<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Tue, 24 May 2016 05:57:42 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts]]> http://gazette.com/native-groups-protest-planned-french-auction-of-artifacts/article/feed/352959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/native-groups-protest-planned-french-auction-of-artifacts/article/feed/352959?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials and tribal leaders are holding what they describe as an emergency meeting to protest plans by a French auction house to sell artifacts that the tribes consider sacred.

The auctions have been a sticking point between U.S. and French officials for several years. The planned May 30 auction is particularly galling, officials say, because one of the items up for sale is a shirt made of human scalps.

The meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Members of the Hoopa Valley and Pueblo tribes, as well as representatives from the State and Interior departments are scheduled to participate and discuss efforts to stop the auction.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 03:16:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US]]> http://gazette.com/refugees-and-scholars-colleges-offer-war-torn-a-route-to-us/article/feed/352894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/refugees-and-scholars-colleges-offer-war-torn-a-route-to-us/article/feed/352894?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — More colleges in the U.S. are offering scholarships to Syrian refugees.

At least a dozen schools have pledged to cover full or partial tuition for some Syrians over the past year, including the University of Southern California and Davidson College in North Carolina.

They join a coalition of 60 colleges that have offered financial aid to Syrian students since the country's civil war erupted in 2011.

In many cases, colleges have created scholarships under pressure from their students. But some schools say that reserving financial aid for students of a certain nationality breaks federal law.

Universities have awarded scholarships to more than 150 Syrian students, but there are still relatively few in

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 23:27:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Virgin America plane returns to Denver after bird strike]]> http://gazette.com/virgin-america-plane-returns-to-denver-after-bird-strike/article/feed/352818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/virgin-america-plane-returns-to-denver-after-bird-strike/article/feed/352818?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The pilot of a Virgin America plane declared an emergency and returned to Denver's airport after the aircraft was apparently hit by a bird shortly after takeoff.

Flight 865 was headed from Denver to San Francisco when the plane was struck Monday. Airline officials say the plane continued to operate normally, and the passengers and crew were never in danger.

Workers scrambled to find passengers alternative travel options as a crew inspected the Airbus 320.

Airline officials did not say how many people were on board.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 22:30:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Many Vietnam vets say they support lifting of arms embargo]]> http://gazette.com/many-vietnam-vets-say-they-support-lifting-of-arms-embargo/article/feed/352782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/many-vietnam-vets-say-they-support-lifting-of-arms-embargo/article/feed/352782?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China's growing influence in the region.

Fellow Vietnam veteran Ned Foote said Americans long ago forgave Germany and Japan for World War II, so there's no reason not to do the same with Vietnam.

"We're actually acting as a team in a sense," said Neilen, of Saratoga Springs, New York, who served in the Army infantry in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. "They're joining together to give a show of strength."

Foote, who heads the New York State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, noted that the Vietnamese have helped account for missing American service members.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 21:07:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Authorities investigate fatal police shooting in Boulder]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-investigate-fatal-police-shooting-in-boulder/article/feed/352635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-investigate-fatal-police-shooting-in-boulder/article/feed/352635?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Boulder County are investigating after police shot and killed a man who had reportedly been shooting into Boulder Creek on Sunday.

Police say the man pointed his gun at two officers who went to investigate, leading them to both fire at the man.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he died. The coroner's office identified him Monday as 28-year-old Bryson Fischer, of Erie.

Police are also looking for a second man who appeared to be with Fischer and ran away from the downtown area popular with joggers, cyclists and strollers.

Another shot was heard in the same area about 20 minutes later, but it's not clear whether that was related to the original shooting.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:39:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Victims in Planned Parenthood attack say it was preventable]]> http://gazette.com/victims-in-planned-parenthood-attack-say-it-was-preventable/article/feed/352857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/victims-in-planned-parenthood-attack-say-it-was-preventable/article/feed/352857?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Victims of a mass shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic say more should have been done to prevent the attack, given the long history of violence against the reproductive health organization.

