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Group wants Longmont to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

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Sustainable Resilient Longmont wants Mayor Dennis Coombs to commit the city to providing all of its municipal electric energy from renewable power sources by 2030.

The organization will ask Coombs — the city’s outgoing mayor — “to leave a lasting legacy” by proclaiming the 100 percent renewable commitment, according to one of Sustainable Resilient Longmont’s Facebook postings.

Coombs said Monday that he will not sign such a commitment on the city’s behalf, in part because of the probable expense to customers to cover the costs of completing the final stages of transition away from power generated by coal and natural gas.

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“We can do a lot better” in the percentages of power generated from renewable sources, Coombs said, adding that it may be possible by 2030 for Platte River Power Authority provide 70 or 80 percent of the city’s power from solar, wind and hydroelectric sources.

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Volvo’s electric car brand Polestar unveils first model

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BEIJING — Volvo Cars’ performance electric car brand, Polestar, unveiled a four-seat coupe in lightweight carbon fiber as its first model Tuesday, adding to competition in a market dominated until now by Tesla.

The hybrid Polestar 1 promises a range of 150 kilometers (95 miles) on a charge, with a gasoline-powered engine to supplement that if needed. It is due to be produced at a factory in western China and released in 2019.

Volvo, owned since 2010 by Chinese automaker Geely Holding, announced in July that it would make only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019.

The Swedish brand, known for comfort and safety, launched Polestar to allow a different identity based on “really sporty performance cars,” said its chief executive, Thomas Ingenlath.

“There will be a clear difference between the two brands that add to each other in a very good way,” Ingenlath, a former Volvo senior vice president for design, said in a phone interview ahead of the model debut in Shanghai.

The company says it will follow up with an all-electric model in 2019 and an SUV in 2021.

All manufacturers are moving toward more hybrids, but industry analysts say a transition to full-electric vehicles is years away.

Volvo has announced plans to release three all-electric models under its own brand by 2021.

The next Polestar model, the mid-size Polestar 2, is intended to compete with Tesla’s Model 3, the company says. Ingenlath declined to give a price, but the Tesla starts at $35,000.

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Polestar will use an internet-based sales system with a monthly subscription fee, Ingenlath said. The company says that service will include the ability to rent other Volvo and Polestar models.

The market also faces competition from General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Bolt and BMW AG’s electric brand, BMW i, which has released four electric models. Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit plans an electric SUV next year.

Sales of fully electric and hybrid vehicles have risen but last year’s total was only 2.6 million, or about 3 percent of the global market. Navigant, a research firm, forecasts that will rise to about 3.7 million in 2018 and to more than 9 million by 2025, or about 9 percent of sales.

Polestar expects China, where the government is promoting electric car development, to account for about one-third of global sales, according to Ingenlath.

China is the world’s biggest market for electrics and hybrids. It accounted for 40 percent of last year’s global demand with sales of 336,000 units — more than double U.S. sales of 159,620.

Geely also launched another new brand, Lynk & Co., in 2016.

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Cynthia Coffman raises just $10,600 in attorney general’s race as Democrats make sizable hauls

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Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman raised just $10,600 between July 1 and the end of September for her re-election campaign, while Democrats vying to replace her made sizable hauls.

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The small amount adds to the speculation about whether Coffman, a Republican, is planning to run for another term as the state’s top law enforcement officer in 2018 or if she will get in on the already-crowded governor’s race.

Coffman spent about $7,800 between July and Oct.1 — most of it on fundraising consulting — and reported having $42,000 cash on hand heading into this month. That’s just slightly more money than she had on hand — about $39,000 — heading into the fundraising quarter, putting her far behind the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by her Democratic opponents.

It’s not clear when Coffman will decide whether to run for governor or try to keep her current job, but her indecision is creating a wide fundraising gap with Democrats for any Republican who might seek her job should she ultimately jump into the gubernatorial race. No other GOP candidate has filed to run for attorney general.

Phil Weiser, who worked in the Obama administration and is a former dean of the University of Colorado Law School, was the leading fundraiser among the Democrats running for Colorado attorney general.

During the last quarter, he reported taking in more than $368,000, leaving him with nearly $680,000 cash on hand heading into this month after spending about $24,000.

Weiser — a first-time candidate — also has filed five  “major contribution” reports for donations of $1,000 or more since Oct. 8, signaling that his contributions are not slowing up.

