<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:09:47 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55]]> http://gazette.com/fox-news-host-brenda-buttner-dies-at-age-55/article/feed/446024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fox-news-host-brenda-buttner-dies-at-age-55/article/feed/446024?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls and Bears" has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.

Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's "The Money Club" before joining Fox News in 2000.

Buttner graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show "Your World with Neil Cavuto." He praised her intelligence and sense of humor, saying "business journalism is never going to be the same."

Fox News announced her death on Monday.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:28:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Official charged in United flight bribe case dies at age 62]]> http://gazette.com/official-charged-in-united-flight-bribe-case-dies-at-age-62/article/feed/446023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-charged-in-united-flight-bribe-case-dies-at-age-62/article/feed/446023?custom_click=rss

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A United Airlines lobbyist and longtime state official accused of conspiracy in a shakedown benefiting the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports has died.

Jamie Fox, who held numerous governmental posts during his career, died Monday at age 62, the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home said. The cause of his death was unavailable.

Fox was serving as a lobbyist for Chicago-based United Airlines when, federal prosecutors say, he helped then-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman David Samson re-establish a regular flight to South Carolina, where Samson had a vacation home.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:01:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp]]> http://gazette.com/deadline-looms-for-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-camp/article/feed/445953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deadline-looms-for-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-camp/article/feed/445953?custom_click=rss

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

They aren't deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must leave by Wednesday or face possible arrest. They're determined to remain and fight a pipeline they maintain threatens the very sanctity of the land.

"If we don't stand now, when will we?" said Tiffanie Pieper, of San Diego, who has been in the camp most of the winter.

Protesters have been at the campsite since August to fight the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota through South

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:29:35 -0700 <![CDATA[How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?]]> http://gazette.com/how-long-should-injured-pro-athletes-get-workers-comp/article/feed/445988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-long-should-injured-pro-athletes-get-workers-comp/article/feed/445988?custom_click=rss

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier?

That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois Legislature as one unlikely element of a compromise proposal to end a nearly two-year-long fight over the state's budget.

The Bears are leading other Chicago sports franchises in backing a measure that would reduce a former player's ability to tap into workers compensation after a career-ending injury. They want to cap certain payments to athletes at no older than 35 or five years after their

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:50:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Jeep stuck in sand dune for 40 years to be removed this week]]> http://gazette.com/jeep-stuck-in-sand-dune-for-40-years-to-be-removed-this-week/article/feed/445989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeep-stuck-in-sand-dune-for-40-years-to-be-removed-this-week/article/feed/445989?custom_click=rss TRURO, Mass. (AP) — A Jeep that has been stuck inside a Massachusetts sand dune for 40 years is set to be removed.

The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/2kRGjsH ) the Jeep Wagoneer is entombed in a garage in Truro that became overtaken by the dune decades ago.

Basil Musnuff's mother owns the property. He says he began visiting in the 1970s and has never seen the Jeep driven.

Musnuff says the family has wanted to get the Jeep out of the collapsing garage for years but the town wouldn't let them move the sand due to concerns about the dune system.

Town officials recently changed their approach to the shifting sands and asked the family to remove the vehicle.

The removal is scheduled for Friday, weather p

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[New John F. Kennedy stamp marks centennial of his birth]]> http://gazette.com/new-john-f.-kennedy-stamp-marks-centennial-of-his-birth/article/feed/445982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-john-f.-kennedy-stamp-marks-centennial-of-his-birth/article/feed/445982?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth.

The Forever stamp was released Monday during the annual Presidents Day family festival at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Among those attending were Kennedy family members, including U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy.

He told a standing-room-only crowd that the stamp, which features a 1960 photograph of John F. Kennedy with his eyes tilted upward, showed his great-uncle's perpetual optimism and confidence.

