<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:18:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing]]> http://gazette.com/reporter-recalls-soviet-evasion-in-83-jet-downing/article/feed/141188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reporter-recalls-soviet-evasion-in-83-jet-downing/article/feed/141188?custom_click=rss

Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.

I was The Associated Press' Moscow bureau chief when a Soviet Sukhoi-15 fighter downed KAL 007 on Sept. 1, 1983. The passenger plane was about to leave Soviet airspace after more than two hours of flying off-course above super-secret military installations along the Pacific coast.

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]]> Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.

I was The Associated Press' Moscow bureau chief when a Soviet Sukhoi-15 fighter downed KAL 007 on Sept. 1, 1983. The passenger plane was about to leave Soviet airspace after more than two hours of flying off-course above super-secret military installations along the Pacific coast.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:46:23 -0600 <![CDATA[1 dead, 2 rescued after boat sinks in South Texas]]> http://gazette.com/1-dead-2-rescued-after-boat-sinks-in-south-texas/article/feed/141193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-2-rescued-after-boat-sinks-in-south-texas/article/feed/141193?custom_click=rss CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A man in South Texas has died after the boat he was on sank in a bay near the Gulf of Mexico.

A Coast Guard spokesman says a distress call was sent Sunday morning from a 24-foot boat. The vessel reported it was taking on water in Copano Bay near Rockport.

The spokesman says a rescue helicopter arrived shortly after the boat sank and found two people clinging to a platform and a man floating unresponsive.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Coast Guard has not released his name or cause of death.

A 14-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown. The third person rescued had no injuries.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Depar

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]]> CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A man in South Texas has died after the boat he was on sank in a bay near the Gulf of Mexico.

A Coast Guard spokesman says a distress call was sent Sunday morning from a 24-foot boat. The vessel reported it was taking on water in Copano Bay near Rockport.

The spokesman says a rescue helicopter arrived shortly after the boat sank and found two people clinging to a platform and a man floating unresponsive.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Coast Guard has not released his name or cause of death.

A 14-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown. The third person rescued had no injuries.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Depar]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:15:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard responding to grounded freighter]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-responding-to-grounded-freighter/article/feed/141179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-responding-to-grounded-freighter/article/feed/141179?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The Coast Guard reports a 656-foot freight ship has run aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair.

A news release from the Coast Guard says there are no initial reports of pollution or injuries.

The Coast Guard says in the release that it received notice early Sunday that the Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged ship, was grounded near the Detroit River.

The vessel is carrying wheat and was en route to Montreal.

The Coast Guard says an attempt to refloat the freighter was unsuccessful after one of two tugs experienced motor issues. The statement says two more tugs are scheduled to arrive Sunday night to attempt another refloating.

The channel remains open to traffic.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The Coast Guard reports a 656-foot freight ship has run aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair.

A news release from the Coast Guard says there are no initial reports of pollution or injuries.

The Coast Guard says in the release that it received notice early Sunday that the Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged ship, was grounded near the Detroit River.

The vessel is carrying wheat and was en route to Montreal.

The Coast Guard says an attempt to refloat the freighter was unsuccessful after one of two tugs experienced motor issues. The statement says two more tugs are scheduled to arrive Sunday night to attempt another refloating.

The channel remains open to traffic.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:18:05 -0600 <![CDATA[3 rescued after boat crashes in western New York]]> http://gazette.com/3-rescued-after-boat-crashes-in-western-new-york/article/feed/141180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-rescued-after-boat-crashes-in-western-new-york/article/feed/141180?custom_click=rss BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three people have been rescued after the boat they were on crashed onto a breakwall on Lake Erie near Buffalo.

The rescue took place after the Coast Guard learned around 3: 45 p.m. Sunday that an 18-foot boat had grounded on the Buffalo Harbor breakwall with a woman in the water, a man on the boat and another woman on the breakwall.

The Coast Guard, the Erie County Sheriff's Office and a good Samaritan rescued the three, whose names and hometowns have not been released.

The man suffered a cut on his forehead. He was treated by emergency personnel at the harbor.

The wrecked boat is to be retrieved on Monday.

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]]> BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three people have been rescued after the boat they were on crashed onto a breakwall on Lake Erie near Buffalo.