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Next was Democrat Amy Padden, a former state and federal prosecutor, who raised nearly $70,000 between July and the start of October, spending about $8,000 over that span. She had $61,000 heading into this month.

Denver attorney Brad Levin’s campaign raised $65,000 in monetary contributions and $22,000 in nonmonetary contributions during the last quarter. Levin also loaned his campaign $100,000.

His campaign had about $170,000 cash on hand to begin October after spending $112,000  during the reporting period. Levin’s campaign earlier this month told The Denver Post it had raised $190,000 during the quarter, but did not say that the bulk of the money came from the candidate’s loan.

The bulk of Levin’s spending went to consultants, including nearly $25,000 he paid to a Los Angeles firm called Left Hook.

Michael Dougherty, a Jefferson County prosecutor and fellow Democrat, took in more than $50,000 during the quarter and spent about $27,000. That left him with just over $70,000 heading into the month.

State. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, was last among the Democratic candidates — for the second period in a row — raising $20,000 and spending $18,729. He had $12,863 cash on hand at the start of October.

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The fantasy football fallout from Aaron Rodgers’ injury, Adrian Peterson’s breakout and more

1 hour 37 min ago

Another week, another major injury that knocks out one of the NFL’s brightest stars and alters the fantasy landscape. Last Sunday, it was Odell Beckham Jr. (plus J.J. Watt, but that’s less relevant for fantasy) going out for the season, and this Sunday saw none other than Aaron Rodgers go down.

Early in a game against the Vikings, Rodgers broke his collarbone, and he could be out for the rest of the regular season, almost certainly so for the fantasy season. His understudy, Brett Hundley, looked shaky, throwing three picks while completing 18 of 33 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and a 39.6 rating, but he has looked good in preseason action and should benefit from a full week’s practice as the starter.

Even if Hundley is competent, though, which is the most anyone could reasonably ask of him, Rodgers’s loss downgrades the entire Packers attack. Think of it as lowering everyone by a tier — if Jordy Nelson was a WR1, he’s now a WR2, Davante Adams goes from a WR2 to a WR3 (at least until we get a sense of to whom and/or to which routes Hundley likes to throw) and a muddled RB situation gets, well, even more muddled.

It’s possible that Aaron Jones, who split carries Sunday with Ty Montgomery, could be the one beneficiary, if Green Bay goes to run-heavy attack to mask Hundley’s presumed deficiencies. As we wait to find out, here are the other top takeaways from Week 6.

In other QB-injury news: Jameis Winston was forced from the Buccaneers-Cardinals game with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and owners of Mike Evans, Cameron Brate and DeSean Jackson can only hope that Monday’s MRI exam brings good news. Sure, Ryan Fitzpatrick (he of the uncanny curse) looked good in relief, but we’ve seen his act before, and the “Fitzmagic” has a way of wearing off all too quickly.

In other Bucs-Cards news: So, Adrian Peterson, how are you liking that change of scenery? After being mostly ignored in New Orleans, and rushing for just 81 scoreless yards on 27 carries when he did see the field, the 32-year-old exploded in his Arizona debut, trampling the previously stout Tampa Bay run defense for 134 yards and two TDs on 26 carries. It remains to be seen whether Peterson can keep this up, but if he’s even solid, that will be a game-changer for a Cards offense that was an inefficient, pass-happy attack, allowing defenses to tee off on immobile QB Carson Palmer.

In other Peterson-related news (last time, I promise): After the Saints made that trade, there was much speculation that the deal would also be very good for Mark Ingram. Sure enough, he wasted no time taking advantage of his lock on early-downs work, rumbling for 114 yards and two scores on 25 carries, and adding five catches for 36 yards in a win over the Lions. This may well go down as his best game of the season, and Alvin Kamara is very much still in the picture, but Ingram could solidify fringe-RB1 status with a big game next week against the Packers.

Buy-low alert: Julio Jones submitted another just-okay effort against the Dolphins, catching six of seven targets for 72 yards. More significantly, he has yet to score a TD this season, and his owners could be growing impatient with his lack of studliness. If you can snag Jones for anything less than another WR1 or a similar asset, you should do so. Sure, Jones may be Andre Johnson 2.0, an athletic marvel who doesn’t lack for targets except when his team gets anywhere near the end zone, but he came into this season averaging 0.5 TDs per game. Some end zone trips, as well as a few huge-yardage efforts, are more than likely coming for Jones.

