Editor's note: The courtroom outburst by the man charged in the shooting spree at a Colorado Springs, Colo., Planned Parenthood clinic followed news that prosecutors filed 179 charges in the case. Robert Lewis Dear was arrested following a 5-hour standoff that left 3 people dead and 12 injured.
Editor's note: Three gun-related amendments to the Obamacare repeal bill failed in the Senate today. Each measure needed 60 votes to pass and did not reach that threshold. One amendment addressed mental health, a second would have allowed the attorney general to stop people on the terror watch list from passing a background check, and a third would expand background checks at gun shows and in online sales. The Senate is voting on an Obamacare repeal package that includes a provision blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Senate Democrats had planned to offer a gun-control amendment to the bill after the shooting at a Colorado Springs, Colo., Planned Parenthood and then widened efforts, The Hill reports. - Stephanie
Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in the east central portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 60 miles (97 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
At 6,035 feet (1,839 m) the city stands over 1 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 (2,400 m) above the city on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The city is home to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Olympic Training Center.
The city had an estimated population of 445,830 in 2014, ranking as the second most populous city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver, and the 42nd most populous city in the United States. The Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 678,319 in 2013.
The city covers 194.9 square miles (505 km2), making it the most extensive municipality in Colorado. 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.