<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:11:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Merkel aide: We'll do everything to conclude US trade deal]]> http://gazette.com/merkel-aide-well-do-everything-to-conclude-us-trade-deal/article/feed/392016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/merkel-aide-well-do-everything-to-conclude-us-trade-deal/article/feed/392016?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff is insisting that Berlin wants to press ahead with concluding a sweeping European Union-U.S. trade deal, underscoring divisions in the country's governing coalition.

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who's also vice chancellor and leads the center-left junior party in Merkel's coalition, has said that trade negotiations with the U.S. "have de facto failed."

Merkel's conservatives, however, are standing by the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said the government had agreed three years ago that TTIP should go ahead because it's in Germany's interest.

He told ZDF television Wednesday: "We will do everything t

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]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:50:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data]]> http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-mixed-ahead-of-us-jobs-data/article/feed/391649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-mixed-ahead-of-us-jobs-data/article/feed/391649?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key jobs data later this week in the U.S. that could lead to higher interest rates.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.0 percent to finish at 16,887.40. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 2,030.03. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down nearly 0.1 percent to 22,994.58, while the Shanghai Composite gained 0.2 percent to 3,080.67.

FED FACTOR: Investors continue to wait to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year, after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fisher at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last week as signs the Fed is ready to raise interest rates later th

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TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key jobs data later this week in the U.S. that could lead to higher interest rates.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.0 percent to finish at 16,887.40. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 2,030.03. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down nearly 0.1 percent to 22,994.58, while the Shanghai Composite gained 0.2 percent to 3,080.67.

FED FACTOR: Investors continue to wait to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year, after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fisher at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last week as signs the Fed is ready to raise interest rates later th

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]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:34:59 -0600 <![CDATA[The quest to end lost airline luggage]]> http://gazette.com/the-quest-to-end-lost-airline-luggage/article/feed/392003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-quest-to-end-lost-airline-luggage/article/feed/392003?custom_click=rss LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.

As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn't, a red light would flash and the belt would stop until somebody acknowledges the mistake and reroutes the luggage.

This is the future of baggage handling. Delta Air Lines is investing $50 million to soothe one of air travel's biggest headaches: lost and delayed luggage.

Delta carried nearly 120 million checked suitcases last year, collecting $25 in fees, each way, for most domestic bags. For that price, fliers expect their suitcase to be waiting on the caro

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]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:04:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash]]> http://gazette.com/police-look-into-whether-sun-glare-was-factor-in-kayak-crash/article/feed/391987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-look-into-whether-sun-glare-was-factor-in-kayak-crash/article/feed/391987?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a Manhattan pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.

Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river Thursday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department Inspector David Driscoll said.

Five people were hurt. An employee of the Manhattan Kayak Company suffered the most serious injury, his arm was partially severed.

"His bone was exposed. He had lost a lot of blood and he was lapsing in and out of consciousness," said Driscoll.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:41:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Historic commercial flight from US to Cuba set to take off]]> http://gazette.com/historic-commercial-flight-from-us-to-cuba-set-to-take-off/article/feed/391971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/historic-commercial-flight-from-us-to-cuba-set-to-take-off/article/feed/391971?custom_click=rss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century is scheduled to fly from Fort Lauderdale to the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

JetBlue Flight 387 was set to take off at 9:45 a.m. EDT for a 72-minute journey that will open a new era of U.S.-Cuba travel, with more than 400 flights a week connecting the U.S. with an island cut off from most Americans by the 55-year-old trade embargo on Cuba and formal ban on U.S. citizens engaging in tourism on the island.

"Seeing the American airlines landing routinely around the island will drive a sense of openness, integration

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:32:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Law takes effect scrapping cap on alcohol content for beer]]> http://gazette.com/law-takes-effect-scrapping-cap-on-alcohol-content-for-beer/article/feed/391981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/law-takes-effect-scrapping-cap-on-alcohol-content-for-beer/article/feed/391981?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.

A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer.

Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition.

Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales.

Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries looking to locate to the state.