The stamp will be on sale in U.S. post offices starting Tuesday.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:20:15 -0700 <![CDATA[AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records]]> http://gazette.com/ap-other-media-ask-judge-to-order-release-of-iphone-records/article/feed/445980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-other-media-ask-judge-to-order-release-of-iphone-records/article/feed/445980?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

The news organizations said in a court filing there was "no adequate justification" for the FBI to continue to withhold information on the cost of the tool or the identity of the vendor that sold it. They said their requests were narrowly tailored and, contrary to the arguments of the FBI and Justice Department, did not seek information that would jeopardize national security or be exploited by America's enemies.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:52:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans]]> http://gazette.com/duck-boats-face-increasing-calls-for-improvements-bans/article/feed/445956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/duck-boats-face-increasing-calls-for-improvements-bans/article/feed/445956?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

In Seattle, after five college students were killed in a 2015 duck boat collision with a bus, the company pulled half its fleet out of service. In Philadelphia, a duck boat operator suspended its tours indefinitely after three people were killed in two separate crashes. And in Boston, new safety regulations are set to go into effect in April after a duck boat ran over and killed a 28-year-old woman last sp

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:19:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big]]> http://gazette.com/scallops-scuffle-pitting-small-boats-against-big/article/feed/445952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scallops-scuffle-pitting-small-boats-against-big/article/feed/445952?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.

The federal government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat scallop fisheries, though they work some of the same areas. Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a critically important fishing area stretching roughly from Boston to the border of Maine and Canada.

At issue is the fact that the northern Gulf of Maine is fertile ground for scallops right now, and rules allow the bigger boats to harvest more of them.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:17:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Better Business Bureau promotions]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-better-business-bureau-promotions/article/1597077?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-better-business-bureau-promotions/article/1597077?custom_click=rss

Three people have been promoted at the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado:

Stacey Burns, to vice president of social innovation.

Catherine McNaughton, to vice president of development and operations.

Gina Sacripanti, to vice president of marketing and public relations.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:31:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Dr. Robin E. Johnson]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-dr.-robin-e.-johnson/article/1597267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-dr.-robin-e.-johnson/article/1597267?custom_click=rss

Dr. Robin E. Johnson has joined the board of Ascending to Health, a Colorado Springs nonprofit that provides health care and other supportive services for homeless individuals discharged from local hospitals.

Johnson is an emergency medical specialist who works for UCHealth-Memorial Hospital part time and serves as a deputy medical director for the Colorado Springs Fire Department Community and Public Health Division.

She also was chief medical officer at Mission Medical Clinic, and has been active in pursuing health-care advocacy projects as a board member of several local community agencies.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:27:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump team fosters fears he'll adopt alternative economic facts]]> http://gazette.com/trump-team-fosters-fears-hell-adopt-alternative-economic-facts/article/1597266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-team-fosters-fears-hell-adopt-alternative-economic-facts/article/1597266?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls "fake news." What's got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president's occasionally cavalier comments on the economy and economic statistics, and his apparent disdain for economists in general, could mean trouble ahead.

One month into his presidency, Trump has yet to nominate anyone to the Council of Economic Advisers, established in 1946 to provide presidents with objective economic analysis and advice.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:25:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Gold isn't behaving in practice the way it should in theory]]> http://gazette.com/gold-isnt-behaving-in-practice-the-way-it-should-in-theory/article/1597265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gold-isnt-behaving-in-practice-the-way-it-should-in-theory/article/1597265?custom_click=rss

What works for gold in practice rarely works in theory.

The past three U.S. interest-rate increases that should, all other things being equal, be bad for the metal have seen prices jump in the months that followed.

Gold is up about 7 percent since the Federal Reserve raised rates on Dec. 14. It jumped 13 percent in the two months following the last increase in December 2015 and 6 percent the previous time way back in June 2006.

Partly, it's rational expectations, and other things getting in the way. This time one of those things is Donald Trump's presidency. Uncertainties surrounding his administration have dominated markets since the Nov. 8 election.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:24:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Mnuchin warned by Japan, Germany as G-20 sees new economic order]]> http://gazette.com/mnuchin-warned-by-japan-germany-as-g-20-sees-new-economic-order/article/1597264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mnuchin-warned-by-japan-germany-as-g-20-sees-new-economic-order/article/1597264?custom_click=rss

Within hours of being sworn in, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's counterparts from Tokyo to Berlin started telegraphing warnings to him: Please don't call the yen weak. Be careful how you talk about cutting financial regulations - Europe is listening.

