<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:18:20 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ferguson protests move to retail stores]]> http://gazette.com/ferguson-protests-move-to-retail-stores/article/feed/183012?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferguson-protests-move-to-retail-stores/article/feed/183012?custom_click=rss

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Other Black Friday protests were planned at shopping centers around the nation, though attendance was seemingly sparse aside from in Chicago, where about 200 people gathered near the city's popular Magnificent Mile shopping district.

Early Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, about two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart.

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]]> FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Other Black Friday protests were planned at shopping centers around the nation, though attendance was seemingly sparse aside from in Chicago, where about 200 people gathered near the city's popular Magnificent Mile shopping district.

Early Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, about two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:15:52 -0700 <![CDATA[US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels]]> http://gazette.com/us-appeals-wto-ruling-against-national-meat-labels/article/feed/183114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-appeals-wto-ruling-against-national-meat-labels/article/feed/183114?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that made it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery story came from.

The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the "country of origin labeling" requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appealed the ruling.

U.S. farmers who compete with Mexican and Canadian ranchers welcomed the appeal. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson on Friday called it "the right thing to do for American family far

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that made it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery story came from.

The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the "country of origin labeling" requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appealed the ruling.

U.S. farmers who compete with Mexican and Canadian ranchers welcomed the appeal. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson on Friday called it "the right thing to do for American family far]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:15:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Black lawmakers against recognition of Va. tribe]]> http://gazette.com/black-lawmakers-against-recognition-of-va.-tribe/article/feed/183070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-lawmakers-against-recognition-of-va.-tribe/article/feed/183070?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care — and allow the tribe to pursue a casino. A decision on recognition, which would be the first for a Virginia tribe, is due by March 30.

The Congressional Black Caucus members urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Eric Holder to hold off until the Justice Department investigates any discrimina

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care — and allow the tribe to pursue a casino. A decision on recognition, which would be the first for a Virginia tribe, is due by March 30.

The Congressional Black Caucus members urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Eric Holder to hold off until the Justice Department investigates any discrimina]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:03:50 -0700 <![CDATA[BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: 2 arrested in SoCal Kohl's]]> http://gazette.com/black-friday-live-2-arrested-in-socal-kohls/article/feed/183026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-friday-live-2-arrested-in-socal-kohls/article/feed/183026?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday has become the part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving.

Here's a look at what's happening around the country:

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Best Buy Site Back Up

Best Buy's website seemed to be back up and running at around 11:30 a.m. eastern, after going down for more than an hour Friday with a message that read, "WE'RE SORRY."

"A concentrated spike in mobile traffic" prompted the company to shut down BestBuy.com so it could restore full performance, said Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman in an email.

Last week, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly had said he expected competition for shoppers to be "intense." He forecast flat revenue for the fourth

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Here's a look at what's happening around the country:

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Best Buy Site Back Up

Best Buy's website seemed to be back up and running at around 11:30 a.m. eastern, after going down for more than an hour Friday with a message that read, "WE'RE SORRY."

"A concentrated spike in mobile traffic" prompted the company to shut down BestBuy.com so it could restore full performance, said Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman in an email.

Last week, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly had said he expected competition for shoppers to be "intense." He forecast flat revenue for the fourth ]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:02:15 -0700 <![CDATA[3 tips for using credit wisely during the holidays]]> http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-using-credit-wisely-during-the-holidays/article/feed/183103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-using-credit-wisely-during-the-holidays/article/feed/183103?custom_click=rss Using credit to tackle your holiday shopping can be tempting. And offers of a discount for opening a new account, or interest-free purchases for a year or more make it more enticing.

But relying on credit without a plan to pay off the debt quickly can easily cost you more in the long run. Carrying higher balances for several months could lower your credit score, making it more expensive to refinance your home, buy a car or qualify for other loans.

