<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:09:40 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits]]> http://gazette.com/science-says-dna-test-results-may-not-change-health-habits/article/feed/484961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/science-says-dna-test-results-may-not-change-health-habits/article/feed/484961?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — DNA testing for disease risk has recently expanded in the U.S., yet research shows people who get the tests often don't change their habits to stay healthy.

There are exceptions, like a federal health official who shed 35 pounds.

The nation's first approved direct-to-consumer DNA test recently went on sale. That go-ahead came about three years after the company was told to stop selling such kits until it got the OK from regulators.

And another company joined the field last month.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:12:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Wisconsin Assembly set to approve $3 billion for Foxconn]]> http://gazette.com/wisconsin-assembly-set-to-approve-3-billion-for-foxconn/article/feed/484962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wisconsin-assembly-set-to-approve-3-billion-for-foxconn/article/feed/484962?custom_click=rss MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to approve a $3 billion tax break bill for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a new display panel factory in the state.

The incentive package up for a vote Thursday would be the largest in state history and the biggest to a foreign company in U.S. history. Democratic critics have said the state is giving away too much, while Republican backers, including Gov. Scott Walker, say it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

A deal signed by Walker and Foxconn officials call for the electronics giant to invest $10 billion in the state and hire up to 13,000 people at the massive plant. Construction would begin in 2020.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:06:56 -0600 <![CDATA[LL Bean boosting production of iconic boot]]> http://gazette.com/ll-bean-boosting-production-of-iconic-boot/article/feed/484954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ll-bean-boosting-production-of-iconic-boot/article/feed/484954?custom_click=rss

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product.

The Maine-based retailer is expanding production to keep up with demand for its leather-and-rubber "duck boot" with a new manufacturing center that's being unveiled Thursday. The company also plans to hire more than 100 additional production workers at two locations in Maine.

The old boot has done more than soldier on: Annual sales have grown from fewer than 100,000 pairs a decade ago to this year's projection of 750,000 pairs. The company hopes to hit the 1 million mark next year.

The 106,000-square-foot (9,847-square-meter) building doubles the production space in Lewiston, which is home to two of the company's three inje

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:32:07 -0600 <![CDATA[New Ford CEO says company will balance present with future]]> http://gazette.com/new-ford-ceo-says-company-will-balance-present-with-future/article/feed/484949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-ford-ceo-says-company-will-balance-present-with-future/article/feed/484949?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn't taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future.

Jim Hackett says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup have not taken money from car and truck development.

Responding to criticism from dealers and investors about an aging product lineup, Hackett says that more new vehicles are in the pipeline that will make dealers happy. He didn't give specifics.

Hackett spoke briefly to The Associated Press from the San Francisco area, where he is attending a Ford symposium Thursday about using technology to help cities deal with increased traffic.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian shares mostly higher following gains on Wall Street]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-higher-following-gains-on-wall-street/article/feed/484785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-higher-following-gains-on-wall-street/article/feed/484785?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday in narrow trading, tracking gains overnight on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped as the yen strengthened against the U.S. dollar.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1 percent lower to 19,718.09. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was also almost unchanged at 27,400.17. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.5 percent to 2,360.26 and the S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 5,785.80. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.4 percent to 3,258.91. Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly higher.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally, offsetting energy companies' losses. The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 0.1 percent to 2

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs real estate manager and company licenses suspended]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-real-estate-manager-and-company-licenses-suspended/article/1609242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-real-estate-manager-and-company-licenses-suspended/article/1609242?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Real Estate Commission has suspended the licenses of Synergy Property Management in Colorado Springs and real estate broker Dodi D'Alessio for alleged misconduct and license law violations, state officials said Wednesday.

The suspensions were immediate and prevent Synergy and D'Alessio from performing licensed real estate duties. Synergy and D'Alessio also face the permanent loss of their licenses and fines.

State regulators declined to elaborate about the suspensions or their findings, which were announced in a news release.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:18:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Corporate chiefs flee Trump; he disbands WH advisory panels]]> http://gazette.com/corporate-chiefs-flee-trump-he-disbands-wh-advisory-panels/article/feed/484850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/corporate-chiefs-flee-trump-he-disbands-wh-advisory-panels/article/feed/484850?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday — the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the day. A growing number of business leaders on the councils had openly criticized his remarks laying blame for the violence at a white supremacists rally on "both sides."

