<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:11:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Treasury sanctions Syrian government's energy networks]]> http://gazette.com/treasury-sanctions-syrian-governments-energy-networks/article/feed/258190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/treasury-sanctions-syrian-governments-energy-networks/article/feed/258190?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is targeting 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) is using in the conflict there.

Treasury says many of those targeted are front companies the Syrian government has used to evade U.S. and European Union sanctions.

Monday's action freezes any assets the entities have in U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.

Seven companies and four individuals associated with those companies were sanctioned.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:07:30 -0600 <![CDATA[AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless discount]]> http://gazette.com/att-as-new-owner-of-directv-offers-tv-wireless-discount/article/feed/257996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/att-as-new-owner-of-directv-offers-tv-wireless-discount/article/feed/257996?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new package the company is offering after its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV 10 days ago.

Under the new package, customers will get a single number to call for customer service. And employees at AT&T stores will be able to set up customers' phones so they can start watching TV through apps right away, even before service is installed in the living room. But the content on phones — a subset of what's available on regular TVs — won't differ from what DirecTV customers have already been able to get on their apps.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:05:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Cranes fall on houses in Netherlands, 1 man rescued]]> http://gazette.com/cranes-fall-on-houses-in-netherlands-1-man-rescued/article/feed/258127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cranes-fall-on-houses-in-netherlands-1-man-rescued/article/feed/258127?custom_click=rss AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rescuers pulled a survivor from under the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened on Monday shortly after two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city toppled onto a row of buildings, a fire department spokesman said.

One man had been pulled alive from the rubble in Alphen aan den Rijn, and rescuers including sniffer dogs would work deep into the night combing the scene for any other victims who might have been trapped, said Ton Koot, a spokesman for the local fire department.

"We hope that the number of victims stays at this one man who was taken to hospital with hip problems," Koot said in a telephone interview.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:01:43 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug]]> http://gazette.com/fda-clears-first-3-d-printed-prescription-drug/article/feed/258191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-clears-first-3-d-printed-prescription-drug/article/feed/258191?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. The tablet is manufactured in a layered process via 3-D printing and dissolves when taken with liquid.

The FDA has previously approved medical devices — including prosthetics — made with 3-D printing. An agency spokeswoman confirmed the new drug is the first prescription tablet approved that uses the process.

Doctors are increasingly turning to 3-D printing to create customized implants for patients wi

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:00:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemetery]]> http://gazette.com/hearse-with-bobbi-kristina-browns-body-arrives-at-cemetery/article/feed/258100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hearse-with-bobbi-kristina-browns-body-arrives-at-cemetery/article/feed/258100?custom_click=rss

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The body of Bobbi Kristina Brown was carried by a hearse Monday to her final resting place next to her famous mother.

The hearse carrying the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown left a funeral home in Newark late Monday morning followed by two SUVs carrying relatives, including cousin Dionne Warwick.

The casket arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. and made the short trip to Whigham Funeral Home, the same facility that handled Houston's funeral arrangements three years ago.

Police closed the road leading to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:59:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Boston Symphony Orchestra extends music director's contract]]> http://gazette.com/boston-symphony-orchestra-extends-music-directors-contract/article/feed/258111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-symphony-orchestra-extends-music-directors-contract/article/feed/258111?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra said Monday it was extending the contract of Andris Nelsons, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century.

The new eight-year contract with Nelsons will run through 2022, the orchestra announced. It replaces the original five-year deal that began in September. The new deal also includes an evergreen clause that reflects a "mutual desire for a long-term commitment" that could keep Nelsons in Boston beyond 2022.

"This is a significant opportunity for me and the orchestra to work together on deeper levels, artistically and musically," Nelsons said in a statement.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:59:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance]]> http://gazette.com/gulf-arabs-welcome-iran-nuke-deal-but-seek-further-assurance/article/feed/258037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gulf-arabs-welcome-iran-nuke-deal-but-seek-further-assurance/article/feed/258037?custom_click=rss

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.

Speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar's top diplomat said Monday that the bloc had been impressed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's presentation of the agreement and explanations of how it will be verified and enforced.

