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many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london — many clouds, the winner of britain's 2015 grand national, collapsed and died after winning a race at cheltenham on urday.having won the cotswold chase by a head, many clouds fell after the winning post and was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed."it's just a tragic end to the race," said colin tizzard, trainer of second-placed thistlecrack. "this is what happens in our sport occasionally and you've got to face up to it."many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world's most grueling horse race.






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how bison were reintroduced into banff national park


sixteen bison were recently reintroduced to banff national park. this video shows how the animals were moved and introduced into the park.full story at youtube.more amazing animal stuff. posted by josh urich






many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london (ap) — many clouds, the winner of britain’s 2015 grand national, has collapsed and died after winning a race at cheltenham on urday.having won the cotswold chase by a head, many clouds fell after the winning post and was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed.many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world’s most grueling horse race.






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all the deals and freebies you can get for national pizza day


p o by frank fox.today is national pizza day, and that means there are tons of deals and freebies to be had over the next week. so drop your original dinner plans—they were probably boring anyway—and get yourself a slice of heaven.advertisementlaura northrop at the consumerist has put together a list of all of the cheesy, stuffed crust, extra anchovy goodness. some of the highlights include:you can find more great national pizza day deals at the link below.advertisementhere are your discounts, freebies, and bagels to celebrate national pizza day | the consumerist






vice admiral robert harward offered national security adviser job


president trump has offered the job of national security adviser to vice admiral robert harward, sources close to the situation told cbs news’ major garrett.harward, a 60-year-old former navy seal, served as deputy commander of u.s. central command under now-defense secretary james mattis. he previously served as deputy commanding general for operations of joint special operations command at fort bragg in north carolina.harward has also commanded troops in both iraq and afghanistan for six years after the 9/11 attacks. under president george w. bush, he served on the national security council as director of strategy and policy for the office of combating terrorism.he has not yet accepted mr. trump’s offer, and negotiations continue over the national security council staff harward would be






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ex-vp biden elected chair of national constitution center


philadelphia — former vice president joe biden has been elected chair of the board of trustees at philadelphia's national constitution center.the center made the announcement wednesday that biden will succeed former florida gov. jeb bush, whose term ended in january.jeffrey rosen, president and ceo of the center, says biden's "love for the constitution, and passion for teaching all americans about its enduring principles, have inspired people around the world."biden says he's honored to succeed former presidents bill clinton and george h.w. bush at the head of such a "national treasure."biden will also be splitting his time between programs at the university of delaware and the university of pennsylvania as part of his post-white house life.






gen. michael flynn allegedly lied to the fbi when asked about russian conversati


former white house national security adviser michael flynn told fbi agents in an interview last month that he had not discussed sanctions against russia with moscow’s u.s. ambassador before president donald trump took office, the washington post reported on thursday, citing current and former u.s. officials.flynn’s jan. 24 interview with the fbi could expose him to charges, since lying to the agency is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would lie with the justice department.u.s. intelligence agencies intercepted flynn’s call with russian ambassador sergei kislyak after trump’s election, in which the two discussed sanctions, the post reported previously.(reporting by tim ahmann; editing by eric walsh)






michael flynn had ‘potentially illegal’ discussions on us sanctions with russia:


white house national security adviser michael flynn privately discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with moscow’s amb ador to the united states during the month before president donald trump took office, the washington post reported on thursday.citing unnamed current and former u.s. officials, the post said some senior u.s. officials interpreted the contacts as a “potentially illegal” signal to russia that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions imposed by the obama administration in december.reuters could not immediately confirm the washington post report.reuters reported last month, citing three sources familiar with the matter, that flynn had held five phone calls with russian amb ador sergei kislyak on dec. 29, the day then-president barack obama retaliated for moscow’s alleged int






national day calendar


national day calendar 2016 is a super simple calendar app to keep up with all the "national" days of 2016. the calendar allows you to browse each day individually, select a specific day to see what's being celebrated, or search a topic and see if and when its being celebrated. more and more people are declaring special national days, so stay tuned for future updates.






