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Jet slides off runway Aborted takeoff keeps flights grounded for about two hours yesterday and got to within 100 yards of the airport’s perimeter fence. The pilot had to abort a takeoff because of a mechanical failure, according to Eagle County officials. None of the five people on board were injured. Friday’s Falcon was the second to re-

By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer It’s been a tough stretch for Falcon aircraft at the Eagle County Airport. A private jet, a Falcon, bound for Mexico slid off the end of the runway

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come down. So it touched, but didn’t go in a sort of crash landing. And for those keeping score at home, that Balloon Boy kid was named Falcon, as well, so that should count for three [See ANOTHER FALCON, page 19]

Austrian media says her ‘additional weight’ helps in speed events

A disappointing jobs report couldn’t stop the stock market from having a strong start to the new year. Stocks zigzagged for much of Friday but closed higher as investors took in stride the Labor Department’s news that employers cut 85,000 jobs in December, far more than the 8,000 analysts expected. The disappointing numbers were offset by a pleasant surprise: November’s report was revised to show the first job gains in nearly two years. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 11.33, or 0.1 percent, to 10,618.19. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.29, or 0.3 percent, to 1,144.98. The Nasdaq composite index rose 17.12, or 0.7 percent, to 2,317.17. For the week: The Dow is up 190.14, or 1.8 percent.

Lindsey Vonn of Vail smiles on the podium after winning the World Cup downhill race in Haus im Ennstal, Austria, yesterday. AP photo.

Nothing like a stupid comment about her weight to make Lindsey Vonn ski faster. She won her third straight World Cup downhill Friday and regained the lead in the overall standings from Maria Riesch of Germany. Austrian media this week reported that Vonn, the reigning downhill and overall champion, would have an advantage in speed events because she was carrying additional weight. “Anytime people say stupid things in the media, it always makes me more motivated to try to ski faster,” Vonn said. “It’s obvious that I am an athlete and

not an overweight person, so I thought it was pretty ridiculous. It just added fuel to the fire.” Vonn raced down the Krummholz course in 1 minute, 38.84 seconds to beat Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.35 seconds. Riesch, who led Vonn by five points in the overall standings before the race, took third, 0.39 behind the American. Vonn leads the World Cup with 694 points and Riesch has 659, both well ahead of the field. Austria’s Kathrin Zettel is third at 569 but doesn’t ski downhills.

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By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer Yesterday was a huge day for the Bidez siblings, Clair and Dylan of Minturn, both of whom competed in the qualifying round of U.S. Snowboarding

A Colorado high school student who was arrested in 2008 for wearing a “No[See THE UPDATE, pages 10-11]

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cently come to an unfortunate landing at the Eagle County Airport. A Coast Guard Falcon skidded about 1,000 feet along the runway when the pilots were practicing tough-and-go exercises. On the second time around, the plane touched, but the nose gear failed to

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This private jet, a Falcon, slid off the runway yesterday and into the snow when the pilot aborted his takeoff. No one was injured. It’s the second Falcon aircraft to come to an unfortunate stop at the airport. A Coast Guard Falcon jet skidded 1,000 feet last month along the runway when its nose gear failed to go down during touch-and-go exercises. Avery Cunliffe photo.

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Superpipe Grand Prix in Mammoth, California, which also serves as an Olympic qualifier. Dylan, 19, came back from a separated shoulder earlier in the week to qualify second in his heat, third overall behind Shaun White – who usually wins these

things – and Danny Davis, who won the week’s first Grand Prix competition on Wednesday. Finishing third overall, Bidez can’t help but wonder what it might be like to go to the Olympics, but he tries not to [See BIDEZ SHOW, page 19]

