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    President Obama nominates Cuba ambassador, first in over half-century

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped the highest-ranking US diplomat in Cuba as the first ambassador to the island in more than 50 years, though it remains unlikely he’ll be confirmed before the President leaves office. Jeffrey DeLaurentis has served as the United States’ charge d’affairs in Havana since 2014, overseeing the reopening of the US Embassy there and helping shepherd in a new era of US-Cuba ties. Obama wrote in a statement that elevating DeLaurentis’ title to “ambassador” […]

  • HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  (L-R) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands after the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Debate breaks record as most-watched in U.S. history

    NEW YORK — Monday night was the most-watched debate in American history. More than 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off, setting a record in the 60-year history of televised presidential debates. The final numbers are still being tallied by Nielsen. But the debate averaged a total of 80.9 million viewers across 12 of the channels that carried it live. Nielsen traditionally measures viewers who watch via traditional TV at home. That means people […]

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    National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday

    DENVER — With six weeks before Election Day, there will be events in Denver as part of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. Last week, Facebook put out a notice to get people to register to vote. The result was nearly 14,000 people registered to vote in Colorado since Friday, the Secretary of State’s Office said. “Facebook’s efforts add to what we are doing already in Colorado to encourage voter registration,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. On Tuesday, Doritos kicked […]

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    Fact-checking presidential debate between Clinton, Trump

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed Monday in their first head-to-head debate of the general election season, with Trump in particular straying from the truth, the Reality Check Team found. The team of reporters, researchers and editors listened throughout the debate and selected key statements from both candidates, rating them true; mostly true; true, but misleading; false; or it’s complicated. Climate change Clinton claimed Trump “thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese,” a […]

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    Trump, Clinton tied in Colorado in latest poll

    ATLANTA — Just one point separates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in two states that are critical to both candidates’ chances of becoming president, according to new CNN/ORC polls in Pennsylvania and Colorado. In Colorado, likely voters break 42 percent for Trump, 41 percent for Clinton, 13 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 3 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Pennsylvania’s likely voters split 45 percent for Clinton, 44 percent for Trump, 6 percent for Johnson and 3 percent […]

  • HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Houston Astros fans take a moment of silence  in memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez who died in a motor boat accident early Sunday morning before the Houston Astros played the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

    Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident

    MIAMI — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernández, one of baseball’s brightest stars, was killed early Sunday in a boating accident, Florida authorities said. Fernandez, 24, and two other men were found dead after their 32-foot boat was discovered crashed at the entrance of Miami Harbor, said Fish and Wildlife Commission public information officer Lorenzo Veloz. Coast Guard personnel out on patrol noticed the vessel upside down on the north end of a rocky jetty shortly after 3:15 a.m., Veloz said […]

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    Elementary school students hospitalized after girl brings pot-laced brownies from home

    SALT LAKE CITY — Several children at a Salt Lake City elementary school were sent to a hospital Thursday after they ate marijuana-laced brownies that another student brought to the playground. According to a letter from the Salt Lake City School District, a student at Lincoln Elementary school brought the brownies to the playground before school and sold or shared several of them with sixth-grade students, according to KSTU. Lincoln Elementary has kindergarten through sixth grade. A detective with the Salt […]

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    Mom’s ‘excuse note’ for her tardy daughter goes viral

    CLARKSBURG, Calif. — A California teen running late for school must have been thrilled when her mother agreed to write an excuse note — until she read it. The note has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook, likely by applauding parents everywhere who know just how hard it is to get their children to school every morning. Nicole Poppic wrote in the caption of the post, “This is what happens when you are tardy as a result of […]

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    Early recruitment for college sports takes toll on Colorado kids

    DENVER — High school sports can be stressful, but there’s a hidden practice adding even more pressure on the playing field. College athletics programs are recruiting kids earlier than ever. Some Colorado students are being targeted in middle school. “We’re talking about these kids going to college before they’ve even gone to high school, and if that’s not a broken system I don’t know what is,” said Sam Bartron the coach of Team 180, a girl’s lacrosse club team in Denver. […]

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    Teen in deadly collision at Breckenridge Ski Resort being sued for wrongful death

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A 16-year-old boy involved in a deadly collision on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort is being sued for wrongful death. John Sherwood, 43,  from New Jersey died after the collision on the expert trail Tiger Run on April 4.  It happened under the Peak 8 Super Connect chairlift near tower No. 25. According to the lawsuit, the teen from New Hampshire was above Sherwood on the trail, was skiing at a high rate of speed and crashed […]

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    Investigators find ‘gross mismanagement’ tripled cost of Aurora VA hospital

    AURORA, Colo. — Federal investigators say “gross mismanagement,” delays and lax oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs added millions of dollars to the cost of the Aurora VA hospital. The report from the Office of Inspector General released Wednesday said that former senior VA official Glenn Haggstrom knew the project would go over budget, but didn’t tell lawmakers when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. “This was a failure of government at every level within the VA,” Sen. Cory […]

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    Plumber continues to dupe system, consumers pay price

    DENVER — A plumber who the state has ordered to quit working in that trade could face additional regulatory action. The Department of Regulatory Agencies issued a cease-and-desist order against Daniel Murphy and two cease-and-desist orders against his business, All Phase Home Repair. The Problem Solvers reported about Murphy and his business issues in June. A woman got her money back in that case, but more victims continue to come forward. As a result, the state has opened another investigation, but in the […]