2016 saw bump in colorado human trafficking cases reported to national line – th


there was a 56 percent bump in the number of human trafficking cases from colorado reported to the national human trafficking line last year as compared to 2015, mirroring a significant increase in reported cases nationwide.polaris, a washington d.c.-based trafficking policy and victims advocacy group that operates the line, says 120 human trafficking cases from colorado were phoned in to the line in 2016. of those, 85 were cases of trafficking and 21 cases of labor trafficking.in 2015, there were 78 human trafficking cases from colorado reported to the line.“human trafficking lines are lifelines for survivors, providing them with an outlet to be connected with the services and resources they want and need along their long path of recovery,” caroline diemar, director of the national line,






national parks are free monday for presidents day – the denver post


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many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london — many clouds, the winner of britain's 2015 grand national, collapsed and died after producing one final stunning victory on urday.at cheltenham, many clouds shocked thistlecrack to win the cotswold chase by a head before falling after the winning post. he was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed."we've got to look forward and not look back," trainer oliver sherwood said. "he's been the horse of a lifetime and i always said he would die for you and he's died for me and the team today doing what he does best."he wanted to win that race. he was beaten and then fought back in the last 50 yards to win."many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world's most grueling






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former vice media editor allegedly tried to recruit staffers for a transnational


a former vice media editor allegedly used the vice canada office as a recruiting center for a transnational cocaine smuggling venture, the national post reports. the editor reportedly sought out young journalists and artists for the drug ring, current and former vice employees alleged in a conver ion with the national post.yaroslav pastukhov, who was the editor of vice canada and went by slava pastuk at the time, reportedly offered each of them $10,000 so that they would carry and deliver suitcases lined with drugs from las vegas to australia. according to the report, they all declined to accept the offer.pastukhov parted ways with vice media in feb. 2016 after several employees reported concerning behavior to mana ent; however, his reason for parting ways with vice was never disclosed to






piano master national anthems


piano master is a game, just follow the notes on the screen and you will be able to play your favorite national anthems. this is a special version of "piano master", dedicated to the national anthems of the countries of the world. it includes 32 songs. for a better play experience a display size of at least 4 inches is recommended. this program works very well on tablets. national anthems in this game: italyunited statesfranceunited kingdomspaingermanyjapancanadahungarysouth koreabrazilargentinarussiabelgiumirelandukraineswedenportugalgreeceswitzerlandthe netherlandsaustriadenmarknorwayfinlandmexicoisraelaustraliaindiachinaturkeypakistan.






former diplomat reveals officials fear trump is a serious national security thre


the former istant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor issued a sarcastic rebuke of donald trump’s first few weeks in office, insisting it’s “totally usual” for a president to face the type of mounting dissent being levied against the administration.“is it unusual?” tom malinow­ski—who worked for former president barack obama—told the washington post, when asked about unprecedented efforts by government officials to voice concerns over the new administration. “there’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the united states feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to u.s. national security. that happens all the time. it’s totally usual. nothing to worry about.”the comment e after mounting signs of conflict between federal employees a






national zoo bobcat ollie found, zoo says


ollie, the bobcat who was declared missing from the national zoo on monday, has been found, the zoo announced on wednesday.she was found on the national zoo property, the zoo tweeted. the national zoo said after she went missing that she was “absolutely capable of surviving, even thriving” in the area. she is believed to be about 7 years old. bobcats are native to north america, including the greater washington area. they prey mostly on small rodents and birds.  although the zoo had stressed that bobcats are not dangerous, some washington, d.c.-area schools canceled recess on tuesday while the bobcat was believed to still be on the loose.






9th circuit court of appeals says it will rule soon on whether to restore trump'


in making the case to reinstate president trump's executive order on immigration, attorneys for the department of justice have zeroed in on the chief executive's authority to decide issues of national security. that power, they argued in court papers, is sacrosanct and should not be challenged, as it was by the judge who issued a sweeping emergency order last week that halted the travel restrictions. “judicial second-guessing of the president’s determination,” the lawyers wrote in a brief, “would constitute an impermissible intrusion on the political branches’ plenary constitutional authority over foreign affairs, national security, and immigration.” but in the lead up to the 9th circuit court of appeals’ hearing tuesday to decide whether to lift the hold, experts on national security






