<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:06:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Army coughs up lead, falls to Wake Forest 24-21]]> http://gazette.com/army-coughs-up-lead-falls-to-wake-forest-24-21/article/feed/159537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-coughs-up-lead-falls-to-wake-forest-24-21/article/feed/159537?custom_click=rss

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The first half was nearly perfect for Army. The triple option was churning out yards on the ground. The gambles on fourth down were working and the road crowd fell quiet.

Then the running holes closed up. Add in a loss of discipline that led to costly penalties and turnovers and it ended in a disappointing 24-21 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday that left first-year coach Jeff Monken fuming.

"What do you build on?" Monken said. "We didn't do anything really that well."

John Wolford threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter in Wake Forest's eighth-straight win over the Black Knights.

"He's so efficient," Wake Forest coach Dave C

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]]> WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The first half was nearly perfect for Army. The triple option was churning out yards on the ground. The gambles on fourth down were working and the road crowd fell quiet.

Then the running holes closed up. Add in a loss of discipline that led to costly penalties and turnovers and it ended in a disappointing 24-21 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday that left first-year coach Jeff Monken fuming.

"What do you build on?" Monken said. "We didn't do anything really that well."

John Wolford threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter in Wake Forest's eighth-straight win over the Black Knights.

"He's so efficient," Wake Forest coach Dave C]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0600 <![CDATA[A transcript of AP interview with Egypt's el-Sissi]]> http://gazette.com/a-transcript-of-ap-interview-with-egypts-el-sissi/article/feed/159524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-transcript-of-ap-interview-with-egypts-el-sissi/article/feed/159524?custom_click=rss CAIRO (AP) — A transcript of The Associated Press's interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Q: What role will Egypt assume in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group?

A: Let me assert here that we are fully committed to cooperate in counterterrorism in the region and not just when It comes to dealing with Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. No, we are talking about full support by Egypt to a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy in the region and the entire world too. We don't want to limit the confrontation to only military and security measures.

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]]> CAIRO (AP) — A transcript of The Associated Press's interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Q: What role will Egypt assume in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group?

A: Let me assert here that we are fully committed to cooperate in counterterrorism in the region and not just when It comes to dealing with Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. No, we are talking about full support by Egypt to a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy in the region and the entire world too. We don't want to limit the confrontation to only military and security measures.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:32:04 -0600 <![CDATA[NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only']]> http://gazette.com/nato-chief-ukraine-has-cease-fire-in-name-only/article/feed/159460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nato-chief-ukraine-has-cease-fire-in-name-only/article/feed/159460?custom_click=rss

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told a news conference after meeting with NATO military chiefs that he is hopeful about Saturday's announced agreement for creation of a buffer zone between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces.

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]]> VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told a news conference after meeting with NATO military chiefs that he is hopeful about Saturday's announced agreement for creation of a buffer zone between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:02:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Ross Miller, Adam Laxalt face off in debate]]> http://gazette.com/ross-miller-adam-laxalt-face-off-in-debate/article/feed/159498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ross-miller-adam-laxalt-face-off-in-debate/article/feed/159498?custom_click=rss

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Secretary of State Ross Miller touted his work enforcing Nevada's election law while his opponent Adam Laxalt pointed to his legal experience in the military in a debate over who should be Nevada's next attorney general.

Democrat Miller and Republican Laxalt squared off Saturday morning at the annual Nevada Press Association convention in North Las Vegas, fielding questions about public records, sparring about the ethics of politicians accepting gifts and comparing resumes.

"My broad range of legal experience makes me most qualified for this job," said Laxalt, 36, a first-time candidate who worked as a private attorney in Las Vegas for three years and previously served as a judge advocate genera

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]]> NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Secretary of State Ross Miller touted his work enforcing Nevada's election law while his opponent Adam Laxalt pointed to his legal experience in the military in a debate over who should be Nevada's next attorney general.

Democrat Miller and Republican Laxalt squared off Saturday morning at the annual Nevada Press Association convention in North Las Vegas, fielding questions about public records, sparring about the ethics of politicians accepting gifts and comparing resumes.

