• The Country Life: John Wayne or not, barn has a rich history

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    The distinctive, old red barn on Judge Orr Road next to the Meadow Lake Airport always draws my gaze when I drive by. I have long wondered about the barn's history. So has Jason Blair, the barn's latest owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his battery business, First Logistex Inc.; he's done renovations, including a recent paint job. When he got it, he said, "it was a real mess," but structurally sound. According to the El Paso County assessor, the barn was built in 1914; Blair, though, figures construction likely wasn't finished until 1915 and is planning a 100th anniversary celebration this summer. It was part of the McCandlish ranch before the ranch was developed into the airport and Mead

  • Covenant Children's Hospital opens recording studio at Lakeside campus to help young patients

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    Taylor Kucel was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with alveolar rabdomiosarcoma in 2013. A pain in her hip led to the diagnosis, said Katherine Kucel, Taylor’s mother. “She had swelling in her right leg,” Katherine said. “It wasn’t diagnosed right away. It took several trips to the doctor, several MRIs, ultrasounds to diagnose it.” Taylor finished treatment in April 2014 but a follow-up scan three months later showed a relapse, her mother said. The family from Levelland now makes frequent trips to Covenant Children’s Hospital and a hospital in Houston, but Katherine said Taylor has something new to look forward to at the Lubbock hospital.

  • Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come. "No matter what, we're going to make it into a festive moment darling. It's an extravaganza," she said Monday evening, backstage at The Colosseum. The songstress arrived to the venue earlier to cheering screams at Caesars Palace's entrance in a classic 1936 pink convertible trailing behind 18 mobile billboards bearing the titles of her number one hits including "Always be my baby" from 1996 and "Heartbreaker" from 1999. The gladiator-clad men took it from there, carrying Carey through the casino on a

  • STAR Flight nurse dies after falling from helicopter

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A flight nurse has died after falling from a helicopter while conducting a rescue of a woman who had fallen in a hiking area in Austin. According to a STAR Flight press release, 46-year-old Kristin McClain fell from an EC-145 helicopter Monday night while hoisting a woman who had fallen in the Barton Creek Greenbelt into the aircraft. McClain died at the scene. The rescued patient was transported to University Medical Center-Brackenridge with injuries were not life threatening. STAR Flight program director Casey Ping said during the Tuesday press briefing that McClain has been with the company for seven years. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board a

  • The Dallas Morning News Gerry Fraley column

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    ARLINGTON – What will it take for the newly acquired Josh Hamilton to be an upgrade for the Rangers? Hit .214. Who will be the first to get their next hit: Shin-Soo Choo or Hamilton? Hard to answer. The Rangers showed again Monday night why they took in Hamilton after two poor seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and a relapse in his struggle with alcohol and drug addictions. They are desperate for bats. The Rangers went quietly again, losing 3-1 to Seattle at Globe Life Park. They have the worst team batting average in the majors at .222 and have scored fewer than three runs in eight games. The Rangers are 19 games into this season and have yet to win consecutive games.

  • Broadway waits as Tony Award nominations revealed Tuesday

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's best will be up a little earlier than usual. It's Tony Award nominations day. The nominations will be announced Tuesday from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. There were some 40 nominators this year, selecting candidates for 24 competitive categories of Tonys, which will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Top musical candidates are "Fun Home," a show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel; "Something Rotten!," a big, bawdy show about the birth of the first musical; a dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film "An American in Paris"; and the Chita Rivera-led "The Visit."

  • Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest

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    A documentary filmmaker from Colorado was among four Americans killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the earthquake that shook Nepal. Thomas Ely Taplin, 61, was working on a film about the community of climbers at base camp and had been there only a short time when the magnitude-7.8 quake struck, his wife, Cory Freyer, told The Associated Press on Monday. "His passions were adventure travel and extreme landscape types of films," Freyer said in a telephone interview. The couple lived in Evergreen, Colorado, most of the year, she said. Eighteen people were killed by gusts of wind that blasted through Everest's base camp during the temblor. The overall death toll from Saturday's temblor is more than 4,000.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Police bid to regain control

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    11:58 p.m. Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence. "I think the violence is wrong ... I don't like it all," she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved. Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody. 11:40 p.m. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions "on the ground." He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through thos

  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax-credit scheme

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax-credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found Peter M. Hoffman, 65, his estranged wife, Susan Hoffman, 69, and attorney Michael P. Arata, 49, guilty Monday of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the rehabilitation of a dilapidated mansion that they turned into a film post-production studio. Peter Hoffman was convicted of 21 counts of mail and wire fraud related to the deal. He faces up to 405 years in prison. Arata was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to FBI agents about his involvement i

