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  • Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only Rhode Island topped...

  • Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. "Social media has put pets front and center," said Christie Keith, social media consultant for Maddie's Fund, a California- based foundation that works to save pets' lives.

  • Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:55 AM ET

    So he moved to Denver, where legal pot dispensaries are plentiful and accessible. "The older ones are coming for medical, the younger ones are coming just because it's legal," said Brett Van Sickle, director of Denver's Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter, which has more than doubled its staff to accommodate the increase. Colorado's homeless population and its...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • Too late: Cops' deaths highlight outdated systems Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK— After Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend and posted an online death threat against police, investigators in Maryland used modern cellphone tracking technology to follow his journey to New York City in real time. But when it came to giving the New York Police Department specifics about Brinsley, the means were markedly low-tech: a phone call and...

  • US company loses bid for rights to Marvel superheroes Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    DENVER— Stan Lee Media lost its latest fight against Disney over the rights to Marvel's iconic comic book characters Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled it could not claim ownership to certain superheroes such as Spider-Man and Iron Man. In its decision, a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit filed...

  • Southwest jet loses wingtip in airport brush up Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    The left winglet— a vertical fin at the tip of a wing designed to improve airflow and fuel efficiency— was ripped off the Southwest plane after it made contact with the American jet's left horizontal stabilizer, part of the tail. Southwest refused to say if the airline also had workers on the tarmac assisting its pilots, or if that was required by company policy.

  • Correction: Marijuana Research story Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first. New frontier: Colorado dedicates $8 M for medical marijuana research to understand benefits. DENVER— Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential— a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health...

  • Colorado tax refunds could come a year early Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado lawmakers may have to refund money to taxpayers sooner than they initially expected. Refunds are a sign of Colorado's booming economy. John Hickenlooper's economists predict, however, that the state needs to refund $196.8 million next year because of revenue increases in the current budget year.

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    American citizens have been allowed to visit Cuba on such "people to people" trips since 2011, one of President Barack Obama's first moves toward detente with the communist-run island— provided their scheduled activities are sufficiently educational, and down time is kept to a minimum. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. is easing the rules on visiting...

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks& Resorts Inc., which has been providing those services for decades. Xanterra President and CEO Andrew Todd said the...

  • $500K from grant to fund 500 bikes for Pittsburgh Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Bike Share officials hope to fund the program, set to begin next spring, through charitable foundations, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday. That would make Pittsburgh's program a public service, rather than a money-making venture, which is how similar programs are run in other U.S. cities. We didn't want that, "said Bart Yavorosky, the executive...

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jim Bruning framed it as a public-safety issue, though the complaint provides little data to...

  • 2 more former Sony workers sue over data breach Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online. The breach, which a U.S. official has said is linked to North Korea, resulted in the release of Social Security numbers, financial, medical and other personal info...

  • Tax-refund debate flares up again in Colorado Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's economy has been on an upswing, and government officials are getting more comfortable asking the state for help with their funding needs after years of budget cuts. But more revenue means Colorado is required to start giving refunds to taxpayers, rekindling a decades-old debate over how much money state government should be allowed to keep...

  • Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    DENVER— Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week they have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group to develop the program. Drones can take measurements at any...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. That's because the Colorado grants are outside the usual federal channels for approving studies on pot, a process some say stymies marijuana research.

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    DENVER— Powdered alcohol, touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on-the-go, hasn't even arrived in stores but states are moving to ban the product amid concern that it will increase underage drinking. Colorado is the latest state considering banning "Palcohol," marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form. "I think being proactive and jumping out...

  • DENVER, Dec 12- Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the...