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  • Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes 6 injuries

    ATLANTA — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the […]

  • State issues water advice for people living near the Air Force Academy after tests

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado health officials say people living south of the Air Force Academy should switch to bottled water if they rely on wells with elevated levels of a toxic chemical the military used in firefighting foam. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Saturday the advice also applies to people who haven’t yet tested area wells for the presence of chemicals called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Tests showed elevated levels of PFAS in groundwater beneath the […]

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    Driver sentenced to 70 years in Fort Collins Thanksgiving crash that killed 2

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A man convicted of second-degree murder for a crash that killed two people has been sentenced to 70 years in prison. The Coloradoan reports 20-year-old Marcos Orozco was sentenced Friday in the deaths of Nicole Nees of Fort Collins and her father, John Nees of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The crash occurred last Thanksgiving Day. Authorities say the victims had been shopping for Thanksgiving dinner and were stopped at a red light when Orozco, driving a stolen […]

  • At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-it-alone stance

    BIARRITZ, France  — President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in France for an international summit with the leaders of the globe’s economic powers as he confronts the consequences of his preference for going it alone, both in a sharply divided United States and an interconnected world. The meeting of the Group of Seven nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. — in the beach resort town of Biarritz comes at one of the most unpredictable moments in […]

  • Aerial picture showing smoke from a two-kilometre-long stretch of fire billowing from the Amazon rainforest about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. - Bolsonaro said Friday he is considering deploying the army to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, after news about the fires have sparked protests around the world. The latest official figures show 76,720 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far this year -- the highest number for any year since 2013. More than half are in the Amazon. (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon

    PORT VELHO, Brazil — Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil’s Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to border areas, indigenous territories and other affected regions in the Amazon to assist in putting out fires for a month, according to a presidential decree authorizing use of the army. The military […]

  • Illinois patient’s death may be first in US tied to vaping

    CHICAGO— Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died and that they consider it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults. Colorado has one confirmed case and three suspected cases of sudden and severe lung illness tied to vaping. The Illinois Department of Public Health the adult patient was hospitalized after falling ill following vaping, though […]

  • France threatens economic retaliation over Amazon fires

    BIARRITZ, France — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil’s president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with South American states including Brazil. Ireland joined in the threat of possible economic repercussions for Brazil and its South American neighbors, starkly illustrating how the Amazon is becoming a battleground between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and increasingly critical governments alarmed that vast […]

  • Air Force Academy discovers contamination in water, linked to firefighting foam

    COLORADO SPRINGS— The U.S. Air Force Academy says unsafe levels of chemicals were found in groundwater at four sites on the Colorado campus. The Gazette reported Thursday that officials plan to test drinking water wells in an area between the academy and Colorado Springs. Air Force officials say drinking water at the academy is not affected. The base gets water from Colorado Springs Utilities, which has not found the chemicals in its water. The perfluorinated compounds found in the water […]

  • VW recalls 679,000 cars to fix problem that could cause them to roll away

    DETROIT— Volkswagen is recalling about 679,000 cars in the U. S. to fix a problem that could let the cars roll away unexpectedly. The recall covers certain 2011 through 2018 Jettas; 2015 through 2019 GTIs; 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Golfs; 2012 through 2019 Beetles and Beetle Convertibles; and 2017 through 2019 Golf SportWagens. All have automatic transmissions, manual hand brakes and keyless entry. VW says silicate can build up on a shift lever switch, allowing the key to be […]

  • David Koch, billionaire businessman and influential GOP donor, dies at 79

    WASHINGTON— Billionaire David Koch has died at age 79. Koch was a major donor to conservative causes and educational groups. Charles Koch, the CEO of the family’s industrial conglomerate Koch Industries, announced the death Friday. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David. Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life,” the elder Koch said in a statement. Together with his older brother, Charles, the Koch’s were […]

  • Nevada county won’t permit ‘Storm Area 51’-inspired event

    RACHEL, Nev. — A Nevada county has rejected a proposal for a festival in a rural farming community to coincide with “Storm Area 51” events next month. The Nye County Commission on Tuesday denied a permit for an event organizers dubbed “Peacestock 51” and planned to hold Sept. 20 in Amargosa Valley. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports commissioners raised concerns about resident safety, dust, environmental damage and the remoteness of the site 90 miles from Las Vegas. The denial came […]

  • Injured reserve is a possibility for Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Drew Lock says he’s not sure when his sprained right thumb will allow him to throw a football again and Broncos coach Vic Fangio wouldn’t rule out placing the rookie quarterback on injured reserve to start the season. Lock was injured in the preseason loss to the 49ers on Monday night when he was chased from the pocket and tripped up. Although X-rays were negative, Lock was diagnosed with a serious sprain that will force him to […]

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