<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 29 May 2017 11:11:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning]]> http://gazette.com/to-many-americans-memorial-day-has-lost-its-meaning/article/1604046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/to-many-americans-memorial-day-has-lost-its-meaning/article/1604046?custom_click=rss

ANNVILLE, Pa. — Allison Jaslow heard it more than once as the long holiday weekend approached — a cheerful "Happy Memorial Day!" from oblivious well-wishers.

The former Army captain and Iraq War veteran had a ready reply, telling them, matter-of-factly, that she considered it a work weekend. Jaslow will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to take part in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She'll then visit Section 60, the final resting place of many service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"You can see it in people's faces that they're a little horrified that they forget this is what the day's about," said Jaslow, 34, who wears a bracelet bearing the name of a



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Mon, 29 May 2017 06:36:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs and WWI memorialized by words and deeds of Battery C]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-and-wwi-memorialized-by-words-and-deeds-of-battery-c/article/1604059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-and-wwi-memorialized-by-words-and-deeds-of-battery-c/article/1604059?custom_click=rss

​​As much as World War II is celebrated in Colorado Springs, the war that preceded it is all but forgotten.

World War II veterans have their big monument at Memorial Park - five stories tall with bells to toll in their honor every hour. Veterans of the trenches have just a diminutive doughboy to recall their sacrifice. The bronze statue in Evergreen Cemetery had his rifle stolen sometime in the 1960s. He's left with just a hand grenade to defend the memory of his long dead comrades.

But in this centennial year of America entering World War I, vestiges of how the conflict changed Colorado Springs remain evident and the voices of the past can still be heard, or at least read.



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Mon, 29 May 2017 06:35:23 -0600
<![CDATA[AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny]]> http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-a-rash-of-trump-statements-under-scrutiny/article/feed/464662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-a-rash-of-trump-statements-under-scrutiny/article/feed/464662?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reopened his Twitter spigot now that his foreign trip is over, so brace yourself. The intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and the potential involvement of associates have reached his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and appear to have caught the president in a bare-knuckled mood.

Even the past week of tranquility on the tweet front, though, brought a rash of questionable statements to the surface, by the president and his aides.

A look at some of the assertions under scrutiny in recent days, before Trump flew home and raged about "fake news" leaks from the White House.

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]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 02:15:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Dems try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority]]> http://gazette.com/dems-try-to-enlist-military-vets-in-fight-for-house-majority/article/feed/464621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dems-try-to-enlist-military-vets-in-fight-for-house-majority/article/feed/464621?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House.

Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with military on their resumes appeals to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.

"Veterans have had the experience of putting the country first, before personal politics" and party dictates, said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass, who did four tours of duty in Iraq, left the Marines as a captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. That tends "to attract the kind of independent voters who are looking for a goo

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 17:35:17 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Proposed laptop ban on flights may expand]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-proposed-laptop-ban-on-flights-may-expand/article/feed/464615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-proposed-laptop-ban-on-flights-may-expand/article/feed/464615?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a proposed ban on laptops from passenger cabins of international flights (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

The U.S. ban on laptops from passenger cabins on some international flights may get expanded. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.

The ban prevents travelers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their ca

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 17:20:14 -0600 <![CDATA[US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban]]> http://gazette.com/us-official-mulling-greatly-expanded-airplane-laptop-ban/article/feed/464521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-official-mulling-greatly-expanded-airplane-laptop-ban/article/feed/464521?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.

The ban prevents travelers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All electronics bigger than a smartphone must be checked in.

Kelly was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the U

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ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House.

Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with military on their resumes appeals to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.

"Veterans have had the experience of putting the country first, before personal politics" and party dictates, said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass, who did four tours of duty in Iraq, left the Marines as a captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. That tends "to attract the kind of independent voters who are looking for a goo

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 09:30:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base marks string of birthdays]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-marks-string-of-birthdays/article/1604006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-marks-string-of-birthdays/article/1604006?custom_click=rss

Peterson Air Force Base held a birthday party last week where the participants got to pick the celebrated age.