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The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Weatherization Program recently announced they have winterized a record number of households. Tuesday, December 29, 2009, less than six months into the program year (which runs July through June) NWCCOG’s efforts surpassed the previous program year’s total of 200 homes served. “This is an important milestone for a program with an ambitious goal of 450 homes served by June 30, 2010,” according to a statement from NWCCOG. “NWCCOG is well on their way to more than doubling the previous year’s production thanks to a boost in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” NWCCOG is part of a statewide effort managed by the Governor’s Energy Office that has earned Colorado recognition for its production on a national level. Through the first quarter of the grant year Colorado was ranked 3rd in homes served. NWCCOG serves low-

Temporary Road Closure within the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Area Effective today, the seasonal snow road in the Wilder Gulch drainage (Trail No. 6) within the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Area (VPWRA) will be temporary closed to motorized vehicles due to lack of snow. This temporary closure is in order

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to prevent further resource damage to this area. Forest Service rangers will be monitoring conditions daily in order to re-open the Wilder Gulch snow road as soon as favorable conditions allow. An Alternate route to access the Ptarmigan Pass and Machine Gun

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ALLEGEDLY! Ticket mastered, wasted waist not By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Ticket Master: Ticket Master said he was reluctant to pull over, give his real name and birth date because he was afraid he’d be in trouble for not paying a traffic ticket last year. Then he blew a .146 in the Drunk-O-Meter. He was right. He was in trouble. Ticket Master owned up to drinking three beers in an hour, then asserted that he never, ever touches marijuana because it’s really bad for you. Then the officer noticed that the finger nail on Ticket Master’s left pinky was about a half inch long. A manicure of that sort is not generally used for balancing vitamins, but for powdered substances often prescribed to prevent fatigue, increase energy levels and help you enhance your personality – which can be a good thing unless you’re a jerk. Since everything is a question of the proper motivation, the officers hauled him off to the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel, where he was provided lots and lots of time for introspection and soul searching. He searched his soul and discovered he’d also been

arrested in Georgia for making an improper turn, and also giving that Georgia officer a fake name. Since he had just turned over a new leaf, and perhaps an entirely new tree, he confessed that to the officer who was writing the report, which may have been more information than the officer wanted. Waisted Away: Three officers were wandering through Vail Village, making sure all the happy Vail Villagers were behaving themselves on this festive evening. Mostly they were, except for Waist Not and Want Not. The two wandered down the path along Gore Creek, where money and drugs have been known to be exchanged by those looking for a little more uumph than a Lite beer can provide. Their suspicions aroused, the officers took a stroll down the path, to find that in the case of Waist Not and Want Not, it was not the path to righteousness. Waist Not was facing toward the creek and away from Want Not, his britches unbuckled and down around his ankles. Apparently he thought it was hunting season, that special time of year when Real American Guys temporarily take refuge in the

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forest, so they can pee up against a tree, standing up, as God intended. And while it was, in fact, hunting season, they were not hunting for anything except a place to let the river run, as it were, because they’d been skiing and hiking and drinking, and not necessarily in that order. So, in the name of solid investigative techniques, the officers shined their flashlights on the pair to learn what on God’s green earth was going on. Want Not bolted like he’d been subpoenaed by his ex-wife’s lawyer. Waist Not was a little slower to run like the wind. He had to pull up his britches before he could attempt to make his escape. The police followed with great enthusiasm, finally catching the two at the top of Blue Cow Chute. Turns out that alcohol clouds one’s judgment, and that’s where they placed the blame for their individual decisions to run from the cops. It was August A. Busch’s fault, and since they were technically running east, they were obviously headed toward St. Louis to have a word with him about plying him with the liquor brewed into Budweiser beer. They told the officers that they were really, really, really sincerely sorry, should never have run, and when they came to their senses they stopped running. Alcohol slows one’s decisionmaking prowess, they said. That, and they were tired and had to stop to rest.

