<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:20:31 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Broncos address biggest needs so far in NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-address-biggest-needs-so-far-in-nfl-draft/article/feed/343528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-address-biggest-needs-so-far-in-nfl-draft/article/feed/343528?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos used their top two picks in the NFL draft to plug holes created by the high-profile departures of Brock Osweiler and Malik Jackson in the opening moments of free agency.

A day after moving up five spots to select Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall selection, general manager John Elway selected Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis with the final pick of the second round Friday night.

And with the 98th and final pick of the night, Elway chose Boston College's versatile safety Justin Simmons, bolstering a defensive backfield that lost free agents David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:13:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-gets-100-years-for-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/343136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-gets-100-years-for-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/343136?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the harshest sentences for the most serious charges were justified by the brutality of the 2015 attack, which she described as performing a cesarean with a kitchen knife. Berkenkotter also said the victim, Michelle Wilkins, as well as her family and the community needed Dynel Lane, 36, to express remorse.

Lane murmured a "no" when the judge asked if she wanted to speak.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:29:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Man gets life in prison for killing woman in Aurora]]> http://gazette.com/man-gets-life-in-prison-for-killing-woman-in-aurora/article/feed/343535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-gets-life-in-prison-for-killing-woman-in-aurora/article/feed/343535?custom_click=rss BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A 45-year-old man accused of killing a woman after prosecutors say she caught him engaging in a sex act has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Christopher Michael Winters was convicted of first-degree murder Friday and sentenced for the May 23, 2015, death of 44-year-old Coresa Breault in Aurora.

Prosecutors say Breault left work as a taxi dispatcher and planned to go home, but Winters called and texted her to delay her return, using various pretexts. She finally became fed up and returned to the home, finding him engaging in what prosecutor Patrick Costigan described as "a bizarre sexual fetish."

Costigan said Winters "suffered from the stigmatism of his unspeakable sexual fetish"

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:01:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Pot limits for Colorado tourists could be on the way out]]> http://gazette.com/pot-limits-for-colorado-tourists-could-be-on-the-way-out/article/feed/343400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-limits-for-colorado-tourists-could-be-on-the-way-out/article/feed/343400?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado's tourists would be able to buy as much marijuana as residents, if a bill moving through the state Legislature passes.

The measure repeals Colorado's unique-in-the-nation tiered purchasing system for marijuana. All adults over 21 here are allowed to possess an ounce of marijuana — but retail pot shops can't sell more than a quarter ounce in one day to people without Colorado IDs.

The purchasing limits were established in 2013 to prevent marijuana diversion out of state. Lawmakers figured that visiting tourists wouldn't blaze through a full ounce before heading home. An ounce of pot is sometimes compared to a keg of beer because it's difficult for most users to finish in a few days.

"We don't w

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:11:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Man gets 24 years in prison for death of 5-month-old son]]> http://gazette.com/man-gets-24-years-in-prison-for-death-of-5-month-old-son/article/feed/343507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-gets-24-years-in-prison-for-death-of-5-month-old-son/article/feed/343507?custom_click=rss BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A man charged in the death of his infant son has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Prosecutors with the Adams County District Attorney's Office say 33-year-old Bryan Nicholas Thompson was sentenced Friday for the death of 5-month-old Bryan Thompson Jr. The father pleaded guilty in January to child abuse resulting in death.

Thornton police responding to a 911 call found the baby unresponsive at an apartment Nov. 23, 2011. He had bruises on his head, chest, abdomen and arm, lacerations on his neck and shoulders, as well as 18 healing rib fractures and scars from a previous third-degree burn.

An autopsy concluded he died of a liver laceration due to blunt-force trauma to the abdomen.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:38:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Lynch has always watched Manning, emulated Newton]]> http://gazette.com/lynch-has-always-watched-manning-emulated-newton/article/feed/343487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lynch-has-always-watched-manning-emulated-newton/article/feed/343487?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Paxton Lynch says he long appreciated Peyton Manning, whose cleats he's hoping to fill as soon as September. It's the vanquished quarterback from Super Bowl 50, however, that he's always admired.

"Yeah, I mean, you have to watch Peyton. He's one of the greatest of all time, he and (Tom) Brady. I watched the Super Bowl because Cam's my guy," Lynch said.

Yes, Cam Newton, the reigning NFL MVP whom Von Miller strip-sacked twice in leading Denver to its 24-10 win 2 1-2 months ago, allowing Manning, the five-time MVP to retire a champion.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:04:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado's Jon Keyser makes state GOP US Senate primary]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-jon-keyser-makes-state-gop-us-senate-primary/article/feed/343291?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-jon-keyser-makes-state-gop-us-senate-primary/article/feed/343291?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Jon Keyser will appear on his party's primary ballot after all, a Denver judge ruled Friday.

Keyser had challenged a finding by Colorado's top elections official that he didn't collect enough voter signatures to petition his way onto the June 28 primary ballot. District Court Judge Elizabeth Starrs agreed.

