DENVER (Reuters) – When Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, the ebullient former Denver mayor and brew-pub magnate could do little wrong.
Once spoken of as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2016, the 62-year-old has burnished his man-of-the-people image with impromptu banjo performances and folksy charm.
DENVER (Reuters) – A national marijuana industry group launched the first food safety basics course in Colorado on Wednesday for producers and retailers of pot-infused edibles, and another for so-called budtenders who work in the state’s legal weed stores.
Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults. Voters in Oregon and Alaska will consider similar ballot initiatives in the fall.
DENVER (Reuters) – An accused carjacker whose alleged two-hour crime spree in Colorado was caught on camera last week was charged on Wednesday with 46 offenses, including aggravated robbery, menacing with a deadly weapon, and first-degree assault, authorities said.
Police said Christopher David Sullivan, 37, and a teenage girl led pursuers on a chase in which they stole cars, burglarized homes, menaced bystanders and left at least six crime scenes in their wake.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s top court ordered the Boulder County Clerk on Tuesday to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples while it considers an appeal by the state’s attorney-general who says a ban on same-sex nuptials remains in force.
The clerk, Hillary Hall, has issued 202 of the permits since late last month when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of gay marriage in conservative, neighboring Utah.
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. senators from Colorado and Washington, seeking clarity on federal rules that may affect legal marijuana businesses in their states, are urging the Obama administration to ensure federal agencies take a consistent approach to enforcement.
Both states took the unprecedented step in 2012 of voting to allow the recreational sale of the drug to adults. The first pot retailers opened in Colorado at the start of this year, and in Washington earlier this month.
DENVER (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday backed a federal government demand that firearms dealers in four southwestern border states report “straw buyers” suspected of purchasing multiple weapons for Mexican drug gangs.
The demand sent to gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas is part of “Project Gunrunner,” a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiative to combat cross-border weapons trafficking.
DENVER (Reuters) – Sheriff’s deputies in Colorado ended a two-hour crime spree by a couple suspected of carjacking when a lone officer tackled a gun-toting man following a dramatic pursuit that was caught on camera.
Authorities say Christopher David Sullivan, 37, and an underage girl fled on Wednesday after being stopped by a Jefferson County deputy for a traffic violation, triggering a manhunt around Lookout Mountain, about 12 miles west of Denver.
DENVER (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court.
U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of six same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
DENVER (Reuters) – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club’s daily operations.
Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL’s most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the helm.
(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.