<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:51:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes]]> http://gazette.com/obama-administration-confirms-double-digit-premium-hikes/article/feed/413712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-administration-confirms-double-digit-premium-hikes/article/feed/413712?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:40:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Kenyan president commutes all death sentences]]> http://gazette.com/kenyan-president-commutes-all-death-sentences/article/feed/413786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kenyan-president-commutes-all-death-sentences/article/feed/413786?custom_click=rss NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has commuted all the death sentences handed out in the East African country.

The president's press office said Monday that some 2,747 convicts on death row will now serve life sentences. These include 2,655 male convicts and 92 female convicts.

Kenyatta also signed pardons for 102 long-term serving convicts.

Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International's regional director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes says the decision to commute all death sentences brings Kenya closer to the growing community of nations which have abolished the death penalty, calling it a cruel and inhuman form of punishment.

The death penalty — by hanging — has not been carrie

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:38:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis]]> http://gazette.com/maduro-meets-pope-as-vatican-steps-into-venezuela-crisis/article/feed/413603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maduro-meets-pope-as-vatican-steps-into-venezuela-crisis/article/feed/413603?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation.

Maduro spoke with the Pope in a private meeting on his way back to Venezuela following a tour of oil-producing nations of the Middle East.

As news of the surprise papal meeting surfaced, back in Venezuela Monsignor Emil Paul Tscherrig, who Francis dispatched in a bid to jumpstart dialogue between the government and the opposition, announced that representatives of the two sides would meet Oct. 30 on the Venezuelan island of Margarita under the auspices of the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:21:42 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Clinton 'appalled' by Guard retracting bonuses]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-appalled-by-guard-retracting-bonuses/article/feed/413502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-appalled-by-guard-retracting-bonuses/article/feed/413502?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

7:17 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says in a statement that she's "appalled" that the National Guard has ordered nearly 10,000 soldiers to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Democratic presidential nominee says it's unacceptable to subject the troops to financial burdens because of what she calls "mismanagement from the California National Guard" and the Pentagon's "rigid bureaucracy."

The California National Guard says it has been trying to inform soliders of an appeals process. The soldiers face returning bonuses of $15,000 or more because of what the guard has called "bad actors" who mislea

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:21:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico president: Trump visit could have been handled better]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-president-trump-visit-could-have-been-handled-better/article/feed/413777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-president-trump-visit-could-have-been-handled-better/article/feed/413777?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he could have done a better job handling a controversial Aug. 31 meeting with Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Pena Nieto said in an interview with Mexico's Channel 11 television station that "we could have done things in a better way, that must be recognized."

The president came under criticism in Mexico for not demanding an apology from Trump, who has suggested many Mexican immigrants are criminals or rapists.

Pena Nieto defended the decision to invite both U.S. presidential candidates, saying he was "looking out for Mexico's interests."

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton did not accept the invitation.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:18:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Tom Hayden, '60s activist and liberal statesman, dead at 76]]> http://gazette.com/tom-hayden-60s-activist-and-liberal-statesman-dead-at-76/article/feed/413427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tom-hayden-60s-activist-and-liberal-statesman-dead-at-76/article/feed/413427?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In one of the most dramatic personal transformations in American political history, Tom Hayden went from being a famed 1960s and 1970s student radical to a mainstream elected official and elder statesman of the country's left. He died Sunday at age 76 following a lengthy illness.

Hayden will be forever linked to riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Vietnam War protests of the 1970s and his onetime marriage to actress Jane Fonda.

Those events, however, ultimately represented just a small slice of a life dedicated to, as he put it, trying to change the world.

Elected to the California Assembly in 1982, Hayden served 10 years, followed by eight more in the state Senate.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:18:32 -0600 <![CDATA[McGinty, Toomey meet for final debate in US Senate race]]> http://gazette.com/mcginty-toomey-meet-for-final-debate-in-us-senate-race/article/feed/413416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcginty-toomey-meet-for-final-debate-in-us-senate-race/article/feed/413416?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty are debating for the second and final time with just two weeks left in Pennsylvania's neck-and-neck race that could help determine Senate control.

Monday night's live televised debate at Temple University began with a question on gun control. Toomey says he'd be better at finding compromise, while McGinty says she'd be better at leading on the issue.

The first-term Toomey is among the Senate's most endangered Republicans as the GOP struggles to hold onto its 54-46 Senate majority. He's running for re-election in a Democratic-leaning state after compiling one of Congress' most conservative voting records.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:17:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Gunmen attack police training center in southwest Pakistan]]> http://gazette.com/gunmen-attack-police-training-center-in-southwest-pakistan/article/feed/413480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gunmen-attack-police-training-center-in-southwest-pakistan/article/feed/413480?custom_click=rss

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen stormed a police training center in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding 88 others, hours after another attack killed two customs officers and wounded a third, authorities said.