Craft beer is a $22 billion industry in the U.S., and sales were up last year nearly 13 percent over the previous year.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:18:04 -0600 <![CDATA[USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats]]> http://gazette.com/usda-to-reopen-offices-closed-after-email-threats/article/feed/391678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usda-to-reopen-offices-closed-after-email-threats/article/feed/391678?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.

USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said offices in Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina and Kearneysville, West Virginia, will open Wednesday with additional security enhancements. USDA offices in Hamden, Connecticut, and Leetown, West Virginia, will remain closed while waiting for security improvements or notifications to union officials.

Herrick said earlier Tuesday that the department had received "several anonymous messages" late Monday that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. Offices in six locations in five states were closed Tuesday morning "until further notice.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:26:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Comey: FBI wants 'adult conversation' on device encryption]]> http://gazette.com/comey-fbi-wants-adult-conversation-on-device-encryption/article/feed/391641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/comey-fbi-wants-adult-conversation-on-device-encryption/article/feed/391641?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year.

Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium.

The remarks reiterated points that Comey has made repeatedly in the last two years, before Congress and in other settings, about the growing collision between electronic privacy and national security.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:11:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Los Angeles police: Singer Chris Brown arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon]]> http://gazette.com/los-angeles-police-singer-chris-brown-arrested-on-suspicion-of-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon/article/feed/391930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-police-singer-chris-brown-arrested-on-suspicion-of-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon/article/feed/391930?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police: Singer Chris Brown arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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<![CDATA[Hospital, hepatitis C outbreak victims reach settlement]]> http://gazette.com/hospital-hepatitis-c-outbreak-victims-reach-settlement/article/feed/391650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hospital-hepatitis-c-outbreak-victims-reach-settlement/article/feed/391650?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Trinity Health and its hospital in Minot have agreed in principal on a legal settlement with 21 victims of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in recent U.S. history, though Trinity's legal fight with a nursing home where most people were sickened will continue.

Trinity attorneys filed a request asking state Judge Todd Cresap to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Trinity recently reached a confidential settlement resolving the plaintiffs' claims. They asked Cresap to allow a connected legal dispute between the hospital and the former ManorCare nursing home to be resolved in federal court, where it originated. Cresap has not yet ruled.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:59:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Los Angeles developer buys iconic Tribune Tower in Chicago]]> http://gazette.com/los-angeles-developer-buys-iconic-tribune-tower-in-chicago/article/feed/391901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-developer-buys-iconic-tribune-tower-in-chicago/article/feed/391901?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The iconic Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue will have a new owner.

Los Angeles-based CIM Group has agreed to buy the tower for up to $240 million. Chicago-based Tribune Media announced the deal Tuesday. It's expected to close by September's end. Officials didn't specify development plans for the 1925 neo-Gothic tower.

Tribune announced last year that it had hired a real estate investment banker to explore a sale or partnership for redevelopment.

The Chicago Tribune reports Tribune Media employees were told "operational headquarters" will remain in Chicago. Staff will be moved to a new space likely in the second quarter of 2017.

The deal is part of Tribune Media's ongoing efforts to sell

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:48:54 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Ohio State tells alumni clubs to fall in line]]> http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-ohio-state-tells-alumni-clubs-to-fall-in-line/article/feed/391810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-ohio-state-tells-alumni-clubs-to-fall-in-line/article/feed/391810?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is requiring its roughly 150 alumni clubs and societies to keep mum when it comes to disparaging comments about the school, or risk losing the money and other perks it provides them. For the most part, they are signing on.

The move comes two years after the school fired its marching band director because of an internal investigation that found a "sexualized culture" in the band, prompting one of its most visible alumni groups to speak out publicly against the university and offer the fired employee public relations and legal help.

The university says the band controversy isn't connected to the alumni group changes, which it says are stemming from a process that began months before

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:36:51 -0600 <![CDATA[California farm workers on edge over historic overtime bill]]> http://gazette.com/california-farm-workers-on-edge-over-historic-overtime-bill/article/feed/391911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-farm-workers-on-edge-over-historic-overtime-bill/article/feed/391911?custom_click=rss

MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) — Many California farmworkers are praising a move that brings them closer to receiving the same overtime pay as other hourly workers.

The legislation is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. He has not said if he will sign it.

