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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 »

Few Think Mom Was Shot by Her Son—Except the Son

Police originally blamed a 6-year-old back in 2001, but now they're not so sure

(Newser) - What's not in dispute is this: On March 28, 2001, 37-year-old Jill Wells was fatally struck in the head by a bullet. What's very much in dispute is the original explanation by police: They said Wells' 6-year-old son, Tanner, accidentally shot his mom as they were target shooting... More »

Cops: Uber Ride Turned Into Nightmare for Colo. Driver

One of his passengers is said to have stolen his car, rammed into tree

(Newser) - A Colorado Uber driver got a raw deal over the weekend, but so did a retaining wall, a tree, and his car after one of his passengers was accused of stealing it following a fight. Sheriff's deputies say it started at close to 3am Saturday in Fort Collins, when... More »

'Free the Nipple' Campaign Wins in Colorado

Judge blocks city ordinance banning topless women

(Newser) - Women are now free to "free the nipple" in Fort Collins, Colo. A federal judge blocked a city ordinance banning women from showing their breasts in public Wednesday because it discriminates against women. City officials say the law put in place in 2015—excepting women who breastfeed—protects children,... More »

Man Found After 5 Nights Lost in Colorado Wilderness

Bryan Skilinski had 'little winter gear' with him

(Newser) - A man from New York with "little winter gear" survived five nights lost in a Colorado park while beset by heavy snow and freezing temperatures, the Denver Post reports. Bryan Skilinski entered Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on Feb. 11. According to a Facebook post from park... More »

7% of Trees in Colo. Forests Are Dead

That's terrible news for those fighting wildfires

(Newser) - Colorado's beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials say. Roughly one in every 14, or about 7%, standing trees in the state's forests is dead, with the total... More »

Infamous Con Man Found Living in Illegal Mountain Shack

James Hogue once posed as high-school student and track star

(Newser) - Time named him one of America's "top 10 impostors," and now James Hogue is likely headed back to prison after authorities found him living in a homemade shack high in the Colorado mountains. A police officer spotted the 57-year-old con man in the illegal shack on... More »

Christo Scraps Project He's Spent $15M on to Protest Trump

Artist had planned to drape 6 miles of fabric over Arkansas River

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf isn't the only artist protesting President Trump—but in Christo's case, it's the lack of art that will do the talking. The artist famous for installing 7,503 orange "gates" at Central Park in 2005 had planned for some 20 years to drape... More »

Cops Don't Have to Take Care of Seized Legal Weed Anymore

According to a Colorado Supreme Court ruling Monday

(Newser) - If police in Colorado seize your legal weed while investigating a crime, they don't ever have to give it back—even if you're acquitted, the state's Supreme Court ruled this week. The ruling reverses a 2013 decision in a lower court, the AP reports. In 2011, Robert... More »

Police Horse Left With No Food, Water for 16 Hours Dies

Officer got distracted with paperwork

(Newser) - MC Hammer had been with the Denver Police Department since November 2015, helping his human partners patrol the city—until one of the 10-year-old police horse's mounted officers had what appears to have been a fatal lapse of memory in September. The Denver Post reports that Officer Joseph Teeter... More »

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