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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.