If he does, farmworkers will get overtime after eight hours in a day or 40 hours a week.

Farmworkers now are not eligible for overtime until they have worked 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week.

Tomato picker Florentino Reyes said Tuesday the overtime law would give him an extra $60 weekly and boost his purchasing power.

But others fear their farmer bosses will respond by cutting back on working hours.

Dairy worker Juan Valencia says his boss might do that

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:24:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Google to expand Waze carpooling service in San Francisco]]> http://gazette.com/google-to-expand-waze-carpooling-service-in-san-francisco/article/feed/391854?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/google-to-expand-waze-carpooling-service-in-san-francisco/article/feed/391854?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber.

The plans will build upon a test service that Google's navigation app Waze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home.

Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides. The tests have worked well enough to encourage Waze to move into the next phase and allow anyone in the Bay Area with its app to request a ride by the end of thi

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:16:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Local Relic to open brewery tasting room in historic chapel in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/local-relic-to-open-brewery-tasting-room-in-historic-chapel-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1584400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/local-relic-to-open-brewery-tasting-room-in-historic-chapel-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1584400?custom_click=rss

Three months after abandoning plans to open a brewery tasting room in a new, multi-use center on Cascade Avenue, Local Relic is moving forward with the purchase of the historic former Payne Chapel in downtown Colorado Springs.

"We are (very) excited to tell you that we are under contract to purchase a building to house Local Relic's tasting room. We're like giddy schoolgirls over here," read an announcement sent to the brewery's email list Tuesday. "Yes, we are buying a Local Relic (get it?) for Local Relic to operate a tasting room."

Constructed in the late 1890s on land donated by city founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer, the stately stone church at 320 S. Weber St.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:59:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: B.D. "Bud" Paddock]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-b.d.-bud-paddock/article/1584386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-b.d.-bud-paddock/article/1584386?custom_click=rss

Mountain View Electric Association Inc. recently recognized B.D. "Bud" Paddock for 45 years of service at their 75th Annual Meeting of Members.

Paddock is one of seven board of directors who are elected by members to guide and manage the business operations of MVEA.

Paddock also serves on the supervisory committee of the Pikes Peak Federal Credit Union, is a past master of Ramah Lodge No. 165, AF & AM, and is past president of the El Paso County Past Masters Association.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:46:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Tex Experts wants a new career for you!]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-tex-experts-wants-a-new-career-for-you/article/1584402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-tex-experts-wants-a-new-career-for-you/article/1584402?custom_click=rss

One company could be your leg up in the high-tech industry. Tek Experts in the Colorado Springs area has opportunities in technical support for IT systems, applications, cybersecurity and complementary services like customer success management and bespoke training programs.

Tek Experts customer base are corporate clients and many are in the high-industry.

The Gazette's Eric Singer talks with a company representative of Tek Experts in our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment on Gazette.com. If you would like more information on some of the positions that For Tek Experts hiring information, click on www.tek-experts.com.

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:38:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' housing market ranks in the top 30 among cities nationwide, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-housing-market-ranks-in-the-top-30-among-cities-nationwide-study-finds/article/1584401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-housing-market-ranks-in-the-top-30-among-cities-nationwide-study-finds/article/1584401?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' robust housing market is getting some love on the national scene.

The Springs ranked as the 28th-best real estate market among 300 metro areas nationwide, according to an analysis released Tuesday by social media company WalletHub.

And when the field of metro areas is narrowed to 62 cities with populations of 300,000 or more, Colorado Springs ranked No. 7, the WalletHub analysis shows.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:33:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Owner of Colorado Springs office building hit with $8.1 million foreclosure]]> http://gazette.com/owner-of-colorado-springs-office-building-hit-with-8.1-million-foreclosure/article/1584388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/owner-of-colorado-springs-office-building-hit-with-8.1-million-foreclosure/article/1584388?custom_click=rss

A third building that's part of the Quantum Corp. office complex in northern Colorado Springs has fallen into foreclosure, joining two buildings that were foreclosed on last week, El Paso County Public Trustee's Office records show.

