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UFOs Spotted Over Colorado for the Past Month Are ‘Bright’, ‘White’ (Video)

Residents in Colorado have claimed to have seen “UFOs” for the past month or so. (YouTube, screenshot taken from video in Crestone, Colo.)
Residents in Colorado have claimed to have seen “UFOs” for the past month or so. (YouTube, screenshot taken from video in Crestone, Colo.)

Residents in Colorado have claimed to have seen “UFOs” for the past month or so. The alleged UFOs have been popping up around Hooper, located...


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  • US President Bill Clinton addresses the nation from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Dec. 11, 1998, to apologize for misleading the country about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (William Philpott/AFP/Getty Images)

    Archives Release Clinton Defense Files on Lewinsky, Whitewater Cases

    WASHINGTON—The White House made a public push to defend President Bill Clinton during a series of investigations related to the Whitewater real estate deal to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, leads the questioning of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson as the committee examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House on Capitol Hill in Washington. The committee's ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Mid. is at left. Capitol Hill lawmakers investigating the Secret Service say they want to look into moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and back into the Treasury Department. Secret Service was part of the Treasury up until the Homeland Security Department was created after the 9/11 terror attacks.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP Lawmaker Raises Questions About Alleged White House Prostitution Scandal

    WASHINGTON—Two years after a prostitution scandal rocked the Secret Service, a Republican congressman renewed allegations Thursday about possible involvement by a White House volunteer and... Read more

  • President Barack Obama participates in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration's domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Dennis Brack/Getty Images)

    Obama Allies Getting Harder to Find These Days

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is finding himself with few friends in Washington. His former Pentagon chief is criticizing his foreign policy. Longtime political advisers are questioning his campaign strategy. And... Read more

  • Radio talk show host Michael Savage, who has a new book out, at his home in Tiburon on Monday, December 3rd, 2007. (AP Photo/John Storey)

    Michael Savage New Book Warns of a Second Civil War Stemming From ‘Devious Attempts’ to Divide United States

    Michael Savage’s latest book warns that America could see a second Civil War with Americans increasingly angry and divided. Savage asserts that President Barack Obama and... Read more

  • FILE - These 2014 file photos show Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Brown, left, and incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, in Concord, N.H. They will face each other in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

    Souring on Obama Is at Center in NH’s Senate Race

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—The last thing Nancy Vawter expected when she went online with her 22-month-old granddaughter to watch the musician Raffi sing “Wheels on the Bus”... Read more

  • Members of the Secret Service escort President Barack Obama as he walks to Air Force One at Gary Chicago International Airport in Gary, Ind., on Oct. 2, 2014. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Secret Service Scandal Creates Rare Bipartisan Unity

    WASHINGTON—The scandal that’s rocked the once-proud Secret Service and raised questions about the president’s safety has also produced rare bipartisan unity on Capitol Hill. With... Read more

  • First lady Michelle Obama speaks on behalf of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at a campaign rally in Milwaukee on Sept. 29, 2014. Michelle Obama is hitting the campaign trail a month before critical midterm elections to try to help Democratic candidates. The first lady starts campaigning in earnest on Friday by appearing with the gubernatorial candidates in Massachusetts and Maine. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

    Michelle Obama Boosts Dem Candidates, Hits Campaign Trail

    WASHINGTON—A month before critical midterm elections, Michelle Obama is putting her popularity and influence to the test, trying to help elect Democratic candidates and give... Read more

  • US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, in Maryland, on Oct. 1, 2014. Obama is heading to Chicago where he will attend a campaign event for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Il, and deliver remarks on the economy at Northwestern University. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama Steps Away From Global Crises, Secret Service Scandal to Talk Jobs

    CHICAGO—While Washington’s attention was focused on a Secret Service scandal, President Barack Obama slipped away for an overnight trip to his family home in Chicago and a speech Thursday... Read more

  • Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets the lunch crowd at the Varsity, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Romney attended a private fundraiser for Republican candidate for Senate David Perdue earlier. Romney is the Republican man in demand. The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states in five days this week to raise money and energy for Republican midterm candidates. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Mitt Romney’s in Demand as Republicans’ Future Unclear

    ATLANTA—Almost two years after his Election Day drubbing, Mitt Romney is the Republican man in demand. The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states this week, covering nearly... Read more

  • US Attorney General Eric Holder testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, where Holder denied that the Obama administration is killing suspected terrorists with drone strikes to avoid capturing them and sending them to the Guantanamo prison it wants to close, on June 6, 2013. Holder, who announced Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, that he would step down once a successor is confirmed, took office determined to turn the page from Bush administration policies that authorized harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Eric Holder: Mixed Record on National Security Issues

    WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and... Read more

  • US Attorney General Eric Holder waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the 44th Annual Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on Sept. 26, 2014, in Washington, DC. It was announced recently that Holder will be stepping down from his position, which he has held since the start of the Obama administration in 2009. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

    Eric Holder Departure Will Bring Civil Rights Questions

    WASHINGTON—Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights... Read more

  • President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Strong Senate Vote for Obama on Syrian Rebel Aid

      WASHINGTON—In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war... Read more

  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. At the hearing, Kerry sought to push back on an argument by some in Congress that Syria's rebels lack moderates, or at least any with the capacity to make a difference in the war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    US Senate Ready to Support Obama on Syrian Rebel Aid

    WASHINGTON—Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama’s request to train Syrian rebels for a... Read more


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