<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:09:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Man who stole police cruiser dies crashing it in Los Angeles]]> http://gazette.com/man-who-stole-police-cruiser-dies-crashing-it-in-los-angeles/article/feed/404137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-who-stole-police-cruiser-dies-crashing-it-in-los-angeles/article/feed/404137?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police officer trying to find the rider of a motorcycle abandoned in a freeway traffic lane had his police car stolen by a man who jumped inside, raced away and almost immediately crashed the vehicle into a tree, killing himself.

"These type of things when you see them on movies or TV shows or something (you think) it can't possibly happen," police Chief Arthur Miller told reporters later. "But when you involve human nature, anything is possible."

South Pasadena police said the bizarre set of events began before dawn Thursday when an officer returning from delivering a prisoner to Los Angeles saw a school bus parked at about 3:30 a.m. on a downtown median where two major freeways merge.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:06:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Army names new Fort Riley commander to replace fired officer]]> http://gazette.com/army-names-new-fort-riley-commander-to-replace-fired-officer/article/feed/404095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-names-new-fort-riley-commander-to-replace-fired-officer/article/feed/404095?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army on Thursday named a new commander at Kansas' Fort Riley to replace an officer fired three days earlier, just weeks before soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division deploy to Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin takes the helm of the division on the 17,000-troop base and replaces Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, who is the subject of an Army investigation and was removed from command Monday for what the Army cited as a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.

The Army hasn't released details of its investigation involving Grigsby. A senior Army official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said Monday the probe does not involve other law enforcement agencies.

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<![CDATA[Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia]]> http://gazette.com/defense-secretary-us-will-sharpen-military-edge-in-asia/article/feed/404135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/defense-secretary-us-will-sharpen-military-edge-in-asia/article/feed/404135?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. will sharpen what he calls its "military edge" to remain a key power in the Asia-Pacific region.

Carter made the pledge Thursday in a speech in San Diego. The remarks are meant to set the stage for a meeting Friday in Hawaii with his counterparts from 10 Asian nations.

The Pentagon chief describes what he calls the next phase of a U.S. pivot to Asia — a rebalancing of security commitments after years of heavy focus on the Middle East.

He said the Pentagon will make its attack submarines more lethal and spend more to build undersea drones that can operate in shallower waters where submarines cannot.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:03:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Train crashes at New Jersey station; 1 dead, 74 hospitalized]]> http://gazette.com/train-crashes-at-new-jersey-station-1-dead-74-hospitalized/article/feed/403982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/train-crashes-at-new-jersey-station-1-dead-74-hospitalized/article/feed/403982?custom_click=rss

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.

People pulled concrete off bleeding victims and passengers kicked out windows and crawled to safety amid crying and screaming after the arriving New Jersey Transit train ran off the end of its track. It apparently knocked out pillars as it ground to a halt in the covered waiting area, collapsing a section of the roof onto the first car.

"All of a sudden, there was an abrupt stop and a big jolt that threw people out of their seats.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:59:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Caregiver in 'baby fight club' gets 33 months in jail]]> http://gazette.com/caregiver-in-baby-fight-club-gets-33-months-in-jail/article/feed/403897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caregiver-in-baby-fight-club-gets-33-months-in-jail/article/feed/403897?custom_click=rss MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia child care worker convicted on child cruelty charges in what prosecutors described as a "baby fight club" has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.

A jury convicted Kierra Spriggs of Woodbridge earlier this year after testimony that she and a co-worker abused numerous 2-year-olds by stepping on toes, feeding them Flamin' Hot Cheetos and making them fight each other.

The 33-month sentence is the maximum term the judge could have imposed.

The abuse occurred at a Minnieland Academy in 2013. The victims were a group of 2-year-olds who were cared for in what Minnieland designated its "monkey room."

A second worker, Sarah Jordan, was also convicted on similar charges an

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:57:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Police: Man kills wife, goes to college town, kills son]]> http://gazette.com/police-man-kills-wife-goes-to-college-town-kills-son/article/feed/404056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-man-kills-wife-goes-to-college-town-kills-son/article/feed/404056?custom_click=rss COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a man killed his wife at their Maryland home and then drove to the Washington suburbs, where he killed his 19-year-old son and himself.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that deputies checking on residents of a Bel Air home on Wednesday night found 48-year-old Zarqa Siddique fatally shot. Officials say her husband, 57-year-old Nasir Siddique, was identified as the suspect, but wasn't home.

Meanwhile, Prince George's County police say officers called to a parking lot near the University of Maryland campus found Nasir Siddique and his 19-year-old son, Farhad, fatally shot in the father's vehicle. Police say Nasir Siddique killed his wife, then drove to College Park wher

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:55:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Southern Arizona takes up bid to upgrade national monument]]> http://gazette.com/southern-arizona-takes-up-bid-to-upgrade-national-monument/article/feed/404131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southern-arizona-takes-up-bid-to-upgrade-national-monument/article/feed/404131?custom_click=rss

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Organizers of a campaign to redesignate a southern Arizona national monument known for its rare geological formations into a national park say it will boost tourism in the largely rural Cochise County.

Chiricahua (Cheer-e-kah-wah) National Monument is about 115 miles southeast of Tucson and near the New Mexico border. Its unusual rock formations and hiking trails draw about 57,000 people each year, but local leaders believe it would be even more popular if it were designated a national park.

There are only 59 national parks in the country. For Bob Gent, who is behind the campaign, that means there is a certain prestige that Chiricahua would benefit from.

