<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:40:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Cuomo to meet with US transportation chief amid transit woes]]> http://gazette.com/cuomo-to-meet-with-us-transportation-chief-amid-transit-woes/article/feed/479221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cuomo-to-meet-with-us-transportation-chief-amid-transit-woes/article/feed/479221?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor is headed to Washington to meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao amid New York City's ongoing transit troubles.

In a statement, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) said Wednesday's meeting would focus on long-delayed plans to build a new Hudson River tunnel to relieve congestion on busy rail lines coming from New Jersey and beyond.

Cuomo says it's essential that the project, known as the Gateway Tunnel, moves forward. He says the tunnel could turn out to be "the most important" transportation project in the region, which transit advocates say has a long list of critical needs.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:27:43 -0600 <![CDATA[New York City's transit agency unveils $836M subway plan]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-citys-transit-agency-unveils-836m-subway-plan/article/feed/479217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-citys-transit-agency-unveils-836m-subway-plan/article/feed/479217?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of New York City's transit agency on Tuesday unveiled an $836 million plan to stabilize the beleaguered subway system, and promised that riders would see progress within the next year.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said it was the first phase of a larger subway action plan to modernize the system.

"New Yorkers are rightfully frustrated with the current state of the subways, and their demands for better service have been heard," Lhota said.

The first phase will focus on signal and track maintenance, car reliability, system safety and cleanliness, customer communications and management.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:49:19 -0600 <![CDATA[NTSB: We can't know why SUV was on tracks before train crash]]> http://gazette.com/ntsb-we-cant-know-why-suv-was-on-tracks-before-train-crash/article/feed/479001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ntsb-we-cant-know-why-suv-was-on-tracks-before-train-crash/article/feed/479001?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal safety investigators said Tuesday they can't determine why an SUV ended up in the path of an oncoming commuter train, causing a crash that killed six people at a rail crossing in suburban New York in 2015.

Detailing the results of the nearly 2 1/2-year investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board suggested evaluating the safety risks at some rail crossings and said the design of the train's power-providing third rail played a role in the toll of deaths and injuries in the crash in the community of Valhalla. The NTSB concluded the SUV driver's actions were the probable cause of the wreck, but Chairman Robert Sumwalt said those actions remained a mystery.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:47:57 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: MTA says it appreciates probe into train crash]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-mta-says-it-appreciates-probe-into-train-crash/article/feed/479138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-mta-says-it-appreciates-probe-into-train-crash/article/feed/479138?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the findings on what caused a fatal commuter rail crash north of New York City in 2015. (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The agency that runs Metro-North Railroad says it appreciates a federal safety investigation into a crash that killed six people in 2015 outside New York City, and has been working to reduce the possibility of railroad crossing accidents.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday it was working to re-engineer ground-level crossings, eliminate them where possible and enforce driving rules at crossings.

The National Transportation Safety Board has finalized its investigation, but says it hasn't been able to determine why the driver of an SUV drove her vehic

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:43:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Cyber staff: Wisconsin company offers to microchip employees]]> http://gazette.com/cyber-staff-wisconsin-company-offers-to-microchip-employees/article/feed/479072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cyber-staff-wisconsin-company-offers-to-microchip-employees/article/feed/479072?custom_click=rss

A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.

Three Square Market, also known as 32M, said more than 50 employees are voluntarily getting implants Aug. 1 at what the company is calling a "chip party" at its River Falls headquarters. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and are inserted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger using a syringe. The procedure takes a couple of seconds.

The technology is already available in Europe but company leaders say this is its first appearance in the U.S.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:25:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs ranked among top 5 big cities to live in]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-ranked-among-top-5-big-cities-to-live-in/article/1607816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-ranked-among-top-5-big-cities-to-live-in/article/1607816?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs topped Denver, New York City, Las Vegas, Nev., and many more urban areas as one of the best big cities to live in, says a Monday report by credit website WalletHub.

Colorado Springs was named the fifth-best big city to live in and one of the most affordable places to live.

Virginia Beach, Va., took the top spot, followed by Seattle, Pittsburgh and San Diego.

WalletHub compared 62 cities with populations above 300,000 using several factors: affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life and safety. Within those dimensions, WalletHub used 50 related, weighted metrics to make the evaluations.