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The Good Times Man lives up to his name Steve Meyer plays Wednesdays through Saturdays throughout the season at The Club in Vail Village By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer If you’re looking for an après ski show that is not suited for the entire family, rather for people who like to party – a show that encourages a healthy amount of drinking, raunchy jokes and good times – Steve Meyer, at The Club in Vail Village, offers that alternative. He says The Club is a perfect setting for a Steve Meyer show. “There are no windows and the kids can’t come down, so we can do a little more of an adult show,” Meyer said. “[My Music] is pretty diversified I play everything from reggae to country, rock to comedy, classics to alternative; You name it.” Meyer is known for his improvised comic act as much as – if not, more than – his music. His politically incorrect, R-rated humor lends itself well to his audience of locals and people on vacation who want to let lose. If you attend a Good Times Man show, you might just get called out from the stage, especially if you’re of the female variety, and someone Meyer finds to be aesthetically pleasing. And, if you don’t appear to be having a good enough time, Meyer will see to it that you do. It’s all in the name of Good Times, and, if you do participate, there’s a shot of tequila waiting for you when it’s over. “There’s a certain type of music that works well in resort towns, but I’m a little different. Most guys would get punched out if they did what I do,” he explains. “There’s timing to it. You got to know when it’s time to joke because you could really tick people off.” Bobby Sandez, visiting from Atlanta, has been coming to Vail for nine years. “No matter what, we always make it a part of our trip to come see Steve. It makes our whole trip worthwhile. Steve’s shows have been some of the best nights I’ve ever had,” he said. Good Times come to Vail Meyer explains that he came from a very musical family. Both his parents played multiple instruments, and his grandfather had band for thirty years. “I always thought music was for sissies; I was always an athlete. I wanted to be a professional baseball player,” Meyer said. “But it turned out I had more talent on stage than I did pitching. I was going to do it for one year [in Mammoth] and thirty years later I’m still doing it.”

Steve Meyer in Vail Village last season. Mark Sassi photo.

Thanks to Mammoth’s 1986 drought, which caused most of his gigs that year to be canceled, Meyer made his way to Vail, which had good snow that year. “I was just gonna play the one gig, passing through town … I played Mondays at The Trail’s End, which was the real big bar underneath the gondola,” Meyer said. “And I played seven days a week at the Red Lion also. But I was a little too wild for them.” Asked if he’ll be playing Vail for many years to come, Meyer said he’s been on a year-to-year basis since ’96, and that’s the way it’ll stay. “At the end of the season, man, I don’t look at a shot of tequila for seven more months. In the summer time I’m drinking a gallon of water a day. I don’t even want to look at tequila shots.” Meyer says you should come see one of his shows if you want to laugh, party hard, have a good time and meet a lot of real fun, down-to-earth people. “It’s not an uptight environment at all. Everyone is together; everyone warms up and does shots together. It’s a big family of party animals,” he said. The Good Times Man will be playing a show today and special show tomorrow at 5 p.m. for our buddy Downtown Peter Brown’s 40th birthday party.

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Schleper takes back to back FIS podiums Vail native looks forward to World Cup SL in Austria Vail’s Sarah Schleper was back on the podium for the second straight day Friday, taking second at the FIS slalom in St. Johann, Austria. The FIS race is serving a tune-up for several of the World Cup slalom ladies, including Slovakia Veronika Zuzulova, who won the race, and Canada’s Brigitte Ac-

tion, who took third. The girls’ tech team will return to World Cup action next Tuesday in Flachau, Austria. Schleper is coming off a strong fifth place finish at the World Cup in Lienz, Austria last week, which was followed by a some bad luck at Zagreb, Croatia, where

her boot buckles got wrapped around a gate, causing her to DNF. But thanks to back-to-back podiums at the FIS slalom, Schleper’s dad Buzz said Friday, “She’s skiing great and should bring a lot of confidence into Tuesday’s race.” The U.S.’s Haily Duke had a strong finish in seventh and Kaylin Richardson took 16th.