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A Viking to your liking: Jerick McKinnon‘s apparent victory Monday in the post-Dalvin Cook RB battle with Latavius Murray was confirmed Sunday. While Murray labored for 28 yards on 15 carries, McKinnon turned 16 carries into 69 yards and a TD, adding another 30 yards and a score on five receptions and adding to the enormous regrets of those who spent big free agent cash on Murray. While McKinnon has become a must-start in all formats, the ex-Raider Murray is already trending dangerously close to droppable status, particularly if he continues to lose goal-line carries.

What’s up with Washington?: We’re at the point where the only Redskins receiver you can start with any confidence is … Chris Thompson. And he’s not even a receiver. It’s not even clear that Jordan Reed is the most fantasy-friendly TE on his own team, given the exploits of Vernon Davis, who is far better at blocking and staying healthy, two traits that tend to endear players to coaches. Kirk Cousins‘s ability to spread the ball around also likely meets with Jay Gruden’s approval, but it’s been rough for Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder, who have 24 catches between them since Week 1.

The Kevin “anything is possible” Garnett award: The Broncos’ league-leading run defense had held Melvin Gordon (54), Ezekiel Elliott (8), LeSean McCoy (21) and Marshawn Lynch (12) to a combined 95 rushing yards, so naturally Orleans Darkwa went into Denver and gained 117 yards on 21 carries. You know, the same Darkwa who had 21 carries all season, and whose Giants had lost all semblance of a credible passing attack (also the same Darkwa whom I’ve repeatedly championed on the Fantasy Football Beat podcast, but I digress). He’ll still be shackled to a weak offense, but Darkwa looks like the undisputed top RB for New York and should get plenty of work going forward.

Possible waiver guys: Orleans Darkwa, Brett Hundley, D’Onta Foreman, Chris Ivory, Dion Lewis.

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10 things to know as the NBA season gets underway

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Happy New Year, NBA.

The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors’ latest championship banner and the march toward April will finally be underway.

The offseason was loaded with changes. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George went to Oklahoma City, Gordon Hayward and Irving went to Boston, Isaiah Thomas got sent to Cleveland, Jimmy Butler is now in Minnesota and Paul Millsap calls Denver home. That’s seven All-Stars who moved, a record for an NBA offseason.

Every coach who started last season will start this season. That’s an NBA first.

Here are 10 things to know about the NBA season now that is here:


San Antonio, Toronto and Miami will likely start 1-0 — because under current management, San Antonio, Toronto and Miami almost always start 1-0. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is 18-2 on opening night, Raptors coach Dwane Casey is 7-1 and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is 7-2. Spoelstra has started 1-0 in each of the last six seasons, the longest such run in the NBA. A coach in need of a 1-0 start? Try New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry. He’s dropped five straight openers and is 2-9 on opening night. Brooklyn, Orlando, Milwaukee and Utah have the league’s longest current opening night losing streaks, starting 0-1 in each of the last four seasons.


Last season was the third straight where the NBA’s team single-season 3-point record fell, starting with Houston (933 in 2014-15), Golden State (1,077 in 2015-16) and Houston again (1,181 from 2016-17). Between the Rockets, Cleveland, Boston and the Warriors, four of the five highest single-season 3-point totals in history came last season. Don’t expect the 3-ball to go away anytime soon, either.


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LeBron James‘ list of milestones is about to get longer. He comes into this season 1,213 points shy of becoming the seventh NBA player to reach 30,000, meaning it should happen by about the All-Star break barring any extended absence. He’s also on pace to eclipse the 8,000-rebound and 8,000-assist marks this season. The only other player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists is Kobe Bryant. James already has all those numbers, and counting.


In 2014-15, half the league — 15 teams — held opponents under 100 points per game. Two seasons later, San Antonio and Utah were the only teams that managed the feat. The league’s planned crackdown on traveling this season might help, but it’ll be interesting to see if defensive numbers improve in this era of 3-point-reliant, pace-and-space basketball.


Think about this, with apologies to fans in the Pacific Northwest: There have been more NBA playoff games in Seattle over the last 13 years than in Minneapolis. This will finally be the year that changes. The Timberwolves, who last reached the postseason in 2004, should return this spring even in a loaded Western Conference with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and new addition Jimmy Butler leading the way.


