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Colorado Springs is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in the center portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 65 miles (105 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. At 6,035 feet (1,839 m) the city stands over one mile (1.6 km) above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher and lower. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, rising over 8,000 feet above the city on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The city is often referred to as "The Springs."

With a population of 416,427 as of the 2010 Census, it is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver, and the 41st most populous city in the United States, while the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 645,613 in 2010. The city covers 194.7 square miles (504 km2), making it Colorado's largest city in area. Colorado Springs was selected as the No. 1 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and placed number one in Outside's 2009 list of America's Best Cities.

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The weird world of dating

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:23:31 GMT

Call it scratch-and-sniff dating. According to a report from National Public Radio, one of the newest entrants in the online-matchmaking world is Smell Dating, a New York-based company that asks clients to wear a T-shirt for three days — without bathing! — so swatches of the fabric can be sent to prospective partners. The idea is that folks sniff and, if they like the smell, pursue a date. Weird? Perhaps -- but across the world, there are a lot of seemingly unique ways to meet your other half, according to NPR. Consider, for example: China, where parents gather every weekend for a "marriage market" at People's Park in Shanghai. Moms and dads post signs touting their children's personal details, including height and income, and then scan the hundreds of other signs in search of a good fit. For the parents, it's a practical, low-tech way to try to achieve their goal: Get their child hitched. (This doesn't work so well for China's "sheng nu," or "leftover women," who are considered failures at love if they're still single at the ripe old age of 30.) Afghanistan, where dating, at least in the western sense, is forbidden by law. Given that single men and women are not allowed to be by themselves with no one else around, young people often seek out a match at school, where they are at least allowed to be in the same room with each other. If there's a potential match, students typically enlist parents to contact the family of their target, and the negotiations commence. Mexico, or at least the southernmost part of the country, where women can find a suitor -- sometimes several -- just by walking down the street. But there's a catch: Those suitors might be married already. In the Tulum area south of Cancun, it's widely considered acceptable for a married man to have families with other women. It's called "la casa chica," or "the little house."

Found you! NASA re-establishes contact with missing spacecraft

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:21:03 GMT

Despite almost two years of silence, NASA never stopped searching for its long lost spacecraft STEREO-B. This week that determination paid off. Lost... NASA announced Sunday that it had re-established contact with STEREO-B after communications were lost in October 2014. Contact with the spacecraft -- which works in tandem with a second spacecraft STEREO-A to study the sun -- was lost during a test of one of its timers. Scientists had been testing the timer when STEREO-B's line of sight and communication to Earth was blocked by the sun. Meanwhile STEREO-A was unaffected by testing, and continued working normally over the past 22 months. ...and found STEREO-B was recovered using NASA's Deep Space Network -- an array of giant radio antennas that tracks interplanetary missions. Now contact has been reestablished, the STEREO team will continue monitoring the spacecraft to see what kind of state it's in. What is the STEREO mission? Launched in October 2006, the STEREO mission includes two spacecraft -- one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other behind -- tasked with monitoring the flow of energy and matter from the sun to Earth. The spacecrafts have already successfully revealed the structure of coronal mass ejections, which are eruptions of matter from the sun so powerful they can disrupt satellites.

Duke, a dog, wins third term as mayor

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:35:33 GMT

Nine-year-old Duke, a Great Pyrenees, handily won another one-year term as mayor of the small northwestern Minnesota town of Cormorant, Detroit Lakes Online reports. "I don't know who would run against him because he's done such great things for the community," Cormorant resident Karen Nelson told Detroit Lakes Online. The locals say Duke has one of the highest approval ratings in the country. "Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie," Duke's owner David Rick said. Detroit Lakes Online reports the dog was unavailable for an interview, but his media people said he's more than ready for a third term. Duke was elected in 2014, when he defeated Richard Sherbrook, the owner of a local store, ABC News reported in 2014.

Browns not interested in Gordon trade

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:12:56 GMT

Josh Gordon has been cleared to play for the Browns after serving a four-week suspension to start the 2016 season, but teams are hoping to pry Gordon away from Cleveland before October. According to ESPN and NFL Network, Gordon is drawing significant interest on the trade market. Gordon was back at practice with the Browns on Monday and practiced with the first-team offense. He's expected to work with the starters this week. "It's important for him to be with the ones because I think he's going to be one of our better players," said coach Hue Jackson, who told Gordon he has a clean slate in Cleveland needs to make the most of what could be his last chance. "We have to put him out there and see what he is capable of doing." Gordon has played only five regular-season games since leading the NFL in receiving yards in 2013. He has been suspended 27 games before this season for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, but is just 25 years old. The layoff hasn't impacted Gordon according to cornerback Joe Haden. "He still looks the exact same and it's just crazy. He looks a little bigger," Haden said. "I don't know how that happened, but he's still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless." He has 161 receptions for 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 career games, all with the Browns.

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