"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump tweeted from New York.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:37:12 -0600 <![CDATA[NY Times' editorial page editor: No apology for Sarah Palin]]> http://gazette.com/ny-times-editorial-page-editor-no-apology-for-sarah-palin/article/feed/484926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-times-editorial-page-editor-no-apology-for-sarah-palin/article/feed/484926?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer seemed to be fishing for an apology as he grilled an editorial page editor at The New York Times in a federal courtroom on Wednesday.

Attorney Kenneth Turkel questioned Times editorial page editor James Bennet over his role in the creation of a June editorial about gun control after a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.

The editorial, titled "America's Lethal Politics," was corrected twice after some readers complained that it appeared to blame a political action committee belonging to Palin, a former Republican vice presidential candidate, for "political incitement" before the 2011 shooting of then-Arizona U.S. Re

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:07:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line]]> http://gazette.com/missouri-regulators-reject-massive-midwest-wind-power-line/article/feed/484816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missouri-regulators-reject-massive-midwest-wind-power-line/article/feed/484816?custom_click=rss JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

The decision marked the second time in a little over two years that the Missouri Public Service Commission has denied a request from Clean Line Energy Partners to build its power line through the state after a lengthy review process.

The 780-mile-long line would run from wind farms in western Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it would connect with a power grid for eastern states. All the other states along its route already have granted app

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:15:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet]]> http://gazette.com/neo-nazi-sites-publisher-says-hes-got-no-home-on-internet/article/feed/484847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/neo-nazi-sites-publisher-says-hes-got-no-home-on-internet/article/feed/484847?custom_click=rss

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

"Clearly, the powers that be believe that they have the ability to simply kick me off the internet," Andrew Anglin, who has published the site from an undisclosed location, complained to The Associated Press in an email.

Access to The Daily Stormer had been sporadic since Monday, when Google canceled its domain name registration, making its IP address nearly impossible for internet users to locate.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:12:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Business execs shunned Trump panels before he disbanded them]]> http://gazette.com/business-execs-shunned-trump-panels-before-he-disbanded-them/article/feed/484839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-execs-shunned-trump-panels-before-he-disbanded-them/article/feed/484839?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had pushed many of America's top corporate leaders to the breaking point with his inability to decisively condemn white supremacists — so they huddled on an 11:30 a.m. conference call Wednesday.

The frustrated members of the White House policy forum — which included executives from General Electric, Wal-Mart, General Motors, Boeing, IBM and JPMorgan Chase — chose to dissolve their advisory panel. The White House was then phoned and Trump agreed that it was the right course of action, according to four people familiar with the talks who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.

It was a shocking setback for Trump.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:11:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Passengers sue Boeing for 2016 Emirates crash in Dubai]]> http://gazette.com/passengers-sue-boeing-for-2016-emirates-crash-in-dubai/article/feed/484911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/passengers-sue-boeing-for-2016-emirates-crash-in-dubai/article/feed/484911?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers who were aboard an Emirates plane that crash-landed in August 2016 are suing Chicago-based Boeing for an alleged malfunction of the aircraft's electronics.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court alleges the aircraft's electronics system prevented the operation of a switch at a critical moment. More than a dozen passengers involved in the lawsuit claim the system didn't provide any warning to the crew that the switch wasn't working.

The Emirates Boeing 777-300 flying from India crash-landed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

All 300 people aboard survived, scrambling down emergency slides before flames destroyed the plane. A firefighter was killed battling the blaze.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:08:04 -0600 <![CDATA[US demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough talks]]> http://gazette.com/us-demands-big-nafta-changes-setting-stage-for-tough-talks/article/feed/484794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-demands-big-nafta-changes-setting-stage-for-tough-talks/article/feed/484794?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won't settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.

President Donald Trump has called the 23-year-old trade pact the "worst" in history and vowed to fix it — or withdraw from it.

On the first of five days of talks, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday that Trump "is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and an updating of a few chapters. We believe NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement."

