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Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'

Told cops that aborted fetuses will thank him in heaven

(Newser) - The suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs says "his dream" is for aborted fetuses to "thank him what for what he did" when he dies and goes to heaven. Robert Lewis Dear, the self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies"...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Mom of 2, Iraq Vet Died in Planned Parenthood Attack

Gunman never made it into main clinic area

(Newser) - The two civilians killed in Friday's attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic have been identified as an Iraq War veteran and a mother of two, both of whom were at the Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic to support friends. Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was a stay-at-home mom who "lived for...

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...

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...

3 Victims, Suspect Dead in Colorado Shooting Spree

The suspect was reportedly killed in a shootout with police

(Newser) - Four people are dead—including the suspected gunman—following a shooting rampage Saturday in downtown Colorado Springs, KKTV reports. According to the AP , multiple crime scenes created a chaotic situation in the area. KKTV reports the first reported shooting was at 8:45am local time. A man was found dead...

Residents Find Bear Shot Dead in Front Yard

Colorado Springs residents aren't happy about it, either

(Newser) - Residents of a Colorado Springs community are upset after a bear was found shot to death in the front yard of a home. Residents in Cheyenne Mountain Estates say the bear roamed the area and was part of their lives. The 400-pound bear was found dead Friday. Colorado Parks and...

Sketch Released Over NAACP Bomb in Colorado

Cops think this man planted device

(Newser) - Authorities have released a composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also offered a $10,000 reward for information on Tuesday's explosion, which caused only minor...

Teen Makes Escape With Bed Sheets, Evades Arrest

Climbs out 4th-floor hotel window while police wait

(Newser) - What do you do when the police come knocking? If you're this teenage runaway, you fashion yourself an escape rope out of bed sheets and climb out a fourth-floor window. That’s what the unnamed 16-year-old did in the wee hours of Monday morning at a Colorado Hilton hotel,...

Teenager Killed Trying to Enter Her Own House: Police

Stepfather apparently opened fire as she climbed in the window

(Newser) - Tragedy in Colorado: A man shot and killed his stepdaughter before dawn today, probably mistaking her for a burglar as she sneaked back into the house, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports. "The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," a police spokesman said. Officers found the unidentified 14-year-old...

Colorado Wildfire Now a 'Crime Scene'

483 structures destroyed

(Newser) - Colorado's Black Forest fire is now 65% contained, but authorities are still puzzling over the cause of the blaze that's destroyed at least 483 structures. Now, the El Paso County sheriff is calling the 16,000-acre fire a "crime scene" until there's proof to the contrary,...

Colorado Fire Sets Destruction Record

Death toll now at 2

(Newser) - The Black Forest Fire, near Colorado Springs, has claimed 360 homes, a record for the state, the Denver Post notes in its live blog. Meanwhile, 15,700 acres have burned and the fire is just 5% contained—and the death toll now stands at two. Some 38,000 have evacuated,...

Colorado Wildfire Claims 1st Victim

One other resident of home also missing

(Newser) - The Waldo Canyon fire blazing through Colorado Springs has claimed its first victim: Human remains were found in one burned home, police announced last night, and a second person living in the home is missing, the Gazette reports. Ten people in all are still unaccounted for. Nearly 350 homes have...

350 Homes Destroyed in Colorado Wildfire

Mayor of Colorado Springs offers initial estimate

(Newser) - Authorities in Colorado Springs have offered their first assessment of damage from the still-raging Waldo Canyon fire, and it's not a happy one: The mayor says about 350 homes have been destroyed, making it the most destructive fire in state history, reports AP . Other developments:
  • The fire is about
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Obama to Visit 'Epic' Fire Devastation

Governor declares fire season worst in state history

(Newser) - President Obama plans to jet to Colorado tomorrow to view the devastation of an "epic" rampaging wildfire near Colorado Springs that has gutted hundreds of homes, sent some 35,000 residents fleeing, and destroyed 19,000 acres. Rich Brown, fire chief of Colorado Springs, the state's second largest...

Tens of Thousands Flee Colorado Fires

Waldo Canyon fire breaches Colorado Springs fire lines

(Newser) - At least 32,000 people have been evacuated from the Colorado Springs area as the monster Waldo Springs wildfire continues to burn out of control. Witnesses described "apocalyptic" scenes as the fire, which has breached fire lines and destroyed an unknown number of homes, unleashed waves of flame and...

Colorado Wildfires Destroy 250 Homes, Ravage Parkland

Worst fire season in decade

(Newser) - More than 11,000 Colorado residents—and tourists—have been ordered to evacuate as eight wildfires burn across the state, destroying homes and threatening popular sightseeing spots. Vacation cabins in Estes Park have already been destroyed and the main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park has been closed. Smoke threatens...

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