sessions will face a tough job at justice - and trump isn't making it any easier


in making the case to reinstate president trump's executive order on immigration, attorneys for the department of justice have zeroed in on the chief executive's authority to decide issues of national security. that power, they argued in court papers, is sacrosanct and should not be challenged, as it was by the judge who issued a sweeping emergency order last week that halted the travel restrictions. “judicial second-guessing of the president’s determination,” the lawyers wrote in a brief, “would constitute an impermissible intrusion on the political branches’ plenary constitutional authority over foreign affairs, national security, and immigration.” but in the lead up to the 9th circuit court of appeals’ hearing tuesday to decide whether to lift the hold, experts on national security






amtrak from st. paul to west coast canceled by storm, avalanches


amtrak has suspended rail service between st. paul and the west coast due to a major snowstorm and avalanches reported in montana's mountain p es.the once-daily westbound empire builder from union depot to seattle, portland and spokane has been canceled for monday and trains may not be rolling for days, said amtrak spokesman marc magliari.amtrak is notifying p engers and will reschedule trips or offer refunds, magliari said.eastbound empire builder trains from st. paul to chicago will operate as normal starting with tuesday's 8 a.m. departure. on monday, buses took p engers to chicago, said deborah carter mccoy with the ramsey county regional railroad authority, which operates union depot.on the upside, with the eastbound train originating in st. paul, there will be an on-time departure, s






colorado democratic lawmakers push effort to elect the president by national pop


hillary clinton won the national popular vote. donald trump won the white house.the contradiction is generating renewed interest across the nation for an effort to elect the president by a national popular vote within the electoral college.colorado holds a special place in the debate. more than a decade ago, the state senate became the first legislative body in the nation to pass a national popular vote, according to the organization leading the effort.the measure never won final approval, but 10 democratic lawmakers sponsored a similar bill that will get a hearing wednesday.under senate bill 99, colorado would award its nine electoral college votes to the candidate that wins the most votes nationwide, rather than the one that receives the most votes in the state. in the case of the 2016 e






u.s. 9th circuit court of appeals decision on trump travel ban is expected this


in making the case to reinstate president trump's executive order on immigration, attorneys for the department of justice have zeroed in on the chief executive's authority to decide issues of national security. that power, they argued in court papers, is sacrosanct and should not be challenged, as it was by the judge who issued a sweeping emergency order last week that halted the travel restrictions. “judicial second-guessing of the president’s determination,” the lawyers wrote in a brief, “would constitute an impermissible intrusion on the political branches’ plenary constitutional authority over foreign affairs, national security, and immigration.” but in the lead up to the 9th circuit court of appeals’ hearing tuesday to decide whether to lift the hold, experts on national security






live updates: 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals rules against trump and travel b


in making the case to reinstate president trump's executive order on immigration, attorneys for the department of justice have zeroed in on the chief executive's authority to decide issues of national security. that power, they argued in court papers, is sacrosanct and should not be challenged, as it was by the judge who issued a sweeping emergency order last week that halted the travel restrictions. “judicial second-guessing of the president’s determination,” the lawyers wrote in a brief, “would constitute an impermissible intrusion on the political branches’ plenary constitutional authority over foreign affairs, national security, and immigration.” but in the lead up to the 9th circuit court of appeals’ hearing tuesday to decide whether to lift the hold, experts on national security






trump adding cia back to national security council: white house


president donald trump will amend his recent national security council reorganization to add the cia to the group, the white house said on monday.white house spokesman sean spicer said the cia had not been part of the national security forum since 2005, but he said trump was making the change out of respect for director mike pompeo and others at the agency.susan rice, president barack obama’s national security adviser, on sunday tweeted to ask why the cia was not part of the group. trump was also criticized for adding chief strategist steve bannon, a political adviser, to the national security council.(reporting by emily stephenson; editing by chris reese)






usmnt's michael bradley slams president trump’s immigration ban


united states men’s national soccer team midfielder michael bradley is no fan of president donald trump’s immigration ban resulting from an executive order signed friday.the executive order bans immigration from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen.bradley said sunday in an instagram post that he’s embarr ed by the immigration ban. read his full thoughts in the post below.bradley captains both the usmnt and mls franchise toronto fc. he’s not the first athlete to criticize trump’s immigration ban, and we’ll probably see more players in various sports speak out on it over the coming days.