NAFTA did away with most barriers, including tariffs, on trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:51:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system]]> http://gazette.com/body-scanners-being-piloted-in-los-angeles-subway-system/article/feed/484872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-scanners-being-piloted-in-los-angeles-subway-system/article/feed/484872?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.

As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when a scanner being demonstrated Wednesday morning at Union Station malfunctioned before passengers could be put through the machine.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:32:19 -0600 <![CDATA[New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco]]> http://gazette.com/new-tower-fuels-concerns-over-changing-face-of-san-francisco/article/feed/484702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-tower-fuels-concerns-over-changing-face-of-san-francisco/article/feed/484702?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building.

The $1.1 billion skyscraper has already changed the city's skyline, dwarfing old favorites like Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid. Unlike in New York or Chicago, the new 1,070-foot (326-meter) high-rise is a gargantuan presence in San Francisco.

But Salesforce Tower and a massive adjoining transit center also embody a larger transition in this liberal West Coast city — one that pits the technology industry against San Francisco's charming neighborhoods.

Tech giant Salesforce.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:30:49 -0600 <![CDATA[White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-govt-to-make-health-law-payments-this-month/article/feed/484878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-govt-to-make-health-law-payments-this-month/article/feed/484878?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes, but remain under a legal cloud.

A White House spokesman said "the August payment will be made," insisting on anonymity to discuss the decision ahead of the official announcement. The so-called "cost-sharing" subsidies total about $7 billion this year and are considered vital to guarantee stability for consumers who buy their own individual health insurance policies.

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:56:12 -0600 <![CDATA[USAA to add more than 100 employees in Colorado Springs office]]> http://gazette.com/usaa-to-add-more-than-100-employees-in-colorado-springs-office/article/1609258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usaa-to-add-more-than-100-employees-in-colorado-springs-office/article/1609258?custom_click=rss

San Antonio-based financial giant USAA announced plans Wednesday to add more than 100 employees to its Colorado Springs regional office, becoming the third local call center in about a week to announce hiring plans.

USAA is renovating its offices at 1855 Telstar Drive in part to accommodate more employees to handle growth in its membership, which has reached 12 million from 11.3 million at the end of 2015, said Ken Fortune, the member-owned organization's vice president and general manager in the Springs.

USAA also is adding new buildings at its Tampa, Fla., and Plano, Texas, campuses to house another 1,850 employees by early 2019 to help handle customer service. USAA membership is open to all current and former military

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:52:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Firehouse Subs Foundation awards $31K in equipment to Pikes Peak-area fire departments]]> http://gazette.com/firehouse-subs-foundation-awards-31k-in-equipment-to-pikes-peak-area-fire-departments/article/1609256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firehouse-subs-foundation-awards-31k-in-equipment-to-pikes-peak-area-fire-departments/article/1609256?custom_click=rss

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded $31,750 in equipment Wednesday to the Cañon City Area and Tri-Lakes Monument fire protection districts.

Cañon City received a BullEx BullsEye digital fire extinguisher system to train its residents on the safe and proper use of fire extinguishers, and Tri-Lakes was awarded 10 sets of protective gear, including coats and pants.

The items will replace "outdated equipment or tools in various states of disrepair," said Alyssa Auger, of the foundation. It was especially needed at Tri-Lakes, Auger said.

The new gear will allow Tri-Lakes firefighters "to be more aggressive for longer periods of time," Fire Chief Christopher Truty said.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:19:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs satellite communications provider could outgrow addition quickly]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-satellite-communications-provider-could-outgrow-addition-quickly/article/1609204?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-satellite-communications-provider-could-outgrow-addition-quickly/article/1609204?custom_click=rss

By the time Kratos RT Logic moves into its expanded northern Colorado Springs complex late next year or early 2019, the satellite communications equipment provider likely will have to be planning another addition or building if it continues to grow at its current rate.

The company broke ground Tuesday on the 91,000-square-foot, three-story expansion, which will allow Kratos RT Logic to consolidate employees from leased space in two other locations and accommodate its rapid growth - the company had added 65 employees in less than 10 months.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:21:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Longtime downtown Colorado Springs restaurant and bar set to shut its doors]]> http://gazette.com/longtime-downtown-colorado-springs-restaurant-and-bar-set-to-shut-its-doors/article/1609167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/longtime-downtown-colorado-springs-restaurant-and-bar-set-to-shut-its-doors/article/1609167?custom_click=rss

Another longtime bar and restaurant is closing its doors in downtown Colorado Springs.