It's not the first time Colorado Springs has been recognized as a great place to live.



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:50:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Therapy animals are everywhere, but proof that they help is not]]> http://gazette.com/therapy-animals-are-everywhere-but-proof-that-they-help-is-not/article/1607809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/therapy-animals-are-everywhere-but-proof-that-they-help-is-not/article/1607809?custom_click=rss

A therapy-animal trend grips the United States. The San Francisco airport now deploys a pig to calm frazzled travelers. Universities nationwide bring dogs (and a donkey) onto campus to soothe students during finals. Llamas comfort hospital patients, pooches provide succor at disaster sites and horses treat sex addiction.

And that duck on a plane? It might be an emotional-support animal prescribed by a mental health professional.

The trend, which has accelerated hugely since its initial stirrings a few decades ago, is underpinned by a widespread belief that interaction with animals can reduce distress - whether through brief caresses at the airport or long-term relationships at home.



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:39:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Tuesday, July 25]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-tuesday-july-25/article/1607618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-tuesday-july-25/article/1607618?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at a variety of events Wednesday around Colorado Springs and beyond:



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:46:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Searching for the wild side on Rocky Mountain National Park's most historic road]]> http://gazette.com/searching-for-the-wild-side-on-rocky-mountain-national-parks-most-historic-road/article/1607738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/searching-for-the-wild-side-on-rocky-mountain-national-parks-most-historic-road/article/1607738?custom_click=rss

ESTES PARK - Many signs at Rocky Mountain National Park announce Old Fall River Road's presence, as does the worldwide web, so the path cannot hide, hard as it may try. A dirt lane sneaks up into the forest, a high-altitude escape from the pavement.

I take it while the vehicles in front of me and behind continue on the pavement. It is that rare moment driving in America's fourth-most visited national park where traffic is nowhere to be seen. The moment soon will be gone.

On Old Fall River's initial 3,000-foot ascent, I hear bugs buzzing, smell pine and remember what the ranger said at the visitor center, where Gazette photographer James Wooldridge and I wondered about pull-offs that would allow him to capture the grandeur



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:42:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 25, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-25-2017/article/1607810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-25-2017/article/1607810?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

Look What the Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small caged animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3060 N. Powers Blvd.; 541-3099, saintanimalrescue.org.

EVENTS

AUG.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:20:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Colorado Springs ranch hand offers dinners to support healthy eating and local business]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-springs-ranch-hand-offers-dinners-to-support-healthy-eating-and-local-business/article/1607788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-springs-ranch-hand-offers-dinners-to-support-healthy-eating-and-local-business/article/1607788?custom_click=rss

These days, the advice for how to eat healthy is to know your food's source and get to know your farmer. While you can do so at farmers markets, another way is to go visit a farm. Mike Preisler, founder of A Grazing Life, takes the visit to another level: He offers "A Night on the Ranch" dinners on Saturdays through August at Corner Post Ranch. Preisler is committed to supporting healthy eating and local small businesses.

The first dinner July 8 was amazing. I knew the meal would be world-class, as the cooking team was headed by Mario Vasquez, executive chef at Garden of the Gods Market and Café; the freshly caught seafood was provided by Lacie Richardson, owner of Wild Woman Fish Co.; and the wine was from Sette Dolori Winery in

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:20:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 25, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-25-2017/article/1607808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-25-2017/article/1607808?custom_click=rss Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

A Pint for a Pint - Donate a pint of blood and get a free coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream, through Monday, Penrose Hospital Blood Bank, 2222 N. Nevada Ave. Appointments required: 776-5822.

Age Strong, Live Long Senior Health Fair - For ages 64 and older, 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 12, Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., free; penrosestfrancis.org/seniorfair2017.

American with Disabilities Act Celebration Luncheon - "ADA: Celebrating Progress in the Pikes Peak Region" - 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:20:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Senior National Parks pass to increase by $70 in August]]> http://gazette.com/senior-national-parks-pass-to-increase-by-70-in-august/article/1607740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senior-national-parks-pass-to-increase-by-70-in-august/article/1607740?custom_click=rss

Adventurers ages 62 and over should get a $10 lifetime pass from the National Park Service before the price climbs to $80 on Aug. 28.