As President Donald Trump waited a few weeks for the U.S. Senate to confirm his Treasury secretary pick, the world watched as he and his advisers talked down the dollar and called out China and Japan for gaming foreign-exchange markets.

With Mnuchin finally installed, Group of 20 finance chiefs will be looking for clues on whether he will clarify the U.S.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:23:03 -0700
<![CDATA[World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday]]> http://gazette.com/world-stocks-mostly-rise-as-us-remains-shut-for-holiday/article/feed/445909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-stocks-mostly-rise-as-us-remains-shut-for-holiday/article/feed/445909?custom_click=rss

HONG KONG (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Monday, though Wall Street remained shut for a holiday, as investors awaited key reports this week, including economic data, corporate earnings and minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.

KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX gained 0.6 percent to 11,827.62 and Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,299.86. France's CAC 40 shed 0.1 percent to 4,864.99. Greek bonds rose after eurozone finance ministers moved a step closer to freeing up more rescue loans for the country.

U.S. markets set record highs on Friday but remained closed for trading on Monday for Presidents' Day.

WEEK AHEAD: Markets await the Federal Reserve's release Wednesday of minutes from its January policy m

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:19:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Liz Weston: How to put more in working-class pockets]]> http://gazette.com/liz-weston-how-to-put-more-in-working-class-pockets/article/feed/445971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/liz-weston-how-to-put-more-in-working-class-pockets/article/feed/445971?custom_click=rss The American working class lost a shocking amount of wealth in recent decades as wages stagnated. Despite campaign promises, making up that lost ground will be no easy feat.

Creating more well-paying jobs would help, but that could take years. Tax cuts could mean bigger paychecks for higher earners but won't immediately help the many working people who don't pay federal income taxes — people in the bottom 40 percent of incomes receive more back from the federal income tax system on average than they pay in , thanks to tax credits.

Expanding those credits, on the other hand, quickly could make a real difference in people's lives and help return some of the income that's been sacrificed to changing economies and technology.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:18:09 -0700 <![CDATA[WhatsApp adds 'status' feature in not do past and future]]> http://gazette.com/whatsapp-adds-status-feature-in-not-do-past-and-future/article/feed/445970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whatsapp-adds-status-feature-in-not-do-past-and-future/article/feed/445970?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — In a nod to its past as well as its future, WhatsApp is adding a "status" feature that lets users tell their contacts what they are up to.

It's not a new idea — WhatsApp started out as a way for people to let their friends know what they are up to — at work or available, for example. Messaging, now the app's main function, was added later.

But it's also a sign that the Facebook-owned app is expanding the amount of features it has, just as Instagram, another Facebook subsidiary, has been doing over the years.

Users will be able to post photos or videos as status updates.

WhatsApp says the status posts will be end-to-end encrypted , just as its messages are.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:16:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Scoring the Fed's decision: will it be wise to tighten in March?]]> http://gazette.com/scoring-the-feds-decision-will-it-be-wise-to-tighten-in-march/article/1597263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scoring-the-feds-decision-will-it-be-wise-to-tighten-in-march/article/1597263?custom_click=rss Now that the outcome of the Federal Reserve's next meeting has become far less certain, here's a rundown of what would have to happen for Chairwoman Janet Yellen and company to raise rates on March 15.

- Labor markets: Yellen said the U.S. economy is close to a level consistent with full employment - part of the Fed's dual mandate - but a number of labor-market indicators have taken a step back recently. Foremost among them: average hourly earnings, the employment cost index and the Atlanta Fed's wage growth tracker.

The Fed will get three more readings on jobless claims after data Wednesday added to labor-market bullishness. But the central bank probably will need to see a strong rise in wage growth in the March 3 jobs

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:16:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes]]> http://gazette.com/flying-coach-many-universities-are-using-private-planes/article/feed/445944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flying-coach-many-universities-are-using-private-planes/article/feed/445944?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations.

Some schools spend millions of dollars a year flying their coaches and executives on scores of trips around the country, and some pass the cost on to students and taxpayers.