An $8.1 million foreclosure notice was recorded Tuesday against a limited liability company controlled by NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a New York real estate investment trust that owns a 121,020-square-foot building at 10285 Federal Drive. The site is southeast of InterQuest and Voyager parkways, and east of Interstate 25.

A $23.9 million foreclosure notice also was recorded Aug. 24 against NorthStar in connection with two adjoining Federal Drive buildings totaling 275,000 square feet.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:37:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Gatorade goes organic as PepsiCo joins natural-ingredient push]]> http://gazette.com/gatorade-goes-organic-as-pepsico-joins-natural-ingredient-push/article/1584391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gatorade-goes-organic-as-pepsico-joins-natural-ingredient-push/article/1584391?custom_click=rss

PepsiCo Inc. is introducing a version of Gatorade that's certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, testing whether a product created in a lab with artificial flavors and colors can adapt to America's growing natural-food movement.

After two years of research, the company is now selling strawberry, lemon and mixed berry G Organic in some Kroger Co. supermarkets, said Brett O'Brien, Gatorade's senior vice president and general manager. It plans to expand the rollout to select grocery, natural and convenience stores over the next few weeks. The suggested retail price for the new drinks is $1.69 for a 16.9-ounce bottle, 50 cents more than for Gatorade Thirst Quencher, the nonorganic equivalent.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Consumer confidence climbs to an almost one-year high]]> http://gazette.com/consumer-confidence-climbs-to-an-almost-one-year-high/article/1584390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/consumer-confidence-climbs-to-an-almost-one-year-high/article/1584390?custom_click=rss

Consumer confidence increased to an almost one-year high in August as Americans became more optimistic about the labor market, according to a report from the New York-based Conference Board on Tuesday.

Key points:

- The confidence index advanced to 101.1 (forecast was 97), the highest since September, from 96.7.

- The recent conditions gauge increased to 123, the best reading in nine years, from 118.8.

- The measure of consumer expectations for the next six months rose to 86.4, the highest since October, from 82.

- The share of those who said jobs were plentiful was the biggest since August 2007.

Big picture: Strong employment that's generating steadily rising pay is keeping Americans upbeat about the

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Movers & Shakers: El Pomar Foundation elections, promotions]]> http://gazette.com/movers-shakers-el-pomar-foundation-elections-promotions/article/1584387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers-el-pomar-foundation-elections-promotions/article/1584387?custom_click=rss

El Pomar Foundation has announced the election of Andrea Aragon and Matt Carpenter to the foundation's Board of Trustees and the promotions of Lori Bellingham to vice president, communications and Devanie Helman to director of El Pomar Fellowship.

Aragon is president/CEO of the United Way of Pueblo County.

Carpenter is El Pomar's executive vice president in charge of grants.

Bellingham directs El Pomar communications and is deputy director of the Regional Partnership Program. Helman served as the deputy director of the fellowship before leaving to complete a master's in education at Stanford.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:57:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Investment firm buys Verizon complex on Garden of the God Road for $31 million]]> http://gazette.com/investment-firm-buys-verizon-complex-on-garden-of-the-god-road-for-31-million/article/1583951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/investment-firm-buys-verizon-complex-on-garden-of-the-god-road-for-31-million/article/1583951?custom_click=rss

A New York-based investment group has acquired the Verizon complex on Garden of the Gods Road for $31 million in the second-largest real estate transaction this year.

A limited liability company created by Fortress Investment Group bought the 726,528-square-foot complex on 129 acres at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road on Aug. 10 from Verizon Business Network Services, according to a deed filed with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office. The sale is the second largest in the county in 2016 after the $48.6 million sale of the Retreat at Cheyenne Mountain apartment complex in February.

As part of the deal, Verizon is leasing back a part of the complex for its product development, corporate services, wireless and wireline



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:33:21 -0600
<![CDATA[EU orders Apple to pay up to 13B euros in back taxes]]> http://gazette.com/eu-orders-apple-to-pay-up-to-13b-euros-in-back-taxes/article/1583988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eu-orders-apple-to-pay-up-to-13b-euros-in-back-taxes/article/1583988?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS — Apple will have to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest in back taxes to Ireland after the European Union found Tuesday that the U.S. technology giant had paid next to no tax across the bloc's 28 countries for over 11 years.