If the Spurs win 41 games this season — a safe bet — it’ll be the 21st consecutive season where San Antonio finishes the regular season at .500 or better. That would tie the NBA mark in that department, matching the feat set by the Utah Jazz from 1983-84 to 2003-04. The Spurs set a record for consecutive winning seasons last year with their 20th. (Utah was 41-41 in 1984-85.)


Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki enters this season 31 games away from passing Kevin Willis for No. 6 on the NBA’s all-time list. At 48,673 minutes, he’s also within striking distance of No. 5 Elvin Hayes (50,000), No. 4 Jason Kidd (50,111) and No. 3 Kevin Garnett (50,418).


Stephen Curry will have just turned 30 when this regular season ends. And by then, he legitimately could be No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list. Curry starts this season No. 10, and at his current pace will pass Ray Allen for the top spot sometime in the 2019-2020 season.


No longer will the All-Star Game be overshadowed by talk of who’s getting moved where (like last year, when DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans while players were still in locker rooms in New Orleans immediately after the game). The trade deadline will now be 10 days before the All-Star break, so this season that means Feb. 8.


How can anyone pick against Golden State right now? The Warriors will get their third title in four years, which is the easiest prediction possible. So we’ll finish this with some probably less-than-chalk picks: LeBron James is going to reclaim the MVP award, the Rockets will have a game where they connect 30 times from 3-point range and Charlotte’s Steve Clifford will be coach of the year.

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325-pound Florida woman charged with killing girl by sitting on her

1 hour 49 min ago

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A 325-pound Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.

Escambia County Sheriff's OfficeThis Oct. 14, 2017 photo made available by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Fla., shows Veronica Green Posey under arrest. Posey is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment. Posey, who weighs 325 pounds, first punished the girl with a ruler and metal pipe before sitting on her for at least 10 minutes. (Escambia County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Veronica Green Posey, 64, was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, The Pensacola News Journal reported. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report identified Posey as the girl’s cousin.

Paramedics and deputies responded to the family’s Pensacola home following a 911 call Saturday. Posey told deputies she sat on Dericka Lindsay as discipline “for being out of control.”

During the punishment, Dericka told Posey and two other adult relatives, who are identified in the report as the girl’s parents, that she couldn’t breathe. When Posey got up, Dericka wasn’t breathing. Authorities said Posey called 911 and started CPR on the child.

The arrest report said Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, are charged with child neglect.

Grace Smith called Posey, who is her niece, to her house to help with disciplining the girl, according to the report. She told investigators that Posey hit the girl with a ruler and metal pipe before the child ran to an armchair.

James Smith told investigators that Posey sat on the girl for about 10 minutes before she complained she couldn’t breathe. She stayed on the chair for an additional two minutes before getting up, he said.

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Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, issued a statement that called the child’s death “appalling.” He said the agency will work with the sheriff’s office to hold those responsible for her death accountable.

“As the family has a prior interaction with the child welfare system, a thorough quality assurance review will be conducted to review all prior interactions this family has had with the child welfare system,” the statement said.

Posey was released Monday on $125,000 bail. The Smiths remained in jail, with Grace Smith’s bond set at $75,000 and James Smith’s bond at $50,000. Escambia County jail records didn’t list an attorney for Posey or the Smiths.Related Articles

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Man stabbed in face outside Nederland liquor store after he confronts shoplifter

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Police arrested a suspect accused of stabbing a man in the face outside the Dam Liquor Store in Nederland on Monday.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ananda Koromzay-Vail, 19, after witnesses say he stabbed a man who confronted him about noon Monday outside the store.

“According to witnesses,” a news release said, “the victim, a Rollinsville man and patron of the business stepped out and confronted Koromzay-Vail” after he walked out of the store with a bottle of whiskey.

“Koromzay-Vail stabbed the victim twice in the face, threatened to kill him and then fled.”

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A sheriff’s deputy who was close by when the call came in encountered Vail. The deputy had to use a stun gun to restrain Vail after he resisted arrest, the release said.

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Hemp power-players lobby Congress to shift mind-set, legalize crop

1 hour 57 min ago

American hemp is flush with grassroots organizations working to ensure the industry rises to prominence.

Now it has a “grass-tops” organization working to ensure that hemp’s fledgling federal protections gain permanence.

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, launched earlier this year with the backing of high-profile national hemp industry trade groups and a diverse slate of businesses. The coalition has ramped up lobbying efforts on behalf of the latest attempt to fully legalize hemp.