The Associated Press requested documents from dozens of public universities and found that at least 20 own or share ownership of planes for school business, often employing a few full-time pilots to fly them. Many others charter private flights through outside companies.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:14:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Water regulators for Philly, NYC mum on gas drilling talks]]> http://gazette.com/water-regulators-for-philly-nyc-mum-on-gas-drilling-talks/article/feed/445961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-regulators-for-philly-nyc-mum-on-gas-drilling-talks/article/feed/445961?custom_click=rss Environmental groups and anti-drilling residents fear regulators are taking steps to lift a seven-year moratorium on natural gas development near the Delaware River, whose watershed supplies Philadelphia and half the population of New York City.

They may or may not have anything to worry about.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that monitors and regulates the water supply of more than 15 million people, is remaining characteristically opaque about the progress of natural gas regulations that would open Pennsylvania's northeastern tip to drilling and fracking.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:15:49 -0700 <![CDATA['Lego Batman' stays No. 1, conquers 'The Great Wall']]> http://gazette.com/lego-batman-stays-no.-1-conquers-the-great-wall/article/feed/445857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lego-batman-stays-no.-1-conquers-the-great-wall/article/feed/445857?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.

The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran up $171 million in ticket sales in China, "The Great Wall" pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That was good enough for third place, falling behind last weekend's top two films, "The Lego Batman" and "Fifty Shades Darker." The Warner Bros. animated release easily led the box office again with $34.2 million in its second week, sliding on

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:13:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Alorica may have a smokin' hot career for you]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-alorica-may-have-a-smokin-hot-career-for-you/article/1597248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-alorica-may-have-a-smokin-hot-career-for-you/article/1597248?custom_click=rss

Insanely great customer + knowing your way around a smartphone + loves sales and retentions = a new career for you! The Gazette's Eric Singer has another great employer, hiring right now and you could be the right candidate. Get in the know about Alorica which is a key player in customer solutions. It has expanded in Colorado Springs and is hiring for three different positions. An Alorica representative gets you more particulars about this next career move in our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment.

You can apply online at aloricajobs.com. If you would like more information about other jobs in the Pikes Peak region, email deanmiller@elpasoco.com. Dean is with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:50:58 -0700
<![CDATA[As Uber, Lyft thrive at DIA, airport will allow fewer taxi cabs]]> http://gazette.com/as-uber-lyft-thrive-at-dia-airport-will-allow-fewer-taxi-cabs/article/1597239?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-uber-lyft-thrive-at-dia-airport-will-allow-fewer-taxi-cabs/article/1597239?custom_click=rss

The demand for traditional taxis at Denver International Airport has dropped over the years as more passengers use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to get from the airport, say airport officials.

And DIA is responding by cutting the number of taxi cabs it will allow to linger at the airport, waiting to pick up passengers, in any 24-hour period.

DIA currently allows the seven taxi companies that operate at the airport to send a combined total of 321 cabs to the airport’s commercial waiting lot during a 24-hour period.

Read more at bizjournals.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:29:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-town-getting-a-drive-through-marijuana-shop/article/1597229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-town-getting-a-drive-through-marijuana-shop/article/1597229?custom_click=rss

PARACHUTE, Colo.  — The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state.

The Parachute Board of Trustees approved a business license for Tumbleweed Express last week, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/2m1PZCA).

"As far as I can tell, we are not aware of this business model ever coming up before," said Robert Goulding, spokesman for the state Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Related:Colorado warms to marijuana clubs, despite federal uncertainty

The business is expected to open in March in a former car wash.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:42:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's - and other developers' - pass on Red Rock Canyon turned out OK for Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-and-other-developers-pass-on-red-rock-canyon-turned-out-ok-for-colorado-springs/article/1597215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-and-other-developers-pass-on-red-rock-canyon-turned-out-ok-for-colorado-springs/article/1597215?custom_click=rss

A Trump resort at Red Rock Canyon.

It has the ring of fake news, but according to a Colorado Springs real estate agent involved in a late 1990s bid to market a coveted parcel in the city's western foothills, a Trump-branded property was briefly a possibility here.

What the Trump Organization had in mind for Red Rock Canyon - then a privately owned refuge on the market for $15 million - isn't exactly clear.