Last December, Congress passed legislation that increased the price by 700 percent, making the senior pass cost equal to that of the annual "America the Beautiful" pass for the public.

The legislation established an annual senior pass for $20 for those on fixed incomes. After four annual passes have been purchased, seniors can trade them in for the lifetime pass. Senior passes purchased before the August increase will remain valid.

Passes can be purchased at any National Park Service facility or, in Colorado Springs, at the U.S. Forest Service Pikes Peak Ranger District, 610 S. Weber St.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:17:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado's fourteeners: Snowmass Mountain]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-snowmass-mountain/article/1607728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-snowmass-mountain/article/1607728?custom_click=rss

Snowmass Mountain

Elevation: 14,096 feet

Range: Elk

Snowmass Mountain is named for its broad eastern slope, which tends to hold snow late into the summer. The slope is protected from much of the afternoon sun by a surrounding ridge and the twin summits.

The standard route parallels Snowmass Creek on its approach to the upper slopes. A crossing of this large creek is required at the famous logjam. When significant avalanches occur in the area, large trees wind up in a small, unnamed lake on the creek. The water flow and winter ice then force the logs into a dam along the outlet. In high water, this crossing can be tricky as the logs will be submerged partially. A good pair of trekking poles will make the crossing



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:15:17 -0600
<![CDATA[New roller coaster coming for Harry Potter theme park]]> http://gazette.com/new-roller-coaster-coming-for-harry-potter-theme-park/article/feed/478946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-roller-coaster-coming-for-harry-potter-theme-park/article/feed/478946?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a little more thrilling at Universal Orlando Resort.

The theme park resort announced Monday that it would be building a new roller coaster that will showcase favorite characters from J.K. Rowling's fantasy series.

The coaster will be built in the location of The Dragon Challenge ride, which is closing permanently in early September. The new ride will be in the Hogsmeade area of the Islands of Adventure park.

The resort said on its official blog that the ride will be unlike any other rides at the park and it will be for the entire family.

The Dragon Challenge was a re-incarnation of Dueling Dragons, one of the original rides from Islands of Adven

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]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:38:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 24, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-july-24-2017/article/1607729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-july-24-2017/article/1607729?custom_click=rss ALMANAC

Climbing

ONGOING

UpaDowna Climb Nights - 6-8 p.m., second Tuesday, CityRock, 21 N. Nevada Ave., free. Registration: upadowna.org/programs.

Cycling

ONGOING

The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org.

Hiking

ONGOING

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0104. - Daily Guided Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet north main parking lot.

Mueller State Park hikes - 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366. - Wapiti Trail, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Visitor Center. - Cahill Loop, 10 a.m. Friday, Grouse Mountain Trailhead. - Preacher's Hollow, 9:30 a.m. Saturday,



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:42:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Happy Trails: Catamount Trail, Green Mountain Falls]]> http://gazette.com/happy-trails-catamount-trail-green-mountain-falls/article/1607749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/happy-trails-catamount-trail-green-mountain-falls/article/1607749?custom_click=rss

HAPPY TRAILS: CATAMOUNT TRAIL, GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS

A great trail is one with variety: Some rocks, water, flora and fauna, challenge perhaps, and views that change with the miles. All of that awaits from the quaint village of Green Mountain Falls.

You'll get a good warm-up hiking almost a mile on a wide dirt road. It's a steady ascent through a neighborhood that ends at a gate, where the path continues to the trailhead. Note the instructions to follow the blue dots tacked to trees. They lead to the grand prize of this adventure: South Catamount Reservoir.

The trail starts beside a waterfall and proceeds to switchback through rugged terrain. Watch your step amid the rocks, but don't forget to look up at the hillsides



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:36:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Trail talk: Silent eBikes now rolling through Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/trail-talk-silent-ebikes-now-rolling-through-colorado-springs/article/1607752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-silent-ebikes-now-rolling-through-colorado-springs/article/1607752?custom_click=rss

Electric bikes on the Pikes Peak Greenway? They're already out there.

You've probably been passed by one and didn't even know it. They look like other bicycles and make no sound. Pick one up and you'll notice the difference. Electric bikes weigh 30 to 40 pounds more than

conventional road bikes.