The nearly 30-member group is supporting the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 (H.R. 3530), a bill introduced in late July by Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, that would exclude hemp plants from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

“Our whole point here, the message we’ve got to get to Congress is (hemp is) an agricultural commodity, but not a controlled substance,” said Jonathan Miller, a Lexington, Ky.-based attorney who serves as the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s general counsel.

It’s an argument that has been made in the past to little avail, but Miller’s group is brimming with optimism about this iteration. He said H.R. 3530’s list of co-sponsors is growing — 30 Congress members have signed on as of Oct. 10; the measure is benefiting from “broad ideological support”; and it’s gained the backing of prominent agriculture groups such as the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“All of the political cards are, right now, in our favor,” he said.

And, to that point, that’s where the U.S. Hemp Roundtable could step in and stack the odds further in the industry’s favor, he added.

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s roots can be traced to Kentucky, home to one of the nation’s most mature hemp markets. The organization initially was founded a couple of years ago as the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council — shortly after Kentucky established its industrial hemp law — and its aim was to work for the betterment of local hemp businesses.

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Canada’s Bombardier could dodge 300 percent tariff by building jets in Alabama

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Canadian jet-maker Bombardier announced Monday that it is selling a controlling stake in its 100-150-seat C-series jetliner to European manufacturer Airbus, just weeks after the U.S. Commerce Department moved to impose 300 percent tariffs on the plane. The companies also said they will expand the plane’s production to a new facility in Mobile, Alabama, a move that could help it avoid the import duty.

Executives from Airbus and Bombardier touted the deal’s U.S. job-creation potential.

“This is a win-win for everybody,” Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said in a statement. “Not only will this partnership secure the C Series and its industrial operations in Canada, the U.K. and China, but we also bring new jobs to the U.S.”

The deal included no up-front cash payment, a possible reflection of the plane’s enormous production costs. When the deal closes Airbus will own just over half of the C-series plane, Bombardier will own 31 percent and a Canadian state investment agency will own the remaining 19 percent.

The combination significantly complicates what had been a three-way trade dispute between the United States, Canada and Britain. With Airbus’s ownership of the C-series aircraft, the dispute now touches France, Germany and Spain, where Airbus has a significant presence.

The dispute started in May when Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer Boeing asked the U.S. Commerce Department to investigate allegations that Bombardier is selling the C-series plane in the United States at an unfairly-low price and doing so with the help of illegal government subsidies. Bombardier had earlier struck a deal to sell 75 C series CS100 jets to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.

In two separate rulings over the past few weeks the U.S. Commerce Department ruled in Boeing’s favor on both counts, imposing a preliminary 300 percent tariff on Bombardier planes. The International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial U.S. agency that has the final say in such disputes, is expected to issue a final decision on the matter in February.

Bombardier and Airbus started discussing a potential sale in August, three months after Boeing first filed its tariff petition with the Commerce Department, an Airbus executive said Monday.

“We’ve been extremely fast compared to other programs at Airbus,” Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said.

In its published reactions to Airbus and Bombardier’s combination, Boeing sought to cast the deal as a blatant attempt to circumvent U.S. trade law.

“This looks like a questionable deal between two heavily state-subsidized competitors to skirt the recent findings of the U.S. government,” a Boeing spokesman said in a statement Monday. “Our position remains that everyone should play by the same rules for free and fair trade to work.”

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In a Monday evening call with reporters, executives from Airbus and Bombardier insisted the deal was motivated by a strategic business considerations and not a desire to avoid the tariff. Still, they recognized the added benefit of potentially avoiding the import duty.

“It’s not intended to circumvent anything, but the fact is that when you produce an aircraft in the U.S. it’s not subject to any U.S. import tariff rules,” Bombardier President Alain Bellemare said.

Trade experts question whether using an Alabama production facility would necessarily allow Airbus to waive the tariffs on the C-series plane. Much of the work of producing the plane comes down to assembly, with the actual components stretched across a global supply chain.

“There is a legal question of how much of the parts and components and value-added needs to actually happen in the U.S. for tariffs to no longer apply,” said Chad Bown, a senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “You can’t just fly an airplane to Alabama and say it’s made in America.”

But the combination could also give Bombardier new political clout in the United States, possibly making the import tax politically difficult for the White House. Airbus already operates a 53-acre facility in Mobile where it has produced the A320 narrow-body commercial jetliner since 2015 – the company’s first U.S. production facility.

