Breaking News: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Judge asked to toss statement in oil-patch slaying

By The AP

BILLINGS, Mont. — A state judge will decide if a Colorado man’s alleged confession to his involvement in a slaying in Montana’s oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled. District Judge Richard Simonton on Thursday scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in Glendive in the case of 25-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell of Parachute, Colorado. Spell is accused of killing 43-year-old Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction. The high school ...


10 Things to know for Thursday, August 28

By The AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. TOUGH ISSUES REMAIN FOLLOWING GAZA TRUCE DEAL   Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist — such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza blockade. ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS 2. FREED AMERICAN JOURNALIST BACK HOME Peter Theo Curtis who was held by a Syrian extremist group of nearly two years is ...


Prank suspected of launching Colorado SWAT call

By The AP

LITTLETON — A prank caller is suspected of launching a SWAT response in suburban Denver that locked down several schools. The suspected “swatting” incident started when someone called 911 Wednesday to report that he had shot two co-workers and was holding hostages at a Littleton, Colorado office building. Police found no evidence of a shooting. An online video purporting to show the incident show a man sitting before his computer saying “Think we’re getting ...


Lafayette’s fracking ban tossed

By The AP

BOULDER — Colorado’s oil and gas industry has again won another court battle against a town that banned or limited fracking. A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The ban was adopted last year. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association challenged the fracking ban. Judge D. D. Mallard also struck down a voter-approved fracking ban in Longmont. She said in both decisions that local governments cannot regulate ...


Windsor library’s policy on weapons challenged

By The AP

WINDSOR — Gun-rights activists are expected to attend a Windsor library board meeting Thursday to protest the system’s weapons policy. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners group is challenging the Clearview Library District’s policy prohibiting patrons from carrying weapons inside the Windsor library. The gun owners’ rights group sent the library district a cease and desist letter on Friday. Library staff allegedly told a patron to leave on Aug. 20 because she was ...


Area veterans health system to resume surgeries

By The AP

DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System is restarting surgical procedures. The Denver Post reports that surgeries resume Thursday. The system ceased surgical procedures on Friday over concerns about its air-handling units. There were 115 procedure cancellations, with 17 urgent cases being sent to outside facilities. The system says it has inspected facilities and is ready to resume surgical procedures. Veterans who had their appointments cancelled will ...


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