"No amount of rewards are going to be worth using a credit card and carrying a balance from one month to the next," said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards.com, which tracks credit card offers. "There's no credit card that pays you 12 percent or 15 percent or 18 percent back in rewards

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]]> Using credit to tackle your holiday shopping can be tempting. And offers of a discount for opening a new account, or interest-free purchases for a year or more make it more enticing.

But relying on credit without a plan to pay off the debt quickly can easily cost you more in the long run. Carrying higher balances for several months could lower your credit score, making it more expensive to refinance your home, buy a car or qualify for other loans.

"No amount of rewards are going to be worth using a credit card and carrying a balance from one month to the next," said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards.com, which tracks credit card offers. "There's no credit card that pays you 12 percent or 15 percent or 18 percent back in rewards]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:01:34 -0700 <![CDATA[NY car dealership roof partly collapses, killing 1]]> http://gazette.com/ny-car-dealership-roof-partly-collapses-killing-1/article/feed/183094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-car-dealership-roof-partly-collapses-killing-1/article/feed/183094?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City car dealership's concrete roof partially collapsed, killing one person who was trapped under the rubble.

It happened at around 8:15 a.m. Friday at a Ford dealership on a service road off Staten Island's Shore Expressway.

Fire Department Deputy Chief Pete Leicht tells reporters that four workers were inside and three managed to escape on their own. But Leicht says man was caught under the debris.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly afterward. Authorities say they believe the man was a construction worker involved in a project at the dealership.

A message left for a manager at the dealership wasn't immediately returned.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City car dealership's concrete roof partially collapsed, killing one person who was trapped under the rubble.

It happened at around 8:15 a.m. Friday at a Ford dealership on a service road off Staten Island's Shore Expressway.

Fire Department Deputy Chief Pete Leicht tells reporters that four workers were inside and three managed to escape on their own. But Leicht says man was caught under the debris.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly afterward. Authorities say they believe the man was a construction worker involved in a project at the dealership.

A message left for a manager at the dealership wasn't immediately returned.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:48:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Traffic signals tweaked in Castle Rock to help holiday shoppers]]> By John Aguilar, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/traffic-signals-tweaked-in-castle-rock-to-help-holiday-shoppers/article/1542173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/traffic-signals-tweaked-in-castle-rock-to-help-holiday-shoppers/article/1542173?custom_click=rss Castle Rock and the Colorado Department of Transportation are teaming up this year to adjust the timing of traffic signals during weekends to make it easier for holiday shoppers to get around.

Starting this week, signals were adjusted to allow for better traffic flow in and around the Outlets at Castle Rock. Light cycles have been lengthened to allow traffic leaving the Outlets toward the south more time to get through the intersection of Meadows Parkway and Factory Shops Boulevard.



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Castle Rock and the Colorado Department of Transportation are teaming up this year to adjust the timing of traffic signals during weekends to make it easier for holiday shoppers to get around.

Starting this week, signals were adjusted to allow for better traffic flow in and around the Outlets at Castle Rock. Light cycles have been lengthened to allow traffic leaving the Outlets toward the south more time to get through the intersection of Meadows Parkway and Factory Shops Boulevard.

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<![CDATA[Live blog: Black Friday is here and Colorado Springs shoppers are looking for bargains on quality merchandise]]> By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-blog-black-friday-is-here-and-colorado-springs-shoppers-are-looking-for-bargains-on-quality-merchandise/article/1542145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-blog-black-friday-is-here-and-colorado-springs-shoppers-are-looking-for-bargains-on-quality-merchandise/article/1542145?custom_click=rss

Note: Scroll down in this article for live Colorado Springs-area Black Friday shopping updates via Twitter (#csBlackFriday).

Black Friday shopping has become a tradition, and sport, for the Zadah and Khoshnaw clan of Colorado Springs.

This year, the family upped its shopping plan by a day to start Thanksgiving Day. Each member of this extended family has a role in the shopping plan - from holding the No. 1 spot in line for days to being assigned a specific item they will each run in and grab as the doors opened at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Best Buy store on Powers Boulevard.