"My broad range of legal experience makes me most qualified for this job," said Laxalt, 36, a first-time candidate who worked as a private attorney in Las Vegas for three years and previously served as a judge advocate genera]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:03:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Conn. kayaker saved by Coast Guard, police in NY]]> http://gazette.com/conn.-kayaker-saved-by-coast-guard-police-in-ny/article/feed/159486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conn.-kayaker-saved-by-coast-guard-police-in-ny/article/feed/159486?custom_click=rss RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose kayak tipped over while paddling on the Long Island Sound has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and local police.

Suffolk County Police and Coast Guard officials say Martha Bailey of Cheshire, Connecticut, put out the Mayday call over a handheld radio Saturday morning just north of Roanoke Point.

They say the 60-year-old Bailey was prepared and luckily activated an emergency location beacon and was wearing a life jacket and wetsuit.

Officials say Bailey's beacon signal was picked up by Coast Guard officials in Boston, who directed rescuers to her location, narrowing down the potential search area.

A police helicopter located Bailey and directed a Coast Guard re

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]]> RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose kayak tipped over while paddling on the Long Island Sound has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and local police.

Suffolk County Police and Coast Guard officials say Martha Bailey of Cheshire, Connecticut, put out the Mayday call over a handheld radio Saturday morning just north of Roanoke Point.

They say the 60-year-old Bailey was prepared and luckily activated an emergency location beacon and was wearing a life jacket and wetsuit.

Officials say Bailey's beacon signal was picked up by Coast Guard officials in Boston, who directed rescuers to her location, narrowing down the potential search area.

A police helicopter located Bailey and directed a Coast Guard re]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:31:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Navy avoids lectures to fight sexual assaults]]> http://gazette.com/navy-avoids-lectures-to-fight-sexual-assaults/article/feed/159458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-avoids-lectures-to-fight-sexual-assaults/article/feed/159458?custom_click=rss NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When it comes to sexual assault prevention, Navy leaders have gotten the message from their sailors: Enough with the boring PowerPoint presentations.

This fall the Navy is opting for more interactive hands-on training that's intended to keep sailors from wanting to nap during their training sessions.

"You've asked us for more interactive training led by your peers. We've heard you out in the fleet and we get it," Fleet Master Chief April Beldo said in a video to the fleet announcing the new approach. "Making you sit through an hour of computer-based training isn't how we stop destructive behaviors like sexual assault, hazing, domestic violence, alcohol abuse or suicide. You are the answer.

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]]> NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When it comes to sexual assault prevention, Navy leaders have gotten the message from their sailors: Enough with the boring PowerPoint presentations.

This fall the Navy is opting for more interactive hands-on training that's intended to keep sailors from wanting to nap during their training sessions.

"You've asked us for more interactive training led by your peers. We've heard you out in the fleet and we get it," Fleet Master Chief April Beldo said in a video to the fleet announcing the new approach. "Making you sit through an hour of computer-based training isn't how we stop destructive behaviors like sexual assault, hazing, domestic violence, alcohol abuse or suicide. You are the answer.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:02:06 -0600 <![CDATA[National gun association buys ads against Malloy]]> http://gazette.com/national-gun-association-buys-ads-against-malloy/article/feed/159451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-gun-association-buys-ads-against-malloy/article/feed/159451?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The gun industry's national trade association is purchasing political advertising aimed at defeating Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Democratic incumbent who signed wide-ranging gun control legislation last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, is spending $56,400 on political mailings, according to Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission records. It is the first investment in the race by the powerful lobbying organization.

The mailings will focus on statements and actions by Malloy that the organization sees as reflecting hostility toward the gun industry, NSSF Senior Vice President Lawrence Keane said Saturda

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The gun industry's national trade association is purchasing political advertising aimed at defeating Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Democratic incumbent who signed wide-ranging gun control legislation last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, is spending $56,400 on political mailings, according to Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission records. It is the first investment in the race by the powerful lobbying organization.