The rescue took place after the Coast Guard learned around 3: 45 p.m. Sunday that an 18-foot boat had grounded on the Buffalo Harbor breakwall with a woman in the water, a man on the boat and another woman on the breakwall.

The Coast Guard, the Erie County Sheriff's Office and a good Samaritan rescued the three, whose names and hometowns have not been released.

The man suffered a cut on his forehead. He was treated by emergency personnel at the harbor.

The wrecked boat is to be retrieved on Monday.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:18:05 -0600 <![CDATA[10 Things to Know for Monday]]> http://gazette.com/10-things-to-know-for-monday/article/feed/141162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-things-to-know-for-monday/article/feed/141162?custom_click=rss

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. HAMAS, ISRAEL TRADE BLAME FOR SCUTTLING TRUCE

The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent cease-fire in the raging Gaza war.

2. WHAT'S KEPT EU FROM PRESSURING PUTIN ON UKRAINE

Divisions among its member states and fears of an economic backlash have stopped the 28-nation European Union from imposing broad sanctions on Moscow for supporting Ukraine separatists.

3. HOW PLAN TO SIMPLIFY 2015 HEALTH RENEWALS COULD BACKFIRE

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]]> Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. HAMAS, ISRAEL TRADE BLAME FOR SCUTTLING TRUCE

The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent cease-fire in the raging Gaza war.

2. WHAT'S KEPT EU FROM PRESSURING PUTIN ON UKRAINE

Divisions among its member states and fears of an economic backlash have stopped the 28-nation European Union from imposing broad sanctions on Moscow for supporting Ukraine separatists.

3. HOW PLAN TO SIMPLIFY 2015 HEALTH RENEWALS COULD BACKFIRE

People covered under the new U.S.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:46:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Oldest female WWII veteran visits DC monuments]]> http://gazette.com/oldest-female-wwii-veteran-visits-dc-monuments/article/feed/141143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oldest-female-wwii-veteran-visits-dc-monuments/article/feed/141143?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials.

Lucy Coffey, now 108, is a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. The corps took her to Japan before she came home and settled in San Antonio.

This weekend, Coffey got to make another trip, this time to see the monuments of the nation's capital. She flew first-class from San Antonio on a trip arranged in part by an Honor Flight group in Texas.

On Saturday, Coffey visited the World War II Memorial and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery before heading to the White House for a tour.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials.

Lucy Coffey, now 108, is a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. The corps took her to Japan before she came home and settled in San Antonio.

This weekend, Coffey got to make another trip, this time to see the monuments of the nation's capital. She flew first-class from San Antonio on a trip arranged in part by an Honor Flight group in Texas.

On Saturday, Coffey visited the World War II Memorial and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery before heading to the White House for a tour.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:01:11 -0600 <![CDATA[5 rescued; cabin cruiser burns off Mississippi]]> http://gazette.com/5-rescued-cabin-cruiser-burns-off-mississippi/article/feed/141116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-rescued-cabin-cruiser-burns-off-mississippi/article/feed/141116?custom_click=rss PETIT BOIS ISLAND, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it helped rescue five people who launched a life raft from a burning cabin cruiser off the Mississippi coast.

The Coast Guard's New Orleans office says a vessel called the Kay Ann got the people from the raft to a Coast Guard boat that took them to its Pascagoula station.

It says the offshore supply vessel Gloria May helped fight the fire Friday on the boat Persuasion I. The cabin cruiser sank near Petit Bois Island, which is near the Alabama state line.

Coast Guard Captain Joseph Snowden says the people on Persuasion I were very well prepared. He says they not only all got onto a life raft, but they put out a mayday broadcast and an automated distress call includin

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]]> PETIT BOIS ISLAND, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it helped rescue five people who launched a life raft from a burning cabin cruiser off the Mississippi coast.

The Coast Guard's New Orleans office says a vessel called the Kay Ann got the people from the raft to a Coast Guard boat that took them to its Pascagoula station.

It says the offshore supply vessel Gloria May helped fight the fire Friday on the boat Persuasion I. The cabin cruiser sank near Petit Bois Island, which is near the Alabama state line.