Like 25? You can celebrate the silver anniversary of the 21st Space Wing. Is a mature 35 more to your liking? Blow out the candles for Air Force Space Command.

Bigger numbers were offered, too - 70 years for the Air Force itself and 75 for Peterson Air Force Base.

"It's a great day to celebrate," said Col. Doug Schiess, who leads the space wing.

The baby of the bunch is the space wing, which came into being in 1992, when the Air Force merged a pair of Colorado Springs units.

While it is headquartered here, the 21st has units all over the globe, from the arctic reaches of Thule, Greenland, to the



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Sun, 28 May 2017 08:11:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-trip-conventional-images-and-unconventional-talk/article/feed/464259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-trip-conventional-images-and-unconventional-talk/article/feed/464259?custom_click=rss

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — As he dashed through the Middle East and Europe, Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader abroad. He solemnly laid a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, had an audience with the pope at the Vatican and stood center stage with Western allies at the annual summits that dominate the diplomatic calendar.

But when Trump spoke, he sounded like anything but a typical U.S. president.

On his first overseas tour, the new president made no attempt to publicly promote democracy and human rights in Saudi Arabia, instead declaring that he wasn't there to lecture. In Israel and the West Bank, he pointedly did not back America's long-standing support for a two-state solution to the intractabl

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]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 22:33:32 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Trump didn't sound like conventional president]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-trump-didnt-sound-like-conventional-president/article/feed/464286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-trump-didnt-sound-like-conventional-president/article/feed/464286?custom_click=rss

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Europe (all times local):

10:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader during his first trip abroad. But he sounded anything but typical.

Trump returned home Saturday night from the Middle East and Europe. He laid a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, had an audience with the pope at the Vatican, and stood alongside Western allies at two different summits.

When he spoke, Trump diverged from the norms that past presidents had followed.

He made no attempt to publicly promote democracy and human rights in Saudi Arabia.

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]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 22:06:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Coming Sunday: VA's shortcomings proved deadly for Marine vet suffering from PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-vas-shortcomings-proved-deadly-for-marine-vet-suffering-from-ptsd/article/1603965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-vas-shortcomings-proved-deadly-for-marine-vet-suffering-from-ptsd/article/1603965?custom_click=rss

Those who knew him best say he was the epitome of what a Marine should be. Then PTSD took a deadly toll on Noah Harter.

The son of a career Air Force man, Noah had served as a field radio operator in almost 300 combat missions during the surges in Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving a meritorious promotion and certification of commendation for his part in the discovery and clearance of unexploded bombs.

But a downward spiral began for Noah when he returned from active duty. He'd repeatedly sought help from the Veterans Affairs department for complaints including insomnia and worsening depression.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 20:05:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Tom Philpott: Trump's budget hits active duty, veterans]]> http://gazette.com/tom-philpott-trumps-budget-hits-active-duty-veterans/article/1604005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tom-philpott-trumps-budget-hits-active-duty-veterans/article/1604005?custom_click=rss

President Trump's first budget request embraces many Obama administration ideas to dampen military compensation growth. It would cap the next military pay raise; hike healthcare fees "modestly" for working-age military retirees, and increase copayments on pharmacy drugs for Tricare beneficiaries, including retirees of any age, though prescriptions filled on base would still be free.

But the new administration has fresh cost-cutting plans.

One would hit 208,000 seriously disabled older veterans particularly hard. These "IU" veterans have disability ratings from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 60 to 90 percent, but because they aren't able to work they receive VA compensation as if 100-percent disabled.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 13:00:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting May 28, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-28-2017/article/1604004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-28-2017/article/1604004?custom_click=rss Military events in and around Colorado Springs for the week beginning May 28, 2017.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 12:58:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti company agrees to pay $95 million in fraud case]]> http://gazette.com/kuwaiti-company-agrees-to-pay-95-million-in-fraud-case/article/feed/464281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kuwaiti-company-agrees-to-pay-95-million-in-fraud-case/article/feed/464281?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kuwaiti logistics company has agreed to pay $95 million to resolve allegations that it inflated prices and defrauded the U.S. government for contracts to feed American troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.