The mailings will focus on statements and actions by Malloy that the organization sees as reflecting hostility toward the gun industry, NSSF Senior Vice President Lawrence Keane said Saturda]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:01:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Army contractor due in court Sept. 23]]> http://gazette.com/former-army-contractor-due-in-court-sept.-23/article/feed/159464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-army-contractor-due-in-court-sept.-23/article/feed/159464?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An initial court date is set for a former federal military contractor charged with writing a federal contract and creating a job with a private company at Fort Knox that ultimately worked to his financial benefit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer will oversee the proceedings for 67-year-old Gary T. Meredith of Leitchfield on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Meredith orchestrated Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative's overbilling the Army in the amount of $423,523 in unapproved projects. Grand jurors on Wednesday charged Meredith with fraudulently billing the Army for his $190,401 salary.

The indictment came on the heels of a critical audit of Fort Knox's energy program by the U.S. Defense Department inspec

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An initial court date is set for a former federal military contractor charged with writing a federal contract and creating a job with a private company at Fort Knox that ultimately worked to his financial benefit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer will oversee the proceedings for 67-year-old Gary T. Meredith of Leitchfield on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Meredith orchestrated Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative's overbilling the Army in the amount of $423,523 in unapproved projects. Grand jurors on Wednesday charged Meredith with fraudulently billing the Army for his $190,401 salary.

The indictment came on the heels of a critical audit of Fort Knox's energy program by the U.S. Defense Department inspec]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:32:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Potential push for Obama to expand military effort]]> http://gazette.com/potential-push-for-obama-to-expand-military-effort/article/feed/159400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/potential-push-for-obama-to-expand-military-effort/article/feed/159400?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for the mission to succeed, including positioning U.S. ground troops with front-line Iraqi security forces.

Doing that could put Obama close to violating his pledge to keep Americans out of combat.

For Obama, re-engaging in combat in Iraq would mean going back on promises about the current mission and undercutting a pillar of his presidency — ending long wars and avoid new ones.

If commanders request ground troops and he turns them down, Obama could be a

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for the mission to succeed, including positioning U.S. ground troops with front-line Iraqi security forces.

Doing that could put Obama close to violating his pledge to keep Americans out of combat.

For Obama, re-engaging in combat in Iraq would mean going back on promises about the current mission and undercutting a pillar of his presidency — ending long wars and avoid new ones.

If commanders request ground troops and he turns them down, Obama could be a]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:47:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Military court upholds soldier's rape conviction]]> http://gazette.com/military-court-upholds-soldiers-rape-conviction/article/feed/159448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-court-upholds-soldiers-rape-conviction/article/feed/159448?custom_click=rss FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A military appeals court has upheld a Fort Campbell soldier's conviction on two charges of rape by force and his sentence demoting him and granting a dishonorable discharge from the service.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals concluded on Thursday that the charges at the court martial of Spc. Michael G. Zent were not unreasonably multiplied. Zent pleaded guilty in 2013 to twice grabbing a woman by the throat at Fort Campbell and raping her in 2012.

A military judge sentenced Zent to 10 years of confinement, a reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.

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]]> FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A military appeals court has upheld a Fort Campbell soldier's conviction on two charges of rape by force and his sentence demoting him and granting a dishonorable discharge from the service.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals concluded on Thursday that the charges at the court martial of Spc. Michael G. Zent were not unreasonably multiplied. Zent pleaded guilty in 2013 to twice grabbing a woman by the throat at Fort Campbell and raping her in 2012.

A military judge sentenced Zent to 10 years of confinement, a reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:49:08 -0600 <![CDATA[New England editorial roundup]]> http://gazette.com/new-england-editorial-roundup/article/feed/16050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-england-editorial-roundup/article/feed/16050?custom_click=rss The Boston Globe, Sept. 18, 2014

When Mary Bonauto, a lawyer for Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, began working to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, even many political liberals viewed her cause as quixotic. But Bonauto mapped out an approach involving years of state-by-state litigation. With bans on same-sex marriage falling in states from coast to coast, and a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality a distinct possibility, it's now evident that Bonauto possessed a rare kind of foresight. And so the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation acknowledged when it honored Bonauto with one of its so-called "genius grants."

The awards, worth $625,000 each, honor people who hav

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]]> The Boston Globe, Sept. 18, 2014

When Mary Bonauto, a lawyer for Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, began working to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, even many political liberals viewed her cause as quixotic. But Bonauto mapped out an approach involving years of state-by-state litigation. With bans on same-sex marriage falling in states from coast to coast, and a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality a distinct possibility, it's now evident that Bonauto possessed a rare kind of foresight. And so the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation acknowledged when it honored Bonauto with one of its so-called "genius grants."