"I've been here for 45 hours," said Hana Zadah, 17, 45 minutes before doors opened Thursday.



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Note: Scroll down in this article for live Colorado Springs-area Black Friday shopping updates via Twitter (#csBlackFriday).

Black Friday shopping has become a tradition, and sport, for the Zadah and Khoshnaw clan of Colorado Springs.

This year, the family upped its shopping plan by a day to start Thanksgiving Day. Each member of this extended family has a role in the shopping plan - from holding the No. 1 spot in line for days to being assigned a specific item they will each run in and grab as the doors opened at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Best Buy store on Powers Boulevard.

"I've been here for 45 hours," said Hana Zadah, 17, 45 minutes before doors opened Thursday.

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:36:21 -0700
<![CDATA[US stock market opens mixed as oil tumbles]]> http://gazette.com/us-stock-market-opens-mixed-as-oil-tumbles/article/feed/183069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stock-market-opens-mixed-as-oil-tumbles/article/feed/183069?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening mixed as tumbling oil prices weigh on energy shares but give a lift to airlines and delivery companies.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,845 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Nasdaq climbed seven points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,793.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,068.

Market players were focused on Thursday's decision by the OPEC oil cartel to keep crude production at 30 million barrels a day despite global oversupply. The move hit oil prices as traders anticipated supply levels at their current rates at least for a few months yet.

Benchmark U.S. oil slid 6 percent to $69.41.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening mixed as tumbling oil prices weigh on energy shares but give a lift to airlines and delivery companies.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,845 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Nasdaq climbed seven points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,793.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,068.

Market players were focused on Thursday's decision by the OPEC oil cartel to keep crude production at 30 million barrels a day despite global oversupply. The move hit oil prices as traders anticipated supply levels at their current rates at least for a few months yet.

Benchmark U.S. oil slid 6 percent to $69.41.

U.S. stoc]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:47:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing]]> http://gazette.com/second-act-of-black-friday-shopping-in-full-swing/article/feed/183050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/second-act-of-black-friday-shopping-in-full-swing/article/feed/183050?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?

The crowds were thin early Friday morning in parts of the country, but traffic is expected to pick up throughout the day.

One positive sign: Toys R Us and Target executives told The Associated Press shoppers seem to be buying more than just the doorbusters and filling their carts with other items not on sale. That seems to show that lower gas prices and an improving job picture are making shoppers more confident about opening

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?

The crowds were thin early Friday morning in parts of the country, but traffic is expected to pick up throughout the day.

One positive sign: Toys R Us and Target executives told The Associated Press shoppers seem to be buying more than just the doorbusters and filling their carts with other items not on sale. That seems to show that lower gas prices and an improving job picture are making shoppers more confident about opening ]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:18:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Collins weighs transit costs for stadium]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fort-collins-weighs-transit-costs-for-stadium/article/1542164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-collins-weighs-transit-costs-for-stadium/article/1542164?custom_click=rss DENVER — A Fort Collins city report says up to $24 million would be needed in new transportation infrastructure if Colorado State University proceeds with a plan to build an on-campus stadium.

The Coloradoan reports (http://goo.gl/qNZdfO ) that the estimate from the city is intended to be a starting point for negotiations with the university. CSU President Tony Frank is expected to make a recommendation Dec. 5 to the university's Board of Governors on whether to build a stadium. It's estimated to cost between $180 million and $225 million.

CSU estimates that up to $30 million is needed in city work for a new stadium. That cost is included in the university's estimate for a stadium.

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DENVER — A Fort Collins city report says up to $24 million would be needed in new transportation infrastructure if Colorado State University proceeds with a plan to build an on-campus stadium.

The Coloradoan reports (http://goo.gl/qNZdfO ) that the estimate from the city is intended to be a starting point for negotiations with the university. CSU President Tony Frank is expected to make a recommendation Dec. 5 to the university's Board of Governors on whether to build a stadium. It's estimated to cost between $180 million and $225 million.

