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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 26, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER _ A former hippie who left a homemade bomb outside the police station of a Colorado mountain town was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday after a judge found it was an act of terrorism intended to avenge the killing of a friend by the town marshal in 1971 even though it never exploded. David Ansberry pleaded guilty to leaving the device containing the unstable chemical compound HMDT, a peroxide-based compound that has been used by al Qaida terrorists, in a duffel bag outside the station in a strip mall in Nederland on Oct. 11, 2016. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said the device was not a hoax and people could have died had Ansberry been successful in his attempts to detonate it remotely using a cellphone. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 670 words. (AP Photo planned)


DENVER — The owners of a Denver marijuana business pleaded guilty Friday to drug and racketeering charges and will spend a year in prison in what city officials called the first local prosecution of a legal pot enterprise in the U.S. A yearlong investigation of Sweet Leaf’s sales practices centered on a practice known as “looping,” where a customer purchases the maximum amount of marijuana that Colorado law permits and repeatedly returns to the same retailer to purchase more on the same day. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 590 words, photo.


DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider its decision in an oil and gas lawsuit because of comments by a lower court judge who had a role in the case. The request filed Thursday asks the court to revisit its Jan. 14 ruling that regulators don’t have to make health and environmental protection their top priority in setting oil and gas rules. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.



PORTLAND, Maine — Maine marijuana lovers hoping to put the “bake” back in clambake this summer might be out of luck.

State officials said Friday that Maine rescinded a Los Angeles consultant’s winning bid to help craft the rules about key issues such as sales and packaging of marijuana. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 660 words, photo.


WHITE HALL, Ark. _ An Arkansas investigation has found that a co-owner of a medical marijuana growing company gave conflicting residency information in cannabis license applications in two states. Robert DeBin owns about a 4 percent stake of Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in White Hall, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. SENT: 280 words.


_ DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Denver Public Schools is apologizing for saying that teachers working on visas would be reported to the federal government if they went on strike.

_ CYBER THREATS-STALKING _ A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal stalking charges.

_ CONVICTED KILLER RESENTENCED _ A man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 17 has been resentenced to 37 years in prison.

_ PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTING _ A judge says a man who acknowledged killing three people at a southern Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic remains mentally incompetent to stand trial.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. fell 1.50 cents at 5.20 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 3.25 cents at 3.8025 a bushel; Mar. oats rose .25 cents at $2.91 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans gained 9.25 cents at $9.2525 a bushel.



DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets try to improve on their Western Conference-best 20-4 home record when they face the Phoenix Suns, losers of five straight Friday night at the Pepsi Center. By Arnie Stapleton. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

With: NUGGETS-JOKIC SUSPENDED _ Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic received a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photo.


BOULDER _ No. 6 Stanford (16-1) visits the University of Colorado on Friday night. UPCOMING: 600 words. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


ATLANTA — Big-name entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl and are ensuring the topic that ignited a political firestorm, engulfing the NFL, will be in the spotlight. They passionately disagree on how. Some will perform in Super Bowl-related events while others will be noticeably absent. By George Henry and Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.


DENVER _ What was perhaps Kelly Clark’s most memorable trip down a halfpipe had nothing to do with winning. It was the Winter X Games in 2011. Clark had already secured the title. With one lap left — a victory lap, as they call it in snowboarding — she decided to try something no woman had ever done. She became the first to land a 1080 — that’s twisting three revolutions above the halfpipe — in competition. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 780 words, photos.


KITZBUHEL, Austria _ Swiss skier Beat Feuz is looking to extend his lead in the downhill discipline standings while Vincent Kriechmayr and Max Franz want to give home nation Austria its first win in five years on the Streif course. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Defending champion Bradie Tennell is the leader heading into the women’s free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Ice dancing starts at 1:50 p.m. MT, and women’s free skate is at 5:35 p.m. MT)


MINSK, Belarus _ Olympic champion Alina Zagitova seeks to win back-to-back European figure skating titles after leading the short program. UPCOMING: 350 words.


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