Coast Guard Captain Joseph Snowden says the people on Persuasion I were very well prepared. He says they not only all got onto a life raft, but they put out a mayday broadcast and an automated distress call includin]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:15:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Northern Command chief talks disaster response, missile defense at Aspen Security Forum]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/northern-command-chief-talks-disaster-response-missile-defense-at-aspen-security-forum/article/1534411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/northern-command-chief-talks-disaster-response-missile-defense-at-aspen-security-forum/article/1534411?custom_click=rss

ASPEN - Chaos in the Middle East means an increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Chuck Jacoby told a crowd Saturday.

Jacoby covered a range of issues during his talk at the Aspen Security Forum, from military response to natural disasters to the effectiveness of America's missile defense system.

As head of Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Jacoby is responsible for protecting North America from attack and providing Defense Department help to local authorities during disasters such as the wildfires in 2012 and 2013 in El Paso County.



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ASPEN - Chaos in the Middle East means an increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Chuck Jacoby told a crowd Saturday.

Jacoby covered a range of issues during his talk at the Aspen Security Forum, from military response to natural disasters to the effectiveness of America's missile defense system.

As head of Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Jacoby is responsible for protecting North America from attack and providing Defense Department help to local authorities during disasters such as the wildfires in 2012 and 2013 in El Paso County.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:43:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman writes of life at the homefront in new memoir, 'No Man's War']]> By T.D. MOBLEY-MARTINEZ tracy.mobleymartinez@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-writes-of-life-at-the-homefront-in-new-memoir-no-mans-war/article/1534182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-writes-of-life-at-the-homefront-in-new-memoir-no-mans-war/article/1534182?custom_click=rss

For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010.

She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option ("Drama queens, attention whores, that's who calls 911 in the middle of the night in our neighborhood").

So she drove herself. Alone. Husband Darrin, then an infantry brigade deputy commanding officer, was three months into a 12-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.

"When I had a heart attack, that's when I really started to get serious about writing a book," she says.



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For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010.

She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option ("Drama queens, attention whores, that's who calls 911 in the middle of the night in our neighborhood").

So she drove herself. Alone. Husband Darrin, then an infantry brigade deputy commanding officer, was three months into a 12-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.

"When I had a heart attack, that's when I really started to get serious about writing a book," she says.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:18:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspected al-Qaida attack kills 2 troops in Yemen]]> http://gazette.com/suspected-al-qaida-attack-kills-2-troops-in-yemen/article/feed/141050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspected-al-qaida-attack-kills-2-troops-in-yemen/article/feed/141050?custom_click=rss SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A car bomb targeting army posts in southern Yemen killed two soldiers Sunday, officials said, an attack authorities blamed on the country's local al-Qaida branch.

Military officials said forces also foiled two other attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants, killing at least three of the assailants in the southern province of Abyan. Yemen's state news agency reported that army forces damaged two other bomb-laden cars and killed those inside before they reached the targeted military camps.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The U.S. considers Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida to be the world's most dangerous.

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]]> SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A car bomb targeting army posts in southern Yemen killed two soldiers Sunday, officials said, an attack authorities blamed on the country's local al-Qaida branch.

Military officials said forces also foiled two other attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants, killing at least three of the assailants in the southern province of Abyan. Yemen's state news agency reported that army forces damaged two other bomb-laden cars and killed those inside before they reached the targeted military camps.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The U.S. considers Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida to be the world's most dangerous.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:48:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadets launch balloons to study near space]]> By Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-launch-balloons-to-study-near-space/article/1534395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-launch-balloons-to-study-near-space/article/1534395?custom_click=rss

This time of year, mysterious objects can sometimes be seen rapidly ascending over the Air Force Academy before disappearing into the upper atmosphere.

It's not a UFO or a secret government experiment; it's cadets launching hydrogen-filled weather balloons to study near space, the region of the Earth's atmosphere between 65,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level, as part of the academy's summer space program.

The academy runs three weeklong space summer semester programs as a way to introduce astronautics to underclassmen, said Maj. Michelle Somers, air officer commanding for students enrolled in the program.

"They do a lot of fun stuff to pique interest," Somers said.



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This time of year, mysterious objects can sometimes be seen rapidly ascending over the Air Force Academy before disappearing into the upper atmosphere.

It's not a UFO or a secret government experiment; it's cadets launching hydrogen-filled weather balloons to study near space, the region of the Earth's atmosphere between 65,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level, as part of the academy's summer space program.