Colorado lawmakers passed legislation allowing "eBikes" last spring. In Colorado Springs, Type 1 and Type 2 are allowed on our paved trails. Both have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. Type 1 requires you to pedal to move; type 2 has a throttle assist.

The bikes, wildly popular in Europe, are selling well in Colorado Springs too, shop owners say.

What do cyclists think? Some call it "cheating.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:27:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Rocky Mountain National Park a haven for families, hikers]]> http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-national-park-a-haven-for-families-hikers/article/1607751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-national-park-a-haven-for-families-hikers/article/1607751?custom_click=rss

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Description: The park is coming off a record 2016 that saw 4.5 million visitors, less than only three other national parks in the system's centennial year. In summer, the campgrounds fill quickly with vacationing families and hard-core peak-baggers; at the top of the park's mountain menu is 14,259-foot Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain encompasses 350 miles of trail that invite grand adventure, from day hikes to alpine lakes to extended backpacking excursions along the Continental Divide. Trail Ridge Road is the nation's highest and longest stretch of pavement, skirting the tundra 12,000 feet high. The road is prone to "elk jams.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:53:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Calvin updated: The bottle relinquished, a courthouse marriage, an apartment at last for Colorado Springs man]]> http://gazette.com/calvin-updated-the-bottle-relinquished-a-courthouse-marriage-an-apartment-at-last-for-colorado-springs-man/article/1607688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calvin-updated-the-bottle-relinquished-a-courthouse-marriage-an-apartment-at-last-for-colorado-springs-man/article/1607688?custom_click=rss

For years, as he huddled through long nights under bridges and in tents pitched in patches of urban wilderness all over Colorado Springs, Calvin Muzzy warmed himself with malt liquor and fantasies about a different life - a life he'd once had and intended to again.

In the dream, he and his best friend, Pete Hill, would have an apartment, a refuge from the bitter winters, blistering summers and flying fists of other homeless people, high on drink or drugs and wanting to fight or steal their few belongings. They'd sleep not on beds of scavenged cardboard but soft mattresses, behind doors with locks, just steps from a private bathroom with a shower and a kitchen filled with enough food to share.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:21:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Riding the rails: Touring Rhode Island on a rail bike]]> http://gazette.com/riding-the-rails-touring-rhode-island-on-a-rail-bike/article/feed/478879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/riding-the-rails-touring-rhode-island-on-a-rail-bike/article/feed/478879?custom_click=rss

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — There's a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay.

Rail Explorers opened in Portsmouth in April as part of the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. On a gorgeous summer day in July, the site was teeming with people looking to spend a fun day outside and families seeking a kid-friendly activity.

Friends John McClements and Andrew Karn said they've been to the area before, but riding a "rail explorer" let them see it in a new way. McClements said he came away from it "awesomely impressed."

"The view the whole way was incredible," said McClements, 63, of Natick, Massachusetts. "The bay, the golf courses, wooded areas, mansions. There

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]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:17:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Futuristic NY pier project pits billionaire vs billionaire]]> http://gazette.com/futuristic-ny-pier-project-pits-billionaire-vs-billionaire/article/feed/478639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/futuristic-ny-pier-project-pits-billionaire-vs-billionaire/article/feed/478639?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A battle between two New York billionaires has been holding up a plan to replace a crumbling pier on Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront with an avant-garde park on pilings rising above the riverbed.

Now, that years-long fight could be entering another round — or finally headed to detente.

Proponents and opponents of the $250 million project plan to meet Monday to try and reach a settlement that would avoid more legal action in a conflict that has pitted media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion maven Diane von Furstenberg, against Douglas Durst, the real estate developer and skyscraper baron.

Diller helped hatch the idea for the park and has promised, with his wife, to pay for it through a fami

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]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:55:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Wednesday, July 26]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-wednesday-july-26/article/1607617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-wednesday-july-26/article/1607617?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at a variety of events Tuesday around Colorado Springs and beyond:



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:49:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Top-seeded John Isner reaches Hall of Fame final]]> http://gazette.com/top-seeded-john-isner-reaches-hall-of-fame-final/article/feed/478552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-seeded-john-isner-reaches-hall-of-fame-final/article/feed/478552?custom_click=rss NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Hall of Fame final, putting him into position for his third title in the grass-court event.

