inside the party's ranks. But even Republican officials conceded the leadership was running out of options.

House Democrats were eager for a vote on the measure. Senate Democrats had blocked a Republican move to convene formal negotiations between the two houses. That would likely have resulted in efforts to roll back

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is headed back to the House without restrictions that conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. But it has a good chance of passage anyway.

Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other House GOP leaders declined Monday night to say what their next move would be in a controversy that has exposed deep divisions inside the party's ranks. But even Republican officials conceded the leadership was running out of options.

House Democrats were eager for a vote on the measure. Senate Democrats had blocked a Republican move to convene formal negotiations between the two houses. That would likely have resulted in efforts to roll back ]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:46:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/congress-oks-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-open/article/1547077?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-oks-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-open/article/1547077?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.

The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, and capped a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.



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WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.

The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, and capped a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:28:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/man-convicted-in-deaths-of-american-sniper-author-friend/article/1546842?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-convicted-in-deaths-of-american-sniper-author-friend/article/1546842?custom_click=rss

STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's memoir about his four tours in Iraq.

Since prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.



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STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's memoir about his four tours in Iraq.

Since prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:34:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/justice-dept.-no-federal-charges-in-trayvon-martin-death/article/1546812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justice-dept.-no-federal-charges-in-trayvon-martin-death/article/1546812?custom_click=rss

MIAMI — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The decision, announced in the waning days of Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure, resolves a case that focused public attention on self-defense gun laws and became a flashpoint in the national conversation about race two years before the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

Zimmerman has maintained that he acted in self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside Orlando. Martin, who was black, was unarmed when he was killed.



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MIAMI — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The decision, announced in the waning days of Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure, resolves a case that focused public attention on self-defense gun laws and became a flashpoint in the national conversation about race two years before the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

Zimmerman has maintained that he acted in self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside Orlando. Martin, who was black, was unarmed when he was killed.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:26:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Decades-old U.S. highways crumble without money for needed improvements]]> By David A. Lieb The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/decades-old-u.s.-highways-crumble-without-money-for-needed-improvements/article/1546686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decades-old-u.s.-highways-crumble-without-money-for-needed-improvements/article/1546686?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads.

Built in the 1950s and '60s with a 20-year-life expectancy, the four-lane highway is crumbling beneath its surface and clogged with traffic as it carries more than 30,000 vehicles a day on many of its rural stretches, requiring more frequent repaving. The cost to rebuild and widen it is estimated at $2 billion to $4 billion - as much as five times the projected yearly construction and maintenance budget of Missouri's transportation department.

And there is no easy way to pay for it.



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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads.

Built in the 1950s and '60s with a 20-year-life expectancy, the four-lane highway is crumbling beneath its surface and clogged with traffic as it carries more than 30,000 vehicles a day on many of its rural stretches, requiring more frequent repaving. The cost to rebuild and widen it is estimated at $2 billion to $4 billion - as much as five times the projected yearly construction and maintenance budget of Missouri's transportation department.

And there is no easy way to pay for it.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:22:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado turns to toll roads to make up highway funding gap]]> By NICHOLAS RICCARDI The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-highway-funding-gap/article/1546687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-highway-funding-gap/article/1546687?custom_click=rss

DENVER - As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls.

The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.



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DENVER - As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls.

The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:21:43 -0700
<![CDATA[States seek new ways to pay for highway repairs]]> By David A. Lieb The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/states-seek-new-ways-to-pay-for-highway-repairs/article/1546688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-seek-new-ways-to-pay-for-highway-repairs/article/1546688?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - For nearly a century, the gasoline tax has provided the financial foundation for the nation's roads. For each gallon they pump, motorists have paid several additional cents in taxes to their state and federal governments.

That is still the case in most places. But as vehicles have become more fuel-efficient, gas tax revenue has plateaued. And the federal gas tax has lost more than one-third of its value to inflation since it was last raised to 18.4 cents a gallon in 1993.

As a result, state and federal officials are increasingly looking for alternatives to help pay for repairs and improvements to highways.



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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - For nearly a century, the gasoline tax has provided the financial foundation for the nation's roads. For each gallon they pump, motorists have paid several additional cents in taxes to their state and federal governments.

That is still the case in most places. But as vehicles have become more fuel-efficient, gas tax revenue has plateaued. And the federal gas tax has lost more than one-third of its value to inflation since it was last raised to 18.4 cents a gallon in 1993.

As a result, state and federal officials are increasingly looking for alternatives to help pay for repairs and improvements to highways.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:21:18 -0700
<![CDATA[New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out]]> By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/new-woes-for-healthcare.gov-wrong-tax-info-sent-out/article/1546658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-woes-for-healthcare.gov-wrong-tax-info-sent-out/article/1546658?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

After a successful sign-up season, the latest goof could signal new problems with the complex links between President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the nation's income tax system.

Officials said the government sent the wrong tax information to about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers, and they're asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns. The issue involves a new government form called a 1095-A, which is like a W-2 form for health care for people who got subsidized private coverage under Obama's



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WASHINGTON - In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

After a successful sign-up season, the latest goof could signal new problems with the complex links between President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the nation's income tax system.

Officials said the government sent the wrong tax information to about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers, and they're asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns. The issue involves a new government form called a 1095-A, which is like a W-2 form for health care for people who got subsidized private coverage under Obama's

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:46:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Obama's successor would inherit Mideast force authorization]]> An AP News Analysis http://gazette.com/obamas-successor-would-inherit-mideast-force-authorization/article/1546210?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obamas-successor-would-inherit-mideast-force-authorization/article/1546210?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East.

Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted legacy for Obama, a president who once appeared poised to fulfill his campaign pledge to end U.S.-led conflicts in the region.

"It's conceivable that the mission is completed earlier," Obama said Wednesday as he urged Congress to pass a force authorization against the Islamic State group that would extend into 2018.



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WASHINGTON — Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East.

Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted legacy for Obama, a president who once appeared poised to fulfill his campaign pledge to end U.S.-led conflicts in the region.

"It's conceivable that the mission is completed earlier," Obama said Wednesday as he urged Congress to pass a force authorization against the Islamic State group that would extend into 2018.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:08:14 -0700