The academy runs three weeklong space summer semester programs as a way to introduce astronautics to underclassmen, said Maj. Michelle Somers, air officer commanding for students enrolled in the program.

"They do a lot of fun stuff to pique interest," Somers said.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:47:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Army's Iron Horse division back in the stable]]> By Nick Beadleston nick.beadleston@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/armys-iron-horse-division-back-in-the-stable/article/1534385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armys-iron-horse-division-back-in-the-stable/article/1534385?custom_click=rss

The Army's Iron Horse has officially returned home.

Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division signified its homecoming this month from a 12-month tour in Afghanistan with an uncasing ceremony, during which Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera and Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, the division command team, removed the cover from the unit's flag.

"I could quote the number of enemies killed in action, roads cleared and security forces trained, but I'm not," LaCamera said. "These numbers are not the score. The story is what the men and women of CJTF-4 and all friendly forces in Regional Command South did and achieved over the last year.

"They built on the hard work, bloodshed and fighting of the past decade.



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The Army's Iron Horse has officially returned home.

Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division signified its homecoming this month from a 12-month tour in Afghanistan with an uncasing ceremony, during which Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera and Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, the division command team, removed the cover from the unit's flag.

"I could quote the number of enemies killed in action, roads cleared and security forces trained, but I'm not," LaCamera said. "These numbers are not the score. The story is what the men and women of CJTF-4 and all friendly forces in Regional Command South did and achieved over the last year.

"They built on the hard work, bloodshed and fighting of the past decade.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:45:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Oldest female veteran loved serving her country]]> The San Antonio Express-News - http://gazette.com/oldest-female-veteran-loved-serving-her-country/article/1534393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oldest-female-veteran-loved-serving-her-country/article/1534393?custom_click=rss

SAN ANTONIO - When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lucy Coffey had left the farm in Martinsville, Ind., spent time in Chicago and finally settled in Dallas, where she worked at an A&P supermarket.

After quitting the A&P in 1943, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, a call to service that would take her to Japan before she returned and settled in San Antonio.

Now, at 108, the nation's oldest female veteran has one more trip she wants to make, this time an Honor Flight, an all-expense-paid salute to World War II veterans. The destination: Washington, D.C.

"I'd like to go to see things that are there that were not there before," Coffey said. "It's been a long time since I've been in Washington, but I would like



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SAN ANTONIO - When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lucy Coffey had left the farm in Martinsville, Ind., spent time in Chicago and finally settled in Dallas, where she worked at an A&P supermarket.

After quitting the A&P in 1943, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, a call to service that would take her to Japan before she returned and settled in San Antonio.

Now, at 108, the nation's oldest female veteran has one more trip she wants to make, this time an Honor Flight, an all-expense-paid salute to World War II veterans. The destination: Washington, D.C.

"I'd like to go to see things that are there that were not there before," Coffey said. "It's been a long time since I've been in Washington, but I would like

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:44:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Sister, friends remember fallen Fort Carson soldier with candlelight vigil]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS AND STEPHEN HOBBS The Gazette - http://gazette.com/sister-friends-remember-fallen-fort-carson-soldier-with-candlelight-vigil/article/1534418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sister-friends-remember-fallen-fort-carson-soldier-with-candlelight-vigil/article/1534418?custom_click=rss

A little more than a year ago, Keith Williams had celebrated a fresh diploma, the end of high school and a future with the Army.

His sister Samantha remembered a vivacious young man, a teenager growing up quick.

The memory seemed a lifetime away Saturday.

Williams, 19 and a private first class assigned to Fort Carson, and another soldier from the post were killed Thursday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

"We knew he was going in the Army," Samantha Williams said by phone from Visalia, Calif. "It was always a possibility. But I mean, 19."

Also killed was Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange, a 30-year-old infantryman from Hickman, Neb., on his third tour in Afghanistan.



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A little more than a year ago, Keith Williams had celebrated a fresh diploma, the end of high school and a future with the Army.

His sister Samantha remembered a vivacious young man, a teenager growing up quick.

The memory seemed a lifetime away Saturday.

Williams, 19 and a private first class assigned to Fort Carson, and another soldier from the post were killed Thursday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

"We knew he was going in the Army," Samantha Williams said by phone from Visalia, Calif. "It was always a possibility. But I mean, 19."

