<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Wed, 24 May 2017 21:06:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs among airports where TSA is testing separate electronic device screening]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-airports-where-tsa-is-testing-separate-electronic-device-screening/article/1603836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-airports-where-tsa-is-testing-separate-electronic-device-screening/article/1603836?custom_click=rss

Travelers at the Colorado Springs Airport and nine other U.S. airports, including Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix, are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it has been testing the procedure at 10 airports for more than a year, and it may be expanded nationwide.

TSA officials say overstuffed bags take longer to examine with X-ray machines. The pilot program is "an effort to de-clutter baggage," said agency spokesman Michael England.

There are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on bags, and people enrolled in the Precheck program can still leave laptops in

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Wed, 24 May 2017 18:58:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Consultant charged in scheme to trade US secrets for profit]]> http://gazette.com/consultant-charged-in-scheme-to-trade-us-secrets-for-profit/article/feed/463792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/consultant-charged-in-scheme-to-trade-us-secrets-for-profit/article/feed/463792?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington consultant, three hedge fund workers and a government employee were blamed Wednesday by federal prosecutors for an insider trading scheme that converted government secrets into hedge fund profits.

Four were arrested on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court while it was revealed that a fifth person has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said the defendants used "highly sensitive and confidential information" from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to enable three hedge fund workers to make over $3.5 million illegally

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:53:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump hotels won't ask if stays paid with foreign govt money]]> http://gazette.com/trump-hotels-wont-ask-if-stays-paid-with-foreign-govt-money/article/feed/463864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-hotels-wont-ask-if-stays-paid-with-foreign-govt-money/article/feed/463864?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump Organization says it will not ask guests at its hotels and resorts if they are using money from foreign governments to pay their bills, setting up a possible showdown with Democrats who accuse the president of violating the U.S. Constitution.

The Trump Organization says it is "impractical" to identify all guests using foreign government money. It says it will report only those who have "specifically identified" themselves as doing so.

President Donald Trump has promised to donate profits from foreign governments using his properties to the U.S. Treasury.


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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:25:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Longtime Trump attorney set to aid president amid probe]]> http://gazette.com/longtime-trump-attorney-set-to-aid-president-amid-probe/article/feed/463757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/longtime-trump-attorney-set-to-aid-president-amid-probe/article/feed/463757?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's longtime attorney is joining a still-forming legal team that will guide the president through intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and his associates' possible involvement.

New York-based attorney Mark Kasowitz has a history of working on Trump's most nettlesome legal issues and is viewed as a trusted adviser, according to two people familiar with the decision. The team is expected to be filled out with lawyers with deeper experience in Washington investigations, as well as crisis communication experts, said the people, who demanded anonymity because they're not authorized to disclose personnel moves publicly.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:16:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Fed minutes: Officials back reducing bond holdings this year]]> http://gazette.com/fed-minutes-officials-back-reducing-bond-holdings-this-year/article/feed/463858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fed-minutes-officials-back-reducing-bond-holdings-this-year/article/feed/463858?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials signaled in discussions earlier this month that they would likely begin reducing the Fed's huge portfolio of bond holdings later this year, a step that could cause borrowing rates to rise.

The minutes of the Fed's meeting three weeks ago show that officials not only talked about starting the reduction of bond holdings this year but expressed general approval for a plan on how the bond sales should proceed. The Fed would establish a cap on the size of maturing bonds that would be sold each month and release a schedule for gradually raising that cap.

The first signal from the Fed in April that it was considering a move to start reducing its $4.5 trillion portfolio this year had init

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:07:10 -0600 <![CDATA[New York fines BNP Paribas $350 million in trading scheme]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-fines-bnp-paribas-350-million-in-trading-scheme/article/feed/463859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-fines-bnp-paribas-350-million-in-trading-scheme/article/feed/463859?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — New York state regulators have fined French bank BNP Paribas $350 million, alleging bank employees for years manipulated global currency markets to benefit themselves at the expense of their customers.

The New York Department of Financial Services said Wednesday that from 2007 to 2013 at least a dozen BNP Paribas traders manipulated the foreign exchange market, using chat rooms and fake trades in currencies including the South African rand, Hungarian forint and Turkish lira.

All of the employees have been fired, resigned or disciplined. In a statement, BNP Paribas said it "deeply regrets" the employees' misconduct.

