• Take a walk on the wild side: Here are 10 places in Greeley that give us a chance to get in touch with nature

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    Josephine Jones may have started the natural areas movement, at least in northern Colorado, when she donated her land decades ago with the request that it remain in a natural state. Now it’s one of Greeley’s wildest places, with walking trails, natural grasses and views of the mountains. But it’s not the only place where you can get in touch with nature. Here are 10 places around Greeley that offer more than just a park; they offer us a chance to get in touch with our wild side. All of them are free and open to the public.

  • Wind lobbysits, business officials set to work on PTC extension

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    It was just two years ago Hans Ulrich Thornberg had to face facts. Uncertainty involving the future of the federal wind production tax credit — a 23-cent per-kilowatt-hour credit given to producers of wind-generated electricity over 10 years of a wind project’s productive life — led to a massive industry slowdown. Denmark-based Bach Composites, with only one office in the United States, was 170-people strong in its Fort Lupton facility when it opened in 2010 to provide nacelle covers for Vestas, which manufactures wind turbines. In late 2012, when the PTC was set to sunset — meaning wind developers would no longer be able to offset the high cost of wind turbine technology with the credit — panic set in.

  • Angola: Opposition, police dispute fatalities in raid

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angolan police and opposition politicians are at odds over the exact number of people killed in a raid on a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2015. Angola's main opposition party, UNITA, has accused the police of killing 1,080 people when they raided the Seventh Day Light of the World Church in central Huambo province on Apr. 16. Police say the number of fatalities is much lower, reporting that 13 civilians and nine policemen were killed during a raid that led to the arrest of the sect's leader Jose Julino Kalupeteka. The civilians killed were the personal bodyguards of the sect's leader who clashed with police, Police Commissioner Paulo Gaspar de Almeida told the Angola Press Agen

  • McIlroy moves to semifinals of Match Play

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rory McIlroy advanced to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship in a match against Paul Casey that went 22 holes in two days. Returning in the morning chill Sunday, McIlroy hit a beautiful lag from 60 feet that set up a birdie on the par-5 first hole. Casey hit a 3-wood onto the green, except that it went just over the back into a sticky lie in the rough. His first chip didn't reach the green. His next chip was short. He had McIlroy putt from just over 2 feet for the No. 1 player to advance. Casey became ill overnight and said it affected him only when looking down at his ball in the rough. McIlroy played Jim Furyk in the semifinals. Gary Woodland played Danny Willett of England.

  • Italy: At least 10 migrants found dead in sea off Libya

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    ROME (AP) — Italian Coast Guard and commercial vessels came to the rescue of at least 16 boats of migrants Sunday, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya's coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean. The Italian Coast Guard said the bodies were found in three separate rescue operations off Libya's coast. The Coast Guard was being aided by a tug and a merchant ship in at least some of the rescue efforts. Sunday's drama at sea came a day after 3,690 migrants were saved from smugglers' boats. Most of those migrants were still being taken to southern Italian ports even as the fresh rescues were taking place.

  • Swiss rail route blocked by landslide after heavy rain

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    BERLIN (AP) — A major railway route in Switzerland has been blocked by a landslide following persistent rain that has swollen rivers in much of the Alpine country. Switzerland's national railway said the line between the capital of Bern and the city of Fribourg, part of the country's main Zurich-Geneva rail route, was shut down Sunday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear when the line would reopen. In Geneva, police closed several bridges across the swollen Arve river over the weekend. Roads in the small town of St-Gingolph, on the border with France, were covered in mud and gravel after the Morge river burst its banks.

  • Kennywood ends opening day early after disturbances

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    WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say disturbances involving several large groups of teenagers prompted a western Pennsylvania amusement park to end its opening day early. Police in West Mifflin near Pittsburgh said the incidents at Kennywood Park were reported at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and the park closed a half-hour later. Police said the crowd of young people pushing, shoving and running through the park was dispersed by officers from several responding departments. Park spokesman Nick Paradise said security officers reported four teenage girls with bruises and other minor injuries. The park's website says Kennywood is usually open until about 10 p.m. depending on crowd size and weather conditions.

  • NYPD officer shooting suspect faces attempted murder charge

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, officials said. Demetrius Blackwell was arrested Saturday night in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Blackwell, 35, was expected to be arraigned Sunday afternoon, the Queens district attorney's office said. It was not clear if he had a lawyer. Moore, 25, was rushed to a hospital in a patrol car after he and his partner pulled up in an unmarked police car to a man who was adjusting his waistband suspiciously, police Commissioner William Bratton said.

  • Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority rallies against racism

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Several thousand people, mostly from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority, are protesting in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday's protest was mostly peaceful. Protesters blocked roads in central Tel Aviv and chanted "violent police officers belong in jail." The first rally last week in Jerusalem turned violent. Supporters say the protests will continue. Israel's Ethiopian community was shaken last week when footage emerged of an Ethiopian Israeli in an army uniform being beaten by police. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will meet Monday with representatives of the community as well as the beaten solider.

  • What to see on closing day of New Orleans' Jazz Fest

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is wrapping up its last of seven days of music, food and culture. The festival Sunday features nearly 60 musical acts performing on 10 stages, along with a stage specifically for children's entertainment and another featuring interviews with performers. The festival is a celebration of Louisiana's rich musical, cultural and culinary heritage. The seven days of music are strung out over two weekends. The first weekend was marred by rainy weather but warm temperatures and clear skies are expected Sunday. Some of Sunday's highlights include rock musician Lenny Kravitz, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, The O'Jays and the Stooges Brass Band.

