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  • Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 officers at Illinois business

    AURORA, Ill. — A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference that the gunman was 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in the city about 40 miles west of Chicago. She told reporters that officers arrived within four minutes […]

  • Drug company used rap video with dancing fentanyl bottle to push for higher doses, sales

    BOSTON — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and four other onetime executives, including a former exotic dancer who prosecutors say was hired as a regional […]

  • Avalanches cause traffic problems in southern Colorado

    DENVER — Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats. In south-central Colorado, U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass in the southern was closed Friday morning for avalanche control. An avalanche had closed the pass earlier Friday before being cleared. In southwest Colorado, several mountain passes along U.S. 550 as well as Lizard Head Pass on Colorado 145 were closed Friday morning for avalanche […]

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for first time since lung cancer surgery

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December. The court’s press office says the 85-year-old Ginsburg is attending the justices’ Friday closed-door conference at which they’re weighing whether to add new cases and finalizing opinions in cases argued in the fall. Ginsburg missed six days of arguments and three private conferences as she recuperated from the December surgery. The court […]

  • Governor Jared Polis denounces President Trump’s emergency declaration

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has denounced Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency that could allow the president to build a southern border wall. The Democratic governor issued a Friday statement calling Trump’s plan to bypass Congress to spend more money on border barriers “an astonishing abuse of power.” Polis says that “while the president tries to separate us, Coloradans, and my administration, will continue to unite by building a better Colorado for all.” Inbox: @GovofCO @jaredpolis […]

  • President Trump declares national emergency to secure funding for border wall

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said he will use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought. He plans to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall. The move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and expected to face […]

  • Gabriel Landeskog helps Avalanche end 8-game skid, beat Jets 4-1

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Semyon Varlamov was relieved to finally leave the ice with a win. The Colorado goalie made 24 saves, Gabriel Landeskog scored his team-leading 30th goal and the Avalanche ended their season-high eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. “Definitely feeling better now. The win tastes great,” Varlamov said. “It’s been some tough times we’ve been going through the past two months. “The stats aren’t great, we’re losing a lot of […]

  • Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

    WASHINGTON — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary. Money in the bill for border barriers, about $1.4 billion, is far below the $5.7 billion Trump insisted he needed and would finance just a quarter […]

  • State won’t oppose Moses-El’s $1.9 million exoneration claim

    DENVER — Colorado’s attorney general said Thursday his office will not fight a claim for compensation by a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape conviction that was later overturned, a decision that cleared the way for Clarence Moses-El to receive $1.9 million under the state’s exoneration law. The determination by Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat who took office in January, brings an end to one of the legal battles stemming from Moses-El’s 2015 release from […]

  • ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding all nine Indian immigrants on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center, according to local reports Thursday. The dramatic reversal comes as public pressure was mounting on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to halt the controversial practice, which involves feeding detainees through nasal tubes against their will. Last week, the United Nations human rights office said the force-feeding of immigrant hunger strikers at the facility could violate the […]

  • Coroner rules death in Loveland road rage confrontation as homicide

    LOVELAND, Colo. — Authorities say the death of a Loveland man after a road rage disturbance last week was homicide. The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports the Larimer County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of William Jason Wheeler was homicide by asphyxiation. Police say officers and medical personnel were called to a disturbance in the 1900 block of South Lincoln Avenue on Friday. They found Wheeler not breathing, with others performing CPR on him. Wheeler was taken to a hospital where he […]

  • Women sue border patrol, say agent detained them for speaking Spanish

    HELENA, Mont. — Two Montana women questioned by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in a convenience store sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday, saying the agent illegally detained them without reason. The agent held Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez for 40 minutes in a parking lot in the city of Havre in May 2018 without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. His only […]

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