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Newlyweds' Hike Ends in Tragedy

Kathleen Bartlett killed by lightning strike 6 days after wedding

(Newser) - On July 11, Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were married. Six days later, Pocius became a widower. Tragedy struck during a Friday afternoon hike on Mount Yale in Colorado. The Denver Post reports the couple were at 12,400 feet, just above the tree line and about 2,000 feet... More »

'80s Can't Buy Me Love Star Dies at 43

Amanda Peterson found dead in Colorado of unknown causes

(Newser) - Amanda Peterson, who starred as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in the 1987 rom-com Can't Buy Me Love, has been found dead in her apartment in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. While the official cause of death isn't known, Peterson's dad tells TMZ "she had some illness and... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

9 Treated for Burns in Fireworks Misfire

Show in Colorado has a gaffe

(Newser) - The first big fireworks fail of the holiday is out of Avon, Colorado, where an accident during a show last night left nine people with minor burns. It happened about 17 minutes into the festivities, when a shell apparently exploded in its tube instead of soaring into the sky, reports... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

Curious Guy Shoots Own Foot

Colorado man wanted to know what it felt like

(Newser) - Being incredibly stupid is not a crime in Colorado—but reckless endangerment is, and a man named Adam Hirtle was charged with it after telling cops he shot himself in the foot to find out what it felt like. A police spokesman tells the Denver Post that when officers went... More »

Dark Knight Shooter's Diary Finally Opened

Sane or insane? Both sides say diary helps case

(Newser) - Was James Holmes in the grip of madness when he massacred 12 moviegoers in 2012, or had he coldly planned the rampage for months? Both sides in the Dark Knight shooter's trial say the gunman's diary helps their case, and on Tuesday, prosecutors entered it into evidence and... More »

Lake's Goldfish Invasion Comes to Unexpected End

No need to drain or zap Colorado lake thanks to hungry birds

(Newser) - Biologists worried about a goldfish infestation at a Colorado lake discovered a bunch of well-fed pelicans where the problem used to be. Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel went to Boulder's 12-acre Teller Lake No. 5 this week for a fish survey and found just four live goldfish and a... More »

Cops: Mom Gave Teen Pot Brownie, He Jumped

Colorado woman charged after Austin Essig leaped out 3rd-story window

(Newser) - It wasn't a pretty sight outside a Colorado apartment complex on April 14 after 19-year-old Austin Essig jumped out of a third-story window. "I had to hold him down," a resident tells CBS Denver . "He was all covered in glass and blood and everything." Essig... More »

Colorado Man Cited for Executing Computer

He put 8 bullets into misbehaving Dell

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man who saw the "blue screen of death" on his computer one too many times decided to take it out back and put it out of its misery. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after he put eight bullets into... More »

Colorado Lake Overrun With Thousands of Pet Goldfish

Well, the first few were pets; now they're invasive

(Newser) - Keeping a few goldfish alive in a bowl can seem tough enough. Boulder is facing a very different problem. A press release put out by Colorado Parks and Wildlife explains that goldfish have multiplied into the thousands in the 12-acre Teller Lake #5. ABC News reports that they may now... More »

Woman Whose Baby Was Cut From Womb Leaves Hospital

Michelle Wilkins is in a safe place, family says

(Newser) - The Colorado woman who survived the horror of having her baby cut out of her womb by an attacker with a kitchen knife is out of the hospital and on the "long journey towards recovery and spiritual reconciliation," her family says. Relatives say Michelle Wilkins, 26, is now... More »

Cops: Baby Taken From Mom's Womb in Grisly Stabbing

Victim who responded to Craigslist ad for baby clothes was 7 months pregnant

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman who showed up at a Longmont, Colo., home yesterday to purchase baby clothes she saw advertised on Craigslist was stabbed and beaten, allegedly by the 34-year-old woman who lived there—who police say then reportedly "removed" the unborn child from the mother's womb, the Longmont ... More »

Why 'Mile-High City' Is So High Up

It has to do with water from millions of years ago

(Newser) - What makes the High Plains so darned high? Well, geologists say, maybe the Earth just got lighter and floated up like a plank of wood for millions of years. In the journal Geology , experts say water beneath the Western US may have infiltrated an area of the continental plate and... More »

Ex Arrested After 'My Wife Is a Cheater' House Explodes

William Lindauer stood unresponsive as house burned: neighbor

(Newser) - A Colorado house with "My wife is a cheater" scrawled twice on it exploded early yesterday in what was perhaps unsurprisingly deemed to be arson. Possibly even less surprising: who was arrested in connection with the incident. William Eugene Lindauer III, 31, a resident of the home who was... More »

Colo. Pot Law Makes Us Violate Constitution: Sheriffs' Suit

Officials say legalization forces them into 'crisis of conscience'

(Newser) - While Colorado citizens are taking advantage of their state's marijuana legalization , sheriffs there and in neighboring states are suffering a "crisis of conscience" in upholding that law, according to a suit filed against Colorado today in Denver. Per USA Today , the lead plaintiff, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith,... More »

Police Messed Up JonBenet Case, Says Ex-Chief

Mark Beckner now regrets Reddit AMA comments

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after the murder of JonBenet Ramsey , interest in the Colorado 6-year-old's case is still strong—stronger than former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner may have realized. In remarks he now says he regrets making, Beckner told a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Saturday that... More »

All Coloradans May Get Pot-Tax Refund

$30M could be returned under state constitution

(Newser) - Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before... More »

Baker Investigated After Refusing Anti-Gay Cake

Customer Bill Jack claims Azucar Bakery discriminated against him

(Newser) - When a customer strolled into Denver's Azucar Bakery looking for Bible-shaped cakes, owner Marjorie Silva told him no problem. When Bill Jack pulled out a piece of paper with the message he wanted written on said cakes, and Silva saw "God hates gays," a drawing of two... More »

Marijuana Now in Sex Aids, Too

Foria spray for women claims to boost sensation

(Newser) - A company is hawking what it claims is a personal lubricant that improves sex for women. Oh, and it's made from marijuana. It apparently works like this: You spritz the pot-based spray Foria on your genitals 30 minutes before sex, then have awesome sex. Or, more specifically, women experience... More »

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