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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 »

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 »

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 »

Suit: Starbucks 'Extra Hot' Tea Scalded Woman, Killed Dog

Claim says Starbucks barista didn't secure lid

(Newser) - A woman is suing a Denver Starbucks over a spilled cup of hot tea she claims caused second-degree burns that disfigured her and killed her dog, the Denver Post reports. A federal lawsuit filed by Deanna Salas-Solano, 58, contends an employee at the drive-thru window didn't secure the lid... More »

5 Nurses Suspended for Peeping at Dead Man's Privates

They started looking before he was deceased

(Newser) - A man's genitals were apparently so impressive that even his death didn't stop nurses from taking a peek. A rep at Denver Health Medical Center says five nurses were suspended for three weeks after a police report revealed they repeatedly viewed a patient's genitals over several days... More »

Man Found Dead in Elevator Pressed Help Button Twice

'Something is not right,' fire official says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure exactly when 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died—but they know he died alone, trapped in an elevator, after calling for help and getting no response. The Denver man, who had dementia, was found dead in an elevator at an apartment complex on Aug. 2 after residents reported... More »

Man Made Up Like Evil Clown Accused in Fatal Stabbing

Fatal attack happened outside a Torchy's Tacos in Denver

(Newser) - An altercation outside a Denver taco eatery ended in death, between a man CBS Denver describes as a "well-known transient" and a suspect who was allegedly made up like a clown and tried to flee on a scooter. KUSA reports that police found an unresponsive Brian Lucero, one stab... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

He Raced to Eat a Massive Doughnut, and It Killed Him

Travis Malouff reportedly tried to eat giant sweet in less than 80 seconds in Denver

(Newser) - Competitive eating has taken another awful turn, this time in Colorado. Last week a Connecticut college student whose dad died on 9/11 apparently choked to death during a pancake-eating contest , and early Sunday, a 42-year-old man suffered the same fate while scarfing down a giant doughnut, KUSA reports. Witnesses say... More »

FBI Honored Program, Didn't Realize Pot Sales Funded It

Agency was apparently unaware of group's funding

(Newser) - The Denver FBI honored a youth dropout prevention group Thursday, apparently without realizing it's partially funded with taxes from the marijuana industry. The US Justice Department, the FBI's parent agency, considers the voter-approved marijuana industry operating in Colorado and other states illegal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has... More »

Guy Practicing Parkour Tumbles 40 Feet Down Chimney

And he's been charged with trespassing for his trouble

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man says he was making a parkour video with friends when he fell 40 feet down the chimney of a downtown Denver apartment building, reports the AP . Dustin Hinkle tells KCNC-TV that he and a couple of friends were making a parkour video on the roof of the... More »

US Teen Died in Mexican Shooting, Stampede

Denver's Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra one of 5 killed

(Newser) - An American is among the five dead after a shooting and stampede in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Monday. Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra of Denver "fell" while trying to escape the Blue Parrot nightclub during a BPM electronic music festival, the Denver Post reports via a GoFundMe page set up... 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 »

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 »

Your Best Bet for an 'Epic' New Year's Eve? Orlando

Here are the top 10 US cities in which to ring in the New Year

(Newser) - Looking to give 2016 a memorable sendoff? Consider booking a flight to one of the cities on WalletHub's list of best places to ring in the New Year. The site analyzed the 100 largest cities in America using "20 key indicators of an epic New Year's Eve.... More »

Man Sues After 2 Months in Jail on Bogus Rape Charge

He says crime lab analysts mislabeled his DNA sample

(Newser) - "Everyone kept telling me I was going to get life," the Washington Post quotes Shawnnon Hale as saying. "I was thinking that my life was over.” The 26-year-old Denver man was jailed for two months for a rape he didn't commit. Now he's suing... More »

Reporter Quits Journalism Over Threat on Her Life

Heidi Hemmat says her boss KDVR didn't take it seriously; KDVR denies

(Newser) - A TV reporter in Denver, Colo., has quit journalism after she says her life was threatened by the subject of one of her stories and her bosses failed to take it seriously, Mediaite reports. Heidi Hemmat was an award-winning investigative journalist with a focus on business fraud for KDVR. In... More »

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