• Things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: model trains, Beethoven, "Chocolate Mountaineers Club," taiko drummers, Indian market

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com-
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    THURSDAY-SATURDAY "The Chocolate Mountaineers Club," a musical delight, entertains families at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, in Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center. It's taken from the children's books of local artist/author Betz Smisek , has a cast of 40...

  • Government drops prosecution of 129 inauguration defendants

    ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government announced on Thursday that it is abandoning its prosecution of more than 120 defendants charged with crimes over their involvement in violent protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration one year ago. A statement from the U.S. Attorney's office...

  • Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

    AMY TAXIN and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor...

  • House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

    ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — A divided House voted Thursday to prevent a government shutdown after an eleventh-hour deal brought conservatives aboard. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal...

  • USA Gymnastics ends agreement to train at Karolyi Ranch

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS — The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over. The organization announced Thursday it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women's elite program. The...

  • No newborns seen as endangered whale's calving season peaks

    Associated Press
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAVANNAH, Ga. — Scientists watching for baby right whales off the Southeast U.S. coast have yet to spot a single newborn seven weeks into the endangered species' calving season — the longest researchers have gone without any sightings in nearly 30 years. Bad weather that has limited...

  • A new study shows that hits to the head, not just concussions, cause CTE

    Cindy Boren, The Washington Post
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma experienced by football players, other athletes and combat veterans. “The...

  • David Ramsey: Justin Armour, Manitou Springs High two-sport superstar, savors return to his beloved alma mater

    David Ramsey
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Justin Armour once faced high school football defenders who hungered to inflict pain on the big star from Manitou Springs High. Later, he endured the terror of invading NFL defensive backfields as a receiver. Big challenges, for sure. Big challenges that toughened him for the...

  • 2017 was among the planet’s hottest years on record, government scientists report

    Chris Mooney, The Washington Post
    Updated: 14 hr ago

    2017 was among the hottest years ever recorded, government scientists reported Thursday. The year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA said, while scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 2017 was the third-warmest they’ve ever...

  • 52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MOSCOW — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said. Authorities said...

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