Beav’ hosts tele’ workshop today, Tele Ned kids session tomorrow Free your heels at Beaver Creek this weekend with one of two featured telemark clinics including a coed telemark session on Saturday and kids can participate in a Tele Ned workshop on Sunday.   First-time and expert telemark skiers can learn the basics or practice their skills with instruction provided by the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School and Tele Ned.    The coed workshop in Beaver Creek takes place Saturday, Jan. 9 and is open to men and women of all abilities, ages 17 and up.  Participants will concentrate on technique and movement analysis. The next coed sessions are scheduled for Feb. 20 and March 6 at Beaver Creek and Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and March 13 in Vail.  Tele Ned specializes in kids telemark instruction and he returns to Beaver Creek to teach kids ages 6-15 on Sunday, Jan. 10. Space is limited and reservations should be made through the Beaver Creek Nordic Center. The next kids Tele Ned workshop will be Feb. 21. Additionally, a “Super Sunday” women’s workshop will be held in Beaver Creek on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7. The workshops run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Participants should meet at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center at 8:30 a.m. Participants can rent equipment at a discounted rate from top manufactures including boots from Garmont and Scarpa and skis from K2, Fischer, Volkl, and

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Tonight Samana Lounge in Vail Village welcomes the return of The Smalltown DJs from Calgary, Canada, one of the most electrifying DJ duos of the year. “We’re just out to consistently have the best time possible,” says Pete Emes, who shares space behind the decks with partner Mike Grimes. Having as much fun as possible, is the driving force behind the Smalltown’s genre-warping club sets, which tend to cover vast musical territory with an emphasis on listenable and enjoyable beats. Smalltown DJs are intent on having fun, calling themselves “the KISS of dance music.” The Smalltown DJs started in the nineties, Emes and Grimes met and discovered a shared interest in funky breaks and baggy pants. Emes was moonlighting as a DJ while working full-time as a geologist for an oil company. Grimes, who graced the cover of the first issue of TransWorld Snowboarding, was toiling in a skate and snowboard shop. United by their passion for music, the two started playing records out together. Considering their success as DJs, it’s hard to imagine how they have time for anything else. Aside from weekly residencies at HiFi and EyeCandy Soundlounge in Las Vegas, Smalltown DJs have showcased at SXSW in Austin, toured Canada with Brooklyn’s The Rub, played Thievery Corporation’s club in Mexico several times, performed at Lollapalooza and Shambhala, and toured Europe on a swing that included a gig at Fabric in London, all in 2008. “The first time Smalltown DJs dropped by Samana was the year the mountain postponed opening weekend,” said Scotty Soughton, Samana’s founder. “I was not expecting much but what I witnessed rarely happens. Every person that walked in the door went straight to the dance floor and did not budge the entire night. The evening’s set was a unique mix of just about everything but a bit off the mainstream radar. They are

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Writer/director Nancy Meyers (“What Women Want,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Holiday”) directs Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in “It’s Complicated,” a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between.

“Avatar” is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. WETA Digital, renowned for its work in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters

After getting Oscar attention for “Juno,” director Jason Reitman turns to this adaptation of Walter Kirn’s comic novel “Up in the Air.” Academy Awardwinner George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a businessman on the verge of reaching five million frequent flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel. But his goal isn’t the only thing just out of reach: he now won’t be able to see a fellow frequent traveler who has caught his eye.

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In a dynamic new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, “Sherlock Holmes” sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

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Nicklaus puts focus on Tiger Golden Bear says 2010 is important year for Woods Just four majors behind Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record, Tiger Woods enters 2010 looking for major victories on familiar venues for the world’s No.1., and it is an important year according to The Golden Bear. “If Tiger is going to pass my record, this is a big year for him in that regard,” Nicklaus said on Friday. Some are questioning whether Woods will even play this year after announcing is “indefinite leave” from golf. But, if Tiger is willing to play the U.S. Open on one leg, it’s highly likely he will play all four majors.  Woods has never missed a Masters or a U.S. Open since 1995. “I don’t know the answer what he’s going to do and what he’s going to play. He’s the only one who can answer that,” Nicklaus, who won 18 majors in his career, said during a conference call. “Certainly, this year with where the majors are … he basically owns all three places.” “If he doesn’t play this year, the chore will be a little tougher.” Woods has won 14 majors, with half of them coming at those three courses. He has won the Masters four times, the British Open twice at St. Andrews by a combined 13 shots, and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 shots. Oddly enough, half of Nicklaus’ major victories also came on those three courses. Woods last won a major at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open, ending his season a week later with reconstructive knee surgery. RIGHT: Jack Nicklaus went on record recently saying that 2010 is a big year for Tiger Woods if he is to break the all time major record. Tiger has yet to announce when he will return to golf. AP Photo.

