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2 months 4 weeks ago

French president dissolves government

PARIS (AP) - French President Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's economy. Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government's resignation Monday after accusing his economy minister of crossing a line with open criticism of the government's policies. Hollande...

1 year 1 month ago

Weddings canceled due to government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - About two dozen couples who were planning to get married at memorials on the National Mall this month may have to make other plans because of the government shutdown. National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Tuesday that 24 weddings have been scheduled throughout October, including nine...

1 year 1 month ago

How a Government Shutdown Could Impact You

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding a possible, partial government shutdown which is looming this Monday. While not all Americans will be directly affected by a shutdown, its impacts could be felt across the country. Here are some of the basics on what will remain intact, and what will be...

1 year 4 months ago

Moody's upgrades outlook for US government debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moody's Investors Service upgraded the outlook for U.S. government debt to 'Stable' from "Negative" and affirmed the United States' blue-chip Aaa rating. The rating agency cited a surprising drop in the federal deficit - the difference between what the government collects in taxes and what it spends....

1 year 4 months ago

Gov't tightening up reporter guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters' phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge the government's planned action. The official said the department also is raising...

2 years 3 months ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

2 years 7 months ago

New site to calculate potential student loan debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government website offers prospective college students a way to figure out how much they could owe after graduating from a particular school. The site comes from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and can be found at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege/costcomparison It's in the testing phase, but already includes...

2 years 7 months ago

Drug-resistant TB blamed on Indian treatment flaws

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's inadequate government-run tuberculosis treatment programs and a lack of regulation of the sale of drugs that fight it are responsible for the spiraling number of drug-resistant cases that are difficult to treat, health activists said Friday. India adds an estimated 99,000 cases of drug-resistant TB...

2 years 10 months ago

County Commissioners to keep on praying

El Paso County Commissioners say they have no plans to stop saying prayers before each meeting despite a decision Tuesday by the Supreme Court of the United States to reject an appeal from a North Carolina board of county commissioners who were found to have violated the Establishment Clause of...

2 years 10 months ago

State of State Address full text

DENVER (AP) - Prepared text of Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State speech on Thursday: When people think of the West, it's easy to envision wagon trains, Buffalo Bill, the glory days of the Gold Rush. Cowboy hats come to mind . rocks . even beer . but let's...

3 years 1 month ago

Government involvement in church disputes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether the government can get involved in a workplace dispute between a church and one of its employees. The court will hear arguments Wednesday from the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Redford, Mich. Cheryl Perich got sick, then...

3 years 1 month ago

Update: Postal workers rally at City Hall

Postal workers and supporters are rallying to "Save America's Postal Service" in light of massive budget problems. It's happening right now all across the country including Colorado Springs at City Hall. With hundreds of post offices considered for closure, along with the springs processing facility, these people are rallying...

3 years 3 months ago

Army general tapped to lead NORAD, Northcom

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The Army general who was tasked to investigate whether Afghan detainees were mistreated has been nominated for promotion to a fourth star and chosen to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. The Pentagon announced Lt. Gen. Charles...

3 years 3 months ago

Audit: Carson nutrition center handled properly

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A Defense Department audit says Fort Carson and the Army Corps of Engineers properly handled planning and reporting on an $11.5 million project to repair the post's Nutrition Care Division building. The Defense Department inspector general released a report Friday saying officials couldn't provide documentation...

3 years 4 months ago

CO financial computer system has risk of failure

DENVER (AP) - State officials say the computer system that is the backbone of Colorado's financial workings is outdated and could trigger a failure that would prevent critical governmental transactions. A report released Monday says the failure of the Colorado Financial Reporting System would paralyze the state's ability to process...

3 years 4 months ago

Government shutdown in Minnesota enters second week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There are no new talks scheduled as Minnesota's government shutdown enters its second week. Political gridlock stemming from disagreements between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders on how to deal with a $5 billion state budget deficit has idled 22,000 state employees, closed...

3 years 4 months ago

Council approves $2,200 mmj application fee

The Colorado Springs City Council has approved a motion to charge applicants $2,200 for a medical marijuana business application. The fee will include a city background check in addition to the background check already done by the stare. Originally council was expected to vote on a large fee structure...

3 years 5 months ago

Government warns of tax return theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. Someone using your name and Social Security number. It's happening a lot more often these days. A government report finds that instances of taxpayer identity theft have increased nearly five-fold over the past...

3 years 6 months ago

Colorado Legislature limps toward finish line

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's first divided Legislature in a decade is limping toward the finish line with plenty of topics to settle before the final gavels fall Wednesday. The biggest obstacle facing the Democratic Senate and Republican House is congressional redistricting, a process required every 10 years to adjust...

3 years 6 months ago

HIV/AIDS homeless grants coming to Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado programs that help the homeless and those with HIV/AIDS have received nearly $2 million in federal grants. The U.S. Development of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that Colorado programs will get $1.8 million. Denver-based Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp. will get nearly $1.5 million...

3 years 7 months ago

Another air controller naps; new schedules coming

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is changing air traffic controllers' work schedules following another incident of a controller falling asleep on the job. The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened early Saturday morning at a radar facility in Miami that handles high altitude air traffic. A controller fell asleep...