Also killed was Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange, a 30-year-old infantryman from Hickman, Neb., on his third tour in Afghanistan.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:57:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Coast Guard suspends search for 2nd crash victim]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-2nd-crash-victim/article/feed/141015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-2nd-crash-victim/article/feed/141015?custom_click=rss PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a man whose plane was being piloted by his 17-year-old son when it crashed in the ocean off American Samoa during an around-the-world flight attempt.

Rear Admiral Cari Thomas says in a statement Sunday that the decision to suspend the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman was "difficult."

The body of Suleman's son, Haris Suleman of Indiana, was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash.

A 2 p.m. Sunday memorial service is planned at the site where searchers believe the plane may have crashed.

Haris Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the younges

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]]> PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a man whose plane was being piloted by his 17-year-old son when it crashed in the ocean off American Samoa during an around-the-world flight attempt.

Rear Admiral Cari Thomas says in a statement Sunday that the decision to suspend the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman was "difficult."

The body of Suleman's son, Haris Suleman of Indiana, was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash.

A 2 p.m. Sunday memorial service is planned at the site where searchers believe the plane may have crashed.

Haris Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the younges]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:30:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia]]> http://gazette.com/study-embargo-wouldnt-hurt-russia/article/feed/141001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-embargo-wouldnt-hurt-russia/article/feed/141001?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.

European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the nation's $68 billion defense budget, according to a study by IHS Jane's, which provides analysis on the defense industry and security issues. The bulk of that was a $521 million payment to France, which is building two Mistral class warships for Russia.

The propriety of arms sales to Russia was questioned last week as the U.S.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.

European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the nation's $68 billion defense budget, according to a study by IHS Jane's, which provides analysis on the defense industry and security issues. The bulk of that was a $521 million payment to France, which is building two Mistral class warships for Russia.

The propriety of arms sales to Russia was questioned last week as the U.S.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:01:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk]]> http://gazette.com/ukraine-launches-offensive-to-retake-donetsk/article/feed/140803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ukraine-launches-offensive-to-retake-donetsk/article/feed/140803?custom_click=rss

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavily artillery across the border to the rebels.

Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Ukrainian forces were outside Horlikva, just north of the regional center of Donetsk.

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]]> DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavily artillery across the border to the rebels.

Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Ukrainian forces were outside Horlikva, just north of the regional center of Donetsk.]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:02:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria]]> http://gazette.com/video-shows-smiling-american-bomber-in-syria/article/feed/140802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-shows-smiling-american-bomber-in-syria/article/feed/140802?custom_click=rss

BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives.

Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic.

"I want to rest in the a

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]]> BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives.

Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic.

"I want to rest in the a]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:32:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Thunderbirds to perform at Wisconsin airshow]]> http://gazette.com/thunderbirds-to-perform-at-wisconsin-airshow/article/feed/140804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thunderbirds-to-perform-at-wisconsin-airshow/article/feed/140804?custom_click=rss MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Thunderbirds are expected to draw an unusually large crowd to eastern Wisconsin next weekend for the Air Force jets' first full performance at the nation's largest convention of pilots.

Neither the Thunderbirds nor the Navy's Blue Angels have done anything more than flybys at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention, AirVenture, because the military teams require more free space on the ground than other airshows held during the event.

And, the Thunderbirds' upcoming shows are expected to be even more attractive this year because many people were disappointed earlier this summer when fog forced the Blue Angels to cancel performances in Milwaukee.

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Neither the Thunderbirds nor the Navy's Blue Angels have done anything more than flybys at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention, AirVenture, because the military teams require more free space on the ground than other airshows held during the event.

And, the Thunderbirds' upcoming shows are expected to be even more attractive this year because many people were disappointed earlier this summer when fog forced the Blue Angels to cancel performances in Milwaukee.]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:16:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction Aruba-Venezuela-Official Detained story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-aruba-venezuela-official-detained-story/article/feed/140923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-aruba-venezuela-official-detained-story/article/feed/140923?custom_click=rss BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a story July 24 about the arrest of Hugo Carvajal, former head of Venezuelan military intelligence, The Associated Press reported erroneously that allegations he secretly met with leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were based on emails recovered from a rebel computer. The allegations are based on recovered electronic documents and files.

