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Feb 18, 2015

Controversy flares over making Colorado canyon national monument

DENVER, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is
expected to name three sites around the country this week as
national monuments, including a canyon in Colorado where critics
of the move denounced the plan on Wednesday as a big government
land grab.

Obama is expected to announce the designation of Browns
Canyon, a picturesque gorge in the Rocky Mountains some 90 miles
(145 km) west of Colorado Springs, during remarks in Chicago on
Thursday.

Feb 13, 2015

Mexico condemns fatal shooting by police in Washington state

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The Mexican government is condemning this week’s fatal shooting by police in Washington state of a Mexico-born man who had thrown rocks at officers in an incident captured on video.

Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry called for an exhaustive investigation of the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the city of Pasco, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, and said it is offering legal advice to relatives of the victim, who was originally from Michoacan state.

Feb 5, 2015

NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for Iraq story after soldiers protest

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers complained it was not true.

Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier who provided ground security during the incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.

Feb 4, 2015

NBC’s Brian Williams recants story about Iraq incident after soldiers protest

Feb 4 (Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams
said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he
said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by
rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers
complained it was not true.

Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while
reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a
retired soldier who provided ground security during the
incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a
mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their
Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.

Jan 30, 2015

Super Bowl billboard campaign seeks acceptance for gay players

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, a billboard campaign is seeking to win acceptance for gay players whom the organizers say have been part of the National Football League since it started, but are scared to come out in public.

The campaign by SCRUFF, a gay social networking application used by 7 million people worldwide, features two men eyeing each other in a locker room alongside the slogan “Play On Our Team.”

Jan 29, 2015

‘Puppy Bowl’ highlights cuteness, adoptions at Super Bowl

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As dozens of fans cheered, the players tussled over the ball as they neared the end-zone then fell to rolling around and biting each other on the neck, the chance of a touchdown forgotten.

While some NFL stars’ off-field antics made headlines ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, none are known to have chewed on each other.

Jan 29, 2015

U.S. activists keep domestic violence in Super Bowl spotlight

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, billboard trucks are expected to travel around Phoenix with messages reminding revelers of what critics see as an inadequate NFL response to domestic violence involving star NFL players.

Dispatched by an anti-sexism group to the airport, hotels and other venues, the trucks will bear slogans including “55 Cases of Domestic Violence Unanswered” and call for commissioner Roger Goodell to resign.

Jan 29, 2015

As U.S. Northeast shivers, Super Bowl fans slap on sunscreen

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As the northeastern United States shivered under heavy snowstorms, organizers of Sunday’s Super Bowl worried about fans suffering from another climatic risk: sunburn.

Volunteers in downtown Phoenix have filled dozens of dispensers of SPF 30 sun block, sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and placed them on street corners in Super Bowl Central, a 12-block area where corporate pavilions, live music and interactive events are being staged each day leading up to the game.

Jan 28, 2015

Super Bowl fans to face strict security checks at stadium

PHOENIX, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Fans attending Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona will face tight restrictions on what they can take into the stadium as a huge security operation swings into action to protect the biggest annual U.S. sports event.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met top local law enforcement officials in Phoenix on Wednesday and will visit the University of Phoenix stadium in nearby Glendale, where the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots for the National Football League championship.

Jan 20, 2015

Jury selection starts in Colorado cinema massacre trial

By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis

CENTENNIAL, Co. (Reuters) – A judge in Colorado began the process on Tuesday of choosing the jury for the murder trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.

Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 166 charges of murder, attempted murder and explosives offenses. He was arrested wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor at the scene of the shooting rampage in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Seventy people were also hurt.

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