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FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, takes questions after speaking on oil and gas drilling at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. As the Colorado economy improves, elected officials are getting more comfortable asking for their funding needs. But with more revenue, Colorado faces the state constitutional requirement to refund money to taxpayers, even as some lawmakers argue they haven't fully restored cuts made during the last recession. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

“That’s going to be the question for everybody — is there an appetite to go out and say, ‘All right, how do we get some of this money to our local communities?'” Hickenlooper told officials at the annual conference for Colorado Counties Inc.

COLORADO SPRINGS | El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa plans to retire at the end of the year, two weeks before the end of his third term. Maketa, who played a leading role in responding to fires in the Colorado Springs area last year, was accused of having affairs with three female subordinates, creating a hostile work […]

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 announcing that he and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado's legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

“Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” he said. “However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”

DENVER | The Colorado Department of Transportation is beginning a statewide push to make sure tires are ready to take on mountain travel this winter. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1zaltty ) representatives with CDOT and a Denver tire company will be at Arapahoe Basin ski resort Saturday to provide information and to check tire treads. Checks will […]

Pakistani schoolgirls chant slogans during a protest to condemn Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

The violence at a school in Pakistan’s northwest earlier this week stunned the country and brought cries for retribution. In the wake of the mass killing the military has struck targets in the Khyber tribal region and approved the death penalty for six convicted terrorists

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, a local resident walks her dog by the gates of Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios on Overland Avenue in Culver City, Calif. Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country’s access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

“We don’t sell them anything, we don’t buy anything from them and we don’t have diplomatic relations,” said William Reinsch, a former senior Commerce Department official who was responsible for enforcing international sanctions against North Korea and other countries.

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