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Man Who Sought Revenge at Wrong Home Pleads Guilty

Kevin Bui was accused of setting fire that killed 5 Senegalese family members in Colorado

(Newser) - A Colorado man pleaded guilty Friday to a house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family in 2020 in a case of misplaced revenge caused by mistakenly tracking his stolen iPhone to the home. Kevin Bui pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. A plea deal reached...

Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Driver Hit in Head by Rock

2 teens have pleaded guilty, 3rd will go on trial in Alexa Bartell's death

(Newser) - A second teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the death of a 20-year-old driver who was hit in the head by a rock that crashed through her windshield in suburban Denver last year, the AP reports. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Nicholas Karol-Chik, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

Noem's Speech Leads to Cancellation of GOP Fundraiser

Colorado group nixes event for 'safety' reasons amid hubbub over S. Dakota governor's memoir

(Newser) - Kristi Noem is getting slammed for details revealed in her new memoir, on everything from killing her own dog to claims on meeting Kim Jong Un and being threatened by Nikki Haley . Now, a Republican fundraiser featuring the South Dakota governor as keynote speaker has been canceled, after a Colorado...

Lawmaker Sorry for Leaving Loaded Gun in State Capitol

Colleagues accuse Colorado Republican Don Wilson of 'dangerous' behavior

(Newser) - Colorado Rep. Don Wilson will need to be a bit more careful with his guns moving forward. The Republican state lawmaker had to apologize Thursday after leaving a loaded gun in a bathroom at the State Capitol, where it sat on a shelf in a single-occupancy bathroom for about 20...

Skier Dies in Attempt at Jumping Colorado Highway

He 'lacked the necessary speed and distance' to clear US 40, authorities say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old skier in Colorado was wearing a helmet and other protective gear but it wasn't enough to save him when his attempt to jump a highway failed, authorities say. Investigators found that the man "was attempting to perform a high-risk skiing stunt by trying to clear the...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

Report: 'Star' DNA Scientist Manipulated Evidence

Colorado probe into work of Yvonne 'Missy' Woods says her manipulation affected at least 652 cases

(Newser) - An esteemed analyst known as "Colorado's star DNA scientist" purposely manipulated evidence for years, involving hundreds (if not more) of the cases she worked on and putting the spotlight on her entire career, according to an investigation. According to a report released Friday by the Colorado Bureau of...

Woman, 78, Awarded $3.76M Over 'Find My iPhone' Raid

Denver woman's home was surrounded by SWAT team after app pinged nearby

(Newser) - A 78-year-old grandmother in Denver has been awarded $3.76 million over a police raid that left her afraid to be home alone. In Jan. 2022, police in SWAT gear looking for a stolen truck and iPhone surrounded Ruby Johnson's home and used a bullhorn to order her to...

This Could Be a Big Day for the 2024 Ballot

Supreme Court may issue its decision whether Trump should be disqualified

(Newser) - Donald Trump could learn Monday whether the Supreme Court will let him appear on this year's ballot. The justices are expected to announce their decision in at least one case Monday, with signs strongly pointing to resolution of the case from Colorado that threatens to kick Trump off some...

Paramedic Hears His Fate Over Death of Elijah McClain

Peter Cichuniec sentenced to 5 years behind bars for his role in death of Black man in Colorado

(Newser) - Colorado paramedic Peter Cichuniec was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in a rare prosecution of medical responders following the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man whose name became part of the rallying cries for social justice that swept the US in 2020. McClain was walking down the...

His Pet Gila Monster Bit Him. He Was Dead Within Days
His Pet Gila Monster Bit Him.
Within Days, He Was Dead

His Pet Gila Monster Bit Him. Within Days, He Was Dead

Experts say this was a rare event

(Newser) - A Gila monster, one of two a Colorado man had as pets, bit the 34-year-old man on February 12. Four days later, the man died in a hospital in what experts say was a rare occurrence. While Gila monster bites can be so painful they cause victims to lose consciousness,...

What Is Going On With Colorado Funeral Homes?

Cops say ex-funeral home director there kept a corpse in his hearse for 2 years

(Newser) - A former funeral home owner accused of hiding a woman's corpse in the back of a hearse for two years and hoarding the cremated remains of at least 30 people has been arrested, authorities said. Thursday night's arrest of Miles Harford, 33, is the latest allegation of misconduct...

Single-Car Crash Devastates U of Wyoming Swim Team

3 members killed Thursday in Colorado

(Newser) - Three members of the University of Wyoming swim and dive team are dead following a single-car crash in Colorado. Five people were in a Toyota RAV4 heading south along Highway 287, about 10 miles from the Colorado-Wyoming border, around 2:45pm local time on Thursday when the vehicle went off...

It's an Uphill Battle for Boebert: 'She's Not One of Us'

Voters in her new 4th District paint Colorado Republican as outsider

(Newser) - You'd think Lauren Boebert's "almost-universal name recognition" would give her a boost in an 11-candidate GOP primary race for Colorado's 4th District, a Republican stronghold. But Boebert's fame "has become as much of a curse as a blessing as she deals with fallout from...

2 People Found Dead in Colorado Dorm Room Identified
Arrest Made in Colorado
Dorm Room Shooting

Arrest Made in Colorado Dorm Room Shooting

Police say suspect knew Colorado Springs victims

(Newser) - Police in Colorado Springs say a person suspected of killing two people in a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs dorm room Friday was arrested Monday morning. The Colorado Springs Police Department said 25-year-old Nicholas Jordan was taken into custody without incident on two counts of first-degree murder, reports the AP . Police...

Arrests Made After Child's Body Found in Concrete

Jesus and Yesenia Dominguez have both been found dead

(Newser) - Two people have been arrested on charges including murder after the horrific discovery last month of a little girl's body encased in concrete in a Colorado storage unit. Corena Rose Minjarez, 36, and Jesus Dominguez, 35, are in custody, the AP reports. The discovery of the girl's body...

2 Found Fatally Shot in College Dorm

Police are treating deaths as homicides at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

(Newser) - A lockdown has been lifted at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs after two people were found shot dead in an on-campus dorm. Per KKTV , Colorado Springs police say that a lockdown and shelter-in-place directive were put in place after shots were reported around 6am local time on Friday, with students,...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Loveland Is Having Its Big Day
Loveland Is
Having Its Big Day

Loveland Is Having Its Big Day

Colorado town has stamped thousands of Valentine's cards every year for nearly 8 decades

(Newser) - Love is in the air—and the mail—in the northern Colorado city of Loveland. Every year, tens of thousands of people from around the world route their Valentine's Day cards to "Sweetheart City" to get a special inscription and the coveted Loveland postmark. The remailing tradition has...

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