The Colorado Springs clinic should have known it was a target for violence, but it lacked armed guards, adequate fencing and other security measures during the Nov. 27 attack, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. Three people were killed and nine others injured in the shooting and five-hour standoff.

Whitney Phillips, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, declined to comment on the lawsuit. But she said the organization prioritizes safety and believes its facilities are safe and inviting f

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:13:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada's shot-blocking frosh Oliver pulls out of NBA draft]]> http://gazette.com/nevadas-shot-blocking-frosh-oliver-pulls-out-of-nba-draft/article/feed/352861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevadas-shot-blocking-frosh-oliver-pulls-out-of-nba-draft/article/feed/352861?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada forward Cameron Oliver has pulled out of the NBA draft and plans to be back with the Wolf Pack for his sophomore season.

The 6-foot-8 Oliver averaged 13.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game as a freshman. His 99 blocks set a Nevada season-record and were the most by a freshman in Mountain West Conference history.

The former Sacramento, California prep star also led the Mountain West league with 12 double-doubles last season, was a third-team all-league pick and made the all-defensive team. He was named to the post-season all-tournament team before Nevada won its first Collegiate Basketball Invitational title in March.

Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Monday he's excited Oliver

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:34:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Pirates' Vogelsong hit in head by pitch in win over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/pirates-vogelsong-hit-in-head-by-pitch-in-win-over-rockies/article/feed/352806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pirates-vogelsong-hit-in-head-by-pitch-in-win-over-rockies/article/feed/352806?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — With reliever Ryan Vogelsong making a spot start Monday in a game rescheduled from the day before, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knew that he was going need a few innings from his bullpen.

Things took an unexpected turn, however, when Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles hit Vogelsong in the head with a pitch in the bottom of the second inning of a game Pittsburgh went on to win 6-3.

After loading the bases, Lyles was ahead in the count 2-0 when his 92 mph fastball struck Vogelsong in the left cheek. The Pirates right-hander was taken from the field on a cart and was later admitted to a hospital to have an injury to his left eye evaluated.

Wilfredo Boscan (1-0) replaced Vogelsong on the mo

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:54:46 -0600 <![CDATA[School threats could be latest in school "swatting"]]> http://gazette.com/school-threats-could-be-latest-in-school-swatting/article/feed/352781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/school-threats-could-be-latest-in-school-swatting/article/feed/352781?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Threats made against schools across the United States led to the evacuation of students Monday in what could be the latest example of so-called "swatting" against schools.

In recent months, hoaxers playing online games have allegedly used proxy servers and other high-tech identity-disguising tools to anonymously threaten schools online or in phone messages with electronic voices to trigger a huge police response, including SWAT teams.

The latest threats led to the evacuation of schools in Colorado, Utah, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Media outlets in the United Kingdom also reported evacuations.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:49:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies unable to overcome Lyles' rough start vs. Pirates]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-unable-to-overcome-lyles-rough-start-vs.-pirates/article/feed/352836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-unable-to-overcome-lyles-rough-start-vs.-pirates/article/feed/352836?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Called up to be a long reliever, Jordan Lyles was forced into making a spot start Monday for the Colorado Rockies, who were making up a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that had been postponed a day earlier because of rain.

Lyles lasted just 2 1/3 innings as the Pirates jumped on him for six runs and coasted to a 6-3 series-clinching victory.

He got off to a good enough start, turning aside the Pirates in order in the first inning, but came unraveled in the second. After allowing two singles, two walks, two stolen bases and a wild pitch, the bases were loaded when he hit Pittsburgh starter Ryan Vogelsong in the head, allowing another run to score.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:11:28 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over toxic spill]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-is-first-to-sue-epa-mine-owners-over-toxic-spill/article/feed/352713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-is-first-to-sue-epa-mine-owners-over-toxic-spill/article/feed/352713?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from a closed Colorado gold mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill.