trump-backing ex-seal tries to defend bannon’s security role — but cnn’s ana nav


a donald trump-backing navy seal veteran tried to claim steve bannon belonged on the national security council, but other cnn panelists shut him down.carl higbie, a military veteran and conservative commentator, disputed reports that trump signed an executive order elevating his chief strategist to the council without being fully briefed on the details.“i spoke to someone this morning who is very close to steve bannon within the administration, and he said this is not something donald trump haphazardly did on a whim,” higbie said. “he knew what was happening. what he’s shocked about is that there’s so much outrage.”he said bannon had gained security clearance to serve on u.s. navy submarine and had “been successful at everything he’s done,” and he argued this qualified the former breitbart






warm wednesday sets stage for possible record high on thursday – the denver post


sunny skies and a high temperature nearly 20 degrees above normal is expected in the denver area on wednesday and a new high could be hit on thursday.the temperature could reach 65 degrees in downtown denver wednesday afternoon, according to forecasters from the national weather service in boulder.john leyba, the denver postwalkers take advantage of the warm weather to take a few laps around sloan lake thursday, feb. 9, 2017.wind gusts of up to 20 mph out of the southwest are forecast.it will get even warmer on thursday, when the high temperature could climb to 71 degrees, which would be a record.high temperatures are expected to remain the mid-to-low 60s through the weekend, weather forecasters predict.there is a slight chance for rain after 11 a.m. on sunday. snow is possible in the moun






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pence kept in the dark by trump over flynn concerns — until he read about it in


the trump administration kept vice president mike pence in the dark about the justice department’s concerns regarding former national security advisor mike flynn for a full 15 days after the president was made aware of such concerns, nbc news reports.the doj’s concerns stemmed from flynn’s dec. 29 conversation with russian ambassador sergey kislyak, which took place on the same day barack obama’s administration unveiled sanctions against russia in retaliation for the country’s election-related hacking. flynn categorically denied discussing sanctions with the russian ambassador; last thursday, several heavily-sourced reports confirmed that the pair did, in fact, discuss sanctions.yesterday, the washington post reported that former acting attorney general sally yates—who was later fired by d






russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of flynn


moscow — russian lawmakers are mounting a fierce defense of u.s. president donald trump's national security adviser, who has resigned following reports that he misled white house officials about his contacts with russia.michael flynn handed in his resignation late monday night, conceding that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with russia's ambassador to the u.s.konstantin kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the russian parliament, said in a post on facebook that firing a national security adviser for his contacts with russia is "not just paranoia but something even worse."kosachev's counterpart at the lower chamber of the russian parliament, alexei pushkov, tweeted shortly after the announcement that "it was not flynn who was targeted






new york man rescued after spending five nights lost in great sand dunes nationa


a new york man was rescued thursday evening after spending five nights lost in southern colorado’s great sand dunes national park and preserve.bryan skilinski was found just over a mile south of the park’s visitor center. the national park service says he was in relatively good health “considering he had spent five nights out in the elements with little winter gear.”after becoming disoriented during his first day at the park while hiking in deep snow, the park service says, skilinski  spent the remaining time trying to find his way back to his vehicle. he covered many miles of terrain while exposed to snowstorms, high winds and below-freezing temperatures at night.search and rescue efforts began on thursday after an unattended vehicle belonging to skilinski was found in the park’s horse tr






twitter releases national security letters


over the last eight months, tech companies have slowly been revealing that they’ve received national security letters from the federal bureau of investigation that force the firms to secretly disclose user data to the government. today, twitter joined the ranks of yahoo, cloudflare and google by announcing it had received two national security letters, one in 2015 and one in 2016.the nsls e with gag orders that prevented twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands. the fbi recently lifted these gag orders, allowing twitter to acknowledge the nsls for the first time.although twitter has disclosed these two letters and informed the targeted users, it’s likely that the company has also received other nsls that it is still gagged from discussing. techcr






atherton post office runs out of stamps – the mercury news


the atherton post office — which is basically some corner and counter space in the town administrative building — is out of stamps, possibly till feb. 20.“we are a contract station,” city clerk theresa dellasanta said friday. “the menlo park post office is in charge of providing us with stamps, but they can’t always keep track of how many stamps we have on hand. maybe somebody is having a wedding, and they buy out all the stamps.”the little post office is staffed by istant city clerk judy herren and istant finance director amanda governale, who usually split the postal duties with their regular jobs.“people tend to like it,” dellasanta said. “they say, ‘we love you guys — there are no lines here.’ ”the busiest weeks for the atherton post office are just before christmas and just before tax






