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  • Broncos select Iowa tight end Noah Fant in first round of NFL Draft

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway gave Joe Flacco just what he wanted, a threat to stretch the field, not take his job. The Denver Broncos general manager selected Iowa tight end Noah Fant with the 20th pick Thursday night, bypassing a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft in Nashville. Elway, who gained an extra second-round pick by trading down 10 spots, said he didn’t consider taking a QB at 10 or 20, much to the surprise of all […]

  • North Korea demanded U.S. pay $2 million for Otto Warmbier’s medical costs

    WASHINGTON — North Korea insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former U.S. official said Thursday. An envoy sent to North Korea to retrieve the 21-year-old student signed an agreement to pay the $2 million on instructions passed down from President Donald Trump, the former official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive diplomatic matter. […]

  • Opponents of new oil-gas law won’t try for repeal this year

    DENVER — Opponents of a new Colorado oil and gas law that puts public safety ahead of production said Thursday that they will not attempt to overturn it this year, but they might try in 2020. They had planned to ask voters in November to repeal and replace the law, but last week the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office rejected four versions of their proposed ballot initiative. State officials said the proposals violated a law requiring initiatives to address only […]

  • Massachusetts judge charged with helping man evade ICE

    BOSTON — A Massachusetts state court judge was indicted Thursday on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping a man living in the U.S. illegally to evade a waiting immigration enforcement agent by sneaking out a back door. District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph came under federal investigation last year after authorities said she and a court officer schemed to let the man escape from the Newton courthouse. “From certain corners I have heard the occasional gasp of dismay […]

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 presidential campaign

    WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, betting that his working-class appeal and ties to Barack Obama’s presidency will help him overcome questions about his place in today’s increasingly liberal Democratic Party. He made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter, declaring, “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.” “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter […]

  • CDC warns blood-sucking ‘kissing bug’ sighted in Colorado

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A blood-sucking bug that can spread disease and is nicknamed for biting people around their mouths has been sighted in Colorado. The Coloradoan reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the “kissing bug,” or Triatoma sanguisuga, has been making its way into the U.S. from South and Central America. The bugs’ bite is often painless, but the insect can pass parasites though their feces that cause Chagas’ disease. The CDC says the disease can be […]

  • Democrats propose major tax increase on cigarettes and e-cigarettes

    DENVER — Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes on nicotine vaping devices. “We have a moral imperative to reduce teen smoking and vaping we have a financial imperative for public health,” Polis said. Breaking: Democrats propose massive tax increase on cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Proposal calls for 62 percent tax increase on ecigs, cigarettes will be $2.59 […]

  • Colorado River basin reservoirs benefit from heavy snowpack

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Reservoirs around the Colorado River basin are in good shape after an exceptionally wet winter. The largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are expected to be more than half full this year. They haven’t been near capacity since 1999 when drought took hold of the region. The worst levels of drought have now disappeared from much of the basin that takes in seven Western states. It’s a dramatic turn from this time last year when parts of Utah, […]

  • Texas executes avowed racist in black man’s dragging death

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., who was chained to the back of a truck and dragged for nearly 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper, Texas. The […]

  • Girl injured in Wyoming school bus accident on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Family members say a 6-year-old Wyoming girl involved in an accident with a school bus is in a coma and on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The Sheridan Press reports that the mother and stepfather of Esperanza Lagunes-Aarstad say she has brain swelling as a result of the accident that occurred Monday at a Sheridan elementary school. Police say the accident occurred when the child attempted to catch her bus home from school by running alongside […]

  • Tapia’s 3-run double sparks Rockies over Nationals, 9-5

    DENVER — Raimel Tapia had two doubles and drove in three runs to back a solid outing from German Marquez, and the Rockies beat the Washington Nationals, 9-5, on Wednesday. Charlie Blackmon homered and Trevor Story extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and a triple. Nolan Arenado had three RBIs, David Dahl had three hits and Wade Davis picked up his third save. The Rockies have won eight of their past 10. Juan Soto homered for […]

  • Facebook anticipates FTC fine of up to $5 billion for possible privacy violations

    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said it could face a fine of up to $5 billion as the result of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook for possible privacy violations, but has not announced any findings yet. The company set aside $3 billion in its quarterly earnings report Wednesday as a contingency against the possible penalty. The one-time charge slashed Facebook’s first-quarter net income considerably, although revenue grew by 25% in the period. The […]

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