Other banks have been fined by other regulators for similar schemes, including HSBC and

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:04:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Hyundai Ioniq: 2017's top fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid]]> http://gazette.com/hyundai-ioniq-2017s-top-fuel-efficient-gas-electric-hybrid/article/feed/463820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hyundai-ioniq-2017s-top-fuel-efficient-gas-electric-hybrid/article/feed/463820?custom_click=rss

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai's fuel-efficient challenger to the Toyota Prius, America's best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid.

With a base retail price, including destination charge, of $23,035, the Ioniq Hybrid has a lower starting retail price than the base 2017 Prius, which starts at $23,475.

The five-seat Ioniq Hybrid beats all other hybrids in federal government fuel economy ratings — 57 miles per gallon in city driving and 59 mpg on highways for the base Ioniq Blue model, compared with 58/53 mpg for the 2017 Prius Eco.

The Ioniq has more horsepower than the Prius, too, and more rear-seat legroom.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:56:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Highest-paid female CEO? IBM's Rometty tops Yahoo's Mayer]]> http://gazette.com/highest-paid-female-ceo-ibms-rometty-tops-yahoos-mayer/article/feed/463729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highest-paid-female-ceo-ibms-rometty-tops-yahoos-mayer/article/feed/463729?custom_click=rss

These are the 10 highest-paid women CEOs for 2016, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.


1. Virginia Rometty

International Business Machines Corp.

$32.3 million

Change: Up 63 percent


2. Marissa Mayer

Yahoo Inc.

$27.4 million

Change: Down 24 percent


3. Indra Nooyi

Pepsico Inc.

$25.2 million

Change: Up 13 percent


4. Mary Barra

General Motors Co.

$22.4 million

Change: Down 22 percent


5. Phebe Novakovic

General Dynamics Corp.

$21.2 million

Change: Up 4 percent


6. Marillyn Hewson

Lockheed Martin Corp.


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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:54:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Women CEOs earn big pay, but few of them have the top job]]> http://gazette.com/women-ceos-earn-big-pay-but-few-of-them-have-the-top-job/article/feed/463730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/women-ceos-earn-big-pay-but-few-of-them-have-the-top-job/article/feed/463730?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies.

The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent.

But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6 percent of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women, according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase from about 5 percent in 2015 and 2014.

The highest paid woman was Virginia Rometty of International Business Machines Corp., bumping out Yahoo's Marissa Mayer from the top spot.
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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:54:31 -0600 <![CDATA[United CEO to investors: We'll be more focused on customers]]> http://gazette.com/united-ceo-to-investors-well-be-more-focused-on-customers/article/feed/463708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/united-ceo-to-investors-well-be-more-focused-on-customers/article/feed/463708?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The CEO of United Airlines assured shareholders Wednesday that the company is doing all it can to be more customer-friendly since video surfaced of a passenger being violently ejected from a plane last month.

At the company's annual meeting, Oscar Munoz mentioned the April 9 incident at least a half-dozen times. He vowed to "redouble our efforts to be more customer-focused in everything we do."

On the streets outside, food handlers, baggage workers, cabin cleaners and other employees of United contractors demanded higher pay. About 30 were taken into custody and cited after blocking traffic and refusing police orders to move.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:54:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Budget chief say debt ceiling may need to be raised soon]]> http://gazette.com/budget-chief-say-debt-ceiling-may-need-to-be-raised-soon/article/feed/463782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/budget-chief-say-debt-ceiling-may-need-to-be-raised-soon/article/feed/463782?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says the administration is likely to tell lawmakers they'll need to act earlier than expected to increase the government's borrowing cap.

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts currently are coming a little bit slower than expected." He says Congress may soon hear from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) about a change in the deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

Mnuchin had previously advised that the deadline to for Congress to act — and avert a first-ever default on U.S. obligations — was sometime in the fall.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:38:29 -0600 <![CDATA[A third of older Latinos have tapped into retirement savings]]> http://gazette.com/a-third-of-older-latinos-have-tapped-into-retirement-savings/article/feed/463812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-third-of-older-latinos-have-tapped-into-retirement-savings/article/feed/463812?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Suddenly jobless and with small children to support, Jose Victor Camargo without hesitation cashed out a retirement account he had with his former employer.

That was more than a decade ago, and the father of three used the money to pay for rent and stay afloat until he found another job. "We are always in need, so I used the money," he said in Spanish. "We were struggling. We tried to make the money stretch."

