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Woman in Labor Breaks Her Back, Loses Her Husband

Happy event turns tragic in Colorado

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a joyous occasion veered into tragedy last month for a pregnant Colorado woman. Jill Schmucker, a mom of two young boys, started to have contractions on Jan. 13, KUSA reports. She roused her husband, Tony, and they bundled up their sons, 6-year-old Ryder and 4-year-old... More »

One Dead, Many Hurt in Motorcycle Rally Violence

Multiple shootings, stabbing reported at Denver Coliseum

(Newser) - At least one person is dead following an outbreak of violence that involved multiple shootings Saturday afternoon at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, the Denver Post reports. Multiple people were shot and at least one person was stabbed outside the Denver Coliseum around 1pm local time, according to 9News . A witness... More »

Airmen Damage Nuclear Missile During 'Mishap'

The Air Force is refusing to release the report from the 2014 incident

(Newser) - Errors by three airmen troubleshooting a nuclear missile in its launch silo in 2014 triggered a "mishap" that damaged the missile, prompting the Air Force to strip the airmen of their nuclear certification and quietly launch an accident investigation, officials revealed Friday. In a statement released to the AP,... More »

Family's Drive to Deliver Baby No. 3 Ends in Tragedy

Tony Schmucker crashed SUV while en route to hospital with pregnant wife

(Newser) - One Colorado family's car ride to the hospital to deliver their third son ended in terrible tragedy: As 9News reports, 37-year-old Tony Schmucker of Larimer County was at the wheel in the early hours of Wednesday when he suffered some sort of medical episode, lost control of the family... More »

Woman Shot Through Wall by Neighbor Cleaning Gun

He got arrested, she got taken to the hospital with a minor injury

(Newser) - Police in Colorado Springs say a woman sitting on a couch in her apartment was shot through a wall after her neighbor accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it. The woman was taken to the hospital after Tuesday night's shooting with what police described as a minor injury. Police... More »

Girl in Colo. School Shooting Plot Charged as Adult

She planned to make assault deadly as possible: prosecutors

(Newser) - One of two suspects accused of plotting to kill classmates and teachers at a suburban Denver high school has been charged as an adult. Sienna Johnson, 16, faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder related to a shooting plot that police tell the Denver Post was to "... More »

Company Fires Nearly 200 Protesting Muslim Workers

Employees claim they were told, 'If you want to pray, go home'

(Newser) - Nearly 200 Muslim workers—mostly Somali immigrants—were fired by a Colorado meat-packing plant last month for walking off the job over claims their employer was preventing them from praying, USA Today reports. "Prayer is the first priority to every Muslim," a man assisting the fired employees says.... More »

Pesticides Lead to Biggest Marijuana Recall Yet in Colorado

Nearly 100K packages of edibles present threat to public health

(Newser) - It was a dark day in Denver for edibles and the people who love them. More than 99,500 packages of Mountain High Suckers—marijuana-infused candy—were recalled on Wednesday, the Cannabist reports. It was Denver's largest recall of marijuana or marijuana products yet and the 15th such recall... More »

Charges: Psychic Cons $200K From Lacoste Heir

She allegedly told the victim 'evil spirits' would get her

(Newser) - A professional psychic is accused of conning more than $200,000 out of a wealthy University of Colorado student, the Longmont Times-Call reports. Victoria Lacoste—of the Lacoste clothing family—started getting tarot card readings and spiritual advice from 32-year-old Becky Ann Lee, owner of Psychic Chakra Spa in Boulder,... More »

He Was Jailed After a Woman's Dream. Now He's Free

Cops mistakenly destroyed DNA evidence 20 years ago

(Newser) - A 28-year nightmare is over for a Denver man who says he was wrongly convicted after a neighbor who had been raped and beaten told police his face appeared to her in a dream. A judge overturned the 1988 conviction of 60-year-old Clarence Moses-EL on Tuesday and he was freed... More »

Down-on-His-Luck Busboy Finds $3K, Turns It In

Johnny Duckworth says he never even considered keeping the money

(Newser) - A Colorado busboy who's low on cash and dealing with medical issues didn't let his own woes stop him from doing the right thing. Johnny Duckworth found $3,000 Tuesday in an envelope that had fallen behind a booth at Randy's Southside Diner in Grand Junction, the... More »

Colo. 13-Year-Old Latest Victim of 'Choking Game'

Memphis Burgess' parents hope to raise awareness about dangerous activity

(Newser) - Whether it's called "suffocation roulette," "cloud nine," or simply the "choking game," it's a dangerous activity that's been around for millennia, the Washington Post notes—and it's just resulted in another teen death. Memphis Burgess, a 13-year-old from Colorado Springs,... More »

Oprah Winfrey's New Mansion Has a 'Wine Mine'

Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like

(Newser) - Perhaps you have a wine rack. Maybe even a wine fridge. But unless you are Oprah Winfrey, you probably do not have a "wine mine." What exactly is a wine mine, you ask? It's a 56-foot-long wine cellar that "looks like a mining tunnel, complete with... More »

Study: Legal Weed Takes Colo. Tourism to New Highs

Nearly half of tourists surveyed came to Colorado at least in part because of pot

(Newser) - Legal marijuana is taking tourism in Colorado to new highs, if a new study is to be believed. The Denver Post reports a study commissioned by the Colorado Tourism Office found nearly 49% of Colorado visitors between April and September came at least in part because of pot. "I... More »

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect: 'I am a Warrior for the Babies'

Prosecutors brought 179 charges against Robert Dear on Wednesday

(Newser) - “I am guilty—there will be no trial," Robert Dear said during a court hearing Wednesday. "I am a warrior for the babies." The statement was one of a number of "outbursts" made by the accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter as prosecutors brought 179 charges... More »

Colo. Homeless Man Spends $10, Wins $500K

Aspen's Michael Engfors has had a rough go of it the past few years

(Newser) - The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter,... More »

Walmart: Crying Cashier Story Seems to Be a Hoax

Colo. woman shared story from Walmart, says everyone is 'fighting a battle'

(Newser) - Treat people with kindness, "because they are fighting a battle that none of us know about." That’s the message Paige Yore wants people to take to heart, but the story she told to drive her point home is shaping up to be a hoax. In a Facebook... More »

Suspect Vandalized Planned Parenthood Before: Ex-Wife

Robert Lewis Dear thought he was doing 'God's work,' says source

(Newser) - The shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday wasn't Robert Lewis Dear 's first alleged attack on the agency, his ex-wife says. Barbara Micheau, Dear's second wife from 1985 to 1993, says her ex-husband told her he put glue in the locks... More »

Planned Parenthood Shooter ID'd as NC Man

Police haven't disclosed motive for Colorado Springs shooting

(Newser) - The suspect accused of killing a police officer and two civilians at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on Friday was a long way from home, according to law enforcement sources. The sources tell the Denver Post that the suspect, who surrendered after an hours-long standoff, has been identified as... More »

2 Civilians, 1 Officer Dead in Shooting at Planned Parenthood

Suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An active shooting situation at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic is over, but two civilians and one police officer are dead, the Denver Post reports. Several others were wounded, but the severity of their injuries wasn't known, reports AP . Police were seen leading one male suspect out of... More »

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