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Reigning U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover picked up where he left off at the PGA Tour season opener at Kapalua in Hawaii. Glover bogeyed hole 2, but then birdied 5,6,7 and eagled 9. He then shot an impressive 33 on the par 37 back nine to get in the clubhouse with a 65 bringing his two day total to -12. John Rollins birdied 18 to get alone in second at -12. Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy shot 66 and is tied for third with Sean O’Hair at -11. 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera is among the group at -10. Kenny Perry, Ryan Moore and current British Open champion Stewart Cink are at -9.

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After a memorable victory at the BCS National Championship on Thursday, The University of Alabama announced it will display its new national championship football trophy at a place that everyone knows: Walmart. The school says the Coaches’ Trophy will be on display at a Walmart Supercenter in Tuscaloosa today and another Walmart store in Gardendale tomorrow. Fans will be able to get their picture taken with the actual Coaches’ Trophy that was presented after the BCS win over Texas. The $30,000 trophy is topped with a football made of Waterford Crystal. The school will permanently display the trophy on campus. The Walmart stops are part of a sponsorship deal.

Federer loses to Davydenko in semis

The Avalanche’s Chris Stewart and Carolina Hurricanes’ Tim Gleason fight during the second period of a game in Carolina yesterday. The Avs lost 2-1 and are currently in third place in the Northwest division. They face Buffalo in an away game roday. AP photo.

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Top-ranked Roger Federer was upset by Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 yesterday in the semifinal of the Qatar Open. The sixth-ranked Davydenko improved to 2-12 against Federer. The Russian defeated Federer at the season-ending championships in London in November. “He tried to create pressure, but I came up with winners when I wanted to,” Davydenko said. “I ran a lot and that made me tired, especially in the second set. But I fought for every point.” The upset prevents a Sunday showdown of Federer against Rafael Nadal. The second-ranked Nadal cruised past fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-3. “I think it will be a tough match because I have watched Rafa play,” Davydenko said. “He is playing good tennis at the moment. He can play for 10 hours, I can’t. The fans will get to watch a good match.” Nadal and Davydenko have each won four times in head-to-head matches.

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bama” sticker outside a campaign appearance by Michelle Obama has won a settlement from the school. Blake Beeson was handcuffed and arrested for interference the day before the presidential election, when Michelle Obama visited Dakota Ridge High School to campaign for her husband. Beeson and two other students stood outside the gym where the future first lady was speaking and held campaign signs for Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced Wednesday that Jefferson County Schools and the county sheriff’s department would pay Beeson $4,000 to avoid a lawsuit. Authorities dropped criminal charges against him in May. “Jefferson County officials were wrong to censor the peaceful, purely political speech of a high school student just a day before a historic national election,” ACLU staff attorney Taylor Pendergrass said in a statement.

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A Nigerian man accused of trying to ignite an explosive on a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas appeared before a judge for the first time Friday, against a backdrop of protesters who stood outside the courthouse waving American flags and denouncing acts of terror. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s arraignment was brief — less than five minutes — and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He said little, telling the judge simply that he understood the charges against him. A grand jury indicted him earlier this week on six charges. The most serious — attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — could land Abdulmutallab in prison for life if convicted. About 50 men and women identifying themselves as Detroit-area Muslims chanted “We are Americans” as they marched behind metal barricades outside the courthouse to denounce terrorism. About a dozen of them carried U.S. flags or signs with messages such as “Not in the name of Islam.”