As part of the announcement Monday Airbus said it will set up a second production center in Mobile, a move that could shift some of the plane’s future job creation potential from Quebec to the United States.

That could give the C-series another ally in Congress, where the tariff already faces resistance. In an October letter to the International Trade Commission a bipartisan group of four U.S. senators and three House members said they oppose the border tax.

“This destroys the trade complaint and guarantees the success of the C-series aircraft in the U.S.,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group.

Others said it is unlikely that Bombardier chose to embark on a combination purely because of the Commerce Department’s tariff decision.

“When a partner in a venture pays nothing to get on board it means you were in trouble to begin with,” said Loren Thompson, an aerospace consultant whose think-tank gets some funding from Boeing.

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Trump’s drug czar nominee withdraws after big pharma flap

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Republican Pennsylvania congressman “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name.” He praised Marino as “a fine man and a great congressman.”

Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!

Trump had raised the possibility Monday of withdrawing Marino’s nomination after reports by The Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said confirming Marino as the nation’s drug czar would be like “putting the wolf in charge of the henhouse.”

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Air Force Academy probes alleged cheating, athlete misconduct

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Cheating by more than a dozen freshman Air Force Academy cadets on a low-stakes test and alleged misconduct by members of the school’s lacrosse team were under separate investigations at the school Monday.

The academy said 13 freshmen were accused of cheating on a test of basic Air Force knowledge. The test includes simple questions, some asking cadets to recite quotes and name key military leaders.

“These tests are part of their military instruction and consist of questions related to military history, rank structure and other general knowledge,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said Monday. “Because that investigation is ongoing as well, I can’t divulge any further details.”

Less was released about alleged problems on the lacrosse team.

“I can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation into the conduct of several players on the team,” Herritage said. “Because that investigation is ongoing, I cannot disclose any further information.”

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Both issues are familiar ones for the academy, which has faced repeated probes into the conduct of its athletes and has had several cheating scandals involving freshmen.

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Questions and answers about Colin Kaepernick’s grievance

2 hours 18 min ago

Let’s assume that Colin Kaepernick is better than several quarterbacks — backups, and even starters — who have managed to find jobs on NFL rosters this season.

(He is.)

And let’s also say that teams refused to sign Kaepernick not because he isn’t good enough, but because he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America.

(That, too.)

It still isn’t enough for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to win the grievance he filed against the NFL on Sunday. To prove collusion, Kaepernick will need hard evidence that owners worked together — rather than decided individually — to keep him out of the league.

“We come to the distinction between collusion and what each individual team does as a matter of its business interests,” said Alfred Yen, who teaches sports law at Boston College Law School.

“If it turns out that all (32) teams have it in their business interest to do the same thing, so be it,” he said. “After all, all teams have it in their interests not to employ me as their starting quarterback. And that’s OK.”

The grievance claims NFL owners — egged on by President Donald Trump — agreed to blackball Kaepernick from the league “in retaliation for (his) leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

It calls the league’s behavior regarding Kaepernick “suspicious,” ”unusual” and “bizarre.” But the seven-page document does not give any examples of how NFL owners worked together to keep him out.

And that’s precisely the challenge of any collusion case.

The league declined to comment on the grievance to The Associated Press on Monday except to refer to previous statements by Commissioner Roger Goodell in which he insisted that “there are 32 different decisions” made by individual teams.

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“The things we are always about are meritocracy and opportunity,” he said in September. “I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin. Those are decisions that are made by football people.”

Here are some other issues raised by Kaepernick’s grievance:

Q: How did we get here?

A: A second-round draft choice out of Nevada, Kaepernick took over as 49ers starter midway through the 2012 season and led San Francisco to the Super Bowl that year. The team returned to the NFC championship game the next season, but then sank in the standings. Since Thanksgiving of 2014, it has had four head coaches while winning eight of 44 games.

In 2016, Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest the shootings of unarmed black men by police officers. After the season, he opted out of his contract with San Francisco and became a free agent. No other team was willing to sign him, even as Brian Hoyer, Scott Tolzien, Tom Savage, Mike Glennon and DeShone Kizer all found work as starters, only to be benched.

Q: So, does that prove collusion?

