<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:58:29 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau]]> http://gazette.com/biden-says-world-will-look-to-liberal-trudeau/article/feed/430197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/biden-says-world-will-look-to-liberal-trudeau/article/feed/430197?custom_click=rss

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.

Biden said he's never since Europeans engaged in as much self-doubt as they are now and said there are more challenges to the liberal international order in any time since the end of World War II.

"The world is going to spend a lot of time looking to you Mr. Prime Minister," Biden told a crowd of Canadian dignitaries. "Viva la Canada because we need you very, very badly."

Biden noted there's a lot of soul searching going in the United States and Europe.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:30:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China]]> http://gazette.com/report-tibetan-buddhist-monk-self-immolates-in-west-china/article/feed/430279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-tibetan-buddhist-monk-self-immolates-in-west-china/article/feed/430279?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — A U.S.-backed radio station says a Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule.

Radio Free Asia says the unidentified monk set himself alight on a road outside the town of Machu in a traditionally Tibetan area of Gansu province at around 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

Police who arrived shortly afterward took the monk away and there was no immediate word on his condition.

The incident brings to at least 146 the number of Tibetans who have self-immolated in recent years, 125 of whom have died according to monitoring groups.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:27:52 -0700 <![CDATA[John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, dies at age 95]]> http://gazette.com/john-glenn-the-1st-american-to-orbit-earth-dies-at-age-95/article/feed/430161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-glenn-the-1st-american-to-orbit-earth-dies-at-age-95/article/feed/430161?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both.

Before he gained fame orbiting the world he was a fighter pilot in two wars, and as a test pilot he set a transcontinental speed record. He later served 24

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:20:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Asian shares meander as ECB-inspired rally fades]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-meander-as-ecb-inspired-rally-fades/article/feed/429997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-meander-as-ecb-inspired-rally-fades/article/feed/429997?custom_click=rss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian shares meandered Friday as an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program faded. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers prepared to vote on whether or not to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 18,971.24 as the yen weakened against the dollar. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3 percent to 3,226.25. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.2 percent to 5,556. Indexes in most Southeast Asian countries also rose but South Korea's Kospi bucked the trend, dipping 0.3 percent to 2,023.35 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.4 percent to 22,760.60.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:05:17 -0700 <![CDATA['Godspeed, John Glenn': Public hails hero of space, politics]]> http://gazette.com/godspeed-john-glenn-public-hails-hero-of-space-politics/article/feed/430195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/godspeed-john-glenn-public-hails-hero-of-space-politics/article/feed/430195?custom_click=rss

Tributes poured in for former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95. Politicians, astronauts, educators and others called him a hero, with many mentioning the phrase that first sent him into orbit: "Godspeed, John Glenn."

Here's a look of some of the reactions:


"When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there's no limit to the heights we can reach together. ...

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:03:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Australian-Chinese consortium wins bid for cattle empire]]> http://gazette.com/australian-chinese-consortium-wins-bid-for-cattle-empire/article/feed/430267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australian-chinese-consortium-wins-bid-for-cattle-empire/article/feed/430267?custom_click=rss SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation's largest cattle empire to Australia's richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign ownership of farmland.

The country's largest private landholding, S. Kidman & Co. Ltd., will be acquired by Outback Beef, an Australia-China consortium majority owned by billionaire Gina Rinehart, with a 33 percent stake held by Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock Co. Ltd., said Treasurer Scott Morrison.

In May, the government said that the collection of cattle ranches covering more than 101,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles) in four states would never be sold to foreign interests, after vetoing a Chinese-led bid.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:53:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Bolivian official breaks silence about air crash in Colombia]]> http://gazette.com/bolivian-official-breaks-silence-about-air-crash-in-colombia/article/feed/430274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bolivian-official-breaks-silence-about-air-crash-in-colombia/article/feed/430274?custom_click=rss LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Bolivian official who signed off on the flight plan for a chartered aircraft that crashed in the Andes is breaking her silence and accusing her bosses of trying to stage a cover-up.

In a public letter, Celia Castedo says she didn't have the authority to stop the doomed flight to Medellin, Colombia, that killed 71 people, including members of a Brazilian soccer team heading to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament.

Castedo says that a day after the crash her superiors pressured her to modify an internal report that she claims details how she warned the airline the plane didn't have enough fuel to safely make the flight.

Bolivian officials say Castedo is under investigation for her resp

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:49:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Mexico general says army not happy with law-enforcement role]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-general-says-army-not-happy-with-law-enforcement-role/article/feed/430261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-general-says-army-not-happy-with-law-enforcement-role/article/feed/430261?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top military officer said Thursday that the army is uncomfortable with the law-enforcement role it was given a decade ago when the government launched an offensive against drug cartels.

The defense secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, said the army's presence was supposed to be temporary while new police forces were built, but that hasn't happened.

Many local police in Mexico are corrupt, poorly trained or unreliable.

"We would love the police forces to do their job ... but they don't," Cienfuegos said.

"Ten years ago it was decided that the police should be rebuilt, and we still haven't seen that reconstruction," he said.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:33:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber duty]]> http://gazette.com/trump-meets-with-ohio-state-victims-taking-on-somber-duty/article/feed/429889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-meets-with-ohio-state-victims-taking-on-somber-duty/article/feed/429889?custom_click=rss

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor.

