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Oct 31, 2014

Feminist Mormon says appeal against excommunication denied

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A feminist U.S. Mormon who was excommunicated after advocating for the ordination of women said on Friday her appeal against the ejection from her faith was denied by a panel of male Church leaders.

Kate Kelly, founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after Church leaders deemed her actions and public statements to have violated the “laws and order” of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and amounted to apostasy. 

Oct 30, 2014

Arizona school board votes to remove pages from biology textbook

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contraception methods from a biology textbook after a conservative majority decided it fell afoul of a state law that says materials should give a preference to childbirth or adoption over abortion.

The members of the Gilbert Public Schools board, which covers at least 38 schools and 39,000 students mostly in Chandler and Mesa, voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to excise two pages from “Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections.”

Oct 17, 2014

Treat or nasty trick? Denver police warn of pot-tainted candy

DENVER (Reuters) – The two almost identical gummy bears sitting side by side, coated in sugar and tinged with the same red hue, may end up in a trick-or-treat bag, but only one is plain candy. The other is loaded with marijuana.

As children around the country prepare their costumes in anticipation of Halloween goodies on Oct. 31, police in Colorado are warning parents that some treats may not be all they seem.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down Arizona bail law for immigrants

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law on Wednesday that denied bail to some immigrants who are in the United States illegally and charged with serious felonies, saying it violated constitutional due process protections.

In a review, an 11-member panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and agreed with a couple who filed a class action complaint in 2008 against defendants including Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Oct 14, 2014

Prominent challenger turns Colorado Senate race into a nail-biter

DENVER (Reuters) – What was once a “fly-over” Senate race in Colorado has become one of the nation’s most closely watched contests, with a young Republican congressman who is leaving a safe seat in the U.S. House fiercely attacking Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

As mail-in ballots headed to post boxes across the state this week, Udall’s path to re-election appeared steeper after he failed to win the endorsement of the state’s flagship newspaper. Polls show a race that’s too close to call.

Oct 6, 2014

Parents of American held by Islamic State release photos, letter

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The parents of an U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief.

Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker.

Oct 2, 2014

Trip Tips: Denver for the recreational marijuana consumer

DENVER, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Droves of pot tourists have
flocked to Denver to sample its legal marijuana since Colorado
became the first state in the country to allow recreational weed
sales to adults. If you’re thinking of joining the visitors
heading to the “Mile High” city this year, here are a few things
to keep in mind:

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

For a start, you must be aged 21 or older and be carrying a
valid, government-issued photocard identification to prove it.

Oct 2, 2014

Political clash over U.S. history sparks Colorado school protests

By Daniel Wallis

JEFFERSON COUNTY Colo. (Reuters) – Sitting with friends by a skate park near a Colorado high school known more for an infamous shooting than conflict over curriculum, 17-year-old Charlotte Beierle said attempts to play down the darker parts of U.S. history mystify her.

The Columbine High School student was one of more than 1,000 placard-waving pupils who walked out of classrooms in the largely white, middle-class district in suburban Denver last week after one school board member proposed changing parts of a history course.

Sep 26, 2014

Colorado detective accused of tipping off suspect in luring case

DENVER (Reuters) – A police detective in Colorado has been arrested on charges that he tipped off a suspect in a sex crimes investigation that the 13-year-old girl he had been emailing was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said on Friday.

The detective, Jack Gardner, 56, who investigates Internet crimes against children, is accused of having emailed the suspect from a laptop at the Boulder Police Department, warning him not to attend a meeting with the “girl” because he faced arrest.

Sep 24, 2014

Arizona congressional candidate denounces ad by gun control group

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A Republican in a hotly contested Arizona congressional race fought back on Tuesday against an attack ad by gun control advocates, saying she has always favored barring stalkers from owning guns and dismissing suggestions to the contrary as “vile tactics.”

Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and combat pilot, is challenging Democrat Rob Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, the then-congresswoman seriously injured in a deadly 2011 shooting rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.

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