The awards, worth $625,000 each, honor people who hav]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:00:46 -0600 <![CDATA[CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe]]> http://gazette.com/cia-stops-spying-on-friendly-nations-in-w.-europe/article/feed/159409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cia-stops-spying-on-friendly-nations-in-w.-europe/article/feed/159409?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governmen

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governmen]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:02:54 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: CIA halts spying in Europe]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-cia-halts-spying-in-europe/article/feed/159149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-cia-halts-spying-in-europe/article/feed/159149?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:16:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds approve California's immigrant license words]]> http://gazette.com/feds-approve-californias-immigrant-license-words/article/feed/159366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-approve-californias-immigrant-license-words/article/feed/159366?custom_click=rss SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials have given their backing to a redesigned license for immigrants living in California illegally, which includes wording that distinguishes it from those for legal residents.

Homeland Security officials told the California Department of Motor Vehicles that the state's decision to include the words "federal limits apply" on the face of the license would comply with a law that created national identification standards after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a copy of the letter that was made public Friday.

A statement on the back of the card would state that the license cannot be used for federal purposes, such as boarding a flight or entering a federal building.

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]]> SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials have given their backing to a redesigned license for immigrants living in California illegally, which includes wording that distinguishes it from those for legal residents.

Homeland Security officials told the California Department of Motor Vehicles that the state's decision to include the words "federal limits apply" on the face of the license would comply with a law that created national identification standards after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a copy of the letter that was made public Friday.

A statement on the back of the card would state that the license cannot be used for federal purposes, such as boarding a flight or entering a federal building.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:46:25 -0600 <![CDATA[NORAD's top enlisted man retires after 37 years in the Army]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/norads-top-enlisted-man-retires-after-37-years-in-the-army/article/1537908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norads-top-enlisted-man-retires-after-37-years-in-the-army/article/1537908?custom_click=rss

After 37 years of leading soldiers and deploying to war-torn countries around the world, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Winzenried has retired from his position as the top enlisted soldier of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Before his assignment to NORAD and Northern Command, Winzenried served as the command senior enlisted leader for the combined forces command in Korea.

Since joining the Army in 1977, the High Bridge, N.J., native has served at every level of enlisted leadership. His deployments include Honduras, Somalia, Kosovo and Iraq.

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]]> After 37 years of leading soldiers and deploying to war-torn countries around the world, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Winzenried has retired from his position as the top enlisted soldier of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Before his assignment to NORAD and Northern Command, Winzenried served as the command senior enlisted leader for the combined forces command in Korea.

Since joining the Army in 1977, the High Bridge, N.J., native has served at every level of enlisted leadership. His deployments include Honduras, Somalia, Kosovo and Iraq.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:51:38 -0600 <![CDATA[UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights]]> http://gazette.com/un-reaffirms-support-for-force-in-golan-heights/article/feed/159201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-reaffirms-support-for-force-in-golan-heights/article/feed/159201?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.

Questions about the future of the 12,000-strong force had been raised after the abduction of 45 Fijian peacekeepers by al-Qaida-linked rebels who later freed them. The U.N. then withdrew soldiers from many positions on the Golan Heights last weekend because of escalating fighting in Syria.

A presidential statement approved Friday by the 15-member council made clear that the force will not be withdrawn or disbanded.

The Security Council called the mission vital "to peace and security in the Middle East.

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.

Questions about the future of the 12,000-strong force had been raised after the abduction of 45 Fijian peacekeepers by al-Qaida-linked rebels who later freed them. The U.N. then withdrew soldiers from many positions on the Golan Heights last weekend because of escalating fighting in Syria.

A presidential statement approved Friday by the 15-member council made clear that the force will not be withdrawn or disbanded.

The Security Council called the mission vital "to peace and security in the Middle East.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:47:56 -0600 <![CDATA[NORAD-guided jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/norad-guided-jets-intercept-8-russian-aircraft/article/1537895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norad-guided-jets-intercept-8-russian-aircraft/article/1537895?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

The Russian planes were identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and two Bear long-range bombers.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets intercepted two of the long-range bombers about 40 nautical miles off the Canadian coastline.



