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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 »

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 »

Denver Loosens Its Pot Laws Even More

'Social marijuana' ballot measure passes

(Newser) - As five more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana last week, Denver took it a step further: A ballot measure to allow social marijuana use has narrowly passed, according to vote count updates released Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. The measure will allow marijuana use in "consumption areas" at... More »

Cop Charged With Theft Thanks to Own Body Camera

Julian Archuleta claimed money 'must have fallen in his bag'

(Newser) - A Denver cop who claimed $1,200 "must have fallen into his bag" at the scene of a car crash was arrested and suspended without pay after footage from his own body camera told a different story. The footage showed Julian Archuleta, a 48-year-old who has been on the... More »

Cops: Woman Had 2 Kids With Boy She Met at a Park

He's 15 years her junior, police say

(Newser) - A 29-year-old woman met a boy 15 years her junior at a Denver park and started a sexual relationship with him resulting in two children, prosecutors say. Authorities allege Alicia Hernandez, now 33, first met the boy in 2011 or 2012—when he was just 14, though he claims he... More »

Denver Parents Find Hooters Girls at Cub Scout Day Camp

And they weren't happy about it

(Newser) - Parents who went to pick up their Cub Scouts from a day camp in Denver were likely excited to hear about their sons' experience, but that excitement was quickly marred when they found out the camp had been sponsored by Hooters, the AP reports. Although pictures accompanying a Facebook post... More »

$30M Lawsuit: My Murder Confession at 14 Was Coerced

Lawrence Montoya says his civil rights were violated

(Newser) - Lawrence Rubin Montoya was 14 years old when a jury found him guilty of killing a Denver schoolteacher in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2000. Sentenced to life in prison, Montoya served more than 13 years before his conviction was overturned and he was released in 2014. Now Montoya,... More »

911 Dispatcher Told Them to Return to Scene of Crime; One Ended Up Dead

A court just found the dispatcher not liable

(Newser) - A Colorado 911 dispatcher may have been "foolish" and acting "incompetently," but he's not responsible for the death of a Sudanese immigrant four years ago, according to a court ruling Tuesday. The Denver Post reports Jimma Pal Reat, his brother Ran Pal, and others were driving... More »

In Colorado, 70 Degrees One Day, Then Record Blizzard

12.1 inches fell on Denver

(Newser) - In like a lion, out like a lion? A day after temperatures reached 70 degrees, 12.1 inches of snow blanketed Denver International Airport on Wednesday—with the spring snow entering the books as the biggest snow accumulation of 2016, reports CBS Denver . With snow falling as fast as 2... More »

The 10 Best US Cities to Call Home

There are some surprises

(Newser) - Looking for a fresh start somewhere? US News & World Report just released its first list of the best places to live in America. The publication used data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, and more; its own rankings of high schools and hospitals; and a survey of thousands of... More »

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