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Sep 26, 2014

Colorado detective accused of tipping off suspect in luring case

DENVER (Reuters) – A police detective in Colorado has been arrested on charges that he tipped off a suspect in a sex crimes investigation that the 13-year-old girl he had been emailing was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said on Friday.

The detective, Jack Gardner, 56, who investigates Internet crimes against children, is accused of having emailed the suspect from a laptop at the Boulder Police Department, warning him not to attend a meeting with the “girl” because he faced arrest.

Sep 24, 2014

Arizona congressional candidate denounces ad by gun control group

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A Republican in a hotly contested Arizona congressional race fought back on Tuesday against an attack ad by gun control advocates, saying she has always favored barring stalkers from owning guns and dismissing suggestions to the contrary as “vile tactics.”

Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and combat pilot, is challenging Democrat Rob Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, the then-congresswoman seriously injured in a deadly 2011 shooting rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.

Sep 23, 2014

Utah man pleads guilty to hate crime for threatening interracial family

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An elderly Utah man pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge on Tuesday for threatening to kill two white members of an interracial family if they did not make an African American relative leave their home, prosecutors said.

Robert Keller, 71, admitted making the threats “to willfully intimidate and interfere with” the victims due to their race and because they occupied a dwelling with their family member, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

Sep 23, 2014

Opponents challenge Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ law in court

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of booksellers, newspapers and others against Arizona’s so-called “revenge porn” law, which makes it a felony to post intimate images of others online without their consent.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the law, which was signed by the state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, in April and is one of the toughest in country, criminalizes speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Sep 22, 2014

Alaska TV reporter curses, quits on air over marijuana issue

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An Alaska television reporter wrapped up a live segment on medical marijuana with a curse and an “I quit,” telling viewers she will work instead to legalize pot in the state.

Charlo Greene revealed she was in fact the owner of the “cannabis club” featured in her story on Anchorage’s KTVA 10 p.m. broadcast Sunday.

Sep 17, 2014

Scientists locate ‘ghost’ ship wrecks in San Francisco waters

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed “forgotten ghost ships” in waters just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait.

The discoveries by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists follow a two-year project to find, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sep 17, 2014

Pro-pot activists launch first U.S. ‘Consume Responsibly’ campaign

DENVER (Reuters) – Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Denver, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where the drug is legal.

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the country’s largest pot policy organization, opened the drive on Wednesday in Colorado, which, along with Washington state, allows recreational weed sales to adults under a highly regulated and taxed system.

Sep 15, 2014

Children of Arizona gun instructor who was killed by girl wish her peace

Sept 15 (Reuters) – The children of an Arizona gun range
instructor who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi
submachine gun are encouraging the child to find peace and say
they hope one day to give her a hug.

In a video message to the girl, the four children of
39-year-old Charles Vacca said she should put last month’s
incident behind her and move forward with her life.

Sep 15, 2014

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

DENVER (Reuters) – The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used.

Sep 15, 2014

Children of gun instructor killed by Arizona girl wish her peace

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The children of an Arizona gun range instructor who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun are encouraging the child to find peace and say they hope one day to give her a hug.

In a video message to the girl, the four children of 39-year-old Charles Vacca said she should put last month’s incident behind her and move forward with her life.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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