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that older Latinos are more likely than older whites or older blacks to say they've had to withdraw or borrow money from a retirement account — 34 percent for Latinos compared with 24 percent for whites and 25 percent for blacks.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:36:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Analysis: Budget shows Trump's trouble figuring out Congress]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-budget-shows-trumps-trouble-figuring-out-congress/article/feed/463707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-budget-shows-trumps-trouble-figuring-out-congress/article/feed/463707?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first budget proposal, snubbed by some Republican allies, is just the latest example of an administration that seems at times clueless or indifferent toward Congress.

Since becoming president, Trump has at times wrapped congressional Republicans in a clumsy embrace that many have welcomed, wooing House members with Oval Office facetime or trips on Air Force One. At other times he's misread, ignored or disregarded both parties on Capitol Hill.

Early on, the administration's botched rollout of Trump's immigrant travel ban caught Republicans off-guard and scrambling to get basic information for their constituents.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:28:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump team eyes public asset sales to pay for infrastructure]]> http://gazette.com/trump-team-eyes-public-asset-sales-to-pay-for-infrastructure/article/feed/463847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-team-eyes-public-asset-sales-to-pay-for-infrastructure/article/feed/463847?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's advisers are drafting plans to sell some public assets, such as airports, to help pay for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's aging infrastructure.

Trump in his budget proposal called for spending $200 billion over a decade to spur private, state and local spending on roads, bridges, highway rest stops and more. An administration spokeswoman said Trump's advisers are drafting plans to encourage states and localities to sell off some assets by paying those governments a bonus for doing so.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that under the still-being-written plan, the proceeds from those sales would help modernize the nation's aging infrastructure.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:20:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump budget chief defends plan in face of opposition]]> http://gazette.com/trump-budget-chief-defends-plan-in-face-of-opposition/article/feed/463699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-budget-chief-defends-plan-in-face-of-opposition/article/feed/463699?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget chief on Wednesday delivered a spirited defense of President Donald Trump's proposal to slash programs from food stamps to health care for the poor in the face of strong Democratic opposition and Republican skepticism.

Mick Mulvaney, the former tea party congressman, told the House Budget Committee that he went line by line through the federal budget and asked, "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?"

Trump's budget fulfills his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security benefits alone and boosts spending for the military and veterans.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:19:08 -0600 <![CDATA[FAA tells airlines to remove some seats from smaller planes]]> http://gazette.com/faa-tells-airlines-to-remove-some-seats-from-smaller-planes/article/feed/463827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/faa-tells-airlines-to-remove-some-seats-from-smaller-planes/article/feed/463827?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings.

The order covers 10,482 seats used mostly on mostly smaller regional jets. Airlines will have five years to remove the seats.

The FAA proposed the action last year and made it final on Wednesday.

The FAA says the seats can slide forward in crashes and cause passengers' heads to slide down the back of the seats in front of them, hitting their chins on the tray tables.

Zodiac Seats California, the seat maker, and two companies that use the seats in their planes, Canada's Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer, argued that

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:10:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Western-themed convenience store chain preparing to ride into Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/western-themed-convenience-store-chain-preparing-to-ride-into-colorado-springs/article/1603703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/western-themed-convenience-store-chain-preparing-to-ride-into-colorado-springs/article/1603703?custom_click=rss

Maverik, a Utah-based convenience store chain, will open its first two Colorado Springs-area stores in the fall as it moves ahead with plans to expand into the Pikes Peak region.

The chain, which operates in the western United States, has started site preparation for a store at Constitution Avenue and Peterson Road in unincorporated Cimarron Hills, just outside Colorado Springs. The store is targeted to open in late October, said Aaron Simpson, Maverik's chief marketing officer.

A second store, south of Fillmore and El Paso streets in central Colorado Springs, is slated to start construction in about a month and open in late November, Simpson said.

The chain also is pursuing at least two more Springs-area store sites,

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Wed, 24 May 2017 09:22:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Zane Wilkerson]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-zane-wilkerson/article/1603707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-zane-wilkerson/article/1603707?custom_click=rss Zane Wilkerson has joined Genesis Custom and Jayden Homes as senior operations manager. He has spent more than 20 years in the home building industry and has been involved in more than 2,000 homes built in the Colorado Springs area. Colorado Springs-based Genesis Custom and Jayden Homes were started in 1988 and have built hundreds of custom homes in El Paso, Elbert and Douglas counties.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 17:05:06 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. says Fiat Chrysler used software to cheat emissions tests on Jeeps, trucks]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-says-fiat-chrysler-used-software-to-cheat-emissions-tests-on-jeeps-trucks/article/1603717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-says-fiat-chrysler-used-software-to-cheat-emissions-tests-on-jeeps-trucks/article/1603717?custom_click=rss

DETROIT — The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some of its diesel pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department marks the second time the government has gone after an automaker alleging use of software on diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution on the road than during Environmental Protection Agency lab testing.