The ruling is a dramatic escalation by the EU executive Commission in its battle to have multinationals pay their fair share in the region, where popular outrage over alleged corporate tax dodging is common after years of financial crisis and austerity budgets.

The EU says that many multinationals — including Starbucks, Fiat and Amazon — struck deals with EU countries to pay unusually low tax in exchange for basing their EU operations there.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:40:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Award-winning journalist Jim Trotter hired to run Gazette newsroom in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/award-winning-journalist-jim-trotter-hired-to-run-gazette-newsroom-in-colorado-springs/article/1583949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/award-winning-journalist-jim-trotter-hired-to-run-gazette-newsroom-in-colorado-springs/article/1583949?custom_click=rss

The Gazette has added an award-winning, veteran Colorado journalist to oversee its day-to-day news operation.

Editor Vince Bzdek on Monday announced that Jim Trotter has been hired as the newspaper's managing editor-news. He'll join the paper Sept. 12.

Trotter will oversee The Gazette's daily news gathering, reporting and editing. He also will be responsible for the Sunday newspaper - emphasizing the development of big-picture, enterprise stories.

"Whether in print or digital, newspapers remain the single most important source of information in most communities," Trotter said. "As an editor and writer, I'm very excited about returning to the fold.



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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:35:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Should you buy coverage on rental cars?]]> http://gazette.com/should-you-buy-coverage-on-rental-cars/article/1583821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/should-you-buy-coverage-on-rental-cars/article/1583821?custom_click=rss

Whenever you rent a car, you are called upon to make an irritating little decision having potentially serious legal consequences. Should you, or should you not, pay the car rental company another substantial amount per day (think $25 or more) for "loss damage waiver" protection?

There are two schools of thought: One is "Absolutely yes. This coverage is worth every penny." The other is: "If you buy this coverage, you're throwing your money away. Between your own automobile insurance and the coverage you get from your credit card company, you have all the insurance you need."

So who's right? Well, everybody or nobody, depending on the circumstances. To demonstrate the point, let's do what lawyers like to do - create a



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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:41:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Ted Rayburn: I-25 expansion can't wait 10 years]]> http://gazette.com/ted-rayburn-i-25-expansion-cant-wait-10-years/article/1583826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ted-rayburn-i-25-expansion-cant-wait-10-years/article/1583826?custom_click=rss

I consider myself to be an optimistic, upbeat person, but even the prospect of making the drive from Colorado Springs to Denver darkens my mood.

It's a shame, because as much as I love this city, sometimes I have to go north, to Denver International Airport, for example. The last time I had to make the 85-mile drive to DIA, it took 2½ hours. This was not during rush hour.

So I was glad to hear that there are plans to widen Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock, the most problematic section of the route; in reality, it's a 40-mile-long parking lot.



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<![CDATA[Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1]]> http://gazette.com/truck-carrying-takata-inflators-explodes-in-texas-killing-1/article/1583920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/truck-carrying-takata-inflators-explodes-in-texas-killing-1/article/1583920?custom_click=rss

DETROIT — A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and a load of volatile ammonium nitrate crashed, caught fire and exploded in southern Texas last week, killing a woman and injuring four others.

Takatasays Monday that the truck operated by a subcontractor crashed in the small town of Quemado near the Mexican border about 140 miles from San Antonio. The company says it sent people to the site and is helping authorities investigate the crash.

Takata has a warehouse in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, and it has an air bag inflator plant in Monclova, Mexico.

The News Gram of Eagle Pass identified the victim as Lucila Robles, whose home was destroyed in blast.



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An improving economy, low gas prices, beautiful weather and a lack of natural disasters have the local tourism industry declaring the summer of 2016 as one of the best seasons in recent memory.

"It has been a fantastic season for us and Garden of the Gods in general," said Tim Haas, owner of the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, along with a few gift and clothing shops in Manitou Springs. "We're up in the number of people visiting, and folks who are coming in are spending a bit more money as well, which is fantastic."

This past summer hasn't just felt like a great tourism season; tourism data prove that tourists have been pouring into the region this year, said Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors



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