A: Not quite. The CBA says specifically that the decision not to sign a player — even if he’s better than an alternative — is not proof of collusion. Instead, there must be evidence of an agreement between one team and “the NFL or any other club” that influences an individual team’s decision making.

What’s more, Kaepernick will need to prove to a neutral arbitrator — University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Stephen Burbank has served in the position since 2011 — by a “clear preponderance of the evidence” that collusion occurred. This is a higher standard than in a normal civil case, Yen said, but still short of the criminal burden of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Q: Is there any precedent for what Kaepernick is claiming?

A: Before the practice was prohibited in collective bargaining agreements, teams routinely worked together to keep player salaries down. Another, more pernicious form of collusion was the “gentlemen’s agreement” among owners that banned black players from baseball until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.

In the 1980s, baseball owners were found guilty of colluding in three straight seasons to suppress salaries for a group of free agents that included future Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Paul Molitor and Tim Raines. Teams claimed they were allowed to share information as long as they didn’t set artificial prices; an arbitrator disagreed and granted the players $280 million and “new-look” free agency.

Steroid-tainted slugger Barry Bonds was less successful when he claimed that teams blackballed him in 2008, the season after he broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record. Bonds said he would play for the major league minimum, and he offered statistics that showed he was worth much more. But baseball’s arbitrator said he needed hard evidence of teams working in concert.

Q: What if Kaepernick’s grievance fails?

A: Like Tom Brady before him, Kaepernick could go to federal court to argue that football’s arbitration system was fundamentally unfair. But Kaepernick faces two challenges that Brady didn’t in the drawn-out “Deflategate” scandal that ended with his four-game suspension being upheld.

First, Kaepernick has to deal with the precedent set in “Deflategate,” which declared unambiguously that the federal courts should not interfere in the NFL’s collectively bargained arbitration process.

Second, Kaepernick’s grievance will be heard by a neutral arbitrator instead of Commissioner Roger Goodell. While that gives him hope for a receptive audience, it also eliminates one of the key grounds for a potential appeal.

“It’s a different ballgame when you’re in front of somebody who can go either way,” Yen said. “If he doesn’t win in front of these folks, I wouldn’t fancy his chances in front of the federal courts.”

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Mom accused of smothering infant during 18-hour drug-induced sleep can’t see her other kids

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FORT COLLINS — A Fort Collins mother charged with felony child abuse in the suffocation death of her infant son can’t have supervised visitation with her two other children, a judge ruled Monday.

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Mandi Woodall, 28, will only be allowed to write her children letters, which will be read by a therapist before the children receive them, 8th Judicial District Judge Stephen Howard ruled.

Woodall is accused of three counts of child abuse, with one alleging abuse resulting in death, after her 3-month-old baby suffocated in bed in May.

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The asphyxiation of Riko Walker was caused by constrictive bedding and “overlying” while co-sleeping, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. The manner of death was ruled an accident.

Police allege that Woodall discovered the child dead after she awoke from an 18-hour drug-induced sleep.

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Douglas County deputies arrest juvenile suspects in Front Range burglary spree

2 hours 29 min ago

Douglas County deputies intentionally struck a van during a high-speed chase and arrested two juvenile suspects who were connected to a burglary spree that extended from Colorado Springs to the Denver metro area, authorities say.

The names of the suspects, who were dressed in black hooded sweatshirts and wearing red latex gloves, have not been released because they are juveniles.

Between the hours of midnight to 3 a.m. Tuesday burglars broke into businesses along Academy Boulevard, according to a Colorado Springs police report.

The suspects used pry tools to enter the businesses. In each instance, the suspects left the businesses within minutes. The suspects fled in a light-colored mini-van.

A Colorado Springs police officer spotted a light blue Dodge mini-van traveling north on Interstate-25, the report says. The driver was wearing a black hoodie and red latex gloves.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle but the suspects fled at a high rate of speed. Dispatchers sent out notifications to surrounding jurisdictions.

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“Douglas County Sheriff Deputies located the vehicle and were able to disable it,” the report says.

Deputies arrested the suspects and recovered numerous stolen items linking the suspects to multiple burglaries along the Front Range, it says.

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Columbus Crew owner may move soccer team to Austin, Texas

2 hours 48 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The owner of the Crew SC says the team will move to Austin, Texas, unless a new stadium is built in Columbus.

Precourt Sports Ventures, owner of the Major League Soccer club since 2013, said it “is exploring strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the club.”