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COLORADO SPRINGS — Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

The Russian planes were identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and two Bear long-range bombers.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets intercepted two of the long-range bombers about 40 nautical miles off the Canadian coastline.

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:21:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Ceremony for returning Fort Carson soldiers rescheduled]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ceremony-for-returning-fort-carson-soldiers-rescheduled/article/1537837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ceremony-for-returning-fort-carson-soldiers-rescheduled/article/1537837?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson officials have rescheduled a ceremony to welcome home about 125 soldiers who have been in Afghanistan since March.

The ceremony originally scheduled for Friday night is now set to be held at the Special Events Center on post at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division were deployed to southern Afghanistan to train and help Afghan National Security Forces. They also helped set the security conditions for Afghanistan's presidential and runoff elections.

The soldiers were initially going to be deployed for nine months, but they are returning early as part of the phased reduction of troops in Afghanistan.



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Fort Carson officials have rescheduled a ceremony to welcome home about 125 soldiers who have been in Afghanistan since March.

The ceremony originally scheduled for Friday night is now set to be held at the Special Events Center on post at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division were deployed to southern Afghanistan to train and help Afghan National Security Forces. They also helped set the security conditions for Afghanistan's presidential and runoff elections.

The soldiers were initially going to be deployed for nine months, but they are returning early as part of the phased reduction of troops in Afghanistan.

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:29:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Group giving away marijuana to veterans; deadline to RSVP is Friday]]> By Anica Padilla, 7News http://gazette.com/group-giving-away-marijuana-to-veterans-deadline-to-rsvp-is-friday/article/1537870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-giving-away-marijuana-to-veterans-deadline-to-rsvp-is-friday/article/1537870?custom_click=rss

DENVER — More than 200 veterans are expected to attend the Denver Cannabis Giveaway on Saturday, organizers say.

Operation Grow4Vets (OG4V) is hosting the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn Central Denver, at 200 W. 48th Ave.

Participants can stop in anytime during event hours, but must RSVP online by noon on Friday, Sept. 19 in order to receive free cannabis products.

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DENVER — More than 200 veterans are expected to attend the Denver Cannabis Giveaway on Saturday, organizers say.

Operation Grow4Vets (OG4V) is hosting the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn Central Denver, at 200 W. 48th Ave.

Participants can stop in anytime during event hours, but must RSVP online by noon on Friday, Sept. 19 in order to receive free cannabis products.

Read more here.

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<![CDATA[New details about Fort Carson soldier accused of burning house]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.



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A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:41:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/air-force-so-help-me-god-in-oath-is-optional/article/1537738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-so-help-me-god-in-oath-is-optional/article/1537738?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS — Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment paperwork and ran afoul of a policy that prohibits omissions. The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be left out if the airman preferred. All of the other military services have allowed the alternate language for years.



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LAS VEGAS — Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment paperwork and ran afoul of a policy that prohibits omissions. The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be left out if the airman preferred. All of the other military services have allowed the alternate language for years.

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:24:09 -0600
<![CDATA[House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels]]> DAVID ESPO, Associated Press, DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press http://gazette.com/house-grudgingly-approves-arms-for-syrian-rebels/article/1537731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-grudgingly-approves-arms-for-syrian-rebels/article/1537731?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama's plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it.

The provision was added to spending legislation that will ensure the federal government operates normally after the Sept. 30 end



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WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama's plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it.

The provision was added to spending legislation that will ensure the federal government operates normally after the Sept. 30 end

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:39 -0600
<![CDATA[US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-to-assign-3000-from-us-military-to-fight-ebola/article/1537621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-to-assign-3000-from-us-military-to-fight-ebola/article/1537621?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.

The new U.S. muscle comes after appeals from the region and from aid organizations for a heightened U.S.



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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.

The new U.S. muscle comes after appeals from the region and from aid organizations for a heightened U.S.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:42:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs charity supports children who have lost parents to war]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-charity-supports-children-who-have-lost-parents-to-war/article/1537543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-charity-supports-children-who-have-lost-parents-to-war/article/1537543?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs charity that supports the children of fallen troops is hoping for a big turnout at its Saturday fundraiser run at Fox Run Regional Park.

