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Supreme court denies to hear appeal on "boobies" ban

Leaves previous ruling standing

By Josh Gross

A Pennsylvania school district that lost a lawsuit after banning students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets had its appeal denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

National Today

Kentucky AG won't appeal ruling on out of state same sex marriages

But Governor will

By Josh Gross

After a federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages from other states, the state Attorney General, Jack Conway, has decided not to appeal the ruling.

National Today

Russian currency hits new low

Crisis in Ukraine driving lack of confidence

By Josh Gross

Russia's currency is has reached a new all-time low against the dollar, based largely on the deepening crisis in Ukraine.

National Today

Pentagon set to announce downsizing plans

Expect fewer jets, soldiers and benefits

By Josh Gross

The BBC is reporting that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce cuts to the military budget for 2015.

National Today

Use of food stamps by soldiers rising

Usage reaches $104 million in 2013

By Josh Gross

Use of food stamps by soldiers continued to rise in 2013, an upward trend that's been in place since the start of the recession in 2008.

National Today

New study proves gun control works

Immediate local murder spike accompanies state deregulation

By Josh Gross

Study finds the 2007 repeal of a Missouri law that required a license before being able purchase a gun caused an immediate local spike in gun murders.

National Today

U.S. government issues guidelines for banks to provide services to marijuana businesses

Asks that banks report suspicious activity

By Caitlin Rockett

Banks now have permission to offer financial services to marijuana-related businesses.

National Today

New iPhone app tracks drone strikes

Sends updates for new kills

By Josh Gross

A new app for the iPhone allows Americans to track killings related to drone strikes in real time.  "The app was made b

National Today

And 2013's biggest charitable givers are...

Fracking and Facebook tycoons top list of U.S. givers

By Josh Gross

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its rankings of the top charitable givers in the U.S. for 2013.

National Today

See American Idol contestant Clay Aiken announce run for Congress

Discusses bi-partisanship, economy, in video

Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has announced he's running for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district against incumbant Republican Renee Ellmers.

News

The cost of tilting at the 4/20 windmill

CU will once again spend more than $100,000 to keep campus closed on 4/20

By Caitlin Rockett

For the third consecutive year, the University of Colorado Boulder will spend upwards of $100,000 to close campus on April 20 in its effort to smother anything resembling a 4/20 marijuana smokeout, which the university says has become too disruptive. But only a small crowd of 1,000 or so students turned up for such an event in 2012. And, a year ago, because the pot-friendly date fell on a Saturday, no one even bothered to organize a 4/20 event on the campus.

News

Filling up

Will Boulder’s latest crackdown on homeless push jail to release some inmates early?

By Michael de Yoanna

Five-hundred inmates is roughly critical mass for the jail. Though the maximum capacity is 540 inmates, the jail faces many problems well before hitting that point. The jail strives to separate certain kinds of inmates, like those with known mental health issues and violent, repeat offenders.

News

ERACISM: Unwanted Latinos deported from Boulder County in the 1930s

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer

Two days after Latino sugar-beet workers went on a strike in 1932 in the culmination of a protracted struggle for basic rights, Boulder’s county commissioners funded a plan to deport many of them to Mexico. The county paid for train fares as workers were escorted to Denver’s Union Station in what civic leaders deemed as a humane mission to relocate the jobless during the Great Depression.

News

DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA’S COLORADO NEWSPAPER AND WEBSITE HOLDINGS

Journal Advocate Longmont Times-Call Longmont Weekly Loveland Reporter Herald Estes Park Trail Gazette Broomfield Enterprise Colorado Daily Akron News Reporter Julesburg Advocate The Lamar Ledger Brush News Tribune.

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Fractious debate

Rep says state should study fracking’s impacts on our health

By Michael de Yoanna

For many — like those who voted for fracking bans — the answer to that question seems to be an obvious, “yes.” But for Ginal, a state representative from Fort Collins, finding the right answer is trickier than that. There’s not enough research Courtesy of Joann Ginal.

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Deported to death

By Michael de Yoanna

When he was a little boy in El Salvador, Jaime Leon Rivas never wondered about George Washington even though the president’s face was everywhere. The U.S. dollar is the country’s official currency, but Rivas, who was poor and living with his grandparents, rarely saw any greenbacks.

News

Muzzled by Monsanto

Is Big Ag squelching research showing its new RNAi GMOs may be dangerous?

By Caitlin Rockett

What happened when a scientist discovered that the medical world needs genetically modified RNA to be assimilated by our bodies and the agricultural world needs the opposite to occur.

News

The science behind the hype

By Caitlin Rockett

To understand RNA, you have to understand DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, those double-sided spring-like chains of genetic information that determine the color of a human’s hair or the hue of a flower’s petals. If DNA acts as a blueprint for living things, then RNA is the construction crew.

News

RNA interference technology as a pesticide

By Caitlin Rockett

In January, Monsanto released their annual Research and Development Pipeline Review, detailing future products, their estimated rollout dates and projected impact for the agriculture industry. One such product is called SmartStax PRO, aimed at killing the Western corn rootworm.

News

Can RNAi technology save the honeybee?

By Caitlin Rockett

In 2006, professional beekeepers in the U.S. began to report mass die-offs of their honeybee colonies, between 30 and 90 percent. Since then, “Colony collapse disorder” hasn’t slowed down.

Tech Today

Drone used in Australian drug-smuggling attempt

One man in custody

By Josh Gross

A man has been arrested after an attempt to smuggle drugs into an Australian prison using a drone aircraft.

Tech Today

Radio Shack to close 20 percent of its stores

Announcement hits stock prices

By Josh Gross

Radio Shack, will be closing around 1,100 of its stores, a number representing nearly 20 percent of its locations.

Tech Today

Infamous DC-10 takes its final flight

Commercial use ends for the storied aircraft

By Josh Gross

The final commercial flight using the infamous DC-10 airplane is now in the history books.

Tech Today

Indian probe to Mars cost less than film, Gravity

India pioneers how to explore space on a budget

By Josh Gross

A recently launched Indian probe to Mars was accomplished with costs of only $75 million.

Tech Today

South Carolina woman arrested for overdue VHS tape

Went to police to report assault, discovered warrant for her arrest

By Josh Gross

After 9 years on the lam, the city's most nefarious villain is finally in custody. The charge? An overdue VHS rental of Monster in Law.

Tech Today

Military readies Iron Man suit for summer testing

High tech body armor and exoskeleton on the way

By Josh Gross

Though the public consciousness likely thinks of futuristic cyborg battle armor as the sort of thing still relegated to sci-fi films, it's closer to reality than the average person might realize.

Tech Today

UK seeks to further restrict access to 'terrorist videos'

May run afoul of other countrie's free speech laws

By Josh Gross

The BBC is reporting that fears of ministers in the U.K. are seeking to further block the ability to view videos posted to the internet depicting or encouraging violent extremism.

Tech Today

Curiousity Rover meets a roadblock

Enginners seek to navigate treacharous sand dune

By Josh Gross

The Curiousity Rover has come up against a geographic block on the surface of Mars: a meter-high sand dune.

Tech Today

Major hotel chain investigating data breach

Credit card data may have been stolen

By Josh Gross

White Lodging, a management company for hotels in the Hilton, Marriott, Sheratin and Westin chains, may have had its credit card data stolen.

Tech Today

Here is what memory looks like physically

Scientists capture mollecular movement on tape

By Josh Gross

Scientists have finally witnessed the movements of the molecules that form memories, a breakthough that may lead to better understanding of how memories are made. Exactly how did they do that? F

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