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This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

Colorado Woman Dies in 70-Foot Bungee Fall

Investigators say equipment did not malfunction

(Newser) - Authorities in Colorado are investigating how a 20-year-old nurse died in a bungee jump accident—when the equipment was apparently working properly. Ciara Romero died after a fall Jan. 4 at the 70-foot Get Air attraction at the Silo Trampoline Park in Grand Junction, the Denver Post reports. The jump... More »

Weeks Before Colo. Ambush, a Warning on the Gunman

Campus officers in Wyoming were worried about Matthew Riehl

(Newser) - Colorado authorities were contacted with concerns about the mental health of Matthew Riehl over a month before he shot and killed a deputy and wounded four others . But the 37-year-old man was never held for a mental health evaluation, the AP reports. Authorities say Riehl fired more than 100 rounds... More »

Ambush Gunman Had Grudge Against Police

He ranted online, said he would run for sheriff

(Newser) - The man who killed a deputy and wounded four other officers in an ambush in Colorado Sunday had no criminal record, police say—but he evidently had a grudge against the police in Douglas County. In videos posted on YouTube, 37-year-old Matthew Riehl ranted against police, singling out an officer... More »

Fatal Colorado Ambush: 'He Knew We Were Coming':

One deputy was fatally shot almost immediately in Highlands Ranch

(Newser) - Police in suburban Denver are describing the fatal shooting of a deputy and the wounding of four other officers as an ambush. “He knew we were coming,” says Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, per the Denver Post . The sheriff says four deputies initially arrived at the gunman's... More »

Neighbors to Vacationing Pence: 'Make America Gay Again'

Neighbors hang banner, feed Secret Service agents

(Newser) - Vice President Pence and his family arrived for vacation at a home near Aspen on Tuesday, and neighbors had a message for him: "Make America Gay Again." "You couldn't miss it," Pitkin County Sheriff's deputy Michael Buglione tells the Aspen Times regarding a rainbow... More »

She Told Him of the Pregnancy, Then Vanished. Now, an Arrest

Nearly 5 years later, Donthe Lucas charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the February 2013 case of a Colorado woman who texted a photo of her eight-week ultrasound to her boyfriend , drove two hours to Pueblo to see him, and then disappeared. That boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in connection with the... More »

Parents: Our 10-Year-Old Girl Hanged Self Over Video

Ashawnty Davis' family blames bullying at school

(Newser) - Ashawnty Davis was a happy girl who loved basketball and hoped to one day play in the WNBA. But that was before a video showing the 10-year-old fighting with a fellow student at school was posted to social media, say her parents. Already the victim of bullying, Ashawnty endured further... More »

Coffee Shop Hasn't Reopened Since 'Gentrifying' Fiasco

ink! Coffee is sorry for their sign saying they're 'happily gentrifying' a historically diverse neighborhood

(Newser) - A coffee shop targeted by protesters after a message about gentrification struck a nerve in a rapidly changing city remained closed Monday despite an apology and plans to reopen after the holiday weekend, the AP reports. Last week, Ink! Coffee displayed a sidewalk sign that said "Happily Gentrifying the... More »

Coffeehouse's Sidewalk Sign Draws Cries of 'White Privilege'

Denver shop's boast about gentrification didn't go over well with locals

(Newser) - A Denver neighborhood known as "the Harlem of the West" isn't taking too kindly to a local coffeehouse's recent sidewalk signage. The Five Points community has long been known as an artists' enclave and home to many black and Latino families, but economic growth and an attempt... More »

Cops: Teen Murder Suspect Had More Names on 'Kill List'

He was arrested a mile away from 3rd person on list

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy is in custody in Colorado, accused of stabbing a 19-year-old woman to death—and police say he planned to keep killing. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested early Sunday, hours after Makayla Grote—a racetrack employee and aspiring NASCAR driver, notes KDVR —... More »

Doctors Claim 1st Documented Fatal Marijuana Overdose

In an 11-month-old child who died in 2015

(Newser) - (The doctors involved in this study have since denied calling this case a definitive marijuana overdose; update here . Original report follows.) In news that could change what we thought we knew about marijuana, as well as alter the progress of marijuana legalization, two doctors in Colorado say they've... More »

Denver Residents Can No Longer Declaw Their Cats

City council unanimously votes to ban the procedure

(Newser) - Declawing cats is now prohibited in Denver. A bill banning the practice passed unanimously at a Denver City Council meeting Monday, KUSA reports. The procedure, formally known as an onychectomy, surgically removes all or most of the last bone on each of a cat's 10 front toes, severing tendons,... More »

Why You Don't Bring Cocaine to Your Court Hearing

Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca's cocaine fell when he took his hat off

(Newser) - Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge. The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio... More »

Armed Shoppers Slowed Down Walmart Shooting Investigation

Suspect walked off job hours before Colorado shooting

(Newser) - The man accused of killing three people at a Walmart in suburban Denver Wednesday night abruptly walked off his job hours earlier, his employer says. David Heidt at B&M Roofing tells the AP that he's "bewildered." He says Scott Ostrem, 47, was a good worker who... More »

Police: 'Nonchalant' Walmart Shooting Suspect in Custody

He's named as Scott Ostrem, 47

(Newser) - Police say they've apprehended the man suspected of "nonchalantly" walking into a Denver-area Walmart and shooting people at random, killing three . Scott Ostrem, 47, was taken into custody in Westminster, Colo., around 8am local time. 9News shares some details of his background, which includes a DUI charge in... More »

Manhunt Underway After 3 Killed at Walmart

Colorado cops say suspect fired at random

(Newser) - The man who opened fire in a suburban Denver Walmart Wednesday evening, killing three people, appears to have chosen his victims at random, witnesses say. Police in Thornton say witnesses have told them the man "nonchalantly" walked into the store and begin firing a handgun at people near the... More »

Colorado Walmart Shooting Causes Panic, Rush for Exits

At least 3 killed in suburban Denver shooting

(Newser) - Police in suburban Denver say at least three people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart early Wednesday evening, and no suspect is in custody. Hundreds of emergency responders rushed to the Thornton store after the shooting was reported around 6:30pm, the Denver Post reports. Police initially described... More »

Super-Secret Bunkers Under Denver Airport? Eh, Maybe

A writer explores conspiracy theories, doesn't think this one is so far-fetched

(Newser) - Denver International Airport is, among other things, a magnet for wackadoo conspiracy theories . The 32-foot statue of a blue mustang with glowing orange eyes doesn't help, nor does the fact that a piece of the horse fell off and killed the sculptor while it was a work in progress,... More »

Weather Forecasters: Denver Going to Have Wild 24 Hours

Temperature in Denver could drop 60 degrees

(Newser) - Denver is set to see a bigger temperature change in the space of a day than some places experience over a year, forecasters say. "The forecast has a bit of Yin & Yang in it over the next two days," the National Weather Service tweeted Tuesday. "Near... More »

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