The federal lawsuit says the environmental effects of the 2015 spill in which a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals fouled rivers in three Western states were far worse than claimed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:21:08 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: School threats could be part of "swatting" trend]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-school-threats-could-be-part-of-swatting-trend/article/feed/352807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-school-threats-could-be-part-of-swatting-trend/article/feed/352807?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Latest on schools across the country evacuated because of threats (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Threats made against schools across the country that led to evacuations on Monday could be the latest example of so-called "swatting" against schools.

In recent months, hoaxers playing online games have allegedly used proxy servers and other high-tech identity-disguising tools to anonymously threaten schools online or in phone messages with electronic voices to trigger a huge police response, including SWAT teams.

The latest threats led to the evacuation of schools in Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Media outlets in the United Kingdom also reported evacuations.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:27:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Outdoor, conservation groups criticize Utah lands push]]> http://gazette.com/outdoor-conservation-groups-criticize-utah-lands-push/article/feed/352779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outdoor-conservation-groups-criticize-utah-lands-push/article/feed/352779?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of Utah's roughly $6 billion outdoor recreation industry joined a conservation group Monday to launch a billboard campaign criticizing a push by state officials to take control of vast swaths of public land from the federal government.

The billboards going up in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada Monday feature images of mountain bikers and warn that public lands are under attack in Utah.

"As people make their summer vacation plans, we want to raise awareness of what could happen if Utah politicians succeed in taking over public lands," said Jennifer Rokala, the executive director of the Denver-based conservation group Center for Western Priorities, which is behind the billboards.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 15:26:36 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Outdoor groups criticize Utah lands push]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-outdoor-groups-criticize-utah-lands-push/article/feed/352744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-outdoor-groups-criticize-utah-lands-push/article/feed/352744?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a representatives from the outdoor recreation industry criticizing Utah's lands push (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Leaders of Utah's outdoors industry and a conservation group say outdoor recreation in the state would be harmed if Utah took control of vast swaths of public land from the federal government.

The group is putting up billboards in Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona that criticize the push by Republican state officials to take control of about 30 million acres.

They argue that Utah would have to sell off public land or ramp up drilling and mining to be able to afford the cost of managing the land.

Utah legislators say the state would be a better manager. They'

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:28:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Pirates' Vogelsong hit in head by pitch, leaves game]]> http://gazette.com/pirates-vogelsong-hit-in-head-by-pitch-leaves-game/article/feed/352701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pirates-vogelsong-hit-in-head-by-pitch-leaves-game/article/feed/352701?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head by a pitch in the second inning and left the game against the Rockies.

A pitch by Colorado starter Jordan Lyles struck Vogelsong, who was taken off the field on a cart and attended to by Pirates' staff.

Vogelsong (1-1) was making his second start of the season, filling in because of a rainout between the Pirates and Rockies on Sunday.

The play scored the first run of the game for the Pirates. Lyles had loaded the bases by walking Sean Rodriguez

Jeff Locke pinch ran for Vogelsong and Wilfredo Boscan replaced him on the mound.

Vogelsong allowed two hits and struck out two on 34 pitches.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 12:59:11 -0600 <![CDATA[I-25 interchange project gets hefty cash infusion]]> http://gazette.com/i-25-interchange-project-gets-hefty-cash-infusion/article/1543322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/i-25-interchange-project-gets-hefty-cash-infusion/article/1543322?custom_click=rss

For the second time in a little over a month, the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Interchange project received a multi-million dollar infusion.

Colorado's transportation commission approved $19.55 million for the project Thursday to help fill a budget shortfall. That follows a decision in mid-November to approve $20 million for the project from Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments.

The Colorado Department of Transportation requested additional money for the project as contractor bids came in higher than earlier estimates.

Construction on the interchange project is expected to start in the spring and be completed by October of 2017.

The majority of the money approved Thursday, $12.



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