3 years 7 months ago

Post Exchange would close if government shuts down

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The military says food and other services for troops in war zones won't be interrupted by a government shutdown, but commissaries at U.S. facilities, including Fort Carson, may close. Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said Friday that department-store-style Exchanges will remain...

3 years 7 months ago

Possible scam targets Colorado non-profits, businesses

The government is warning about a possible scam targeting non-profits and businesses in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State's office says "Corporate Controllers Unit" is sending out a confusing solicitation. The letter asks non-profits to send $225 to file government reports with the Secretary of State's office--which typically only...

3 years 8 months ago

CU student resigns diversity post over writings

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The University of Colorado Student Government diversity director has resigned after officials saw copies of his blog posts, including one in which he wrote "women are not as smart as men." Philosophy graduate student Matthew Cucchiaro says the post titled "Today's Stupid Human Beings: Women"...

3 years 9 months ago

Conservation grants available

The United States Department of Agriculture has $500,000 available in grants for proposed conservation projects in Colorado. Individual applications will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process for improving conservation practices in Colorado. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities, including federally-recognized Indian Tribes, state and local governments,...

3 years 9 months ago

What caused financial meltdown?

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to finding the cause of the financial meltdown, the answers break down along party lines. The six Democratic members of a panel appointed by Congress agree that government officials and Wall Street executives share the blame for ignoring the warning signs. But...

3 years 11 months ago

FCC moves ahead with net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with Internet traffic flowing to their customers. The 3-2 vote Tuesday marks a major victory for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who has spent more than a year trying to craft...

3 years 11 months ago

IRS steps up audits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is making it riskier to cheat on your taxes. The tax agency increased the number of returns it audited by nearly 11 percent this year. Statistics released Wednesday show that wealthy taxpayers were most likely to be targeted. In all, the IRS...

3 years 11 months ago

Group aims to turn Falcon into a city

There's a grass roots movement developing in Falcon. A group calling themselves Citizens for a Better Falcon is working towards a ballot question next November that would incorporate Falcon and make it a city. "Our goals are to really just provide an opportunity for the citizens of the Falcon area...

3 years 11 months ago

Neighborhoods can keep street lights off

Earlier this year, the City of Colorado Springs turned off many of the street lights around town. It became a symbol of the cities budget problems and enraged citizens. "I was very disappointed." says Colorado Springs resident Etta McLanhan, "I felt like they weren't taking into consideration the safety issues...

3 years 11 months ago

Schools, government crack down on fake pot

The Drug Enforcement Administration and local schools are cracking down on fake pot products such as "K2", "Mr. Smiley", "Spice" and "Chronic". They're made from synthetic marijuana and are marketed as incense. However, the DEA has temporarily banned these products, which means they can't be sold in stores and you...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Two-year bonds at record low rate

NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are lending money to the government at a record low rate for two-year debt. The Treasury sold $35 billion in two-year notes on Tuesday at 0.40 percent, the lowest yield ever for an auction of two-year notes. Last month, the Treasury auctioned the notes...

4 years 1 month ago

Lockheed Martin to sell EIG unit for $815M

Lockheed Martin says it has agreed to sell its enterprise integration group to the private equity firm Veritas Capital for $815 million in cash. Lockheed Martin, which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, announced its plan to sell the group in June along with the Pacific Architects and Engineers unit...

4 years 1 month ago

Colorado voters get another heavy-ballot year

Colorado voters are seeing it again: Nine proposals on the November ballot that would transform state policy on everything from bail practices to limits on government borrowing. To help voters wade through the issues, the state has issued a 100-page-plus voter pamphlet. Early voting starts Monday. Colorado...

4 years 2 months ago

Contempt case to wrap up against Douglas Bruce

The contempt-of-course case against Colorado Springs anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce is expected to wrap-up Tuesday. There's no word on how long Denver District Judge Brian Whitney will take to decide whether to find Douglas Bruce guilty of contempt. Government lawyers say the father of Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of...

4 years 2 months ago

HP agrees to pay $55 million settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Justice says Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $55 million to settle claims it paid kickbacks to companies so that they would recommend its products to federal agencies. Hewlett-Packard Co. has already announced earlier this month it will take a charge of 2 cents...

4 years 2 months ago

Douglas Bruce catches another break

Colorado's best-known tax-basher has the government in fits again. Douglas Bruce has been given a second delay in the contempt-of-court charge against him. The Colorado Springs man was in court Wednesday to answer contempt charges after being accused of avoiding subpoenas in a lawsuit over three tax-cutting proposals on...

4 years 2 months ago

Governor to slash state budget today

It just keeps getting worse. Gov. Bill Ritter will announce another round of budget cuts on Monday as the state's fiscal emergency continues. The governor has the power to cut up to $75 million from this year's $18.2 billion budget because the state failed to meet a 2...

4 years 3 months ago

Pentagon takes aim at China cyber threat

The U.S. is warning about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks repeatedly aimed at American companies and government agencies. The Pentagon says the People's Liberation Army is using "information warfare units" to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks. Those units...

4 years 3 months ago

Worst unemployment report of the year released

New applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are likely cutting jobs again as the economy slows. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the...

4 years 4 months ago

Gov't has reached no conclusions in Toyota case

The government says it hasn't reached any conclusions about whether Toyota drivers may be to blame for their vehicles suddenly accelerating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Wednesday its engineers continue to investigate possible causes of sudden acceleration in Toyotas along with the National Academy of Sciences and...

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