Trump administration sets new visa rules for 6 mainly Muslim nations, refugees

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims. Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department say that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees …

“Dangerous” bear under a death sentence as Colorado Springs woman deals with backlash

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By Rachel Riley, The Gazette The same bear that snatched ice cream M&M’s from a Broadmoor-area resident’s freezer on Tuesday surprised another homeowner just a few blocks away. A video Denielle Backstrom provided to The Gazette, which begins with a frantic “AHHHH!,” shows the bear moseying around her garage. From inside her SUV, she honks her horn, eventually rolling down the window to tell the bear to “shoo!” Backstrom said she had just opened her garage door to pull in after dropping her children off at the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Zoo when the bear ambled in. “I was like, ‘No one is going to believe a bear is this close to me. I’m going to film this,’” she told The …

Cubs’ Kris Bryant leaves with injury against Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Chicago Cubs third baseman and 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant exited Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals with a “mild-to-moderate” right ankle sprain. The Cubs announced X-rays on the injured ankle were negative and that a potential DL stint remains uncertain. Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant would sit out at least the next two games including Thursday’s series finale. Bryant, steps away from the third base bag in foul territory, camped under a pop-up off the bat of Nationals catcher Matt Wieters in the bottom of the sixth. He drifted slightly back toward the third base line when making the catch. In the process, Bryant clipped the base with his right foot. He immediately grimaced and began walking …

Top-ranking Vatican cardinal charged with sex offenses in Australia

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By Julia Zauzner, The Washington Post A cardinal in charge of the Vatican’s finances has been charged with multiple sexual offenses by Australian police, in one of the most significant indictments against a top-ranking leader of the Catholic Church. Cardinal George Pell faces multiple charges of “historical sexual assault offenses,” the Australian criminal justice system’s term for offenses committed in the past, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton announced at a news conference on Thursday morning in Australia. That morning, Victoria police notified Pell’s legal representative that he has been charged and must appear in court on July 18, Patton said. Patton said that Pell was treated no differently than any other defendant because of his high rank in the …

Homicide investigation underway in Adams County

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Adams County sheriff’s personnel are investigating a death as a possible homicide. A body was reported at about 3:50 p.m. at 7540 York St., a U-Haul Moving & Storage business, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said they have no one in custody and that there’s “no threat to the public or surrounding community.” Related Articles June 28, 2017 Boy, 3, shot in Commerce City June 28, 2017 Littleton officer struck by vehicle, one shot fired as driver fled the incident June 28, 2017 Pastor to face trial in granddaughter’s faith healing death in Pennsylvania June 28, 2017 Denver police union asks for special prosecutor in case involving city’s top two police chiefs June 28, 2017 Young woman …

Cleanup plans proposed for Colorado’s Eagle Mine site

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DENVER — State and federal officials have proposed two cleanup initiatives for the existing Eagle Mine Superfund site in the Colorado mountains. The plans announced Wednesday are designed to reduce contaminants flowing into the Eagle River and to clean up the soil before a proposed housing development is built. The Eagle Mine dates to 1879 and operated until 1984. The site also included a mill, a retention pond and piles of waste rock and material left over after the ore was refined. The area was designated a Superfund site in 1986. Related Articles June 28, 2017 Denver-based energy company accused of pollution violations says it’s trying to meet clean-air regulations June 28, 2017 Utah lawsuits to test president’s power to …

Cleanup plans proposed for Colorado’s Eagle Mine site

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DENVER — State and federal officials have proposed two cleanup initiatives for the existing Eagle Mine Superfund site in the Colorado mountains. The plans announced Wednesday are designed to reduce contaminants flowing into the Eagle River and to clean up the soil before a proposed housing development is built. The Eagle Mine dates to 1879 and operated until 1984. The site also included a mill, a retention pond and piles of waste rock and material left over after the ore was refined. The area was designated a Superfund site in 1986. Related Articles June 28, 2017 Denver-based energy company accused of pollution violations says it’s trying to meet clean-air regulations June 28, 2017 Utah lawsuits to test president’s power to …

Federal appeals court gives Colorado marijuana credit union another chance

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A federal appeals court has breathed life into a plan hatched in Colorado to open a credit union for the marijuana industry. A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday vacated a district court ruling that nixed Denver-based Fourth Corner Credit Union’s bid to receive a master account with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Fourth Corner Credit Union first formed in late 2014 with the goal of serving licensed marijuana-related businesses, which have had trouble accessing financial services from traditional banking institutions. Any credit union or bank needs a Federal Reserve master account to operate. The judges remanded the case to the district court with instructions to dismiss the amended complaint without prejudice. …

Federal appeals court gives Colorado marijuana credit union another chance

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A federal appeals court has breathed life into a plan hatched in Colorado to open a credit union for the marijuana industry. A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday vacated a district court ruling that nixed Denver-based Fourth Corner Credit Union’s bid to receive a master account with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Fourth Corner Credit Union first formed in late 2014 with the goal of serving licensed marijuana-related businesses, which have had trouble accessing financial services from traditional banking institutions. Any credit union or bank needs a Federal Reserve master account to operate. The judges remanded the case to the district court with instructions to dismiss the amended complaint without prejudice. …

Kiszla: Tim Tebow could never be Peyton Manning, so now chases even crazier baseball dream

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Wielding a bat softer than a marshmallow left to melt in the blistering sun, Tim Tebow is so old as a baseball prospect, his baby-faced teammates call him “Papi.” But, on a muggy, buggy Sunday afternoon, as sweat formed puddles in the small of the back of young minor-leaguers, word spread in the Columbia Fireflies dugout that Tebow and his .220 batting average had earned a promotion to a higher-level club in the New York Mets farm system. Isn’t sports supposed to be a meritocracy? What in tarnation was going on here? “Hey!” said Milton Ramos, a 21-year-old shortstop, laughing as he slapped the chest of outfielder Arnaldo Berrios, “When Tim leaves town, you should start wearing …