The Ritz Grill, a popular and stylish gathering place for power lunches, late-evening cocktails and live music, will close Saturday night. The restaurant opened in 1987 at 15 S. Tejon St., in the heart of downtown.

Owner Concept Restaurants of Colorado Springs plans to replace the Ritz with another restaurant. Concept partners Dave Lux and Luke Travins, however, said Tuesday they won't discuss details for a few more weeks.

Concept includes MacKenzie's Chop House, Jose Muldoon's and Flatiron's American Bar & Grill. While Concept owned the Ritz, Lux said he and Travins will join with investors on the new restaurant and hope to have it

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:28:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Costco must pay Tiffany $19.4 million for selling knock-off rings, judge says]]> http://gazette.com/costco-must-pay-tiffany-19.4-million-for-selling-knock-off-rings-judge-says/article/1609169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/costco-must-pay-tiffany-19.4-million-for-selling-knock-off-rings-judge-says/article/1609169?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK - Tiffany has beaten Costco to the tune of at least $19.4 million in the trademark infringement battle over alleged knock-off rings that pitted the luxury jeweler against the membership warehouse giant.

Costco must pay the financial damages for its years-long practice of selling rings with signs that said "Tiffany" without any modifiers to indicate the items were not made by the world-famed New York City jewelry company, a  judge ruled Monday.

In all, Costco owes Tiffany $11.1 million, three times the estimated profit the Issaquah, Wa.-based company made on sales of the rings, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain wrote in a 17-page decision.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:21:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm warns of financial troubles]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cybersecurity-firm-warns-of-financial-troubles/article/1609116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cybersecurity-firm-warns-of-financial-troubles/article/1609116?custom_click=rss

Stock in Colorado Springs-based cybersecurity provider root9B Holdings Inc. has plunged more than 50 percent since the company told stockholders late last week that it likely would violate its pledges to lenders, thus triggering a default, unless it raised "significant capital investment" or got lenders to waive those pledges by Aug. 11.

Company officials did not respond Monday to email questions or telephone calls seeking comment, and the company issued no news release or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission since the Thursday filing updating whether it had raised enough money or got waivers from lenders.

Since the company disclosed its financial problems, its stock fell from $4.09 to $1.90, the lowest share

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:24:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Under Armour, Intel CEOs joins Merck boss in leaving Trump business panel ]]> http://gazette.com/under-armour-intel-ceos-joins-merck-boss-in-leaving-trump-business-panel/article/1609129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/under-armour-intel-ceos-joins-merck-boss-in-leaving-trump-business-panel/article/1609129?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. — The CEOs of athletic wear manufacturer Under Armour and pharmaceutical company Merck resigned Monday from the White House's American Manufacturing Council — with the Merck withdrawal drawing a quick and angry Twitter outburst from President Donald Trump.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier cited the president's failure to explicitly rebuke the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. He wrote on Twitter Monday that "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which runs counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal."

Frazier is one of the few African-Americans

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:09:57 -0600
<![CDATA[T-Mobile adding 120 full-time jobs in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/t-mobile-adding-120-full-time-jobs-in-colorado-springs/article/1609120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/t-mobile-adding-120-full-time-jobs-in-colorado-springs/article/1609120?custom_click=rss T-Mobile, one of the nation's largest wireless network carriers, plans to hire another 120 employees by year's end to help staff its 800-person call center on Colorado Springs' north side.

To fill the jobs, the company will conduct a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the call center, 556 Chapel Hills Drive.

The event will include on-site testing, pre-interview screening and job interviews. Applicants should bring resumes and be prepared to stay for three to four hours, according to the company.

Starting salaries are $15 an hour, with potential bonuses averaging $300 a month, the company says. The jobs are full-time, with benefits for a variety of shifts; the center operates from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:44:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Interim HealthCare could be the career choice for you]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-interim-healthcare-could-be-the-career-choice-for-you/article/1609075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-interim-healthcare-could-be-the-career-choice-for-you/article/1609075?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs organization needs to fill a career list that is a mile long. Interim Healthcare has openings for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, personal care workers and homemakers who are willing to learn new health-related skills.

