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Aug 24, 2015

Drug kingpin sent to U.S. prison for ‘Spice’ network

DENVER (Reuters) – A 68-year-old Las Vegas man will serve five years in federal prison for his role as kingpin of a criminal organization that distributed the so-called synthetic marijuana “Spice” for sale across the country, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Brimmer also ordered John Bowen to pay $1.8 million and forfeit three real estate properties in Florida.

Aug 8, 2015

Victims speak out after Colorado massacre trial ends in life

By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – Over whisky, wine and sandwiches, families of the murder victims of James Holmes reflected on the Colorado movie massacre trial and said about half of them had opposed the prosecution’s decision to seek a death penalty for the 27-year-old.

They gathered on the patio of an Irish pub hours after the stunning verdict on Friday, when the jury said they could not reach a unanimous decision on the appropriate punishment for Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 three years ago at a midnight screening of a Batman film.

Aug 5, 2015

Senator ‘alarmed’ by reports U.S. military families harassed

DENVER (Reuters) – A U.S. Senator said on Wednesday he was alarmed by reports of an FBI alert that relatives of U.S. military personnel in Colorado and Wyoming were harassed outside their homes by Middle Eastern men who may have had them under surveillance.

“I am alarmed by reports out of Denver that military members’ families have been harassed outside their homes and may be under surveillance,” U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said in a statement.

Jul 30, 2015

Water parks and piano class: Colorado movie gunman’s childhood

DENVER (Reuters) – One described him as a quiet, kind boy who doted on his little sister. Another recalled his team spirit on the soccer pitch.

And many remembered the shooter as a smart, shy kid who studied music, was never in trouble, and who no one dreamed would grow up to massacre a dozen people.

Jul 23, 2015

Colorado woman pleads not guilty to cutting out stranger’s fetus

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado woman pleaded not guilty on Thursday to stabbing a pregnant stranger and cutting out her fetus after allegedly luring the victim to her home with an online ad for baby clothes, authorities said.

Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, appeared in Boulder County court charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy in connection with the attack in March.

Jul 22, 2015

Colorado death penalty in focus as massacre trial enters new phase

DENVER, July 22 (Reuters) – The lead prosecutor in the
Colorado movie massacre trial tore into the state’s governor at
a news conference, calling him arrogant and weak for giving the
mass murderer a reprieve from execution.

This was two years ago, and Arapahoe County District
Attorney George Brauchler was not talking about James Holmes,
who last week was found guilty on all counts by a jury for
fatally shooting 12 people and wounding 70 at a midnight
premiere of a Batman film in July 2012.

Jul 1, 2015

Mormon leaders reaffirm faith’s exclusive commitment to heterosexual marriage

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Mormon leaders are reaffirming their faith’s belief that only heterosexual marriage is ordained by God, in a letter to be read to congregations this holiday weekend following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized gay nuptials.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long held that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman, in life and in the hereafter, and the “only legitimate, authorized expression of the powers of procreation.”

Jul 1, 2015

Colorado movie rampage jurors to hear from expert on psychosis

By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – Calling into question his note-taking, qualifications and conclusions about gunman James Holmes, the lead prosecutor in Colorado’s movie massacre trial put the defense’s first expert witness through a withering cross-examination.

But District Attorney George Brauchler may have a tougher time trying to discredit the public defender’s star witness: an eminent psychiatrist involved in the aftermath of some of the nation’s worst mass violence cases.

Jun 29, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court rules against school voucher program

DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday
that a controversial school voucher program in a Denver suburb
violates the state’s constitution because it provides funding
for students to attend religious schools.

The Colorado Court of Appeals had previously upheld the
system first proposed four years ago by Douglas County, which
granted taxpayer-funded scholarships to up to 500 qualifying
elementary, middle, and high school students for tuition at 23
private schools, including 16 religious ones.

Jun 29, 2015

Texas attorney general says county clerks can refuse gay couples

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – County clerks in Texas who object to gay
marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling
requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney
General Ken Paxton said on Sunday.

The nation’s top court said on Friday that the U.S.
Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing
a victory to the American gay rights movement.

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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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