Angels of America's Fallen tries to help kids who have lost a parent at war rebuild their lives through sports and activities. Founder Joe Lewis said the goal is to help children connect with their passions in activities such as ballet, soccer and guitar lessons. But there are more kids in need than money.

"We have seen a dramatic expansion in demand in our service," Lewis said.

The charity connects with military widows and widowers to determine how to help children find joy. The charity helps pay for the gear, training and fees involved with hobbies from the time



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A Colorado Springs charity that supports the children of fallen troops is hoping for a big turnout at its Saturday fundraiser run at Fox Run Regional Park.

Angels of America's Fallen tries to help kids who have lost a parent at war rebuild their lives through sports and activities. Founder Joe Lewis said the goal is to help children connect with their passions in activities such as ballet, soccer and guitar lessons. But there are more kids in need than money.

"We have seen a dramatic expansion in demand in our service," Lewis said.

The charity connects with military widows and widowers to determine how to help children find joy. The charity helps pay for the gear, training and fees involved with hobbies from the time

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:43:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/decades-later-vietnam-soldiers-get-medal-of-honor/article/1537589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decades-later-vietnam-soldiers-get-medal-of-honor/article/1537589?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins survived his injuries. Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat did not. It took an act of Congress to allow each to receive the medal so many decades after the fact.

"Over the decades, our Vietnam veterans didn't always receive the thanks and respect they



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WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins survived his injuries. Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat did not. It took an act of Congress to allow each to receive the medal so many decades after the fact.

"Over the decades, our Vietnam veterans didn't always receive the thanks and respect they

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:07:26 -0600
<![CDATA[New Fort Carson bomb boss: Gender doesn't matter]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-fort-carson-bomb-boss-gender-doesnt-matter/article/1537509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-fort-carson-bomb-boss-gender-doesnt-matter/article/1537509?custom_click=rss

Col. Heidi Hoyle is the first woman to command Fort Carson's 71st Ordnance Group, but she says gender is the least important thing when it comes to explosive ordnance disposal.

Even as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the 1,300-soldier 71st - one of two Army bomb-disposal groups - has a big job to do. The unit provides bomb-disposal assistance to civilian authorities throughout the West and has soldiers deployed to four continents.

"It's about being a soldier, not your gender," said Hoyle, who came to the group this month from a job as a special assistant to the commander of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

The bomb-disposal unit came to Fort Carson in 2005 as the Army ramped up its efforts to counter roadside



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Col. Heidi Hoyle is the first woman to command Fort Carson's 71st Ordnance Group, but she says gender is the least important thing when it comes to explosive ordnance disposal.

Even as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the 1,300-soldier 71st - one of two Army bomb-disposal groups - has a big job to do. The unit provides bomb-disposal assistance to civilian authorities throughout the West and has soldiers deployed to four continents.

"It's about being a soldier, not your gender," said Hoyle, who came to the group this month from a job as a special assistant to the commander of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

The bomb-disposal unit came to Fort Carson in 2005 as the Army ramped up its efforts to counter roadside

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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:43:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Two strokes haven't kept AFA coach from competing]]> By MICHAEL S. HUMPHREYS Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/two-strokes-havent-kept-afa-coach-from-competing/article/1537510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-strokes-havent-kept-afa-coach-from-competing/article/1537510?custom_click=rss

At 42, Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous, an Air Force pilot, tennis coach and athlete, felt alive and healthy until a stroke threatened to end his career and forever alter his life.

Recently medically retired, Oosterhous continues as the Air Force Academy's men's head tennis coach and as an athlete representing the nation in the first Invictus Games in London.

After visiting the U.S. last year to watch British athletes compete in the Wounded Warriors Games, Prince Harry went back to Europe and charged his nation to host the first international competition for wounded warriors.

More than 400 athletes from 13 nations - including 100 from the United States - are competing in the competition that began Friday and ends Sunday.



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At 42, Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous, an Air Force pilot, tennis coach and athlete, felt alive and healthy until a stroke threatened to end his career and forever alter his life.

Recently medically retired, Oosterhous continues as the Air Force Academy's men's head tennis coach and as an athlete representing the nation in the first Invictus Games in London.