CSU estimates that up to $30 million is needed in city work for a new stadium. That cost is included in the university's estimate for a stadium.

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:47:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies]]> http://gazette.com/plunging-crude-prices-hammer-energy-companies/article/feed/183053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plunging-crude-prices-hammer-energy-companies/article/feed/183053?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer.

A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas.

The effect was immediate.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer.

A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas.

The effect was immediate.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:31:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Authorities: Man had stun guns, machete in luggage]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-man-had-stun-guns-machete-in-luggage/article/feed/182994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-man-had-stun-guns-machete-in-luggage/article/feed/182994?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Safety officials say they've found two stun guns, a machete and other weapons in a man's checked baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the baggage belonged to a man heading to Dubai and the items were found by Transportation Safety Administration agents. It says the man has been arrested.

Port Authority police say the Queens man also had starter pistols, pellet guns and boxes of pellets in his luggage.

The man was taken into custody Wednesday. He had been scheduled to travel on a flight leaving at 10:40 a.m.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and was released on a desk appearance ticket.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the baggage belonged to a man heading to Dubai and the items were found by Transportation Safety Administration agents. It says the man has been arrested.

Port Authority police say the Queens man also had starter pistols, pellet guns and boxes of pellets in his luggage.

The man was taken into custody Wednesday. He had been scheduled to travel on a flight leaving at 10:40 a.m.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and was released on a desk appearance ticket.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:01:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Magpul to pull out of Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/magpul-to-pull-out-of-colorado/article/1542129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/magpul-to-pull-out-of-colorado/article/1542129?custom_click=rss DENVER — A company that produces ammunition magazines for guns is expected to shut down its operations in Colorado in the first quarter of next year.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/15AY2NE ) about 100 employees at Erie-based Magpul Industries were notified in October that they would lose their jobs.

Magpul decided to move its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and its headquarters to Texas after Colorado enacted gun control laws last year. In September, the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved an $8.3 million grant to help Magpul move its manufacturing to Cheyenne.

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DENVER — A company that produces ammunition magazines for guns is expected to shut down its operations in Colorado in the first quarter of next year.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/15AY2NE ) about 100 employees at Erie-based Magpul Industries were notified in October that they would lose their jobs.

Magpul decided to move its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and its headquarters to Texas after Colorado enacted gun control laws last year. In September, the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved an $8.3 million grant to help Magpul move its manufacturing to Cheyenne.

The company will vacate its 100,000-square-foot Erie facility but plans to keep a small

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:39:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving]]> http://gazette.com/early-bird-shoppers-turn-out-on-thanksgiving/article/feed/182875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/early-bird-shoppers-turn-out-on-thanksgiving/article/feed/182875?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis.

In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store in the East Harlem neighborhood opened at 6 p.m.

And 200 people rushed in at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square when it opened at 5 p.m.

Mary Smalls, 40, was out trying to get all her shopping done on Thanksgiving because she wanted to avoid going out on the day after the holiday that's known as Black Friday.

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In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis.

In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store in the East Harlem neighborhood opened at 6 p.m.

And 200 people rushed in at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square when it opened at 5 p.m.

Mary Smalls, 40, was out trying to get all her shopping done on Thanksgiving because she wanted to avoid going out on the day after the holiday that's known as Black Friday.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:15:46 -0700 <![CDATA[US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey]]> http://gazette.com/us-celebrates-thanksgiving-with-parades-turkey/article/feed/182812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-celebrates-thanksgiving-with-parades-turkey/article/feed/182812?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal.

Here's a look at how Americans celebrated:

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A MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESS

Heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

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Here's a look at how Americans celebrated:

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A MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESS

Heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:02:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Hackers force message on websites via US firm]]> http://gazette.com/hackers-force-message-on-websites-via-us-firm/article/feed/182956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hackers-force-message-on-websites-via-us-firm/article/feed/182956?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites.

Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer outlined what happened in a blog published Thursday.

At around 6:45 a.m. Eastern Time, the company discovered "sporadic failures with access to our service," Salyer wrote.

The executive said hackers had rerouted Internet traffic from Gigya's website to an outside computer server. That server generated a message to visitors that their site had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

Published reports noted the message appeared on websites for several UK newspapers, CNBC and the National

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites.

Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer outlined what happened in a blog published Thursday.

At around 6:45 a.m. Eastern Time, the company discovered "sporadic failures with access to our service," Salyer wrote.

The executive said hackers had rerouted Internet traffic from Gigya's website to an outside computer server. That server generated a message to visitors that their site had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

Published reports noted the message appeared on websites for several UK newspapers, CNBC and the National ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:30:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Families asked to host visitors for pope's US trip]]> http://gazette.com/families-asked-to-host-visitors-for-popes-us-trip/article/feed/182925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/families-asked-to-host-visitors-for-popes-us-trip/article/feed/182925?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year.

With hotel rooms filling up fast for the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families, organizers hope to find more than 10,000 households willing to host guests in their spare bedrooms for a modest fee. It will be the first pontifical trip to the U.S. since 2008.

"We hope that a large number of the people of Philadelphia — not just the Catholic community, but others — will open their homes to visitors from around the world," Archbishop Charles Chaput said this week.

Organizers estimate that as many as 15,000 people will attend the Sept.

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year.

With hotel rooms filling up fast for the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families, organizers hope to find more than 10,000 households willing to host guests in their spare bedrooms for a modest fee. It will be the first pontifical trip to the U.S. since 2008.

"We hope that a large number of the people of Philadelphia — not just the Catholic community, but others — will open their homes to visitors from around the world," Archbishop Charles Chaput said this week.

Organizers estimate that as many as 15,000 people will attend the Sept.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:30:59 -0700 <![CDATA[National Toy Hall of Fame inductees over the years]]> http://gazette.com/national-toy-hall-of-fame-inductees-over-the-years/article/feed/182922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-toy-hall-of-fame-inductees-over-the-years/article/feed/182922?custom_click=rss The inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame:

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2014:

Little green army men

Bubbles

Rubik's Cube

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2013:

Rubber duck

Chess

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2012:

Dominoes

Star Wars action figures

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2011:

Blanket

Dollhouse

Hot Wheels

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2010:

Playing cards

The Game of Life

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2009:

Ball

Big Wheel

Nintendo Game Boy

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2008:

Baby doll

Skateboard

Stick

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2007:

Atari 2600 game system

Kite

Raggedy Andy

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2006:

Easy-Bake Oven

Lionel trains

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2005:

Candy Land

Cardboard box

Jack-in-the

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2014:

Little green army men

Bubbles

Rubik's Cube

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2013:

Rubber duck

Chess

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2012:

Dominoes

Star Wars action figures

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2011:

Blanket

Dollhouse

Hot Wheels

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2010:

Playing cards

The Game of Life

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2009:

Ball

Big Wheel

Nintendo Game Boy

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2008:

Baby doll

Skateboard

Stick

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2007:

Atari 2600 game system

Kite

Raggedy Andy

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2006:

Easy-Bake Oven

Lionel trains

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2005:

Candy Land

Cardboard box

Jack-in-the]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:01:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Airport volunteers always looking to help]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-volunteers-always-looking-to-help/article/1542093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-volunteers-always-looking-to-help/article/1542093?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs retiree Joe Strahs got help from a volunteer in a red vest when he got lost in Denver International Airport about 15 years ago, and he has been paying it forward to passengers at Colorado Springs Airport for nearly 10 years.

Strahs spends 5½ hours a day twice a week - sometimes three times and always on Christmas Eve and Christmas - roaming the airport's passenger terminal in a similar red vest looking for first-time visitors who appear to be lost and reluctant to ask for help.

