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Jul 20, 2014

Chicago Cubs sue fake team mascots accused of hustling fans

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The Chicago Cubs are suing two men accused of posing in bear costumes as mascots for the Major League Baseball team and lurking around Wrigley Field, hustling fans for tips and in one case getting into a bar brawl.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in Chicago on Friday, the team said John Paul Weier and Patrick Weier show up for games garbed in their “Billy Cub” outfits, including Cubs caps and jerseys, offering to have pictures and videos taken with fans.

Jul 18, 2014

Court orders Denver to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

DENVER, July 18 (Reuters) – Colorado’s Supreme Court ordered
the Denver County clerk on Friday to stop issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal
by the state’s attorney general.

The court ruling did not cover clerks in two other counties,
Boulder and Pueblo, who have also been giving the permits to gay
couples who they say have waited long enough.

Jul 17, 2014

Suspect, hostage die in police shootout with California bank robbers

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A suspected bank robber and a female hostage died on Wednesday in a shootout with California police after a car chase sparked by a bank robbery in which thieves seized three women as hostages, firing assault rifles as they fled.

The incident began with a mid-afternoon armed robbery at a branch of the Bank of the West in the city of Stockton, police said. Then the three male suspects grabbed the hostages and jumped into a getaway car.

Jul 9, 2014

Judge delays trial in Colorado movie theater massacre case

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge on Wednesday delayed the planned trial in October of accused movie theater gunman James Holmes to allow more time to conduct a second sanity review.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in 2012.

Jul 9, 2014

California police say prostitute gave fatal heroin overdose to customer

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Police in California have arrested a woman they described as a high-priced prostitute who is suspected of murdering a man by injecting him with heroin aboard his yacht in a Santa Cruz harbor, authorities said.

The Santa Cruz Police Department said security camera footage from the yacht showed Alix Catherine Tichleman, 26, failing to help the 51-year-old victim after he suffered an overdose and fell unconscious in November 2013.

Jul 3, 2014

Pot shops buzz, crime eases as Colorado law marks 6 months

DENVER (Reuters) – At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver’s busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before taking a seat to wait their turn.

There are young men in ball caps, nervous-looking professionals in suits, and the frail and elderly. Staff say customers have been flocking to their outlets since Colorado voted to allow recreational pot use for adults from January.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. fans catch football fever, but team slumps to defeat

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – American football fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.

Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil had ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. fans catch soccer fever, but team slumps to defeat

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.

Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil had ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants.

Jul 1, 2014

American fans catch soccer fever for key U.S. game

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to cheer their national team in a World Cup clash with Belgium that could be the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history.

Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil have ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer. That excitement will peak if the supposed underdogs can triumph in Salvador and advance to the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Jul 1, 2014

American fans catch football fever for key U.S. game

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – American football fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to cheer their national team in a World Cup clash with Belgium that could be the most-watched football game in U.S. history.

Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil have ignited passions in a country not known for its love of football. That excitement will peak if the supposed underdogs can triumph in Salvador and advance to the tournament’s quarter-finals.

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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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