TODAY: Bitter cold, Aurora pit bull ban repeal, no more tobacco at CVS

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1. Temps plunge below -10; School closures, traffic issues result

Temperatures plummeted as low as -18 degrees at DIA Wednesday morning. And on Colorado’s eastern plains, dangerous wind chills were expected to push temperatures as low as -25. Due to the bitter cold, over 40 schools or districts cancelled or delayed classes.

2. Hostage released after 18-hour standoff in Arvada; Suspect killed

A 13-year-old who was taken hostage by a convicted criminal Monday night and held in his home for more than 18 hours was released and safe as of Wednesday morning. The suspect in the standoff, Don Pooley, 34, was killed when police entered the home.

3. Elway: ‘Goal hasn’t changed’ as Broncos start Super Bowl recovery

The Broncos returned to Denver late Monday night after snow in New Jersey delayed their flight home. Less than 48 hours into contemplating the 43-8 defeat they suffered in Super Bowl XLVIII, team president John Elway said “the goal hasn’t changed.”

4. Aurora may repeal ban on pit bulls

The city of Aurora has been in conversations about repealing its ban on pit bulls. City councilwoman Renie Peterson, who is sponsoring the ordinance says she has heard from a number of people who do not support the ban on the “misunderstood breed.” She thinks she has enough support from the full council to successfully repeal it.

5. Van theft leaves Lakewood mother worried about future of her kids

Though the van may only be worth a couple hundred dollars, the theft of the vehicle left a Lakewood woman concerned about the future of her children, one of whom has Down syndrome and only communicates through sign language.

6. ‘Super-food’ kale packed with nutrients, but don’t eat too much

Kale is a powerful superfood that has more iron than beef and is packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants. But too much of a good thing could be hazardous to your health, especially if you are a woman. Doctors say it can make women more susceptible to thyroid disorders

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers admit playing ‘air guitars’ in Super Bowl performance

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea just gave it away, confirming what everyone already suspected: The rock group’s halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was pre-recorded; the band’s guitars were not plugged in. Flea also said the band “would do it all again the same way.”

8. Four arrested in connection with drugs in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment

Four people thought to be connected to the drugs found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment were arrested late Tuesday night. During the raid that yielded the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 glassine-type bags of what is believed to be heroin.

9. Russians say authorities rounding up, poisoning stray dogs before Olympics

The Olympic city has a dog problem. Thousands of stray canines wander the streets and suburbs of Sochi. In the countdown to the Winter Games, Russian animal rights activists have accused city authorities of ramping up a campaign to exterminate street dogs.

10. Obamacare may prompt people to work less, impact workforce

Many workers may opt to work less to retain their eligibility for Medicaid or federal subsidies under Obamacare, a new report has found. In fact, the report suggested the Affordable Care Act could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024.

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