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Man Made Up Like Evil Clown Accused in Fatal Stabbing

Fatal attack happened outside a Torchy's Tacos in Denver

(Newser) - An altercation outside a Denver taco eatery ended in death, between a man CBS Denver describes as a "well-known transient" and a suspect who was allegedly made up like a clown and tried to flee on a scooter. KUSA reports that police found an unresponsive Brian Lucero, one stab... More »

The 5 Most, Least Obese States

Go West, (skinny) young man

(Newser) - At least one in five Americans are considered obese, but some of them are clustered together geographically. And if you want to avoid a bulging waistline, you'd do well to steer clear of Paula Deen and the South and head West, notes 24/7 Wall St. in compiling its list... More »

He Won Fight to Leave Prison, Now Faces Deportation

Rene Lima-Marin is in ICE custody

(Newser) - Rene Lima-Marin may not be reunited with his family after all. The Colorado man freed from prison, rearrested , then ordered freed once again was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement just before he was due to walk free Wednesday and could now be deported, reports the Denver Post . The... More »

Prisoner to Be Freed After 'Conscience-Shocking' Move

Rene Lima-Marin mistakenly released in 2008, free for 6 years—until he was rejailed

(Newser) - "Utterly unjust." That's how a Colorado judge describes Rene Lima-Marin's 98-year sentence for robbing two stores, a wrong he's righted after nearly two decades. Lima-Marin was just 19 when he and a friend robbed two video stores in 1998, per CNN . No one was injured... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

Woman Crashed Into by Fellow Skier Sues for More Than $75K

She says she fractured and dislocated her wrist in the collision

(Newser) - An accident on the slopes is now a battle in the courts. The Denver Post reports a Florida woman is suing a fellow skier she says crashed into her at the Beaver Creek ski resort in Colorado. Rella Feldman was skiing near her instructor on an intermediate run when Jim... More »

Lightning Strike Kills Woman on Horseback and Her Horse

A teen rider was also seriously injured

(Newser) - A 37-year-old woman was killed by a lightning strike as she rode her horse on a trail in Sedalia, Colo. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was riding along Rainbow Creek Road with a 15-year-old girl when lightning hit them at 3:24pm Sunday. They were on... More »

Man Collects 50 BMWs but Loses Wife, Kids, and Freedom

Inside a strange addiction to German automotive engineering

(Newser) - Terrance's addiction cost him his family, job, and home. But it wasn't a need for drugs, or alcohol, or gambling that landed the Colorado accountant in a psychiatric hospital and high-security prison; it was an addiction to BMWs, Jalopnik reports in an unbelievable piece on the incredible lure... More »

Bell Returned to University After 98 Years Is Blowing Minds

The bell is back at Colorado State University

(Newser) - A nearly 500-pound bell has been returned to Colorado State University after being stolen a century ago. And it's got quite the tale to tell. "The story of the bell really blew our minds," the president of Associated Students of CSU tells the Denver Post . The university... More »

Video of Cop Body-Slamming Young Woman Causes Furor

Police in Colorado say it's a 'standard arrest technique'

(Newser) - A nine-second video showing a female college student slammed to the ground by a Colorado police officer, viewed 780,000 times on Instagram, has many accusing the officer of excessive force. But Fort Collins Police, who are investigating Thursday's incident, say people are jumping to conclusions as the video... More »

Man Who Blamed Pot for Wife's Murder Gets 30 Years

Colo. man said he was hallucinating when he shot wife

(Newser) - Richard Kirk will not be going on trial for the murder of his wife—and neither will the "Karma Kandy Orange Ginger" marijuana edible he blames the killing on. The 50-year-old Denver man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in... More »

Hiker Pinned by Falling 1.5K-Pound Boulder

It took hours, but she was freed and is expected to survive

(Newser) - It took hours, but a 30-year-old female hiker was rescued Wednesday afternoon after being hit and pinned by a 1,500-pound rock at North Table Mountain Park in Golden, Colo. The woman and a male companion were hiking to an area where they were going to mountain climb when the... More »

He Raced to Eat a Massive Doughnut, and It Killed Him

Travis Malouff reportedly tried to eat giant sweet in less than 80 seconds in Denver

(Newser) - Competitive eating has taken another awful turn, this time in Colorado. Last week a Connecticut college student whose dad died on 9/11 apparently choked to death during a pancake-eating contest , and early Sunday, a 42-year-old man suffered the same fate while scarfing down a giant doughnut, KUSA reports. Witnesses say... More »

Husband Hid Wife's Body Under Grave of WWII Veteran

John Sandoval revealed her whereabouts in exchange for lighter sentence

(Newser) - The body of a woman who went missing more than two decades ago has been found—buried under the grave of a World War II veteran. John Sandoval, 52, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1995 death of his estranged... More »

Grandma, Cat Survive 5 Days Stuck in Mountains

Ruby Stein didn't even have to eat cat food

(Newser) - A messy car has its perks, as 85-year-old Ruby Stein discovered last week. While heading home to Akron, Colo., after a visit with her granddaughter on March 21, Stein took a wrong turn and ended up stuck 20 miles down an isolated mountain road with only her cat Nikki for... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

Mother of 3 Found After Disappearing 11 Years Ago

Kayannette Gabrielle suddenly remembered her name after years of reported memory loss

(Newser) - A fall off an LA pier led to the unraveling of a mystery that's been haunting Kayannette Gabrielle's family for over a decade. People tells the story of the California woman, originally from Colorado, who disappeared from the lives of her grown kids in April 2006. At first... More »

Terror on the Mountain: 'I Let Out a Primal Scream'

Mountaineer tells tale of excruciating plummet—and extraordinary friendship

(Newser) - Alan Arnette admits he often braves mountain peaks on days other climbers label "unpleasant." But in his first-person account for the Coloradoan , Arnette explains why Feb. 10 was an entirely different scenario altogether, one in which he and fellow climber Jim Davidson found themselves in especially blustery conditions... More »

FBI Honored Program, Didn't Realize Pot Sales Funded It

Agency was apparently unaware of group's funding

(Newser) - The Denver FBI honored a youth dropout prevention group Thursday, apparently without realizing it's partially funded with taxes from the marijuana industry. The US Justice Department, the FBI's parent agency, considers the voter-approved marijuana industry operating in Colorado and other states illegal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has... More »

Missing Climber Fell 1,500 Feet, Survived

'He is literally a walking miracle,' mom says of Ryan Montoya

(Newser) - High winds and frigid temps couldn't take him down, nor could frostbite. And, per the story now trickling out of Colorado, even a 1,500-foot plummet off of Pyramid Peak couldn't keep Ryan Montoya from proving he's the ultimate survivor. The Aspen Times and Denver7 report the... More »

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