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a story July 24 about the arrest of Hugo Carvajal, former head of Venezuelan military intelligence, The Associated Press reported erroneously that allegations he secretly met with leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were based on emails recovered from a rebel computer. The allegations are based on recovered electronic documents and files.]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:16:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress]]> http://gazette.com/obama-prods-gop-on-border-issue-cites-progress/article/feed/140875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-prods-gop-on-border-issue-cites-progress/article/feed/140875?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.

GOP leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to deal with more than 57,000 children and other migrants who have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Obama's demand for congressional action comes as GOP lawmakers are attempting to coalesce behind a narrow package of changes, including sending National Guard troops to the border, incre

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.

GOP leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to deal with more than 57,000 children and other migrants who have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Obama's demand for congressional action comes as GOP lawmakers are attempting to coalesce behind a narrow package of changes, including sending National Guard troops to the border, incre]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/some-in-torture-report-denied-chance-to-read-it/article/1534400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-in-torture-report-denied-chance-to-read-it/article/1534400?custom_click=rss

ASPEN — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place.

It's the latest chapter in the drama and recriminations that have been playing out behind the scenes in connection with what some call the Senate torture report, a summary of which is being declassified and is expected to be released in



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ASPEN — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place.

It's the latest chapter in the drama and recriminations that have been playing out behind the scenes in connection with what some call the Senate torture report, a summary of which is being declassified and is expected to be released in

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<![CDATA[VA asks Hill not to open 'floodgates' to private care]]> By Tom Philpott Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/va-asks-hill-not-to-open-floodgates-to-private-care/article/1534398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-asks-hill-not-to-open-floodgates-to-private-care/article/1534398?custom_click=rss

The push by Congress and its veterans affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private-sector care appears to have run hard aground.

After four weeks, joint House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff.

"I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans' health care in this country," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "That cannot happen. Veterans deserve better.

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After four weeks, joint House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff.

"I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans' health care in this country," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "That cannot happen. Veterans deserve better.]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Academy operates STEM teacher boot camp]]> By Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/academy-operates-stem-teacher-boot-camp/article/1534397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/academy-operates-stem-teacher-boot-camp/article/1534397?custom_click=rss

As an institution of higher learning - one that specializes in science and engineering - the Air Force Academy embraces its responsibility to prepare young minds for a future in science, technology, engineering and math by opening its classrooms once a year to train teachers.

The Academy Office of Research teams with the Challenger Learning Center yearly to teach more than 100 K-12 teachers in Colorado and neighboring states during the three-day STEM teacher boot camp.

"The academy has a big push to promote STEM education," said Alicia Klausmeier, flight director for Challenger Learning Center with the Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education.

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]]> As an institution of higher learning - one that specializes in science and engineering - the Air Force Academy embraces its responsibility to prepare young minds for a future in science, technology, engineering and math by opening its classrooms once a year to train teachers.

The Academy Office of Research teams with the Challenger Learning Center yearly to teach more than 100 K-12 teachers in Colorado and neighboring states during the three-day STEM teacher boot camp.

"The academy has a big push to promote STEM education," said Alicia Klausmeier, flight director for Challenger Learning Center with the Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education.]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Rough and Tough Scramble part of this month's Schriever Week]]> By nick Beadleston nick.beadleston@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/rough-and-tough-scramble-part-of-this-months-schriever-week/article/1534396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rough-and-tough-scramble-part-of-this-months-schriever-week/article/1534396?custom_click=rss Members of the military are accustomed to runs in the morning and navigating unique obstacles during the day.

Several dozen airmen and a handful of troops from other branches had to conquer both challenges simultaneously during the Schriever Rough and Tough Scramble this month.

The event was part of Schriever Week, which commemorated the 65th anniversary of the base's 50th Space Wing. Servicemen and women of other branches from nearby bases came to join in on the run. One group of Air Force reservists, in the area for training, came all the way from Pittsburgh.

For many, the week was a chance to let off steam.

"Nobody likes being stuck inside a building with no windows," said Tech. Sgt. Mike Benson, one of the

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Several dozen airmen and a handful of troops from other branches had to conquer both challenges simultaneously during the Schriever Rough and Tough Scramble this month.

