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1. Coffman changes shutdown stance, will back clean CR to fund government

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, reversed course Tuesday and vowed to support a clean continuing resolution to fund the government, breaking ranks with an obstinate House GOP bloc that has insisted on changes to Obamacare in exchange for passing a CR to end the ongoing shutdown.

2. Jimmy Carter in Denver to assist with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity in Denver kicked off the Carter Work Project earlier this week, and the former President will be stopping by to help out Wednesday. The effort is seeking to build 11 homes and repair others, with the Carters scheduled to build alongside Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday.

3. Bystanders tackle felon who pulled gun on man at Denver Burger King

Good Samaritans at a Denver Burger king jumped to a security guard’s rescue Tuesday night, tackling a man after he pulled a gun on a security guard. Police said the man is a felon and should not have had a gun.

4. Police: Masked men attack woman in Cheesman Park

A woman walking through Cheesman Park neighborhood this week was pulled into an alley and attacked by masked men who remain at large. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson describes the neighborhood where this happened as quiet and says it’s a highly unusual incident for this area.

5. Snow could hit high country Thursday night

While Denver will be basking in 70 degree temperatures once again Wednesday, a winter storm warning will go into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening through 6 p.m. Thursday for the San Juan Mountains, where six-12 inches of snow are possible above 8,000 feet.

6. FBI searching for suspect accused of robbing 2 banks

The FBI along with other law enforcement agencies are looking for one suspect who they believe committed two bank robberies within the last two weeks. One happened in Thornton, the other in Northglenn.

7. Domestic dispute charges against Nuggets star Ty Lawson dropped

Lawson and his girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, got into a fight in August. That led to harassment and criminal mischief charges. Those charges were dropped late on Tuesday.

8. World famous monster pumpkin launcher in Denver this week

It’s October and that means it’s time for people to get their fix of seeing pumpkins get launched fantastic distances before smashing on the ground. Find out more about world class punkin’ chunkin’ this week in Aurora.

9. Off-duty NYPD officer allegedly involved in brutal SUV attack

New York police have arrested one of their own on riot and criminal mischief charges in connection with an SUV driver in New York City. The officer reportedly said he participated in the incident because he didn’t want to blow his cover.

10. N.Y. middle school bans most balls during recess

A Long Island middle school’s decision to ban most balls during recess and also require supervision of tag — even cartwheels — due to safety concerns is turning heads.

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