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Colorado officials plead not guilty in Elijah McClain case

DENVER (AP) — A group of police officers and paramedics pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the role they are accused of playing in the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful...

 

'Next mass killer': Dropped case foretold Colorado bloodbath

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Anderson Lee Aldrich loaded bullets into a Glock pistol and chugged vodka, ominously warning frightened grandparents not to stand in the way of an elaborate plan to stockpile guns, ammo, body armor and a homemade...

 

Amended autopsy: Black man died due to sedative, restraint

DENVER (AP) — A Black man died after a police encounter in a Denver suburb in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released Friday. Despite the findin...

 

Activist's self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest

Wynn Bruce, a 50-year-old climate activist and Buddhist, set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, prompting a national conversation about his motivation and whether he may have been inspired by Buddhist monks who...

 

Police: 5 killed, including gunman, in Denver area shootings

DENVER (AP) — Police were investigating Tuesday after a gunman went on a shooting rampage through several business districts in the Denver area, killing four people and wounding three others, including an officer as police pursued him. The suspect...

 

Suspect in Denver shootings wrote books previewing attacks

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing five people in a rampage in Denver is believed to have written fictional books self-published online that named some of his real-life victims and described similar attacks. The writings are part of the investi...

 

United States issues its 1st passport with 'X' gender marker

DENVER (AP) — The United States has issued its first passport with an "X" gender designation, marking a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broa...

 

Officers, medics indicted in 2019 death of Elijah McClain

DENVER (AP) — Three suburban Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative in a...

 

3 officers resign in rough arrest of woman with dementia

DENVER (AP) — Three Colorado police officers involved in the rough arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia — and later seen on video talking about her arrest, laughing and joking at times — have resigned, police said Friday. Loveland Police...

 

City probe faults overall police treatment of Elijah McClain

DENVER (AP) — The results of an investigation into the fatal arrest of Elijah McClain in suburban Denver released Monday criticizes how police handled the entire incident, faulting officers for their quick, aggressive treatment of the 23-year-old...

 

Vatican clears retired US bishop of multiple abuse claims

DENVER (AP) — The Vatican has cleared a retired U.S. bishop of multiple allegations he sexually abused minors and teenagers, rejecting lay experts' determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapping him on the wrist for what...

 

Denver appeals court considers appeal in trooper shooting

DENVER (AP) — A lawyer for a man sentenced to death in the 1999 killing of an Oklahoma state trooper urged a Denver federal appeals court on Thursday to throw out a judge's ruling that he was not harmed by mistakes made by his original lawyers at...

 

Pilgrim's Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury in Colorado found that...

 

Denver mail hub stays open despite coronavirus closure order

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service distribution facility in Denver that handles 10 million pieces of mail a day for Colorado and Wyoming remained open Friday despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a...

 

Greta Thunberg tells Denver rally: 'We are the change'

DENVER (AP) — Young people must be prepared to continue striking to call for action on climate change for a long time and not back down, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told a climate strike rally in Denver on Friday. Thunberg said she and...

 

Judge: Teen should be tried for Colorado school shooting

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors have enough evidence for a Colorado teenager to be tried for a school shooting in a Denver suburb that killed one of his classmates and injured eight others, a judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Theresa Slade found...

 

Safety fears disrupt schools amid Columbine anniversary

DENVER (AP) — Fears about student safety disrupted several Denver area schools Friday in the midst of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Students were kept late at a middle school in Lakewood so police could...

 

Florida teenager obsessed with Columbine takes her own life

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide...

 

FBI looks for woman 'infatuated' with Columbine shooting

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that they are looking for a young woman who is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School and made threats just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13...

 

Denver teachers back at work after winning deal with raises

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout and returned to their classrooms Thursday, greeted by hugs and high-fives, after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay, the latest win in a national movement by educators to...

 

Denver teachers, officials negotiate to try to end strike

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers and district leaders were trying to end a strike over pay Tuesday with the help of a federal negotiator. The teachers are following the lead of educators across the country by donning red amid strikes and protests for...

 

Au pairs win $65.5 million settlement in Denver lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — Young people from around the world who provided low-cost child care for American families will share in a proposed $65.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a dozen former au pairs against the companies that bring the workers t...

 

Colorado's Jared Polis makes history as gay governor

DENVER (AP) — Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration Tuesday as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue — and other celebratory colors of the LGBTQ community — as he vowed to expand health care, pursue...

 

Denver is latest city pushing for 1st US drug injection site

DENVER (AP) — Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to launch to reduce overdose deaths...

 

Video of abuse at pig farm also highlights common practices

DENVER (AP) — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world's largest meat producer drew prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry alike....

 

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