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No health insurance? Here are your options under the affordable care act

Good news for thousands of Coloradans without health insurance: On Friday, the state will release new information on hundreds of plans it will offer as part of the affordable health care act. If you’re currently uninsured, the state has set up a website that will allow you to shop and compare prices for an affordable health care plan.

Microburst downs trees in east Denver, more strong winds possible Friday

A powerful microburst of strong winds is blamed for knocking down massive trees and causing some damage across a five-block area of east central Denver on Thursday night. The National Weather Service says 20 large trees were knocked down and a few power poles were down because of the falling branches. More microbursts are possible Friday

Where are the most-fined restaurants in Denver?

Every week on the Restaurant Report Card, we take an in-depth look at the health code violations found at Colorado restaurants. This week, we reveal the most-fined restaurants in 2013. From high class to hole-in-the-wall, some of the restaurants on our list might surprise you.

Solheim Cup attracts best female golfers in world to Parker

The Solheim Cup, a biennial bout pitting the U.S. against Europe, kicks off today at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker. Crowds in excess of 20,000 are expected for each of the three days of competition, and the home team is expected to have the upper hand, having won all six times the event has been hosted on U.S. soil.

Iams issues dry dog, cat food recall

Several varieties of Iams dry dog and cat foods have been recalled. Procter and Gamble issued the voluntary recall because the food may be contaminated with salmonella. Click here to see the exact products that have been recalled.

Statewide DUI crackdown kicks off on Friday

From Aug. 16 through Sept. 3, the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state will be increasing their presence through increased patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints to be on the lookout for DUI offenders. It’s part of CDOT’s “Drink & Don’t Drive” campaign aimed at males ages 21-34, who choose to drink and have shown a higher propensity for dying in alcohol-related wrecks.

Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in new documents

Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.

Elvis fans gather at Graceland on anniversary of his death

Fans say another goodbye to the king on the 36th anniversary of Elvis’ death. Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans will gather in Graceland Friday night. The annual event in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrates the life and career of the man known as the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Shrimp shortage leads to record-high prices

Shrimp prices are skyrocketing to all-time highs, amid a disease that’s plaguing the three largest prawn producers: Thailand, China and Vietnam. White shrimp prices are nearing $6 a pound, up 56% from a year ago.

Hippo celebrates 57th birthday at Denver Zoo

Starting Friday, one Denver Zoo hippopotamus will get a better birthday party than most humans could hope for. Zookeepers have planned a six-day celebration for Bertie the hippo, including public hippo demonstrations at 11 a.m. daily, a historic hippo display and a hippo-sized card for children to sign. The celebration will wrap up on August 21, Bertie’s official 57th “BertDay.”