Last year, the government accused Volkswagen of cheating on tests, and the company ended up pleading guilty to criminal charges in a scandal that cost VW more than $20 billion in the U.S. alone.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 16:30:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper to attend Olympic Museum groundbreaking next month in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-to-attend-olympic-museum-groundbreaking-next-month-in-colorado-springs/article/1603711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-to-attend-olympic-museum-groundbreaking-next-month-in-colorado-springs/article/1603711?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper will attend the June 9 groundbreaking for the U.S. Olympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs.

The governor, along with U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, will join Mayor John Suthers at the ceremony, museum officials said Tuesday.

About 250 community members, elected officials and civic leaders also will be on hand, said Peter Maiurro, the museum's interim chief operating officer.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 9 at Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue, where the 60,000-square-foot museum will be built. Museum officials say the venue will open in early 2019.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:15:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs sales tax revenue surges 16.2 percent in April]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sales-tax-revenue-surges-16.2-percent-in-april/article/1603650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sales-tax-revenue-surges-16.2-percent-in-april/article/1603650?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs sales tax collections stayed on a roll in April, surging 16.2 percent over April 2016, for the eighth consecutive double-digit percentage increase and ninth in the past 10 months.

Tourism had its best month in more than 16 years, and homebuilding also surged.

Collections of the city's 2 percent sales tax in April, which reflect consumer spending in March, totaled $13.9 million, up nearly $2 million from April 2016 and the biggest percentage increase since an 18.7 percent surge in December.

Sales tax revenue has climbed every month since October 2015. Collections so far this year are up to $35.9 million - 13.2 percent over the same period a year earlier and more than triple the growth rate in the same

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Mon, 22 May 2017 17:01:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Shawn Gullixson]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-shawn-gullixson/article/1603645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-shawn-gullixson/article/1603645?custom_click=rss

Vectra Bank Colorado has named Shawn Gullixson as vice president and area retail leader for its Colorado Springs operations. He has been with the bank in the Springs for eight years and had been retail vice president for four years, when Colorado Springs has been the fastest-growing region for the bank. He is a member of the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education and serves on many local boards of directors.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 16:05:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Saddle up: Colorado Springs' first LongHorn Steakhouse opens Wednesday]]> http://gazette.com/saddle-up-colorado-springs-first-longhorn-steakhouse-opens-wednesday/article/1603642?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saddle-up-colorado-springs-first-longhorn-steakhouse-opens-wednesday/article/1603642?custom_click=rss

LongHorn Steakhouse opens its first Colorado Springs store Wednesday at the Powers Pointe retail center, southwest of Powers Boulevard and Barnes Road.

Instead of a ribbon, LongHorn officials will cut a lasso at 2 p.m. to mark the opening of the restaurant, which will serve customers starting at 3 p.m. The restaurant's regular hours will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The 5,612-square-foot LongHorn Steakhouse will seat more than 200 diners and will employ 70 to 80 people.

LongHorn's arrival adds another chain steakhouse to the Powers corridor, which also is home to Outback Steakhouse and Texas Roadhouse, among others.

The Springs location will be

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Mon, 22 May 2017 14:51:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Blaze Pizza brings its fast-casual pizza concept to Colorado Springs' northeast side]]> http://gazette.com/blaze-pizza-brings-its-fast-casual-pizza-concept-to-colorado-springs-northeast-side/article/1603641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blaze-pizza-brings-its-fast-casual-pizza-concept-to-colorado-springs-northeast-side/article/1603641?custom_click=rss

Blaze Pizza, another fast-casual, build-your-own pizza chain, will open its first Colorado Springs location this fall.

Blaze, founded five years ago in Pasadena, Calif., will be one of a few fast-casual eateries coming to the new Powers Pointe retail center, southwest of Powers Boulevard and Barnes Road on the Springs' northeast side.

Salt Lake City-based franchisee Cypress Five Star Inc., which opened a Blaze Pizza last year in Broomfield, will operate the Springs location.