Friday's ruling revives a campaign that has struggled to separate Keyser from his rivals. Keyser was seen by the GOP's national leadership as a preferred candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Keyser is an Air Force Reserve officer and a Bronze Star recipient who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:06:39 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-woman-gets-100-years-for-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/343438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-woman-gets-100-years-for-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/343438?custom_click=rss BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for a Colorado woman convicted of attempted murder after cutting a nearly 8-month-old fetus from a stranger's womb (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A judge has sentenced a Colorado woman to 100 years in prison for cutting a nearly 8-month-old fetus from a stranger's womb.

A jury convicted 36-year-old Dynel Lane in February of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins in 2015. Lane, who was sentenced Friday, was also convicted of assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. She had lured Wilkins with an ad for maternity clothes.

Prosecutors say they were unable to charge Lane with murdering the unborn girl because a coroner found no evidence that the fetus live

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:29:53 -0600 <![CDATA[A drone for loan? North Dakota agency eager to help]]> http://gazette.com/a-drone-for-loan-north-dakota-agency-eager-to-help/article/feed/343292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-drone-for-loan-north-dakota-agency-eager-to-help/article/feed/343292?custom_click=rss

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A drone for loan? One of the first law enforcement agencies to use unmanned aircraft as eyes in the sky says it's ready to ship its technology anywhere in the country to help police who need it.

The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month authorized the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks to fly anywhere in the country. It is one of only a handful of law enforcement groups with the capability of responding to incidents like natural disasters, crime scenes or search-and-rescue missions.

Alan Frazier, the chief pilot and architect of the unmanned aircraft program for the Grand Forks unit, said the agency's pilots and sensor operators are able and willing to hop on a plan

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:20:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb has been sentenced to 100 years in prison]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-who-cut-a-baby-from-a-strangers-womb-has-been-sentenced-to-100-years-in-prison/article/feed/343425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-who-cut-a-baby-from-a-strangers-womb-has-been-sentenced-to-100-years-in-prison/article/feed/343425?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.

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<![CDATA[White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-2016-clinton-gears-up-for-trump-in-fall-race/article/feed/343358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-2016-clinton-gears-up-for-trump-in-fall-race/article/feed/343358?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks.

Though she has yet to clinch the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and her team are taking early steps into a general election campaign. Aides are working under the assumption that Republican front-runner Donald Trump will be her opponent.

Six months before the presidential election, they're looking beyond primary rival Bernie Sanders and preparing their candidate and party for what may be a hard-fought — and personally ugly — fall campaign.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge detains Colorado man on attempted child sex charges]]> http://gazette.com/judge-detains-colorado-man-on-attempted-child-sex-charges/article/feed/343304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-detains-colorado-man-on-attempted-child-sex-charges/article/feed/343304?custom_click=rss CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man will remain jailed while a federal grand jury weighs charges that he tried to hire a Cheyenne teenager for sex, a judge ruled Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Kelly Rankin of Cheyenne on Friday denied a request from a lawyer representing Leif Bjorn Jourgensen of Ft. Collins, Colorado, that he be released from custody.

A criminal complaint charges Jourgensen, 31, with attempted enticement of a minor and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Conviction could carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jim Barrett, a federal public defender representing Jourgensen, asked the judge to release his client while the case is pending, allowing Jourgensen to continue to work.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:24:04 -0600 <![CDATA[US rig count drops 11 this week to 420, another all-time low]]> http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-11-this-week-to-420-another-all-time-low/article/feed/343373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-11-this-week-to-420-another-all-time-low/article/feed/343373?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices.

A year ago, 905 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 332 rigs sought oil and 87 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico and Oklahoma each lost three rigs. Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia were down two apiece. Colorado declined by one.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:23:59 -0600 <![CDATA[12 inmates hurt in prisoner van crash in southern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/12-inmates-hurt-in-prisoner-van-crash-in-southern-colorado/article/feed/343357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/12-inmates-hurt-in-prisoner-van-crash-in-southern-colorado/article/feed/343357?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say 12 inmates and two other people were injured when a Jeep hit a prisoner transport van in southern Colorado.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis says those hurt in the Friday morning crash about 50 miles west of Colorado Springs were taken to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

They include the van's driver and another passenger. No one inside the Jeep was hurt.

Lewis says the inmates were headed to the Teller County jail. Investigators are exploring the possibility that weather caused the Jeep to lose control on Highway 24 near Wilkerson Pass.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:54:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado House sends roads, schools spending bill to Senate]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-house-sends-roads-schools-spending-bill-to-senate/article/feed/343322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-house-sends-roads-schools-spending-bill-to-senate/article/feed/343322?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A bill to increase investment in Colorado's underfunded roads and schools has passed the House.

The bill would remove a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fee from Colorado's constitutional tax-and-spending limits. Those limits are known as the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

Supporters say removing the fee would free millions of dollars for roads and schools.

It also would give legislators more flexibility in crafting a state budget.

Hospitals pay the fee to get matching federal funds to care for the needy.

Republicans call the Medicaid fee a tax. They say TABOR requires that voters approve any change to the fee's status.

Five Republicans joined House Democrats in passing the bill Friday.

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