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Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleads guilty to 2 charges

By: Devlin Barrett, Spencer S. Hsu

WASHINGTON – Rick Gates, a former top official in President Donald Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, striking a deal to cooperate and provide information to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing investigation as it edges closer to the White House. The...

11 Air Force Academy athletes suspended during investigation

By: The Associated Press

Jeff Kearney via The GazetteEleven members of the Air Force Academy swim team have been removed from a meet due to a misconduct investigation, the military school said in an email. COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Air Force Academy officials say it has suspended 11 members of its men’s swimming...

Four killed in small plane crash in southwest Colorado

By: The Associated Press

DOLORES — Authorities say four people were killed in a small plane crash in southwest Colorado. Jen Knellinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol, says search crews found the wreckage of the Piper Lance near Dolores on Friday evening. She says the plane crashed in an area rutted...

U.S. gun manufacturers have produced 150 million guns since 1986

By: Damian Paletta

U.S. companies have manufactured more than 70 million firearms since 2008, rapidly escalating the production of pistols and the types of rifles used in recent mass shootings, government and industry data show. In 2016, the latest year for which data is available, production spiked as firearms companies built roughly 11...

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

By: Anne D'Innocenzio

NEW YORK — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler...

Loveland developer planning 208-unit apartment project in Longmont

By: Lucas High

Lewis Geyer, Times-Call“Sold” sign in front of a new foundation for a home on Sicily Circle in Longmont Sept. 12, 2017. Another 208 unit apartment complex is being planned near Front Range Community College. Growth around Longmont’s Creekside Business Park continues with plans from a Loveland-based real estate firm to...

U.S. tightens sanctions on North Korean shipping

By: Matthew Pennington, Zeke Miller

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. has now blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the North. The administration billed it...

Deaths mounts in Syria as U.N. weighs cease-fire resolution

By: Bassem Mroue, Edith M. Lederer

BEIRUT — Syrian government warplanes carried out a sixth day of airstrikes Friday in the rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus, killing 32 people, activists said, as the death toll from a week of bombardment soared over 400. At the United Nations, a vote on a Security Council resolution demanding a...

Small explosion blows out apartment windows in Highlands Ranch

By: Kieran Nicholson

An explosion blew out windows Friday evening at an apartment in Highlands Ranch and the incident is under investigation. The explosion happened at about 6:05 p.m. in the 6000 block of Blue Ridge Drive, in the Palomino Park area, said Sgt. Jeff Miller, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. No...

Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

By: Laurie Kellman, Emily Swanson

WASHINGTON — Chester Trahan’s grandchildren are working, so he’s feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country’s overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump. “He stimulated it. Those people were...

Spectacular fossils found at Bears Ears — right where Trump removed protections

By: Darryl Fears, Juliet Eilperin

One of the world’s richest troves of Triassic-period fossils has been discovered in an area of Bears Ears National Monument that just lost its protected status, scientists announced Thursday. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in December that shrank the national monument by 85 percent. The discovery of intact remains...