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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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Pokemon fever rages near North Korean border

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:18:28 GMT

It looks like a beautiful father-son bonding moment. In matching red T-shirts, hunched over two smartphones, a father coaches his young boy in how to catch Pokemon. You have to wonder if they even know they have walked onto the beach as they huddle together in absolute concentration. This is a scene replicated across the seaside city of Sokcho in South Korea, 35 kilometers or 20 miles away from the DMZ or demilitarized zone which splits North and South Korea. Smartphones raised, brows furrowed, Pokemon Go zombies in a world of their own have taken over the streets of Sokcho -- and the game isn't even available in this country yet. This is the only area in South Korea you can play the augmented reality game that has swept the world, largely thanks to a technical loophole. This northeastern tip of South Korea lies just outside the index grids the game's developers use to geographically block the country. Busloads Thousands of South Koreans are making the pilgrimage here to play. Special Pokemon Go buses leave Seoul daily and the seats sell out in advance. Park Yeon-joon says he was fed up with watching friends from the United States post their Pokemon achievements on Facebook so when he found out he could play three and a half hours away from Seoul, he didn't hesitate. "It's pretty interesting because it's something that relates to our reality. Pokemons are appearing in our world. I think it's awesome," he says. His friend Krystal Xiong traveled from her home in Beijing -- China is another country where the game is not yet available. Sokcho residents appear to have embraced their newfound fame, none more so than the mayor himself, Lee Byung-seon, or Dr. Lee as his Pokemon alter ego is known. Arriving at one of the busiest Pokemon spots in town for our interview, he is dressed like Professor Oak, one of the game's characters and the gamers love it. They're taking photos of themselves with "Dr. Lee", talking to him about the game -- a short break before wondering off again in search of monsters. Lee has organized extra Wi-Fi zones and mobile charging stations around town and local businesses are offering discounts to customers who have caught the most Pokemon. "Our residents are very happy and thankful we can play this here because it's the only region in South Korea," says Mayor Lee. "I think we are blessed." As long as Pokemon Go is not available elsewhere in South Korea, he should feel blessed. He sees a long summer ahead of him filled with extra tourists, hotels are booked out and Sokcho is now well and truly on the map. Pokemon Korea says at this point "nothing is decided" on when the game will officially launch here. Some local media have suggested the fact Google Maps is restricted here due to security concerns may complicate the matter. The South Korean government denies that. Google is requesting full map data from South Korea, a request that has to be cleared by seven ministries, including the defense and foreign ministries and the National Intelligence Service. Under South Korean law, any map has to have certain security installations blurred or blacked out. The government says it will give Google an answer before August 25. But for now, restrictions and geographical blocking aside, one city in South Korea is enjoying its special status as the country's holy grail for Pokemon fans.

Man prompts evacuation after cooking urine

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:22:35 GMT

A Massachusetts man prompted the evacuation of his apartment building Wednesday after fellow tenants complained to police about a "pungent odor," which turned out to be urine, The Associated Press reports. Police arrived at the Amherst complex to find that the man had been "cooking" urine, and possibly, other chemicals inside of his apartment. Prior to police arriving, the complex's manager found several unmarked containers containing unknown liquids. The man hasn't been criminally charged, but a private cleanup company now has the chemicals.

Woman uses dummy as passenger in carpool lane

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:19:34 GMT

A New York woman was pulled over Thursday after police realized she was riding with a fake passenger in order to use the carpool lane. According to The Associated Press, the driver had made her passenger out of a pile of clothes and a baseball hat, and even went as far as to give the dummy a briefcase. The woman was ticketed and released.

Record 292 women mark final US Olympic team

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:24:37 GMT

The U.S. Olympic team was finalized on Saturday, with a record 292 women part of the 555-person team announced by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USOC said Team USA will feature the most women to have ever competed for a single country at the Olympics. Of the 555-member team, 191 athletes will be making a return to the Olympics, including 19 who will be defending individual medals. Three members of the U.S. team will be making their sixth appearance in an Olympic Games: equestrian Phillip Dutton, along with shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode. Swimmer Michael Phelps, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings and tennis player Venus Williams are among seven members who will be participating in their fifth Olympics. Phelps and Allyson Felix (track and field) are the most decorated U.S. male and female athletes to head to Rio de Janeiro, the site of this year's Games. Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, from any nation with 22 medals, including 18 gold medals. He's the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams, according to the USOC. Felix owns six medals, including four gold. The USOC said 46 states are represented, along with three athletes from the District of Columbia and one from the U.S. Virgin Islands. California boasts the largest group of Olympians, with 125 athletes coming from the state. Dutton is the oldest athlete and among three who are 52 years old (Milev and equestrian Beezie Madden). Four 16-year-olds earned a spot with Sydney McLaughlin becoming the youngest American athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games in track and field since 1972. Table tennis player Kanak Jha is the youngest American athlete to qualify at 16, along with other 16-year-olds Laurie Hernandez (artistic gymnastics) and Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics).

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