Breaking News: Friday, June 23, 2017

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EPA prepares to dam mine waste in southwest Colorado

By The AP

SILVERTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is studying whether it can close a dam inside a southwestern Colorado mountain to stop the drainage of contaminated mine water into the Animas River. The manmade dam, or bulkhead, was installed in 2004 at the abandoned Red and Bonita Mine, near the site of the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater. Some 300 gallons of toxic water are released each minute from the site above the town of ...


Nuggets acquire Tyler Lydon in draft-day trade with Jazz

By The AP

DENVER — Trading down in the first round with Utah, the Denver Nuggets acquired Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon with the 24th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night and added veteran forward Trey Lyles from the Jazz. The Nuggets entered the draft with the No. 13 overall pick, using it to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, whose rights were then traded to Utah in return for the Jazz’s No. 24 pick and Lyles, who was the 12th overall pick out of Kentucky two years ago. In his ...


Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump. Focus on the Family was once well-known for its involvement in politics. But under new leadership, it has dialed that back in an effort by younger evangelicals to withdraw from partisan culture wars. At the same time, many older evangelicals have stayed the course, ...


Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald’s

By The AP

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — A customer’s act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald’s sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line. Hunter Hostetler is a cashier at a McDonald’s in Scottsburg, about 50 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. He says an older woman waiting in the restaurant’s drive-thru Sunday decided to pay for the big order of a man with four children in a van behind her. Hostetler says she asked him to tell the man “Happy ...


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