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  • Boulder to vote on keeping money from sugary drinks tax

    BOULDER, Colo. — Voters in Boulder are being asked whether they want to allow the city to keep extra money raised by a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The 2 cent-per-ounce tax approved in 2016 has so far brought in more than $3.2 million for health and nutrition programs for low-income residents and those with chronic diseases and illnesses often linked to sugar consumption. The Daily Camera reports the city estimated the tax would raise $3.8 million a year, but it now looks […]

  • Trump revokes former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, who served in the Obama administration. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision at a White House briefing Wednesday, following through on the president’s recent threat. Sanders is citing Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior” and accusing him of “lying” and “wild outbursts.” She also claims he’s “leveraged his status” to make unfounded allegations. Brennan has been deeply critical of Trump’s conduct, calling […]

  • After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

    NEW YORK — Now that plastic straws might be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to Earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of […]

  • Worker dies after falling into vat of oil near Walt Disney World

    WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Authorities say a worker has died after falling into a vat of oil at a facility near Walt Disney World. Lt. Emanuel Curry of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the Orlando Sentinel the 61-year-old man slipped and fell into the vat early Wednesday while emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer. Local news outlets reported the facility is part of a district created to provide municipal services to the Disney theme park. Deputies said witnesses couldn’t pull […]

  • Coroner identifies hiker killed in fall on Mount Royal in Summit County

    FRISCO, Colo. — Authorities have identified a woman who died after falling about 150 feet while descending Mount Royal in Frisco. The Summit County coroner said Regina Foley, of Havertown, Pennsylvania, died Sunday. Foley owned a condo at the Pointe at Lake Dillon in Frisco. Rescue crews working at the trailhead to recover Foley’s body Sunday night say she had been hiking with two other men when she fell. The trio reached the summit earlier in the day and were […]

  • Author of book on Columbine writing an account of Parkland

    NEW YORK  — The author of a best-seller about the Columbine school shooting is working on a book about Parkland. Harper announced Tuesday that Dave Cullen’s “Parkland” is scheduled to come out in February, timed to the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Cullen “burrows into the hearts” of the Parkland student survivors as the follows their lives in the months after the shooting. Cullen’s “Columbine” […]

  • Several western Colorado wildfires continue to burn, blanket state with smoke

    DENVER — Smoke from several wildfires fires burning in Colorado and beyond is hanging over large parts of western Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke are expected Tuesday through Wednesday morning. State health officials warn that people with respiratory illnesses, the very young and elderly might want to remain indoors if the smoke is heavy. The Bull Draw Fire is the largest fire in the state, having burned 25,190 acres as of Tuesday morning. The fire, 12 miles northwest of […]

  • At least 25 killed in Italian highway bridge collapse during violent storm

    GENOA, Italy — A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging nearly 150 feet into a heap of rubble. The city’s mayor said at least 25 people were killed, although some people were found alive in the debris. A huge section of the Morandi Bridge fell at midday over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete onto warehouses […]

  • Aspen enacts mandatory water restrictions

    ASPEN, Colo. — Extremely low water levels have forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history. The Aspen City Council approved the move Monday. Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager Margaret Medellin said she anticipates stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely. Under the restrictions, Aspen water customers must not water lawns more than three days a week and no more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per day. Restrictions also […]

  • Trump lashes out at Manigault Newman, calls her ‘crazed, crying lowlife’ and ‘that dog’

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog.” Trump tweeted a barrage of insults Tuesday morning as Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all and releasing secret audio recordings. Her book paints a damning picture of Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show […]

  • Pregnant woman falsely accused of shoplifting in North Carolina

    PINEVILLE, N.C. — A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt. “Twins,” she said. Sherell Bates tells WSOC-TV she was paying for back-to-school supplies Friday when a police officer had her step aside and explain what was under her shirt. Bates said she responded that she’s 34 weeks pregnant with a boy and a girl, but he didn’t believe her. So […]

  • Google tracks movements, like it or not

    MOUNTAIN VISTA, Calif. — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request. For the most part, Google is upfront about asking […]