In Columbus, Trump met with those who had been attacked by a knife-wielding Ohio State University student and had words of tribute for astronaut and senator John Glenn of Ohio — "indeed an American hero" — who died Thursday at 95. Then he was off to Des Moines, Iowa, for the latest stop on his victory tour of states that helped him win the presidency.

"The script is not yet written. We do not know what the page will read tomorrow.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:19:54 -0700 <![CDATA[S. Korean president faces possible last day in power]]> http://gazette.com/s.-korean-president-faces-possible-last-day-in-power/article/feed/429866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/s.-korean-president-faces-possible-last-day-in-power/article/feed/429866?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

The opposition feels confident that they'll get an impeachment Friday, the last day of the current parliamentary session, because dozens of members of Park's ruling party have said they'll vote against the woman who was once their standard bearer.

It's possible that the vote could be delayed or fail, but lawmakers from both parties face huge pressure to act against Park, the daughter of a military dictator still revered by many conservatives for lifting the coun

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:02:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Official: Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay to settle allegations]]> http://gazette.com/official-bristol-myers-squibb-to-pay-to-settle-allegations/article/feed/430259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-bristol-myers-squibb-to-pay-to-settle-allegations/article/feed/430259?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced Thursday.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the settlement of a state business code violations lawsuit on the same day that the final agreement was received by a San Diego court.

New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb denies any wrongdoing but agreed to various marketing restraints.

Abilify is manufactured by another company, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. In a statement, Bristol-Myers Squibb said it has not marketed the drug since 2013.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:58:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice']]> http://gazette.com/donald-trump-remains-producer-on-new-celebrity-apprentice/article/feed/430244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/donald-trump-remains-producer-on-new-celebrity-apprentice/article/feed/430244?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show.

President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on "The New Celebrity Apprentice," said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokesman for "Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett. She declined further comment on Trump's participation in the show that taped last February.

Trump's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The series debuts Jan. 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Trump as host. Schwarzenegger is an executive producer on the new show, as Trump was on the original.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:48:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Body of US Marine Corps pilot found after crash off Japan]]> http://gazette.com/body-of-us-marine-corps-pilot-found-after-crash-off-japan/article/feed/430260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-of-us-marine-corps-pilot-found-after-crash-off-japan/article/feed/430260?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a U.S. Marines Corps pilot who went missing after his jet fighter crashed off Japan.

The Marines said in a short statement Friday that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship had recovered the body of Capt. Jake Frederick the previous day.

Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Joshua Hays said that Frederick was from Texas and based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina. He was on a rotational deployment to Japan.

Frederick ejected from his F/A-18 during regular training Wednesday about 120 miles southeast of a Marine Corps airfield in Iwakuni in western Japan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:31:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Ohio lawmakers pass Republican 20-week abortion ban proposal]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-lawmakers-pass-republican-20-week-abortion-ban-proposal/article/feed/430043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-lawmakers-pass-republican-20-week-abortion-ban-proposal/article/feed/430043?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The House voted 64-29 to pass the bill already approved by the Senate.

During early debate the House rejected a Democratic proposal to add rape and incest to exceptions in the bill.

Rep. Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, asked the House to add the amendment, saying it would honor women who show the courage to go on after sexual assaults. Rep. Ron Hood, a Republican from Ashville, opposed the amendment, saying children conceived in assaults shouldn't be punished.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:02:43 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-house-oks-bill-to-ban-abortion-after-20-weeks/article/feed/430251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-house-oks-bill-to-ban-abortion-after-20-weeks/article/feed/430251?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Republican-controlled Ohio House has voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The House voted 64-29 Thursday night to approve the bill, which will be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Kasich opposes abortion rights but hasn't said whether he plans to sign either measure.

Similar 20-week bans are on the books in 17 states.

Ohio's proposed 20-week ban would allow for abortion in some cases to protect a woman's life and health.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land]]> http://gazette.com/pipeline-protesters-vow-to-stay-camped-on-federal-land/article/1591044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pipeline-protesters-vow-to-stay-camped-on-federal-land/article/1591044?custom_click=rss

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.

Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they'll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for "safety concerns.

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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:03:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Standing Rock chairman says Army Corps to close camp access]]> http://gazette.com/standing-rock-chairman-says-army-corps-to-close-camp-access/article/1590977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/standing-rock-chairman-says-army-corps-to-close-camp-access/article/1590977?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said Friday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close an area where people have been camping for months to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Dave Archambault said in a statement that he received a letter from the Corps, dated Friday, which says all lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed Dec. 5.

"The letter states that the lands will be closed to public access for safety concerns," Archambault said.

Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers didn't immediately return messages Friday seeking comment and verification of the letter.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:19:46 -0700
<![CDATA[With Trump, Gingrich and GOP calling the shots, NASA may go back to the moon]]> http://gazette.com/with-trump-gingrich-and-gop-calling-the-shots-nasa-may-go-back-to-the-moon/article/1590536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-trump-gingrich-and-gop-calling-the-shots-nasa-may-go-back-to-the-moon/article/1590536?custom_click=rss

NASA has struggled for decades with strategic uncertainty, and there's nothing like a partisan transition in the White House to discombobulate everyone. There will surely be a new administrator, and new ambitions, and disfavored programs, with associated budget cuts (Earth Science is a likely target).

Right this minute, though, no one seems to know what's going to happen with America's civilian space agency. The chaotic Trump transition operation has yet to send a delegation to NASA headquarters. NASA's in-house transition team is standing by, and you can imagine that people are getting a bit jittery. There are deadlines to meet. Everything's in a holding pattern.

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Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:55:51 -0700