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Jean Biden, who raised her son Vice President Joe Biden to believe in what he called “America’s creed ... everyone is your equal,” died Friday after falling ill in recent days. She was 92. In a statement, the vice president said she died in Wilmington surrounded by her family and loved ones. She had suffered a broken hip in a fall in March 2009. “Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor,” he said in the statement. “Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us.” Joe Biden Jr. was first elected to the Senate in 1972, shortly before his 30th birthday. His mother helped out by organizing coffee klatches — part of a family effort

that also included Biden’s father, sister and brothers. The former Catherine Eugenia Finnegan was born July 7, 1917, in Scranton, Pa. In 1941, she married businessman Joseph Biden Sr., with whom she had four children. The couple moved from Scranton to Claymont, Del., in 1953, when their eldest son, Joe, was 10 years old.

Unequal treatment under Swiss law

A Swiss millionaire was fined a record $290,000 by a court there for reportedly driving a red Ferrari Testarossa at 85 mph through a village, according to the BBC. The fine - calculated by the man’s estimated wealth of $27 million and because he was a repeat offender - is more than double the court’s previous record. The driver was clocked at 35mph faster than the legal limit, according to Swiss court records. “The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed,” the court said in its judgement.

Michael’s doctor indicted for manslaughter

Nearly seven months after Michael Jackson’s death stunned the world, the official investigation of his death is edging toward conclusion with prosecutors prepared to seek an indictment of Jackson’s doctor on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Dr. Conrad Murray has been the subject of speculation since he found Jackson unconscious in his home in Los Angeles last June. Jackson was preparing for a strenuous concert comeback in London, and Murray, a cardiologist, had been hired as his personal physician for the tour. A law enforcement source said Friday that Murray would be prosecuted on a theory of gross negligence alleging that his treatment of Jackson was an extreme departure from the standard of care normally followed by physicians. The coroner has ruled Jackson’s death at age 50 was a homicide caused by acute intoxication by the powerful anesthetic propofol, found later to have been administered by Murray.

Buffaloes face death or Ted

Ted Turner’s bid to get 74 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park is drawing stiff opposition from those who say the animals are being given up for private profit instead of conservation. Turner has offered to take the animals at the request of Montana’s Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. The media mogul would keep the bison five years and then return them to the state. As compensation, Turner

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------would keep 90 percent of the animals’ offspring, meaning he would gain an estimated 190 bison from a herd prized for its genetic purity. The animals are now in disease quarantine just outside Yellowstone. They are part of a 5-year program to divert some park bison from the periodic slaughter the animals face, part of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis to cattle. After prior attempts to relocate quarantined bison failed, state officials had warned they could soon be slaughtered.

Ed Koch speaks on terrorists

In an interview with Fox News, former New York City mayor Ed Koch said racial profiling of Muslims is acceptable since “hundreds of millions” of them are terrorists. “Of course the vast majority of Muslims, there are 400 million, are not terrorists,” Koch, 85, told Fox. “But there are hundreds of millions who are. They want to kill every Christian, every Jew, every Hindu who won’t convert. And we ought to put it on the table.”

to support Priscilla and Lisa Marie, and I think so much of them and respect them and their family,” said Memphis resident Roger Harvey. At the Graceland ceremony, two of his grandchildren cut a birthday cake that was later shared with the crowd. When asked what went through her mind at that moment, Priscilla Presley said: “I thought, my gosh, if Elvis only knew that he would have such beautiful grandchildren, so supportive to him, and how beautiful they are. It is bittersweet. He would have been very, very proud, absolutely very proud of his grandchildren.”

