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    High-schoolers offered year of free college

    Kirby Gamble is looking forward to receiving his high school diploma at the end of his first year at Colorado Mesa University. The reason that sounds backwards but isn’t is because...

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    Victim’s family supports suspect

    Glenwood Springs resident Audrey Lowndes was so excited after attending a Jehovah’s Witnesses service on April 14 that she and boyfriend James “McCabe” Mallin called her...

  • Meadow Gold dairy pulling out of Delta

    First it was coal. Now it’s milk. In another blow to the Delta County economy, Dean Foods, the company that operates a Meadow Gold milk processing center in the city of Delta, will...

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    Briefcase, April 24, 2014

    8 nominations for
national award Eight members of the customer service staff at Colorado West Insurance, 2782 Crossroads Boulevard, were nominated for the annual Outstanding...

  • Death Notices, April 24, 2014

    ■ Donna R. Braden, 77, Fruita, died April 22, 2014, at HopeWest and Hospice Care Center. A service will be at 10 a.m. May 2 at the Veterans Memorial Committal Shelter. Survivors...

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    Mesa County’s child-welfare standing improves

    A state measure of childhood well-being known as KIDS COUNT ranked Mesa County 12th out of 25 Colorado counties that were analyzed in 2014. The county moved up two spots on the list...

  • Sex-offender bill clears Senate

    DENVER — The Colorado Senate gave unanimous approval to a bill Wednesday designed to crack down on sexual offenders, particularly those who would prey on children. The measure, known...


  • Last appeal bid rejected in HK 'Milkshake Murder'

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's top court has rejected a final bid for an appeal by an American convicted of drugging her wealthy banker husband and bashing him to death.

  • Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week.

  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales — a figure which strips out the effects of currencies and acquisitions — grew by 3.4 percent.

  • Afghan guard shoots dead 3 foreigners in hospital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security guard opened fire on the medical staff at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning and killed three foreigners, including at least one doctor, police said.

  • Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different.

  • 6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports

    PHOENIX (AP) — Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said.

  • Management, safety cited for radiation release

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

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  • Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved.

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

  • Defense: FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The defense team for five people facing trial before a Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal claimed implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and called on the court to probe the incident aggressively, according to a motion unsealed on Wednesday.

  • Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.

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