The event was part of Schriever Week, which commemorated the 65th anniversary of the base's 50th Space Wing. Servicemen and women of other branches from nearby bases came to join in on the run. One group of Air Force reservists, in the area for training, came all the way from Pittsburgh.

For many, the week was a chance to let off steam.

"Nobody likes being stuck inside a building with no windows," said Tech. Sgt. Mike Benson, one of the]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:40:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Decision coming on bomber training area expansion]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/decision-coming-on-bomber-training-area-expansion/article/1534392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decision-coming-on-bomber-training-area-expansion/article/1534392?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. - Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.

Known as the Powder River Training Complex, the area includes portions of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas. It would be used by B-1 bombers based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and B-52 bombers at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

Air Force officials say the expansion of the training airspace to about 28,000 square miles is needed to keep its force ready for combat. It also would save the military 
$23 million a year, by reducing the number of sorties now being sent to Utah and

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Known as the Powder River Training Complex, the area includes portions of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas. It would be used by B-1 bombers based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and B-52 bombers at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

Air Force officials say the expansion of the training airspace to about 28,000 square miles is needed to keep its force ready for combat. It also would save the military 
$23 million a year, by reducing the number of sorties now being sent to Utah and]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:35:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Two Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan]]> Stephen Hobbs, The Gazette http://gazette.com/two-fort-carson-soldiers-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1534373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-fort-carson-soldiers-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1534373?custom_click=rss

Two Fort Carson soldiers fighting in Afghanistan died Thursday after an improvised explosive device attack on their vehicle, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb., and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19,of Visalia, Calif.,were assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson and were fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Prange served six years and six months in the Army and was in his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was married to Elizabeth Prange since 2009, according to his Facebook page.

Williams arrived at Fort Carson in December 2013.He spent 11 months in the Army and was in his first tour of duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple



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Two Fort Carson soldiers fighting in Afghanistan died Thursday after an improvised explosive device attack on their vehicle, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb., and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19,of Visalia, Calif.,were assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson and were fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Prange served six years and six months in the Army and was in his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was married to Elizabeth Prange since 2009, according to his Facebook page.

Williams arrived at Fort Carson in December 2013.He spent 11 months in the Army and was in his first tour of duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:25:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs airmen ready for wildfire battle]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-ready-for-wildfire-battle/article/1534350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-ready-for-wildfire-battle/article/1534350?custom_click=rss

Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs are ready to be called to battle against wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest as troops from U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base coordinate military efforts to fight the blazes.

Lt. Col. Luke Thompson with the 302nd said airmen are ready to go on 48 hours notice to take the wings firefighting planes to the Northwest. The high-level of alert comes as federal firefighting agencies call for Defense Department help to contain fires, including those that have blackened 900,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.

"We are not activated, we are ready to go," Thompson said.



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Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs are ready to be called to battle against wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest as troops from U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base coordinate military efforts to fight the blazes.

Lt. Col. Luke Thompson with the 302nd said airmen are ready to go on 48 hours notice to take the wings firefighting planes to the Northwest. The high-level of alert comes as federal firefighting agencies call for Defense Department help to contain fires, including those that have blackened 900,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.

"We are not activated, we are ready to go," Thompson said.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:11:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy vision includes raising tourist levels to pre-9/11 numbers]]> By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-vision-includes-raising-tourist-levels-to-pre-911-numbers/article/1534309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-vision-includes-raising-tourist-levels-to-pre-911-numbers/article/1534309?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal.

The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been studying the visitor center proposal for months in a bid to boost tourist traffic to the school, which has fallen off in the wake of post-9/11 security measures.

"It gives us an opportunity to simplify our security situation," the academy's Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez in a statement. "If, heaven forbid, we have another incident like Sept. 11, 2001, and we have to close access to the installation,



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The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal.

The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been studying the visitor center proposal for months in a bid to boost tourist traffic to the school, which has fallen off in the wake of post-9/11 security measures.

"It gives us an opportunity to simplify our security situation," the academy's Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez in a statement. "If, heaven forbid, we have another incident like Sept. 11, 2001, and we have to close access to the installation,

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:54:19 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-picnic-at-benet-hill-honors-military/article/1534301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-picnic-at-benet-hill-honors-military/article/1534301?custom_click=rss

For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.



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For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:50:16 -0600