Navy expected to relieve admiral in charge of Japan-based fleet in response to deadly disasters at sea

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The Navy will relieve the senior admiral in charge of the service’s 7th Fleet based in Japan in response to four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea, two U.S. officials said. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be removed from his job formally Wednesday, the official said. The incidents include the deadly collision Monday of the destroyer USS John S. McCain with a much heavier oil tanker off Singapore, and a June 17 accident in which the destroyer USS Fitzgerald was ripped open by a larger Japanese container ship. Seven sailors were killed in the Fitzgerald disaster, and at least some of the 10 sailors reported missing from the McCain are dead, Adm. Scott Swift, the …

Verizon raising price of unlimited plan, adding charge for better quality video

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NEW YORK — Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers. All major carriers now offer unlimited plans after years of steering people toward paying extra for using more data. Verizon, like its rivals, will start charging more for higher-quality video while hoping to attract cost-conscious customers with a cheaper plan. Verizon’s unlimited plan had cost $80 a month for one line for those who sign up for automatic payments with a checking account or debit card. Beginning Wednesday, it’ll cost $85 with high-definition video — capped at 720p for phones. Plans with DVD-quality streaming will cost $75. For a family of four, …

Verizon raising price of unlimited plan, adding charge for better quality video

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NEW YORK — Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers. All major carriers now offer unlimited plans after years of steering people toward paying extra for using more data. Verizon, like its rivals, will start charging more for higher-quality video while hoping to attract cost-conscious customers with a cheaper plan. Verizon’s unlimited plan had cost $80 a month for one line for those who sign up for automatic payments with a checking account or debit card. Beginning Wednesday, it’ll cost $85 with high-definition video — capped at 720p for phones. Plans with DVD-quality streaming will cost $75. For a family of four, …

Stormwater fees headed for November ballot in Colorado Springs

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Carol Lawrence, The Gazette Rocky Mountain Metalcraft employees left to right Allen McGowan , Johnny Knight,Butch Thompson and Patrick Glynn worked on installing brackets for a metal grate that will be installed in the culvert at Meadow Ridge Dr. and Austin Bluffs Parkway Friday morning. Two boys were killed two years ago when a heavy rain swept them underground in the culvert. The grate will prohibit that from happening again. The improvements are paid for by the city’s stormwater fee. After months of debates, arguments and unanswered questions, the Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to cement a set of proposed stormwater fees onto El Paso County’s November ballot. With Councilmen Don Knight, Bill Murray and Andy Pico in opposition, …

Thornton passes strict oil, gas rules as tensions over drilling in neighborhoods rise

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THORNTON — City leaders on Tuesday approved a set of oil and gas regulations that exceed what the state requires of energy-extraction firms, setting the stage for potential legal challenges as tensions between Front Range communities and drilling companies mount. Thornton’s new rules, which the city has been working on for more than a year, establish a 750-foot buffer between wells and homes, more than the 500-foot setback required by the state. They also go tougher on abandoned flowlines than rules from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission stipulate. Thornton also would require operators to maintain $5 million in general liability insurance for property damage and bodily injury, while the state requires only $1 million in insurance coverage. Councilman …

Thornton passes strict oil, gas rules as tensions over drilling in neighborhoods rise

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THORNTON — City leaders on Tuesday approved a set of oil and gas regulations that exceed what the state requires of energy-extraction firms, setting the stage for potential legal challenges as tensions between Front Range communities and drilling companies mount. Thornton’s new rules, which the city has been working on for more than a year, establish a 750-foot buffer between wells and homes, more than the 500-foot setback required by the state. They also go tougher on abandoned flowlines than rules from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission stipulate. Thornton also would require operators to maintain $5 million in general liability insurance for property damage and bodily injury, while the state requires only $1 million in insurance coverage. Councilman …

Trump hits McCain, Flake in Arizona without naming them

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Not once Tuesday night in Phoenix did President Donald Trump utter the names of Arizona’s two Republican senators, with whom he has clashed repeatedly and fiercely. But he left no uncertainty about the hard feelings he has for Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake. During remarks at a rally that lurched sharply from one topic to the next, Trump repeatedly referenced the “one vote” by which Senate Republicans fell short of passing a bill to keep the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act alive. It was an unmistakable reference to McCain, whose surprise “no” vote sunk the push last month, angering Trump. “They all said, ‘Mr. President, your speech was so good last night, please, please Mr. …

Nolan Arenado hits two-run homer, but Rockies get just two hits in loss to Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The dog days of summer might be waning, but the Rockies’ road offense remains all bark and no bite. The Rockies managed just two hits in a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. That’s correct, two hits, and the sliding Rockies fell for the 10th time in their last 14 games. Nolan Arenado’s two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning off starter Danny Duffy ended a no-hit bid and produced Colorado’s only runs. The Rockies made a bid to rally in the ninth inning, when Jonathan Lucroy looped a two-out triple down the right-field line that Melky Cabera dived for and missed. Then closer Kelvin Herrera, clearly struggling, issued …

Mind’s Eye: Not a thing to wear in August

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To introduce a lesson on organization, I asked my adult students to tell the class how they organized the clothes in their closets. Most arranged their clothing by type, season, color, or frequency of use; but some responses were less predictable. A young unmarried man said he either hung his clothing on the rod provided or heaped it on the floor. “How else,” he wondered, “could clothing be organized?” “I leave it up to my wife,” a cheerful fellow admitted, “She organizes our closet mathematically: two-thirds for her and one-third for me.” A middle-aged woman described her three categories as wear at will, wear with sturdy foundation garments, and wear after dieting. I asked the question about closet organization to …

Missing Aspen couple found dead below Capitol Peak summit

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The bodies of an Aspen couple were found Tuesday afternoon at the base of the north face of Capitol Peak, an official said. A helicopter crew spotted the two bodies about 2:25 p.m., said Jesse Steindler, a commander with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. While confirmation of their identities has not yet been made by the coroner, officials were 99.9 percent sure it is a man and woman who have been missing since Sunday afternoon based on clothing and equipment found with the bodies, he said. While posts about the missing couple were on Facebook and other websites Tuesday, The Aspen Times is not releasing their names until the next of kin has been notified. The couple in their mid- …