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Fight over U.S. wolf protections goes before federal judge

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. government attorney urged a federal judge Friday to uphold a decision from the waning days of the Trump administration that lifted protections for gray wolves across most of the country, as Republican-led states have sought to drive down wolf numbers through aggressive hunting and trapping. Wildlife advocates […]

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Colorado man sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for hate crime attack on Black man

EUGENE, Ore. — A Colorado trucker who nearly killed a Black man by slashing his neck in an unprovoked attack at an eastern Oregon truck stop was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in federal prison. Nolan Levi Strauss, 27, pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime involving an attempt to kill, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. His […]

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Tiger King’s Joe Exotic will get shorter prison sentence following ruling by Denver-based federal appeals court

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that “Tiger King” Joe Exotic should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted […]

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Seventh Colorado man faces federal charges in connection with deadly U.S. Capitol riot

A seventh Coloradan is facing federal charges in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Glenn Wes Lee Croy, of Colorado Springs, was arrested and released on a $5,000 bond Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed in Colorado’s federal court. He has been charged with unlawful entry to restricted property, and […]

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Jason Dunn, Colorado’s top federal prosecutor, will resign Feb. 28

Colorado’s U.S. attorney, Jason Dunn, plans to resign as the Biden administration prepares to appoint new top federal prosecutors. Dunn, an appointee of President Donald Trump, said resignation will be effective Feb. 28. He joined the U.S. attorney’s office in 2018, and he declined to speak of his future plans. “Serving as United States Attorney […]

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Colorado geophysicist accused in U.S. Capitol riot tried to flee to Switzerland, feds say

By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press NEW YORK — A Colorado geophysicist accused of dragging a police officer down steps to be beaten by an American flag outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was ordered held without bail Friday after a prosecutor said the man afterward tried to flee to Switzerland and commit suicide. […]

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Third Colorado man faces federal charges, including allegations he assaulted officer, after U.S. Capitol riot

A Woodland Park man with alleged ties to a radical militia group is facing federal criminal charges in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building after authorities say he was spotted wielding a baseball bat and attacking law enforcement officers. Robert Gieswein, 24, is the third Colorado man charged following […]

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Federal court weighs whether Colorado law can require web designer to make websites for same-sex couples

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A Colorado web designer should not have to create wedding websites for same-sex couples under the state’s anti-discrimination law because it would amount to forced speech that violates her religious beliefs, a lawyer told an appeals court Monday. Kristen Waggoner, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, told a three-judge […]

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Here’s what John Hickenlooper thinks about a U.S. Supreme Court expansion and what makes a good justice

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper says a commitment to upholding civil rights — including abortion protections under Roe v. Wade — is critical for his support of any U.S. Supreme Court nominee.  “I’ve never used it as a litmus test,” he added of a judge’s views on abortion, “but I do think most people who are […]