The Justice Department announced the settlement involving Agility Public Warehousing on Friday. The company also agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor theft of government funds.

Federal prosecutors said in an indictment that Agility manipulated a complex funding formula to defraud the government of at least $68 million. The indictment said the company provided false invoices and statements to a logistics center, bought high-priced food items and then knowingly inflated prices.

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]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 01:47:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Warthog attack plane finds new life in Trump administration]]> http://gazette.com/warthog-attack-plane-finds-new-life-in-trump-administration/article/feed/464279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warthog-attack-plane-finds-new-life-in-trump-administration/article/feed/464279?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force leaders have reversed an Obama administration decision on the A-10 attack plane known as the Warthog.

The previous administration had decided to retire the aircraft, viewing it as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.

Three years ago the Pentagon proposed scrapping the Warthog fleet as a way of saving $3.5 billion. Congress rejected that idea. Each of the next two years the military tried again, putting off the Warthog's retirement a bit further in the future each time.

Congress continued to reject such efforts, and now the military is dropping the idea of retiring the Warthog altogether.

The Air Force budget deputy, Maj. Gen. James F. Martin Jr., explains th

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]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 01:43:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Company faces backlash for pulling Hannity ads]]> http://gazette.com/company-faces-backlash-for-pulling-hannity-ads/article/feed/464178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/company-faces-backlash-for-pulling-hannity-ads/article/feed/464178?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial services firm USAA, facing a backlash to its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel, says it is withdrawing from other opinion-based television programs.

The company, which sells insurance and other products to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families, had cited its aversion to opinionated programming in backing away from Hannity. The veteran talk show host has become a liberal target because of his focus on a discredited story about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer.

Yet the conservative watchdog Media Research Center noted that USAA ads had run in recent weeks on left-leaning shows hosted by Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and C

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 15:22:18 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Merkel reminds Trump about German investment]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-merkel-reminds-trump-about-german-investment/article/feed/464035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-merkel-reminds-trump-about-german-investment/article/feed/464035?custom_click=rss

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit in Taormina, Sicily (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's spoken to President Donald Trump about his reported criticism of Germany for its trade surplus with the U.S.

Merkel said Friday that it's well known that Germany sells more to the U.S. than it buys from America, but there is also a lot of German direct investment in the U.S. — "and in my opinion, one has to see these things together."

Merkel also noted that Germany should not be singled out. German news agency dpa reported that she said: "We have a currency union, we are practically a common market. To pick out one country is, I think, not so appropriate."

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:39:31 -0600 <![CDATA[A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldier]]> http://gazette.com/a-sister-uses-her-gifts-to-send-messages-to-fallen-soldier/article/1603946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-sister-uses-her-gifts-to-send-messages-to-fallen-soldier/article/1603946?custom_click=rss

NEENAH, Wis. — She begins each time by sharpening her tools, with the sound of metal on metal echoing through the sunlit old house she calls both home and workshop. Making a violin is a methodical art. For Sonja St. John, that structure is a necessity — and the routine, in many ways, a saving grace.

"It's a way to stay on track even when chaos can be happening right outside," she says.

She finishes each new violin with another ritual, by gluing a small, handwritten message inside. This began as a light gesture, with favorite fortunes from cookies placed inside with a wink as hidden signatures of sorts from her, the violin maker. But the notes she leaves now have become far more personal and meaningful.



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Fri, 26 May 2017 13:14:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Once at risk of extinction, iconic A-10 Warthog plane lives on]]> http://gazette.com/once-at-risk-of-extinction-iconic-a-10-warthog-plane-lives-on/article/1603934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-at-risk-of-extinction-iconic-a-10-warthog-plane-lives-on/article/1603934?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Warthog is sitting pretty.

Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration's view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.

In the 2018 Pentagon budget plan sent to Congress this week, the Air Force proposed to keep all 283 A-10s flying for the foreseeable future.

Three years ago, the Pentagon proposed scrapping the fleet for what it estimated would be $3.5 billion in savings over five years. Congress said no.