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One year after he was first impeached, federal prosecutors agreed Friday to give former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys an early look at some of the evidence the government has in store for them at his corruption trial — but not as much as they want. The prosecutors also said in court papers that the defense attorneys shouldn’t expect to get the materials as soon as they want them and should never get some items, such as a witness list or a bill of particulars. Blagojevich and his brother, Robert, are due to go to trial July 3, charged with scheming to sell or trade President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat and improprieties in raising money for the Friends of Rod Blagojevich campaign fund. Attorney Michael Ettinger on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss the two mail fraud charges against Robert Blagojevich, saying the law is so “vague and expansive that only the prosecution can define what conduct it prohibits.” Blagojevich is set to compete on the upcoming season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice for his chosen charity, The Children’s Cancer Center.

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About 3,000 fans joined Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley’s grandkids Friday at Graceland to celebrate what would have been the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s 75th birthday. An international contingent of fans came to commemorate the event. Some came from as far away as Europe, while other fans were right from the King’s adopted hometown of Memphis, where he died at Graceland in 1977 at the age of 42. “I had to come. This is a special day. Seventy-five years is a wonderful period in Elvis’ life. I’m out here

A polish worker accused of driving in Britain with a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit, the highest ever recorded in the UK, faces jail time and an interim driving ban, the UK Sun reports. Marcin Ziebac, 29, was arrested on suspicion of “being unfit to drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs” and appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The preliminary breath test given to Ziebac by police measured 191 micrograms per 100ml of breath and a second recorded 187 micrograms per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms. He pleaded guilty to driving with alcohol above the legal limit and will be sentenced on January 15. His license will also be suspended. Ziebac reportedly drank around 15 pints of strong lager before attempting to drive home from a Christmas party.

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turned to New York state, the Health Department says demand remains strong and many upstate counties are planning clinics over the next two weeks. The state made a concerted effort last fall to vaccinate people against the H1N1 strain of flu amid an initial fear of shortages. Department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton says they shipped about 500,000 doses this week in response to demand from providers and pharmacies and more than 5 million doses since October. She says about 22,000 doses are being returned, almost half nasal spray that’s bulkier and has a shorter shelf life. Some providers in Nassau, Westchester and Rockland counties found they temporarily had too much for cold storage.

El Nino dying a frozen death

Snow was piled so high in Iowa that drivers couldn’t see across intersections and a North Dakota snowblower repair shop was overwhelmed with business as residents braced Thursday for heavy snow and wind chills as low as 50 below zero. Frigid weather also was gripping the South, where a rare cold snap was expected to bring snow and ice Thursday to states from South Carolina to Louisiana. Forecasters said wind chills could drop to near zero at night in some areas. Dangerously cold wind chills were anticipated in the Midwest overnight, including as low as 35 below in eastern Nebraska, minus 45 in parts of South Dakota and negative 50 in North Dakota, according to National Weather Service warnings. The weather hasn’t let up since sweeping into the eastern U.S. earlier this week. Five straight days of double-digit subzero low temperatures, including negative 19, were recorded by the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb.

Pearce regaining consciousness

A Utah doctor says American snowboarder Kevin Pearce is improving in a Salt Lake City hospital. Dr. Holly Ledyard says in a statement Wednesday that Pearce’s breathing tube has been removed. She says he’s slowly regaining consciousness and is able to follow commands. Pearce suffered a severe brain injury Thursday in Park City while preparing for Olympic qualifying events. The 22-year-old from Norwich, Vt., is a topranked halfpipe rider. Pearce remains in the intensive care unit at the University of Utah Hospital, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Ledyard says he’s improving faster than anticipated, but still has a long recovery ahead. —Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press

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ECONOMY, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county that holds what it bills as a World Championship Snow Shovel Riding Contest forgot one thing when they scheduled the 45-year-old event again for this weekend. The assistant recreation director who organized the annual event was laid off last year due to cuts in the Beaver County budget. But now, the county commissioners say the show will go on in Economy Borough, sometime later this month or in February. Contestants ride shovels down a hill by sitting on the scoop portion of the shovel, and holding the handle up between their legs. County commission Chairman Tony Amadio says the contest is “a tradition we want to continue to maintain.”

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