The hard-serving Isner won at Newport in 2011 and 2012. He will face Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Germany's Peter Gojowczyk.

"I have great memories in Newport," Isner said. "Sometimes that helps when you know in the past that you've won a lot of matches here. I came into this tournament with a pretty good mindset."

Isner had 15 aces and didn't face a break point.

"It went well and was a pretty good match," Isner said. "I served well and started it off well. I was all over him fro

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:31:08 -0600 <![CDATA[US fines American, Frontier and Delta over violation claims]]> http://gazette.com/us-fines-american-frontier-and-delta-over-violation-claims/article/feed/478503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-fines-american-frontier-and-delta-over-violation-claims/article/feed/478503?custom_click=rss Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to resolve government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.

The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday.

The findings stem from separate investigations conducted by the Transportation Department.

The government fined American Airlines $250,000 after determining that the air carrier failed to make timely refunds to passengers in the first half of 2015.

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:10:53 -0600 <![CDATA[$53M to go to US national park maintenance, infrastructure]]> http://gazette.com/53m-to-go-to-us-national-park-maintenance-infrastructure/article/feed/478464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/53m-to-go-to-us-national-park-maintenance-infrastructure/article/feed/478464?custom_click=rss ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks.

Zinke made the announcement Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. With him was Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

The funding would go to 42 parks in 29 states.

The Interior Department says in a release that Congress has provided $20 million, and $33 million will come from outside organizations. The funding will help improve trails, restore buildings and increase visitor access to the parks.

In Rocky Mountain, $200,000 matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will go to trail maintenance.

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:51:52 -0600 <![CDATA[UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes]]> http://gazette.com/uk-to-tighten-rules-on-drones-after-near-misses-with-planes/article/feed/478406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uk-to-tighten-rules-on-drones-after-near-misses-with-planes/article/feed/478406?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.

The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users will have to pass a safety awareness exam.

The government acted because of concerns that a midair collision between a drone and an aircraft could cause a major disaster. Pilots have reported numerous near-misses in the last year alone in Britain. Earlier this month London's Gatwick Airport briefly closed its runway over safety concerns when a drone was spotted in the area and several planes had to be diverted.

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:16:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US]]> http://gazette.com/al-qaida-suspect-linked-to-cartoonist-plot-extradited-to-us/article/feed/478312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/al-qaida-suspect-linked-to-cartoonist-plot-extradited-to-us/article/feed/478312?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in federal court, despite President Donald Trump's promises to send terror suspects to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Ali Charaf Damache, 52, of Algeria, appeared in court Friday and will be arraigned next month on charges that he conspired with two American women and a high school honors student from Maryland, court officials said.

A 2011 indictment accused him of aiding terrorism, including the plan to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog. The plot never materialized.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:41:58 -0600 <![CDATA[TASTE OF THE TOUR: The Tour's perfectly timed fish soup]]> http://gazette.com/taste-of-the-tour-the-tours-perfectly-timed-fish-soup/article/feed/478318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taste-of-the-tour-the-tours-perfectly-timed-fish-soup/article/feed/478318?custom_click=rss

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (AP) — After 19 stages, 3,414.5 kilometers (2,121 miles) of Tour de France roads, and unspeakable mounds of calories for those who followed the riders from Germany through Belgium and Luxembourg and across five French mountain ranges, the marathon of cycling, eating and drinking is almost done.

Soup, the signature dish of the venue for Stage 20, Marseille, could hardly be better timed.

BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Home of the only French football club to win the Champions League, Marseille's Stade Velodrome will stage the start and finish of this short 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial. The challenging route with more than two dozen bends will take riders on mainly flat urban roads, along the Corniche an

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:27:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations]]> http://gazette.com/check-in-to-get-away-zion-park-aims-to-require-reservations/article/feed/478301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/check-in-to-get-away-zion-park-aims-to-require-reservations/article/feed/478301?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it's an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah.

Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million people last year, is weighing online reservations for those who want to explore its main canyon. National Park Service rangers struggle to cope with overcrowded tour buses and alleviate damage to Zion's natural wonders, including soil erosion and human waste near trails.

People without reservations could pay an entrance fee and drive through the park, but they couldn't stop to hike or picnic.

"We have to do something," said park spok

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