Two of the gunmen were also killed in the counter-terrorism operation that continued hours after the attack began.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Baluchistan is the scene of an ongoing low-intensity insurgency by Baloch separatist groups, who have claimed such hit-and-run attacks on security forces and government officials in the recent past. Islamic militants also have a presence in the province bordering Afghanistan.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:01:12 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Congress members rip Pentagon repayment policy]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-congress-members-rip-pentagon-repayment-policy/article/feed/413776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-congress-members-rip-pentagon-repayment-policy/article/feed/413776?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on enlistment bonuses the Pentagon is ordering California National Guard soldiers to repay (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Members of Congress from California and national veterans' leaders are calling for federal action after thousands of soldiers were ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses.

The Guard offered bonuses of $15,000 or more and student loan aid for people who enlisted at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican, are among those expressing outrage.

McCarthy says the House will in

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:58:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Guard seeks federal aid to soldiers told to return bonuses]]> http://gazette.com/guard-seeks-federal-aid-to-soldiers-told-to-return-bonuses/article/feed/413678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guard-seeks-federal-aid-to-soldiers-told-to-return-bonuses/article/feed/413678?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Members of Congress from both parties and national veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay in enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, both Californians, were among those who expressed outrage.

Maj. Gen.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:50:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Researcher killed in icy 100-foot plunge was 'smart,' 'fun']]> http://gazette.com/researcher-killed-in-icy-100-foot-plunge-was-smart-fun/article/feed/413750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/researcher-killed-in-icy-100-foot-plunge-was-smart-fun/article/feed/413750?custom_click=rss

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor who plunged into a 100-foot crevasse in Antarctica while conducting research was remembered Monday as a gregarious climate scientist who lightened the mood of those around him.

"You knew that if Gordon came into the tent, that things were going to be fun and pleasant," said Paul Mayewski director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

Hamilton, 50, was riding a snowmobile in a treacherous section of ice while identifying dangerous crevasses when one of them swallowed his snowmobile Saturday, killing him.

The area where Hamilton's team camped was known as the Shear Zone where a moving ice shelf comes into contact with ice on land, creating deep cr

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:27:07 -0600 <![CDATA[UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims]]> http://gazette.com/un-wants-200-million-to-compensate-haiti-cholera-victims/article/feed/413700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-wants-200-million-to-compensate-haiti-cholera-victims/article/feed/413700?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti.

David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money to "provide material assistance" was part of a new U.N. approach to dealing with the disease that is believed to have been introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.

He denied, however, that the proposed assistance amounted to acknowledgement of responsibility on the part of the U.N. for the disease which has sickened nearly 800,000 Haitians and killed some 9,300.

"We're not talking about anything other than a moral responsibility to those most affecte

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:24:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Clinton, Warren: Campaign partners eying complicated future]]> http://gazette.com/clinton-warren-campaign-partners-eying-complicated-future/article/feed/413667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-warren-campaign-partners-eying-complicated-future/article/feed/413667?custom_click=rss

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Joining forces in the presidential campaign's final stretch, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren pounded Donald Trump on Monday for disrespecting women and denigrating U.S. troops assisting Iraqis in their push to retake the city of Mosul.

"He's basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started," Clinton said, referring to Trump's tweet on Sunday calling the new fight against the Islamic State group "a total disaster." Clinton said her Republican rival is "proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief."

Warren, riffing off Trump's insult to Clinton in the final debate, warned the businessman that "nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:24:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Civil rights hero from 60s takes criticism as Trump backer]]> http://gazette.com/civil-rights-hero-from-60s-takes-criticism-as-trump-backer/article/feed/413226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/civil-rights-hero-from-60s-takes-criticism-as-trump-backer/article/feed/413226?custom_click=rss

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in a sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.

In 2016, he is again taking a risky stand; he is supporting Donald Trump.

And he isn't shy about it. Last month he gave the invocation at a Trump rally here, smiling as he shook the Republican candidate's hand.

"Donald Trump is certainly not a politician, and politicians are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless," Henderson said in an interview.

Trump is deeply unpopular in the black community. He has called on black voters to vote for him because "what the hell do you have to lose?" His support among blacks is less than the ma

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:11:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Police in Rio seek 10 suspects in gang rape of woman]]> http://gazette.com/police-in-rio-seek-10-suspects-in-gang-rape-of-woman/article/feed/413739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-in-rio-seek-10-suspects-in-gang-rape-of-woman/article/feed/413739?custom_click=rss RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil are looking for at least 10 men in connection with the gang rape of a woman on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said the 34-year-old victim was assaulted by several men in a bar and on a street of the city of Sao Goncalo, in Rio's metropolitan area.

Investigator Debora Rodrigues said the alleged crime took place a week ago and asked that the victim be put into a protection program.

Investigators are now analyzing security camera footage. The police statement was released Sunday.

In January, seven men in Rio were charged in the gang rape of a 16-year-old in a case that shocked Brazil.

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