Cypress expects to start construction in the next 30 days and hopes to open at Powers Pointe by October, said Jared Taylor, Cypress' vice president of operations.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 14:50:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Do you have the acumen for a career at Acumen?]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-do-you-have-the-acumen-for-a-career-at-acumen/article/1603623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-do-you-have-the-acumen-for-a-career-at-acumen/article/1603623?custom_click=rss

The expression, "money talks," is concrete evidence that potentially making up to $43 per hour could be a great motivator for to get you into this next career. Acumen Environmental Services is a Colorado Springs-area company that specializes in the removal of hazardous materials or materials that require special training or knowledge to remove properly. In our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment on Gazette.com, Eric Singer learns that Acumen is hiring entry-level workers who would receive company help to get the necessary state-required training and certification. Ultimately, it means promotion and management positions-potential and a higher salary. Acumen Environmental Resources is also a second chance employer.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 12:57:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Camille Blakely]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-camille-blakely/article/1603471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-camille-blakely/article/1603471?custom_click=rss

Camille Blakely, partner and president of Blakely + Co., has received the 2016 American Advertising Federation lifetime achievement, the Silver Medal Award.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to advertising, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.

Blakely is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Class and served on many local nonprofit boards. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado College.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 07:40:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Jane Young: Taxation on the sale of your home - Part 1]]> http://gazette.com/jane-young-taxation-on-the-sale-of-your-home-part-1/article/1603520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jane-young-taxation-on-the-sale-of-your-home-part-1/article/1603520?custom_click=rss

Part 1 of 2.

In most situations, if you sell your personal residence that you have lived in for two of the past five years, you will qualify for an IRC Section 121 Exclusion.

Section 121 excludes gains of up to $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a married couple filing jointly. You must own your home and use it as your primary residence. Married taxpayers may exclude up to $500,000 if either spouse owned the home for two of the past five years and both spouses lived in the home for two of the past five years. If eligible, you can use this exclusion once every two years. Any gains in excess of the exclusion will be taxed at capital gains rates. If your gain does not exceed the exclusion, you don't need to report the

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Mon, 22 May 2017 07:39:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Jim Flynn: When is it legal recording or when is it wiretapping?]]> http://gazette.com/jim-flynn-when-is-it-legal-recording-or-when-is-it-wiretapping/article/1603518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jim-flynn-when-is-it-legal-recording-or-when-is-it-wiretapping/article/1603518?custom_click=rss

Thanks to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the resulting whirlwind of reports from people who decline to be identified, talk-show speculation, Washington gossip, presidential tweets, etc., the subject of recording telephone and other conversations is again in the news. So I thought I would tell you a few things about how the law addresses this issue.

To begin, under federal law and the laws of most states (including Colorado) and the District of Columbia, (i) you may record a telephone or other conversation to which you are a party, even if the other party does not know the recording is being made; and (ii) you may record a telephone or other conversation to which you are not a party if a least one of the parties to the

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Mon, 22 May 2017 07:39:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Do you say 'Thanks!' or 'Thanks.'? Google will tailor suggested email replies to your preferences]]> http://gazette.com/do-you-say-thanks-or-thanks.-google-will-tailor-suggested-email-replies-to-your-preferences/article/1603584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/do-you-say-thanks-or-thanks.-google-will-tailor-suggested-email-replies-to-your-preferences/article/1603584?custom_click=rss

If you use Google's Gmail app, you may have seen something new pop up on your screen this week: suggested responses for your emails.

The move illustrates one way that Google is using its increased focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. If you're wondering why and how Google can make these suggestions, here are some answers about the feature and how it works.

- What's going on?

Google calls the feature Smart Reply, and it's pretty much what it sounds like. Google algorithms are scanning your messages and using the information it gleans to suggest ways that you could reply to any given message.

The feature is based off an idea from Gmail engineer Bálint Miklós, Google said in a 2015 blog post.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 14:16:24 -0600
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Flagship phones are interesting.

They are top of the line and expensive - and we can't get enough of them.

Every year companies such as Samsung and Apple release a new model of their super deluxe smartphone, pricing them at $750 and up, and every year or two we line up around the block to buy the shiny new one.

Last year was not a great one for Samsung. I'm sure they'd rather forget the Galaxy Note 7 troubles. I'm sure they learned from the experience.

This year, Samsung is back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and I like almost everything about them. There's one feature that really bugs me, but I'll get to that later.


I reviewed the smaller S8, and I think it might be the best-looking phone

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