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Toddler Mauled by Pit Bull He Tried to Hug

Owner who left dog tied to pole arrested

(Newser) - A Colorado woman who allegedly left her pit bull tied to a pole in a parking lot and wandered off was arrested after the animal mauled a 19-month-old boy who tried to hug it. "The child went to give the dog a hug, and it latched onto his face,... More »

American Gets Deadliest Form of Rare Plague

Colorado case likely started with dead dog, officials say

(Newser) - The rarest and deadliest form of plague has infected a man in Colorado, but so far officials only say that he's being treated—and may have contracted the disease from his dog, Bloomberg reports. "He’s on treatment long enough to not be transmissible," says a spokeswoman... More »

Washington's 1st Legal Pot Buyer Got Canned

Mike Boyer says his boss made him take a drug test, which he failed

(Newser) - Mike Boyer made history on Tuesday in his tie-dye as the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Spokane, Wash. Less than 48 hours later, Boyer tells KREM 2 News , he was out of a job. The security guard says that after making his 4-gram purchase at a local... More »

Judge Strikes Down Colo. Gay Marriage Ban

Meanwhile, Utah taking its appeal straight to Supreme Court

(Newser) - Yet another state's gay marriage ban went down yesterday, as Colorado District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the state's ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. Colorado allows civil unions between gay couples, but Crabtree said they were discriminatory because they didn't give same-sex... More »

Clinton Sees 'Unresolved Questions' on Pot Laws

Ex-president supports states' rights—much like Hillary does

(Newser) - Bill Clinton still isn't inhaling, apparently—or at least he's not high on America's wave of marijuana legalization efforts, Politico reports. On Meet the Press, the ex-president sounded more like a states-rights advocate when David Gregory asked about Colorado's legalization of weed. Clinton did joke about... More »

Bad Radio Reception? Blame Pot Growers

Lights used in grow-ops are throwing interference

(Newser) - As marijuana operations proliferate, users of ham and AM radio frequencies are grumbling—if that makes any sense. Tom Thompson, 73, discovered the problem a few years ago when his ham radio chats with friends became harder to hear and he traced the issue to a local grow-op. With recreational... More »

Guide: I Totally Warned Dowd About Pot

'She got the warning,' asked him to roll her a joint, says My 420 Tours operator

(Newser) - One time, Maureen Dowd accidentally ate 16 times the recommended dose of pot candy and got so high in a Denver hotel room that she thought she "had died and no one was telling me." Dowd wrote about the experience in yesterday's parable/column on the growing pains... More »

Maureen Dowd Got So, So Stoned

Her 8 hours 'in hallucinatory state' underscore problems with Rocky Mountain highs

(Newser) - With Colorado's marijuana legalization effort still working through some bugs, Maureen Dowd decided to play investigative reporter, Cheech and Chong style. And what better way to do that than chowing on a marijuana candy bar in the name of journalism? Problem: The candy bar's packaging gave little indication... More »

Teen in Sneakers Rescued in Rockies—at 13K Feet

Quebec 19-year-old had no climbing gear

(Newser) - Rescuers airlifted a 19-year-old hiker to safety yesterday, after he got struck in an "extremely precarious location" on Longs Peak in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. Reports describe Samuel Frappier of Quebec as an inexperienced climber with no technical equipment—according to the ABC 7 he was wearing... More »

'Unbelievably Big' Mudslide Leaves 3 Missing

Rain believed to have contributed to Colorado slide

(Newser) - Three people are missing in the wake of a massive mudslide that struck near Collbran, Colorado, last night. The slide was reported at around 6:15pm, after a day of rain that is believed to have helped cause the slide, the Denver Post reports. The caller "described hearing a... More »

Complaints, Suicide Fail to Close Mental Health Center

Doctor in charge isn't accredited, or a doctor, CNN alleges

(Newser) - Jessica Palmer was suffering from mental illness and drug addiction when her parents sent her to the Adolescent Family Institute of Colorado—but she didn't get the help they were hoping she would there. Instead the staff there told her that her parents didn't love her, that she... More »

In Colorado, Pot Industry Gets a Bank Account

Marijuana businesses will pool money in cooperatives

(Newser) - Colorado lawmakers have approved the world's first financial system for the marijuana industry, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan, approved yesterday, seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject pot... More »

Colorado's New Woe: Hash Oil Explosions

They're on the rise, and officials aren't sure how to handle

(Newser) - One unfortunate side effect of Colorado legalizing marijuana: Hash oil explosions are on the rise. So far this year, 10 people who tried to make hash oil in home labs have ended up in the state's only certified adult burn center with serious injuries, compared with 11 in all... More »

Pilot Crashes Into Home, Finds He Used to Own It

He walked away with only minor injuries

(Newser) - A lucky escape and what appears to be a stunning coincidence in Northglenn, Colo.: A pilot crashed a small plane into a home, only to discover that it was one that he sold in 2003, reports ABC7 . Pilot Brian Veatch was towing a banner when the plane ran into trouble... More »

Woman Stuck in Overturned Car for Days

Kristin Hopkins' feet were amputated

(Newser) - A Colorado woman who survived for days in an overturned car was rescued Sunday, but had to have her feet amputated yesterday, USA Today reports. Kristin Hopkins, 43, a single mother of four, was driving at night when she crashed about 140 feet from a scenic highway. Her Chevrolet Malibu... More »

Cops: Sister Tries to Bust Into Jail for Brother

Demands his release, gets jailed herself

(Newser) - A big sister's misguided attempt to help her little brother landed her in jail in Colorado this week. Monique Armstrong's strange case began when police caught her inside the fenced perimeter of the Mesa County Jail in an apparent attempt to break in early Monday, reports KJCT8 , which... More »

Colorado 4th-Graders Busted Over Pot Sales

School will deal with it internally, without formal police charges

(Newser) - A pair of enterprising fourth-graders in Colorado got caught dealing marijuana pilfered from home at their elementary school, reports ABC News . Officials at the school in Greeley originally got police involved, but they've decided to handle it internally with suspensions and with a message to grown-ups: "For crying... More »

Colorado Lights It Up With (Legal) 4/20 Bash

Tens of thousands throng Denver for pot holiday

(Newser) - Potheads in Colorado aren't letting a little thing like the fact that The Man says it's OK deter them from lighting up a 4/20 weekend that's suddenly gone mainstream: As CNN reports, the Mile High City is throwing itself a party that by some estimates has attracted... More »

First Death Linked to Legal Colorado Weed

Teen jumped to his death after eating pot cookie

(Newser) - For the first time since Colorado legalized weed for recreational use, a coroner has listed "marijuana intoxication" as a contributor to a death. Wyoming student Levy Thamba was in Denver on spring break with three friends when he jumped to his death from a Holiday Inn balcony after eating... More »

Why a Prisons Chief Put Himself in Solitary

Rick Raemisch wanted to have the experience

(Newser) - Rick Raemisch is no average prisons chief, but these aren't average times for US prisons. Newly appointed as Colorado's chief of corrections, Raemisch put himself in solitary confinement for 20 hours to experience the most controversial form of punishment in prisons today, the New York Times reports. "... More »

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