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DENVER | When a helicopter circled her quiet suburban cul-de-sac early Friday, Carol Rose didn’t think it was a manhunt or an air ambulance but instantly knew there must have been another bear sighting in the neighborhood. About a half-hour later, a young black bear being tracked by authorities found its way into a backyard […]


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This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BISMARCK, N.D. | A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule aimed at regulating some small waterways applies only to the 13 states that sued to block the rule, and not nationwide. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson clarified the temporary injunction he issued last […]


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George Brauchler, lead prosecutor in the case against convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, responds to questions during an interview Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Brauchler said that the jury's refusal to sentence Holmes to die for one of the worst massacres in the country's history does not mean the public is growing wary of capital punishment because only a single juror blocked the execution. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER | Colorado’s political world is waiting on George Brauchler. The district attorney of the 18th Judicial District, which covers the southern swath of the Denver metro area, only wrapped up the grueling, seven-month-long theater shooting trial just over a week ago. But he’s come under enormous pressure to decide on whether to challenge Democratic […]


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Construction continues April 24 at the new VA Hospital near East Colfax Avenue and I-225. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, said he was disappointed to hear that construction might be delayed on the Veterans Affairs Hospital. However, VA officials said the hospital could still start seeing patients in October 2015 while construction is finishing up.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | New criticism of the VA’s troubled hospital construction program turned up the pressure in Congress on Friday for the agency to turn over future big projects to the Army Corps of Engineers. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said a report by the Corps of Engineers confirms that the Veterans Affairs Department is incapable of handling […]


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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored yellow from a mine waste spill. A crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been blamed for causing the spill while attempting to clean up the area near the abandoned Gold King Mine. Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency on Monday, Aug. 10, as the massive plume of contaminated wastewater flowed down the San Juan River toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, FILE) MANDATORY CREDIT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. | Environmental activist Erin Brockovich will be touring the Navajo Nation next week to get a firsthand look at the damage caused by the spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine. President Russell Begaye said Friday that Brockovich will join him in surveying areas devastated by the Gold King Mine spill. The Aug. […]


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"Howco," who wanted to remain anonymous, discusses the potential homeless ban Friday morning, June 15, outside the Martin Luther King Jr Library, Aurora. City attorneys will work in the coming weeks to draft a ban on unauthorized camping similar to Denver’s, to dissuade Denver’s homeless from migrating into Aurora.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

COLORADO SPRINGS | A proposed Colorado Springs ordinance that bars sleeping and camping in public spaces has outraged many residents who say the law discriminates against homeless people. The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1JGT5Cn ) councilmen Keith King and Tom Strand, sponsors of the proposed “sit-lie” law, heard residents’ concerns at a public hearing with about 200 people […]


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In this Aug. 24, 2015 photo, workers paint the Julien Dubuque Bridge along U.S. 20 in Dubuque, Iowa. The U.S. government issues the August jobs report on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON | The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month. The Labor Department said Friday that the jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent — […]


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File - In this April 22, 2014 file photo, a man works on a concrete form during construction of a new Veterans Administration hospital in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. The VA said its top construction official has retired amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, and said Wednesday, March 25, 2015, that Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, File) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

AURORA | Massive cost overruns at a new veterans hospital outside Denver were caused by repeated changes in the design and a complicated contract process that VA officials didn’t understand, according to an investigation released Thursday. The half-finished hospital in suburban Aurora is expected to cost up to $1.73 billion, nearly triple the earlier estimates. The […]


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