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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 »

Cops Think Body in Frozen Pond Is Missing Colo. Boy

Foul play not suspected in David Puckett's disappearance

(Newser) - Divers looking for a 6-year-old boy who apparently wandered away from his suburban Denver home on New Year's Eve found the body of a child in a frozen pond Tuesday, the AP reports. The body has not been identified yet, but authorities notified David Puckett's family because they... More »

Colorado Boy, 6, Missing Since New Year's Eve

FBI, police searching Denver suburb for David Puckett

(Newser) - Authorities are combing a Denver suburb for a 6-year-old boy who wandered away from his home on New Year's Eve and has now been missing for more than 60 hours. David Puckett—4 feet tall with light brown hair and blue-green eyes—left his Aurora home around 5:30pm... More »

Mom Dies, 2 Daughters Hurt in Chair Lift Fall

Accidents are 'super rare,' industry says

(Newser) - Tragedy in ski country: A mother died and her two daughters were injured in a fall from a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado Thursday. Authorities say the 40-year-old woman from Texas and the girls, ages 9 and 12, fell around 20 feet from the lift onto snow... More »

RFK's Grandson Arrested in Aspen Bar Fight

John Conor Kennedy charged with disorderly conduct

(Newser) - Police say a member of the Kennedy family was arrested after a bar fight in the Colorado resort town of Aspen. Police say 22-year-old John Conor Kennedy was charged with disorderly conduct in the Thursday morning scuffle, the AP reports. Kennedy is the oldest son of Robert Kennedy Jr., an... More »

Brawls Shut Down Malls Across US

In multiple incidents, fights led to stampedes

(Newser) - The day the Canadians call Boxing Day was more like Brawling Day in the US, with fights and other disturbances shutting down malls across the country Monday. In several incidents, fights in food courts or other areas of crowded malls led to chaos as rumors spread of shots being fired.... More »

Very Merry Animal Shelter Empties Out

Colorado humane society adopts out all its dogs for first time ever

(Newser) - An animal shelter can be a lonely place to spend Christmas, and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is especially desolate this holiday season—joyfully so. As ABC News reports, the Colorado shelter ran a "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" promotion in which it waived adoption... More »

With Pot Now Legal in Colorado, Teens Back Away

Still, Rocky Mountain teens light up more than in any other state

(Newser) - Proving many critics of marijuana legalization wrong, the kids haven't exactly been flocking to smoke dope in Colorado since the drug was legalized two years ago, new federal statistics show. The percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds using pot dipped in the state from 20.81% in 2013-2014 to 18.... More »

Man Mistakenly Released From Prison Pleads to Stay Out

Clerical error let Rene Lima-Marin out, and he says new life he started should keep him out

(Newser) - A convicted Colorado robber who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released decades before serving out his 98-year sentence asked a judge Wednesday to set him free again, arguing it would be unfair for him to remain imprisoned after he started a family, got a steady job, and... More »

Drug-Resistant Superbug Loose in Colorado

Six recent CRE infections appear to have happened outside hospitals

(Newser) - "Nightmare" superbugs on the loose in Colorado! That's the alarmist gist of a CDC report published this week. Bacteria known as CRE are resistant to powerful antibiotics and fatal to up to 50% of people infected, Live Science reports. Fortunately, infections in the US had almost entirely been... More »

Heisman Winner Found Dead in Colorado Park

A cause of death has not been given for Rashaan Salaam

(Newser) - Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night in a Boulder park less than two miles from Folsom Field, where he carved his name into the University of Colorado record books as one of the greatest players in the program's history, the AP reports. The Boulder County... More »

Security Camera Reveals Heinous Landlord Behavior

'Complete and utter disbelief'

(Newser) - Think about the worst thing your worst landlord ever did to you. This might be worse. A Colorado Springs man tells KKTV he caught his landlord having sex on his bed then using his wife's wedding dress to clean up. The couple—Logan Pierce and Mikaela DiGiulio—have a... More »

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