australia mail chief makes $4.3m, 10 times more than the pm


canberra, australia (ap) — an australian senate committee has revealed that that country’s mail chief is the nation’s highest paid public servant and made 5.6 million australian ($4.3 million) last year. the disclosure e despite objections from australian post that making the salary information public could attract media attention and damage its brand.the communications and environment committee announced tuesday that ahmed fahour, managing director of the national mail service, was paid au$4.4 million salary plus an au$1.2 million bonus in the last fiscal year — more than 10 times the prime minister’s salary of au$507,000.by contrast, u.s. postal service chief executive and postmaster general megan brennan’s salary was $286,137 last year.australia post had argued that revealing the salary






petraeus out of the running for national security adviser


sources close to retired gen. david petraeus say the white house eliminated the former cia director from consideration for the open national security adviser post after he weighed in on the job during a conference in germany this week. playvideocbsnthe investigation into the trump-russia ties cbs news homeland security and justice reporter jeff pegues joins cbsn to discuss the latest on the senate intelligence committee's investigation... ‎”whoever it is that would agree to take that position certainly should do so with some very, very significant assurances that he or she would have authorities over the personnel of the organization -- that there would be a commitment to a disciplined process and procedures,” petraeus said at the munich security conference.  that pronouncement angered the






does trump still have confidence in national security advisor michael flynn? top


the ominous silence around the trump administration's national security advisor, retired gen. michael flynn, deepened sunday as a senior white house official in a televised interview declined to say if the president still has confidence in him. "that's the question that i think you should ask the president, the question you should ask reince [priebus], the chief of staff," stephen miller, the white house senior policy advisor, said on nbc's "meet the press" when asked if trump still has confidence in flynn. "so the white house did not give you anything to say," asked the show's host, chuck todd. "they did not give me anything to say," miller responded. miller's silence on flynn was significant because the white house had booked him on several of the major sunday television interview p






responses to denver post editorial on "lying trump" and michael flynn (2 letters


jim watson, getty imagesdonald trump and michael flynn appear together at the mar-a-lago resort in florida on dec. 21. on monday, flynn resigned as president trump’s national security adviser.re: “lying trump’s bad example claims a cabinet member,” feb. 15 editorial.i guess the denver post editorial board has decided to abandon all journalistic pride and professionalism and join the crowd of political hacks by referring to our president as lying trump.it is a loss for the community when its only major paper takes such a biased, sophomoric approach in describing events of importance. i have reluctantly come to the conclusion that you can no longer be trusted to accurately use facts when arguing an issue; unfortunately, this extends to local issues. where is the adult in the room?peter bryan






watch bison return to a canadian national park for the first time in 140 years


gif credit: parks canadaafter years of planning, a herd of wild bison has been re-introduced to banff national park in alberta. conservationists say it’s an important first step that could influence similar efforts elsewhere. advertisementthe 16 bison, which primarily include pregnant females, were loaded onto shipping containers in elk island national park and transported to an enclosed pasture on the eastern slopes of banff national park. officials say the transfer went smoothly and the bison are quickly adapting to their new digs. it’s the first time that bison have roamed this part of canada in 140 years, having been nearly hunted out of existence in the 19th century. watching the bison roam free is the most delightful thing you’ll watch today:the creatures will be monitored carefully






watch bison return to a canadian national park for the first time in 140 years


gif credit: parks canadaafter years of planning, a herd of wild bison has been re-introduced to banff national park in alberta. conservationists say it’s an important first step that could influence similar efforts elsewhere. advertisementthe 16 bison, which primarily include pregnant females, were loaded onto shipping containers in elk island national park and transported to an enclosed pasture on the eastern slopes of banff national park. officials say the transfer went smoothly and the bison are quickly adapting to their new digs. it’s the first time that bison have roamed this part of canada in 140 years, having been nearly hunted out of existence in the 19th century. watching the bison roam free is the most delightful thing you’ll watch today:the creatures will be monitored carefully