Republican U.S. Rep.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:52:55 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Shooter fired at door as class exited for recess]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-shooter-fired-at-door-as-class-exited-for-recess/article/feed/403987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-shooter-fired-at-door-as-class-exited-for-recess/article/feed/403987?custom_click=rss

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a teenager who is accused of killing his father before shooting three people at a school in South Carolina (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

The superintendent of a South Carolina elementary school where a teen opened fire says a teacher and two students were shot as they left the building for recess.

Anderson County District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery posted online that the shooter never entered Townville Elementary.

Authorities say the shooter opened fire Wednesday afternoon after crashing a pickup truck into the playground fence.

Avery says on the district's website the teen shot at a door being opened for a class exiting for recess. Teachers then led the students to s

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:52:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Court upholds teen rape and murder victim's privacy rights]]> http://gazette.com/court-upholds-teen-rape-and-murder-victims-privacy-rights/article/feed/404138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-upholds-teen-rape-and-murder-victims-privacy-rights/article/feed/404138?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday decided that the details of a young woman's sexual history should remain private after her rape and murder.

Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of New Hampshire when she was killed in 2012. Seth Mazzaglia was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence, but argued the trial court should've allowed him to introduce evidence about Marriott's past.

In June, the state Supreme Court ruled information about Marriott's sexual activity that was sealed during the trial should be made public during the appeals process. Prosecutors and Marriott's family objected.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:52:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Yosemite chief retiring amid complaints of hostile workplace]]> http://gazette.com/yosemite-chief-retiring-amid-complaints-of-hostile-workplace/article/feed/404128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yosemite-chief-retiring-amid-complaints-of-hostile-workplace/article/feed/404128?custom_click=rss FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Yosemite National Park is retiring following employee complaints that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct, allegations also raised in other popular national parks, officials said Thursday.

Superintendent Don Neubacher announced his plans Wednesday, said Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for the National Park Service. It comes less than a week after a congressional oversight committee unveiled that at least 18 Yosemite staffers complained of a toxic work environment.

The employees described "horrific working conditions (that) lead us to believe that the environment is indeed toxic, hostile, repressive and harassing," the park service said in a prelimi

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:51:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Student arrested for wearing gorilla mask to protest]]> http://gazette.com/student-arrested-for-wearing-gorilla-mask-to-protest/article/feed/404139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/student-arrested-for-wearing-gorilla-mask-to-protest/article/feed/404139?custom_click=rss JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A student at East Tennessee State University has been arrested over disrupting a Black Lives Matter event on campus wearing a gorilla mask, carrying around a rope and trying to hand out bananas.

Media outlets report (http://bit.ly/2d5FYBy ) that Tristan Rettke was charged with one count of civil rights intimidation.

Witnesses took photos and video of the man walking up to demonstrators on Wednesday carrying a burlap sack that had a marijuana leaf and a Confederate battle flag printed on it. Rettke told police that he went to the event to provoke protesters.

The university in a statement expressed outrage at Rettke's conduct and commended students for exercising restraint in the face of offen

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:51:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Electrics touted at Paris car show, but await their moment]]> http://gazette.com/electrics-touted-at-paris-car-show-but-await-their-moment/article/feed/403883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/electrics-touted-at-paris-car-show-but-await-their-moment/article/feed/403883?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — When will electric-powered cars become a practical choice for ordinary people? The question hangs in the air at the Paris auto show, where Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors are showing off electric cars they hope are the on-ramp to a profitable future.

The raft of new vehicles lends buzz to electric cars. But earlier over-optimistic predictions have also bred skepticism.

Volkswagen compared its I.D. electric compact to its historic Beetle and mainstay Golf models and said it was the leading edge of 30 new electric models it plans to put out by 2025.

Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche looked more Silicon Valley than Stuttgart, wearing faded jeans and sneakers to tout the Mercedes-Benz EQ, a battery-p

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:46:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio official: No attempted intrusion into voter database]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-official-no-attempted-intrusion-into-voter-database/article/feed/404136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-official-no-attempted-intrusion-into-voter-database/article/feed/404136?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's elections chief expressed confidence in the security of its electoral process, saying he's been working with state and federal authorities to identify and address vulnerabilities to the system.

The comments from Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted on Thursday came a day after the FBI's director told Congress that there have been "attempted intrusions" into voter registration databases beyond what was previously known and that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election in November.

There have been no such attempts against Ohio's voter registration database, Husted told reporters Thursday in a conference call.

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:44:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?]]> http://gazette.com/did-landmark-laws-from-congress-enable-high-drug-prices/article/feed/403868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/did-landmark-laws-from-congress-enable-high-drug-prices/article/feed/403868?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but lawmakers and presidents of both parties may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge.

As the proverb says: Physician, heal thyself.

In the last 13 years, Congress passed major legislation that expanded taxpayer-financed coverage for prescription drugs but lacked explicit mechanisms for dealing with costs, instead relying mainly on market forces. Lawmakers look like unwitting enablers in the eyes of some experts.

Congress "inadvertently created a situation where price increases are much more rapid," said economist Paul Ginsburg, a Medicare expert who directs the Brookings Institution health policy cent

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]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:43:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge orders former real estate mogul to pay creditors $286M]]> http://gazette.com/judge-orders-former-real-estate-mogul-to-pay-creditors-286m/article/feed/404071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-orders-former-real-estate-mogul-to-pay-creditors-286m/article/feed/404071?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered a former luxury real estate mogul to pay $286 million to the creditors of a Montana club for the ultrarich that he is accused of fleecing for personal gain before driving it into bankruptcy.

The order Wednesday from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher is the latest turn in a yearslong hunt for assets of Timothy Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort near Big Sky with an elite group of members including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Blixseth diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from a 2005 Credit Suisse loan to the club, using the money to buy jets, yachts and luxury properties around the globe.

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