The positions call for a few hours a week or full-time. Interim Healthcare provides healthcare in someone's home or at facilities from Pediatrics through the end of life.

The Gazette's Eric Singer keys you in on these open positions that need to filled right now in our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment only on Gazette.com.

Interim Healthcare has two ways for you to start your

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:42:08 -0600
<![CDATA[More than 100 Applebee's closing nationwide, but Colorado Springs-area locations safe for now]]> http://gazette.com/more-than-100-applebees-closing-nationwide-but-colorado-springs-area-locations-safe-for-now/article/1609110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-than-100-applebees-closing-nationwide-but-colorado-springs-area-locations-safe-for-now/article/1609110?custom_click=rss

No Colorado Springs-area Applebee's restaurants will close, despite last week's announcement by the chain's owner that it plans to shutter as many as 135 Applebee's nationwide.

DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, said it expects to close 105 to 135 of its restaurants nationwide; Applebee's has about 2,000 locations.

But Applebee's franchisee Apple American Group, part of San Francisco-based Flynn Restaurant Group, says all of its 477 Applebee's will remain open - including three in Colorado Springs and one in Fountain. Also to remain open: two Applebee's in Pueblo, three in northern Colorado and 14 in the Denver area and Castle Rock.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:34:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Movers & Shakers]]> http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1609112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1609112?custom_click=rss

Dan Kim has been promoted by O'Neil Group Co. to director of operations for Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation. He was previously general manager of Till Kitchen in Colorado Springs. Before moving to the Springs, he was a supervisor with Montage Hotels and Resorts and a manager with Patina Restaurant Group, both in California. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles.

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]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[In break with Netflix, Disney's streaming service aims to dominate children's programming]]> http://gazette.com/in-break-with-netflix-disneys-streaming-service-aims-to-dominate-childrens-programming/article/1609042?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-break-with-netflix-disneys-streaming-service-aims-to-dominate-childrens-programming/article/1609042?custom_click=rss

As adult television viewers increasingly opt out of traditional cable, streaming services are trying to entice their kids. Family-friendly programming is being dubbed a "front line in the streaming battle" and an "arms race over kid's TV."

Disney jumped ahead of the pack with plans to pull its children's programming from Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service, which the company announced Tuesday.

The Disney streaming service will feature sequels to blockbuster children's films, including "Toy Story 4," "Frozen 2" and the live-action "The Lion King." It will also offer original programming aimed at younger audiences - just like its cable channel has since its 1983 launch, CNBC reported.

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Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:56:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Why you might miss the cable bundle]]> http://gazette.com/why-you-might-miss-the-cable-bundle/article/1609044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-you-might-miss-the-cable-bundle/article/1609044?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK - The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle - but that are way more difficult to use.

Disney's plan for two new streaming services (and possibly more) is just the latest sign that everyone is jumping into the streaming business. It intends to launch a kids-oriented movie and TV streaming service in 2019 that will pull Disney and Pixar films from Netflix, as well as an ESPN sidekick service (minus pro football and basketball) expected early next year.

The company is even exploring the possibility of separate streaming services for its Star Wars and Marvel superhero films.

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]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:55:10 -0600 <![CDATA[From indoor lacrosse to WNBA, small sports finding homes online]]> http://gazette.com/from-indoor-lacrosse-to-wnba-small-sports-finding-homes-online/article/1609043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-indoor-lacrosse-to-wnba-small-sports-finding-homes-online/article/1609043?custom_click=rss When ESPN streamed the professional indoor lacrosse playoffs for pay-TV subscribers last year, about 4,000 people tuned in on average. This year, the National Lacrosse League averaged almost 344,000 viewers for each "Game of the Week" streamed on Twitter.

For football and baseball, which have billion-dollar national TV contracts, an online or over-the-top viewing option is a smart bet on the future and a way to please the most loyal fans. For professional lacrosse and other small sports, it's a must, even when the teams are owned by billionaires like the Buffalo Bandits' Terry Pegula or the Colorado Mammoths' Stan Kroenke.

"We're not on the big linear networks," NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in an interview.

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