  • Officials: Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops in Yemen

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — At least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates in shorts, landed Sunday in Yemen's southern coastal city of Aden on a "reconnaissance" mission amid a fierce offensive by Shiite rebels and their allies there, Yemeni military officials said. The objective of the landing, which Saudi officials declined to immediately comment on, was not clear. However, military and security officials repeatedly have said that a ground operation would follow a Saudi-led airstrike campaign after the military capabilities of the Houthi rebels and their allies had been sufficiently weakened.

  • 2 W.Va. churches organize garden to help drug addicts

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    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems. Bill Hess, a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, donated the ground for a garden to be cultivated by participants through the Day Report Center in Parkersburg. Produce from the garden will be taken to two Healthy Spot Farm Stands at Mt. Pleasant and at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, said Pastor Scot Clark of Mt. Pleasant. "This is an opportunity where I am connecting some dots," Clark said. Those fighting an addiction will work in the garden, which is about 50-feet square with additional ground available, Hess said.

  • Should Britain stay in the EU? Question hovers in election

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    LONDON (AP) — Ian Robinson, co-owner of a small investment firm in London, is watching Britain's general election this Thursday with unease. A victory for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party could bring Britain a step closer to leaving the 28-nation European Union, a move many companies fear would cause damage by increasing costs of doing business on the continent and eroding London's role as a global financial hub. Robinson says leaving the EU would make even the most basic things more difficult for businesses in Britain, forcing him to apply for licenses in each country where he operates rather than getting a single permit from British regulators. "Leaving the EU would be a disaster," he said in the of

  • Karrie Webb takes torch with 64 at LPGA North Texas tourney

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    World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb turned back the clock a bit Saturday, firing a 7-under 64 in the third round of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club. The 40-year-old veteran from Australia finds herself in third place with Fort Worth’s Angela Stanford, who shot 67, and second-round leader Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old from Canada. They are just a shot back of South Korea’s Inbee Park, 26, and Florida’s Lexi Thompson, 20, who share the lead at 204 going into Sunday’s final round. The current U.S. Solheim Cup captain, 54-year-old Juli Inkster, was in second place after 36 holes but faded late to finish with a 73 and is four shots behind.

  • Kuster co-sponsors bill to honor top-secret WWII unit

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is co-sponsoring a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II special troops known as the "Ghost Army." The Ghost Army — whose contributions remained classified for more than four decades — diverted enemy attention by deploying inflatable military vehicles and using radio trickery and other deceptive tactics. Their actions contributed to many Allied victories, including the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine River. Kuster, a Democrat, is co-sponsoring the bill with Republic New York Rep. Peter King. Among those who would be honored is the late Mickey McKane of Keene, who was a member of the Ghost Army.

  • ND Guard sexual assault response coordinator recognized

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A social worker who leads a program within the North Dakota National Guard to help prevent sexual assaults and aid victims in their recovery has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. The federal agency has named Heather Mattson the 2015 Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year. Mattson has served as the response coordinator for North Dakota National Guard since September 2012. Gen. Frank Grass is the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Grass says Mattson's efforts have greatly helped sexual assault survivors and "contributed to fostering a culture of dignity and trust within the National Guard.

  • Low milk prices, glutted market put strain on dairy farmers

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    WEST CHARLTON, N.Y. (AP) — This is shaping up as a challenging year for all U.S. dairy farmers, who enjoyed record high milk prices and low feed prices last year. But it's especially challenging for farmers in small marketing groups independent from regional or national dairy cooperatives. Two farmers' groups in eastern New York were recently dropped by a New York City dairy processor that had been buying their milk for years. David Wood runs a thousand-cow dairy in Saratoga County. He says he's currently selling milk for less than it costs to produce it, but he hopes prices will recover in the fall.

  • Boehner: Clinton needs to bring Democrats along on trade

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to back trade legislation that President Barack Obama wants — and help get Democrats on board. Boehner says Republican votes alone aren't enough to give Obama the negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. He tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama "needs her help" and Clinton should be more involved. Boehner says Clinton "can't sit on the sidelines and let the president swing in the wind." Presidential candidate Clinton so far is noncommittal about a trade deal she promoted as Obama's secretary of state. And she says any deal must produce U.S. jobs, raise wages and protect American security.

  • Vermont bans urine-based deer lures to stem disease spread

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids. If the proposal receives final approval, the ban would begin next year. Synthetic lures will still be allowed. The action comes as the board is hoping to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease from reaching the state. The disease is currently found in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. It kills all infected individuals, and infection levels can approach 50 percent in adult bucks. Chronic wasting disease can be spread through deer urine, feces and saliva. Deer may not show symptoms for several years after being infected.

  • What to watch: Religious objection bill; Abbott pre-K plan

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature is in the homestretch with less than a month left in the session — and top Republicans may have to hustle if they are going to keep their loftiest promises. Some key items are poised for crossing off conservative to-do lists: pumping extra billions into border security and transportation, allowing licensed Texans to openly carry handguns and strengthening ethics rules for elected officials. But the largest potential tax cuts in a decade have bogged down amid a Senate and House standoff on cutting property taxes versus sales taxes. Other pending proposals would allow guns on college campuses, promote school vouchers and repeal a 2001 law offering in-state tuition at public univers




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