"A lady in a red vest helped me find baggage claim at DIA when my wife and I were returning from Europe, so I wanted to do the same for people at my airport," said Strahs, a retired Air Force navigator and weapons systems officer.



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Colorado Springs retiree Joe Strahs got help from a volunteer in a red vest when he got lost in Denver International Airport about 15 years ago, and he has been paying it forward to passengers at Colorado Springs Airport for nearly 10 years.

Strahs spends 5½ hours a day twice a week - sometimes three times and always on Christmas Eve and Christmas - roaming the airport's passenger terminal in a similar red vest looking for first-time visitors who appear to be lost and reluctant to ask for help.

"A lady in a red vest helped me find baggage claim at DIA when my wife and I were returning from Europe, so I wanted to do the same for people at my airport," said Strahs, a retired Air Force navigator and weapons systems officer.

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:11:38 -0700
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1542094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1542094?custom_click=rss

Lowell Bender has been named mortgage manager at Aventa Credit Union. He has more than 
18 years of mortgage lending experience as regional operations manager for Bayrock Mortgage Group and vice president of American United Mortgage Group, both in Georgia. He previously was in the Army, serving as a medical station supervisor.

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]]> Lowell Bender has been named mortgage manager at Aventa Credit Union. He has more than 
18 years of mortgage lending experience as regional operations manager for Bayrock Mortgage Group and vice president of American United Mortgage Group, both in Georgia. He previously was in the Army, serving as a medical station supervisor.

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deflates business leaders]]> By Erica Werner The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/obamas-immigration-move-deflates-business-leaders/article/1542128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obamas-immigration-move-deflates-business-leaders/article/1542128?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign workers - probably the top item on the executive action agenda for business.

And the administration only partially answered pleas to increase the length of time foreign students can stay in the U.S. before or after graduating to work in their fields. The administration announced plans to expand the program at some point, but it offered no details

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Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign workers - probably the top item on the executive action agenda for business.

And the administration only partially answered pleas to increase the length of time foreign students can stay in the U.S. before or after graduating to work in their fields. The administration announced plans to expand the program at some point, but it offered no details]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:30:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet massage gaining popularity]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/pet-massage-gaining-popularity/article/1542127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-massage-gaining-popularity/article/1542127?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX - Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it has become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified 
petting.

"People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. "The work I do is important for animals so they have a high quality of life."

Practitioners say massage can be a preventive measure for younger animals and rehabilitative for older ones by boosting flexibility, circulation and immunity. As its popularity continues to grow, primarily among dog and horse owners, so does the debate about regulation.

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petting.

"People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. "The work I do is important for animals so they have a high quality of life."

Practitioners say massage can be a preventive measure for younger animals and rehabilitative for older ones by boosting flexibility, circulation and immunity. As its popularity continues to grow, primarily among dog and horse owners, so does the debate about regulation.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:30:15 -0700 <![CDATA[3 reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautious]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/3-reasons-holiday-shoppers-will-spend-cautious/article/1542056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-reasons-holiday-shoppers-will-spend-cautious/article/1542056?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores.

Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling.

Gas prices may be hovering at a four-year low, but Americans are paying more for food, health care and other costs. Unemployment is low, too, but then so is wage growth. And even though the stock and housing markets have improved, Americans haven't changed their deal-hungry shopping habits.

"Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans," said Ken Perkins,



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NEW YORK — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores.

Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling.

Gas prices may be hovering at a four-year low, but Americans are paying more for food, health care and other costs. Unemployment is low, too, but then so is wage growth. And even though the stock and housing markets have improved, Americans haven't changed their deal-hungry shopping habits.

"Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans," said Ken Perkins,

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:15:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/thanksgiving-trumps-black-friday-for-deals/article/1542013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thanksgiving-trumps-black-friday-for-deals/article/1542013?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday, according to an analysis of promotions for The Associated Press by researcher MarketTrack.

And on the Web, discounts will be deeper on the holiday.