  • The Latest: Courthouse empties after Day 1 of Holmes trial

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    5:55 p.m. MDT The Arapahoe County Justice Center in suburban Denver has emptied quickly after opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting trial. Victims and survivors left the same way they entered Monday morning — walking briskly with some holding hands. Reporters filed stories about the day's proceedings under overcast skies on a gloomy evening, with temperatures in the mid-40s. The trial for James Holmes continues Tuesday morning. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more at a packed Aurora theater in 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. ___ 5:25 p.m. MDT Court has adjourned for the day in the Colorado theater shooting trial after James Holmes

  • Lone Star voices heard on gay-marriage cases

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    Texas' gay-marriage ban isn't among the four cases being argued Tuesday in Washington, but the Lone Star State has added its voice to the vigorous debate being waged before the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas politicians, activists, businesses and others are urging the court's nine justices to scrap or save state laws and constitutional amendments that prohibit same-sex marriages and deny recognition of gay unions legally performed in 37 states that allow the practice. Their contributions were among 150 friend-of-the-court briefs on gay marriage. Some made purely legal arguments; others focused on the social implications of allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

  • Viola Davis to star as Harriet Tubman in HBO movie

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero. HBO said Monday that the project is based on the biography "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman," by historian Kate Clifford Larson. Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped in 1849 and led countless slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad. An air date for the untitled project and other cast members were not announced. The Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses for escaped slaves, is the subject of other announced TV projects.

  • Federal board declines request to reopen Buddy Holly crash

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    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash was pilot error. Snow was listed as a secondary caused. In a letter dated April 21, the agency said the evidence presented in a request from pilot L.J. Coon wasn't sufficient to merit the reconsideration of the findings of the original investigation. Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings and more that contributed to the crash.

  • 'Batman' trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter's mind

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a "Batman" premiere. The lead prosecutor displayed an image of the theater door on a TV screen as he told of a sinister but sane killer who methodically carried out the 2012 mass murder to make himself feel good and be remembered. "Through this door is horror. Through this door are bullets, blood, brains and bodies.

  • Hawks player finds himself in middle of debate over policing, race

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    Those who know him well say Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha is the last guy you’d expect to see in handcuffs. Respected as a mentor by younger teammates and known around the league for his lack of ego, the low-key Sefolosha was supposed to be supplying defensive muscle for a Hawks team that entered the NBA playoffs with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Swiss native finds himself nursing a broken leg and at the center of the ongoing debate over alleged police brutality. Around the country, the incidents of unarmed black males dying at the hands of law enforcement officers keep coming: an unarmed teenager shot to death in Ferguson, Mo.; a 12-year-old killed in Cleveland; a 50-year-old shot in

  • Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in one scene, but she was the greatest storyteller I have ever known...." said her son, who heads the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Though best known as the wife of the beloved TV host — and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows — Jayne Meadows ha

  • Scottie Pippen's daughter charged with public intoxication

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The daughter of former NBA player Scottie Pippen has been arrested on allegations that she urinated in an Iowa City hotel lobby. The Iowa City Police Department says 20-year-old Sierra Pippen was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel on a charge of public intoxication. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1zgBnnV ) she was released on bond later Sunday morning. A police complaint says an officer reported Pippen smelling of alcohol and having impaired speech and balance in a walkway near the hotel. She refused a preliminary alcohol screening. Pippen has pleaded not guilty and will appear in court May 28. Online court records indicate Pippen was arrested

  • 'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movie

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Good times are coming to the big screen. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed to The Associated Press. "Good Times," which aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979, was about an African-American family living in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. Barris, who is also writing the screenplay for "Barbershop 3," tweeted Monday that he was excited about the project. Known primarily for his work on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish" and creating "America's Next Top Model," Barris has also written for "Girlfriends," ''The Game," and "Are We There Yet?" No director or stars have been set for the project yet. A repr

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    As Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000, shattered villages near epicenter plead for aid KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and small sending medical and rescue teams, aircraft and basic supplies. The small airport in the capital of Kathmandu was congested and chaotic, with some flights forced to turn back early in the day. Buildings in parts of the city were reduced to rubble, and there were shortages of food, fuel, electricity and shelter.

  • Box office top 20: 'Furious 7' leads box office for 4th week

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    NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" had enough gas left in the tank to lead the box office for the fourth straight weekend. The Universal sequel has dominated the month of April at the box office, but it will soon cede its perch to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Marvel superhero sequel opens in North American theaters Thursday night and has already taken in an estimated $202.1 million internationally. The Blake Lively fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline" opened solidly with $13.2 million, coming in third behind the Sony comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," which made $14.8 million in its second week of release. The top 20 movies at U.S.