The following year, the military tried again but said the retirement would not be final until



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Fri, 26 May 2017 10:46:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on]]> http://gazette.com/once-at-risk-of-extinction-iconic-warthog-plane-lives-on/article/feed/464100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-at-risk-of-extinction-iconic-warthog-plane-lives-on/article/feed/464100?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Warthog is sitting pretty.

Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration's view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.

In the 2018 Pentagon budget plan sent to Congress this week, the Air Force proposed to keep all 283 A-10s flying for the foreseeable future.

Three years ago, the Pentagon proposed scrapping the fleet for what it estimated would be $3.5 billion in savings over five years. Congress said no.

The following year, the military tried again but said the retirement would not be final until 20

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 09:47:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson's fallen honored at Mountain Post Warrior Memorial ceremony]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-fallen-honored-at-mountain-post-warrior-memorial-ceremony/article/1603886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-fallen-honored-at-mountain-post-warrior-memorial-ceremony/article/1603886?custom_click=rss

Memorial Day weekend is exhausting for Victoria Nevins.

It's not the commute from Denver to events in Colorado Springs.

It's not the running from memorial service to memorial breakfast to memorial picnic.

If only her exhaustion were merely physical.

For Nevins, the most fatiguing task is summoning the emotional fortitude to face a weekend full of reminders that her only son is gone forever.

"I'm very tired this weekend, was very tired just contemplating it," said Nevins, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins, was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.

Nevins was one of hundreds who gathered Thursday at Fort Carson's Mountain Post Warrior Memorial to remember the scores of local soldiers who've lost their



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Thu, 25 May 2017 15:46:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump blasts 'chronic underpayments' at NATO, calls on member nations to pay 'fair share']]> http://gazette.com/trump-blasts-chronic-underpayments-at-nato-calls-on-member-nations-to-pay-fair-share/article/1603865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-blasts-chronic-underpayments-at-nato-calls-on-member-nations-to-pay-fair-share/article/1603865?custom_click=rss

President Trump on Thursday told NATO members they must "contribute their fair share" so the alliance can focus on ways to fight terrorism and deal with immigration crises.

"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and our NATO's eastern and southern borders," Trump said in a speech at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.

"These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary [Jens] Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," Trump said.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 09:43:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Their son died at Marine Corps boot camp. Now they have a message for other recruits]]> http://gazette.com/their-son-died-at-marine-corps-boot-camp.-now-they-have-a-message-for-other-recruits/article/1603776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/their-son-died-at-marine-corps-boot-camp.-now-they-have-a-message-for-other-recruits/article/1603776?custom_click=rss

In a dark room of bunk beds at Marine Corps boot camp came a cry for help: “Recruit down! Recruit down!” Zachary Boland, 18, was convulsing uncontrollably in his bunk, and could not be resuscitated. He was declared dead about 45 minutes later at a nearby hospital.

The Nov. 4 death of the former high school football player and Eagle Scout shocked fellow members of his platoon and prompted renewed scrutiny of Parris Island, S.C., the iconic training ground for enlisted Marines. The incident marked the second time in less than a year that a recruit at Parris Island died amid allegations that numerous drill instructors have hazed or abused those they are training.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 06:09:34 -0600
<![CDATA[New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit]]> http://gazette.com/new-zealand-test-rocket-makes-it-to-space-but-not-to-orbit/article/feed/463926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-zealand-test-rocket-makes-it-to-space-but-not-to-orbit/article/feed/463926?custom_click=rss

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped.

The company said its Electron rocket lifted off at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and reached space three minutes later.

"It was a fantastic flight and we are really, really happy with the performance of the vehicle," said company founder Peter Beck.

Beck, a New Zealander, said the early stages of the mission went to plan, right up to the final separation.