"Consequently, the GCC countries have welcomed on this basis what has been displayed and what has been talked about by His Excellency Mr. Kerry," said Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, whose nation currently chairs the group.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:58:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Texas' attorney general charged with securities fraud]]> http://gazette.com/texas-attorney-general-charged-with-securities-fraud/article/feed/258138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-attorney-general-charged-with-securities-fraud/article/feed/258138?custom_click=rss

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was booked Monday on securities fraud charges accusing him of misleading investors in a tech startup, including a state lawmaker, before he took office in January.

Paxton, a 52-year-old Republican, was fingerprinted and photographed at the Collin County jail while a throng of media waited outside. It was a frenzy reminiscent of a year ago, when then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who was also still in office — was booked after being indicted on charges of abusing his power with a 2013 veto.

But whereas Perry defiantly welcomed the cameras within minutes of being processed at an Austin jail, Paxton ducked reporters while leaving the Collin County jail on bond.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:57:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians]]> http://gazette.com/report-us-led-strikes-in-iraq-syria-killed-459-civilians/article/feed/258036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-us-led-strikes-in-iraq-syria-killed-459-civilians/article/feed/258036?custom_click=rss

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.

The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.

While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:56:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Brian Williams still weeks away from reappearing at MSNBC]]> http://gazette.com/brian-williams-still-weeks-away-from-reappearing-at-msnbc/article/feed/258189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brian-williams-still-weeks-away-from-reappearing-at-msnbc/article/feed/258189?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Next week marks the end of Brian Williams' six-month suspension from NBC News for exaggerating his role in news stories, but he isn't expected back on the air in his new job at MSNBC for at least another month.

Williams was suspended on Feb. 10 after his story about flying in a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003 was shown to be false, triggering an investigation into other incidents of self-aggrandizement in talking about his reporting. He lost his job as NBC's "Nightly News" anchor and was named a breaking news anchor at the cable news outlet.

MSNBC hasn't announced a start date for Williams. The tentative target for his return is for the network's coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United Sta

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:56:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback]]> http://gazette.com/irans-ahmadinejad-seeks-political-comeback/article/feed/258192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/irans-ahmadinejad-seeks-political-comeback/article/feed/258192?custom_click=rss

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month.

Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad's surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked off an eight-year presidency marked by confrontation with the West, incendiary rhetoric toward Israel and refusal to compromise on the disputed nuclear program. Many former allies have turned on Ahmadinejad, and two of his former vice presidents have been jailed for corruption.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:54:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Man shot to death awaiting court appearance in Mississippi]]> http://gazette.com/man-shot-to-death-awaiting-court-appearance-in-mississippi/article/feed/258124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shot-to-death-awaiting-court-appearance-in-mississippi/article/feed/258124?custom_click=rss

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said.

Police and other officials said they weren't sure why the suspect — 24-year-old William B. Wells, a former Canton firefighter with no history of trouble — would shoot victim Kendrick Armond Brown.

Brown was in a small courtyard outside the Madison County Courthouse with his lawyer when he was shot, District Attorney Michael Guest said. Brown, 37, faced charges of selling cocaine and was a habitual offender who had been sentenced to prison time

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:54:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Rams putting rookies Havenstein, Brown right to work]]> http://gazette.com/rams-putting-rookies-havenstein-brown-right-to-work/article/feed/258188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rams-putting-rookies-havenstein-brown-right-to-work/article/feed/258188?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams plan to open the season with a pair of rookie offensive linemen playing side by side. Tackle Rob Havenstein and guard Jamon Brown must be quick learners and make the gamble pay off.

Last year, the Rams had one rookie on the line. Tackle Greg Robinson was the second overall pick of the draft, so it was no surprise they cleared some space.

This summer, it's a lot different. Left guard Rodger Saffold is the lone veteran returning starter, and the center will come from a group of backups.