After visiting the U.S. last year to watch British athletes compete in the Wounded Warriors Games, Prince Harry went back to Europe and charged his nation to host the first international competition for wounded warriors.

More than 400 athletes from 13 nations - including 100 from the United States - are competing in the competition that began Friday and ends Sunday.

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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:42:59 -0600
<![CDATA[STEM Rocks gives children an up-close and fun look at science, math and engineering]]> By Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/stem-rocks-gives-children-an-up-close-and-fun-look-at-science-math-and-engineering/article/1537512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stem-rocks-gives-children-an-up-close-and-fun-look-at-science-math-and-engineering/article/1537512?custom_click=rss

Dinosaur fossils, rockets, catapults, electricity and much more were gathered at the Air and Space Museum on Peterson Air Force Base for the third STEM Rocks forum by the Challenger Learning Center on Aug. 23.

"STEM Rocks is an event for military families and kids to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math," said Alicia Klausmeier, flight director for Challenger Learning Center, which organized the event.

Florissant Fossil Beds, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Air Force Academy, Lockheed Martin, Destination Imagination and many more organizations performed demonstrations for more than 2,000 children and their families.

"We want kids to get excited about STEM," Klausmeier



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Dinosaur fossils, rockets, catapults, electricity and much more were gathered at the Air and Space Museum on Peterson Air Force Base for the third STEM Rocks forum by the Challenger Learning Center on Aug. 23.

"STEM Rocks is an event for military families and kids to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math," said Alicia Klausmeier, flight director for Challenger Learning Center, which organized the event.

Florissant Fossil Beds, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Air Force Academy, Lockheed Martin, Destination Imagination and many more organizations performed demonstrations for more than 2,000 children and their families.

"We want kids to get excited about STEM," Klausmeier

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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:41:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Army major gets medal for saving man from train]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/army-major-gets-medal-for-saving-man-from-train/article/1537515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-major-gets-medal-for-saving-man-from-train/article/1537515?custom_click=rss

ORINDA, Calif. - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

Maj. Adam Czekanski received a medal from the Army on Sept. 4 for his efforts to rescue a man who fell onto Bay Area Rapid Transit train tracks in Orinda, Calif., in January.

Czekanski, 37, ran from the top of an escalator at the station, jumped onto the tracks and pulled the man under the platform, as a train bore down on them. The man may have suffered a seizure.

Czekanski credited his response to his Army training, which he said prepared him to make "quick decisions."

The medal he received, the Soldier's Medal, is the Army's highest award for valor in a noncombat setting and is



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ORINDA, Calif. - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

Maj. Adam Czekanski received a medal from the Army on Sept. 4 for his efforts to rescue a man who fell onto Bay Area Rapid Transit train tracks in Orinda, Calif., in January.

Czekanski, 37, ran from the top of an escalator at the station, jumped onto the tracks and pulled the man under the platform, as a train bore down on them. The man may have suffered a seizure.

Czekanski credited his response to his Army training, which he said prepared him to make "quick decisions."

The medal he received, the Soldier's Medal, is the Army's highest award for valor in a noncombat setting and is

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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:40:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Taxpayers cover Coast Guard private-party patrols]]> By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/taxpayers-cover-coast-guard-private-party-patrols/article/1537513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taxpayers-cover-coast-guard-private-party-patrols/article/1537513?custom_click=rss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - At private parties on the waters of Long Island Sound, lined by some of the country's most exclusive real estate, hosts setting off elaborate fireworks displays enjoy a little-known benefit. Security is provided, at no expense, by the Coast Guard.

For some regattas, yacht club parties and even weddings, the maritime agency assigns boats and crews to enforce "safety zones" on the heavily trafficked waterway, just as it does for public fireworks displays such as the Macy's Fourth of July celebration in New York City.

Unlike police agencies that provide security support for private events on land, the Coast Guard does not seek reimbursement, leaving the bill to taxpayers.

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For some regattas, yacht club parties and even weddings, the maritime agency assigns boats and crews to enforce "safety zones" on the heavily trafficked waterway, just as it does for public fireworks displays such as the Macy's Fourth of July celebration in New York City.

Unlike police agencies that provide security support for private events on land, the Coast Guard does not seek reimbursement, leaving the bill to taxpayers.]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:20:24 -0600