He said his team would be working through terabytes of data over the coming weeks to find out why the rocket didn't reach orbit.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 02:35:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump wants $108M for deeper ports; Corps adds $56M boost]]> http://gazette.com/trump-wants-108m-for-deeper-ports-corps-adds-56m-boost/article/feed/463927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-wants-108m-for-deeper-ports-corps-adds-56m-boost/article/feed/463927?custom_click=rss SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

Ports from New England to Texas are seeking more than $4.6 billion in federal and state funding to deepen their harbors. They're playing catch-up after the Panama Canal finished a major expansion last summer that is sending supersized ships to U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Most of those ports have waterways that are too shallow for such big ships to navigate unless they carry lighter loads or travel at high tides.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 18:50:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math]]> http://gazette.com/trump-budget-faces-dem-opposition-gop-doubts-about-math/article/feed/463699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-budget-faces-dem-opposition-gop-doubts-about-math/article/feed/463699?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan's deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.

A day after the budget's release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration's math.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, gave Republicans the unwelcome news that they may have to cast a dreaded vote on increasing the government's borrowing authority before they break for the August recess.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:31:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump budget would boost Colorado Springs defense programs]]> http://gazette.com/trump-budget-would-boost-colorado-springs-defense-programs/article/1603716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-budget-would-boost-colorado-springs-defense-programs/article/1603716?custom_click=rss

The Pentagon on Tuesday released details on the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion hike in defense spending, including proposals that boost programs in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

The 2018 budget would increase spending for satellite programs, missile defense and the destruction of chemical weapons. The Air Force also would get an extra $2 billion to hire 4,000 more airmen.

The Trump budget would give a big increase to Air Force space programs, raising the budget to buy satellites, rockets and ground systems by more than $600 million, from $2.8 billion to $3.4 billion.

"Space continues to be an increasingly contested and congested environment as more commercial and government entities take advantage of space," the



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Wed, 24 May 2017 07:04:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Thunderbirds take flight in Colorado Springs this week, expect a great show and I-25 traffic delays]]> http://gazette.com/thunderbirds-take-flight-in-colorado-springs-this-week-expect-a-great-show-and-i-25-traffic-delays/article/1603624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thunderbirds-take-flight-in-colorado-springs-this-week-expect-a-great-show-and-i-25-traffic-delays/article/1603624?custom_click=rss

A year after their annual Air Force Academy graduation show ended in a crash, the Air Force Thunderbirds will return to the skies over Colorado Springs Tuesday.

The flying team will rocket over the academy at 11 a.m.to practice for Wednesday's graduation in Falcon Stadium. The F-16s in tight formation will be visible in much of northern Colorado Springs until they wrap up practice at noon.

"The practice will be centered over the Academy's Falcon Stadium, and is subject to weather cancellation," the academy said in a news release.

In 2016, the Thunderbirds' show above Falcon Stadium ended in spectacular fashion when the F-16 piloted by Maj. Alex Turner crashed into a field south of Peterson Air Force Base.



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Tue, 23 May 2017 14:05:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Pricey flights on historic B-17 offered this weekend in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/pricey-flights-on-historic-b-17-offered-this-weekend-in-colorado-springs/article/1603657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pricey-flights-on-historic-b-17-offered-this-weekend-in-colorado-springs/article/1603657?custom_click=rss

Pilot Ray Fowler calls it the "ultimate history lesson."

Fowler will take passengers on his restored World War II B-17 this weekend for short flights over Colorado Springs for $450 each. The historic Boeing bomber, built during World War II, carries up to nine passengers.

Ground tours of the plane are free.

The four-engine plane, owned by Liberty Foundation, has had only a few fixes, including adding a GPS system to the cockpit and a new tail wheel. It features replica .50-caliber machine guns, though the top gun turret was removed, allowing passengers to stick their head outside while in midair.

Monday, media representatives flew up to just over 1,000 feet on the Flying Fortress near the Colorado Springs Airport.



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DURANGO — A Blue Angel pilot who died in a crash before a Tennessee air show is being honored in his native Colorado.

Workers put up memorial signs in honor of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss on Monday along Highway 3 near Durango, his hometown.

Colorado lawmakers passed a resolution earlier this year giving the honorary name to the short highway, which once served as the main access road to the city.

Kuss, an Afghanistan veteran, died while preparing for an air show in June 2016 in Smyrna, outside Nashville.

A Navy investigation found that he lost control of his fighter jet because it was traveling too fast and then failed to recover because it was too low for the maneuver. It also cited pilot fatigue and



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