Coach Jeff Fisher said he'd been interested in drafting a new crop of offensive linemen since he arrived in St. Louis, and the Rams went all-in this May.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:51:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez]]> http://gazette.com/prosecutor-tipster-wrote-sexual-letters-to-aaron-hernandez/article/feed/258174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutor-tipster-wrote-sexual-letters-to-aaron-hernandez/article/feed/258174?custom_click=rss FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley said an attempt by Hernandez's lawyer to question the woman under oath is an "unwarranted fishing expedition."

The woman's identity has been redacted in court documents.

James Sultan, one of Hernandez's lawyers, has said the woman called him anonymously several times after Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:51:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Lukoil managers charged for money $1.95 bln laundering]]> http://gazette.com/lukoil-managers-charged-for-money-1.95-bln-laundering/article/feed/258187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lukoil-managers-charged-for-money-1.95-bln-laundering/article/feed/258187?custom_click=rss BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have charged Russian oil producer Lukoil with complicity in money laundering worth 1.77 billion euros ($1.95 billion).

Prosecutors at the Court of Appeal in Ploiesti, where Lukoil's refinery is based, on Monday charged Romanian and Russian company managers for allegedly misusing the company's credit and capital.

The statement said from 2011 to 2014 "the suspects knowingly used company goods and credit granted to the company to benefit other companies in which they had a direct or indirect interest."

There was no immediate reaction from Lukoil in Romania.

Last month, prosecutors froze Lukoil's assets and bank accounts worth about 2 billion euros ($2.22 billion).

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:51:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Some Americans refuse to give up on Confederate flag]]> http://gazette.com/some-americans-refuse-to-give-up-on-confederate-flag/article/1556671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-americans-refuse-to-give-up-on-confederate-flag/article/1556671?custom_click=rss

 

HANOVER, Pa. — Many Americans assumed the Confederate flag was retired for good after governors in South Carolina and Alabama removed it from their statehouses this summer and presidential candidates from both parties declared it too divisive for official display.

But people still fly it, and not just in the South, despite announcements by leading flag-makers and retailers that they will no longer sell products showing the secessionist battle flag.

Some who display it are motivated by pride in their ancestry or enthusiasm for Southern history. Others see it as a symbol of their right to challenge to authority in general, and the federal government in particular.



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<![CDATA[Arenado homers as Rockies beat Cardinals 6-2]]> http://gazette.com/arenado-homers-as-rockies-beat-cardinals-6-2/article/1556636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arenado-homers-as-rockies-beat-cardinals-6-2/article/1556636?custom_click=rss  

ST. LOUIS — Nolan Arenado and Ben Paulsen homered, sending Jorge De La Rosa and the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Arenado connected for a two-run shot in the fourth against Lance Lynn (8-6) and Paulsen added a leadoff drive in the sixth. Paulsen finished with two hits and three RBIs in Colorado's first win at Busch Stadium since May 12, 2013, snapping a string of five straight losses at St. Louis.

De La Rosa (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander is 7-2 with a 3.41 ERA in nine starts against St. Louis since joining Colorado in 2008.



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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:49:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years]]> http://gazette.com/dr.-dre-announces-release-of-first-album-in-15-years/article/1556635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dr.-dre-announces-release-of-first-album-in-15-years/article/1556635?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years.

Dre said on his radio show, Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy, that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Aug. 7.

He said Saturday that the album was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," a Hollywood film that details his rise in the music industry along with members of one of the genre's most well-known hardcore groups.

Dre said the album includes features from Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

It's his first album since "2001," which was released in 1999.

He says it's going to be his grand finale, "and the record is bananas.



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<![CDATA[Movie theater shooter's mental problems didn't stop gun buy]]> http://gazette.com/movie-theater-shooters-mental-problems-didnt-stop-gun-buy/article/1556270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movie-theater-shooters-mental-problems-didnt-stop-gun-buy/article/1556270?custom_click=rss

 

LAFAYETTE, La. — John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used.

Despite obvious and public signs of mental illness — most importantly, a Georgia judge's order committing him to mental health treatment against his will as a danger to himself and others in 2008 — Houser was able to walk into an Alabama pawn shop six years later and buy a .40-caliber handgun.

It was the same weapon Houser used to kill two people and wound nine others before killing himself at a Thursday showing of "Trainwreck." Three people remained hospitalized Saturday.



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