Ownership noted the team’s “growing disparity” in attendance and corporate support compared with other MLS mid-size markets, such as Kansas City, Orlando, Portland and Salt Lake City.

Anthony Precourt, investor-operator of Crew SC, told The Columbus Dispatch that timing regarding a decision on the club’s future in Columbus beyond 2018 is “uncertain.” He said the team needs a stadium in downtown Columbus to remain viable.

The Crew is 20th in attendance out of 22 MLS teams with an average of 15,439.

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Lunch Special: Denver Broncos live chat with Nick Kosmider

3 hours 2 min ago

The Denver Post’s Nick Kosmider will be answering reader questions about the Denver Broncos in a live chat, beginning at noon Tuesday. Mobile users, don’t see the live chat? Tap here.

The chat window will open at 9:30 a.m. so that readers can submit their questions early. The chat will begin at noon.

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Man who shielded girlfriend during Vegas shooting rehabbing at Colorado hospital

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Michael Caster never expected to need a lesson on how to use a wheelchair.

But now he’s one of the hundreds who was seriously injured in the Las Vegas shooting and he’s working through intensive rehabilitation on a journey that could last a lifetime.

“I have a lot to be thankful for. I could have been one of those people that didn’t make it here,” said Caster, who shielded his girlfriend with his body during the shooting.

A bullet fragment penetrated his spine and he has no feeling from just above the waist down.

“He’s the strongest person I’ve ever met and known,” said Tawny Temple, Caster’s girlfriend, who said the couple chose Craig Hospital because it is one of the top spinal cord rehabilitation centers in the country. “If there is any hospital that’s going to work miracles and do the best at what they do, it’s this one.”

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Autumn heat wave hits Denver metro area

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By Tuesday afternoon, Denver’s high temperature will flirt with 80 degrees.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Boulder are predicting a high of 79 degrees.

“Denver may reach 80 degrees today for the first time in October this year. Cooler air is still on track for Saturday,” the weather service says.

The rest of the work-week will be just short of toasty, with highs around 75 on Wednesday, 74 on Thursday and 77 on Friday.

The next time it will feel like autumn is Saturday, when the high will be around 58 degrees.

Sunshine is forecast on Sunday and Monday, when the high is expected to reach 6 degrees.

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Colorado Springs police arrest juvenile in shooting near school

4 hours 36 min ago

Colorado Springs arrested a juvenile suspect Monday in a targeted shooting that happened across the street from Doherty High School, authorities say.

The name of the 16-year-old suspect was not released because he is a juvenile. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

On Sept. 22, a boy was shot and injured in the 4600 block of Austin Bluffs Parkway, across the street from the high school. Arrest warrants were issued against two juveniles on Sept. 26, according to a news release by Lt. Howard Black of the Colorado Springs police.

Numerous Colorado Springs police officers and members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force have been trying to track the suspects down.

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On Monday afternoon, one of the suspects was seen climbing into a car near Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway. Authorities followed the car to Manitou Springs and arrested the 16-year-old suspect without incident.

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Ophelia batters U.K. after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

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LONDON — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland.

The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again Tuesday, a day after making landfall on Ireland’s south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour).

Britain’s Met Office weather service said Scotland could see heavy rain and gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), with winds gradually diminishing through Tuesday.

Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were closed for a second day as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit Ireland in decades.

Irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 330,000 homes.

Commuters faced delays and downed trees blocked rail lines.

Train services between the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and from London to Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth were slowed down by trees that were blown onto the tracks.

In Dumfries and Galloway in western Scotland, a scout hall roof was blown off amid winds of up of up to 77 mph (124 kph). In Cumbria in northwest England, part of a soccer club’s stand was ripped off by the wind.

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Some areas hit by the storm were affected by water shortages.

By Tuesday, the UK Met Office reduced the area covered by a yellow weather warning, though it said windy weather is still likely.

Parts of southern Norway reported a smoky smell on Tuesday morning, which the local meteorological institute said it was likely carried there by Ophelia from the wave of forest fires in Portugal and Spain that killed at least 41 people over the weekend.

In Sweden, people in the capital of Stockholm and elsewhere launched a flurry of calls to authorities, saying the skies were much darker than usual Tuesday morning. That was also probably due to Ophelia’s strong winds, which carried a mix of red sand from the Sahara and tiny particles from the Iberian forest fires across western Europe.


Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen contributed.

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