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Jul 29, 2014

Senators from Colorado, Washington want federal pot laws applied fairly

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.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. court backs government demand for names of ‘straw buyers’ of guns

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.

Jul 25, 2014

Colorado deputies end dramatic crime spree captured on camera

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.

Jul 24, 2014

U.S. judge strikes down Colorado’s gay marriage ban, stays ruling

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.

Jul 23, 2014

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer’s, steps down

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.

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.

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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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