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NEW YORK — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday, according to an analysis of promotions for The Associated Press by researcher MarketTrack.

And on the Web, discounts will be deeper on the holiday.

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:50:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs builders extend support for business alliance]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-builders-extend-support-for-business-alliance/article/1541985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-builders-extend-support-for-business-alliance/article/1541985?custom_click=rss The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs announced Monday that it extended its financial support to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance for two years but said the move was unrelated to the resignation of alliance CEO Joe Raso.

The HBA voted Nov. 19 to renew an assessment of $60-$70 per home permit issued by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department that members pay to the association, which then passes the fees onto the alliance to fund its annual budget. The HBA had renewed its support for the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. every three years but last year renewed the support for one year after the 2012 merger of the EDC and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which



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The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs announced Monday that it extended its financial support to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance for two years but said the move was unrelated to the resignation of alliance CEO Joe Raso.

The HBA voted Nov. 19 to renew an assessment of $60-$70 per home permit issued by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department that members pay to the association, which then passes the fees onto the alliance to fund its annual budget. The HBA had renewed its support for the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. every three years but last year renewed the support for one year after the 2012 merger of the EDC and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:49:06 -0700
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1542028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1542028?custom_click=rss

Beth Byer has joined The Resource Exchange as development coordinator. She has experience in marketing, public relations and development for health care and nonprofit organizations, most recently as director of development for Palmer Land Trust.

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]]> Beth Byer has joined The Resource Exchange as development coordinator. She has experience in marketing, public relations and development for health care and nonprofit organizations, most recently as director of development for Palmer Land Trust.

GET MORE, SUBMIT ITEM: See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the press release form at gazette.com/business.]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA['Problem solver' has taken 
the reins]]> By Charise Simpson Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/problem-solver-has-taken-the-reins/article/1542055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/problem-solver-has-taken-the-reins/article/1542055?custom_click=rss

Scott Smith became CEO last month of the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB). He brings a long list of credentials to the job, including serving as president of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association in 1982 and the statewide group where he now is CEO in 1995. He twice served three-year terms on the board of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.

Smith was born in Boulder and grew up in Colorado Springs.

After graduating from Falcon High School in Colorado Springs, then the University of Colorado in Boulder, he worked for Arthur Anderson in Denver before returning to Colorado Springs to work for the two developers of the Briargate area for nearly 
30 years.

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Smith was born in Boulder and grew up in Colorado Springs.

After graduating from Falcon High School in Colorado Springs, then the University of Colorado in Boulder, he worked for Arthur Anderson in Denver before returning to Colorado Springs to work for the two developers of the Briargate area for nearly 
30 years.]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:15:11 -0700 <![CDATA[About 1 million expected at Denver airport]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/about-1-million-expected-at-denver-airport/article/1542003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/about-1-million-expected-at-denver-airport/article/1542003?custom_click=rss DENVER — Traffic is picking up at Denver International Airport ahead of Thanksgiving.

About a million people are expected to pass through the airport this holiday week, with about 152,000 of them traveling on Tuesday. That's nearly 10,000 more people than on a normal day.

Parking is still available in the garage and outlying parking lots and new screens are providing real-time updates on shuttle bus arrivals.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs Airport is offering travelers free parking through the end of the year.



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DENVER — Traffic is picking up at Denver International Airport ahead of Thanksgiving.

About a million people are expected to pass through the airport this holiday week, with about 152,000 of them traveling on Tuesday. That's nearly 10,000 more people than on a normal day.

Parking is still available in the garage and outlying parking lots and new screens are providing real-time updates on shuttle bus arrivals.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs Airport is offering travelers free parking through the end of the year.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:21:05 -0700
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541979?custom_click=rss

Mike Ruebenson, chief operating officer of La Plata Communities, became president of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs on Wednesday. He replaces Joe Loidolt of Classic Homes, who became immediate past president. Tim Seibert of N.E.S. became the trade group's president-elect.

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