But in 1997, the Trump team reportedly notified the late former owner, John S. Bock, that it had sent representatives on a helicopter flyover to investigate the property's development potential, according to real estate agent Jeany Rush.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:51:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Tech Q&A: How a PC virus scam really happens]]> http://gazette.com/tech-qa-how-a-pc-virus-scam-really-happens/article/1597221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tech-qa-how-a-pc-virus-scam-really-happens/article/1597221?custom_click=rss Question: After reading your column about updating Windows 7 (see tinyurl.com/zzhdlyf), I typed your tinyurl address into my browser and got strange results. A repeating audio warning said I had a virus and spyware infection, and that I should call the number on the screen (1-855-257-9669) before the PC became disabled. I restarted the PC and got the same warning. I then ran Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (find it at tinyurl.com/z85al7o), which found nothing amiss. Finally, I called the number on the screen and played along while a man urged me to give him remote access to my PC, then hung up. Was this situation caused by your tinyurl?

- Chuck Wilkinson, Eau Claire, Wis.

Answer: No.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:06:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Tech review: STM Messenger is not too big, not too small for toting just what you need]]> http://gazette.com/tech-review-stm-messenger-is-not-too-big-not-too-small-for-toting-just-what-you-need/article/1597220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tech-review-stm-messenger-is-not-too-big-not-too-small-for-toting-just-what-you-need/article/1597220?custom_click=rss

I've used a laptop as my only computer for at least the past eight years. So every night at the end of my workday, I put it to sleep, pack it in a bag, and bring it home.

I usually end up using it at home, so in the morning I put it back in the bag for the trip to the office.

Doing some quick math, I've packed that laptop in a bag almost 2,000 times.

I'm happy to say it has not been the same laptop. My employer upgrades our equipment every three or four years.

My laptops have been 15-inch Apple Macbook Pros. First they were the larger models with the DVD drive, but lately I'm carrying the thinner Macbook Pro Retina screen model without an optical drive.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:05:36 -0700
<![CDATA[The simple question about self-driving cars we still can't answer]]> http://gazette.com/the-simple-question-about-self-driving-cars-we-still-cant-answer/article/1597219?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-simple-question-about-self-driving-cars-we-still-cant-answer/article/1597219?custom_click=rss

At a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on self-driving cars Tuesday, Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., asked a seemingly simple question about what happens when his car comes upon an autonomous vehicle.

"[If] I honk my horn, will it do any good?" Harper wanted to know.

Mike Abelson, GM's vice president of strategy, didn't have an answer. "We haven't reached that point of deciding how and whether it would be appropriate for vehicles to react and in which way to honking a horn," he said.

The brief exchange highlights a massive thorn in the side of automakers and policymakers alike: Self-driving cars will have to share the road with human drivers, probably for decades to come.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:04:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Your guide to choosing an unlimited data plan]]> http://gazette.com/your-guide-to-choosing-an-unlimited-data-plan/article/1597218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/your-guide-to-choosing-an-unlimited-data-plan/article/1597218?custom_click=rss

With all the unlimited mobile data plans out there these days, it's easy to feel a little lost. Between the varying offers and the fine print, choosing a data plan in 2017 may seem like an exercise in frustration.

The good news is, you're not alone. Today, we're going to flesh out the details of each plan to help you make a better decision. If you're wondering whether these newfangled plans are a good deal, read on for everything we know.

Do you even need an unlimited plan?

This is the first question you'll want to answer before you grapple with the carriers' various offerings. Let's say you don't use your mobile data for very much beyond basic Web browsing and email.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:02:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Google DeepMind researches why robots kill or cooperate]]> http://gazette.com/google-deepmind-researches-why-robots-kill-or-cooperate/article/1597217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/google-deepmind-researches-why-robots-kill-or-cooperate/article/1597217?custom_click=rss When our robot overlords arrive, will they decide to kill us or cooperate with us?

New research from DeepMind, Alphabet Inc.'s London-based artificial intelligence unit could ultimately shed light on this fundamental question.

They have been investigating the conditions in which reward-optimizing beings, whether human or robot, would chose to cooperate, rather than compete. The answer could have implications for how computer intelligence may eventually be deployed to manage complex systems such as an economy, city traffic flows, or environmental policy.

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