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AURORA, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — A young mother who was seriously injured and lost her six-year-old daughter in the shooting massacre at a Denver-area movie theater earlier this month has suffered a miscarriage, the family said on late Saturday, making the unborn baby the shooting’s thirteenth victim.

Ashley Moser, 25, was hit once in the stomach and twice in the neck when a gunman walked into an auditorium at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora and opened fire, killing twelve people and injuring 58 others in what was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. It happened during the midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the third installment in the Batman film series by movie director Christopher Nolan.

In an e-mailed statement, the family’s spokesperson said Moser underwent additional surgery on Saturday morning. “Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage,” the statement said. “Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of those who have been sending well-wishes, prayers and good thoughts to Ashley. Her lifetime of care will be a long road.”

Because Colorado state homicide laws only apply to persons who are “born and alive” at the moment of a crime, the miscarriage is unlikely to affect charges expected to be filed on Monday against James Eagen Holmes, who was arrested at the scene of the July 20 shooting.

Moser is the mother of six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan who was also killed in the shooting.

“We want to send a special thank you to the courageous heroes of law enforcement, other first responders, paramedics, and doctors and nurses who have all gone beyond the call-of-duty in caring for our daughter, granddaughter and all of the other victims of this tragic event,” Saturday’s statement added.

Funeral arrangements for Veronica are still pending.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — President Barack Obama will travel to Colorado on Sunday to meet with families of the victims who were shot by a gunman at a Denver-area movie theater earlier this week, the White House said on late Saturday.

White House communications director Daniel Pfeiffer announced the plans which include meetings with families of the victims as well as local officials. “President Obama will travel to Colorado tomorrow to visit with the families of the victims of Friday’s tragic shooting,” he said.

In a schedule update, the White House said Obama will depart the White House in Washington, D.C. at 2:15 p.m. EDT and will arrive at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora at 3:40 p.m. MDT. He is scheduled to leave Aurora at 6:05 p.m. MDT en-route to San Francisco, where he will spend the night.

The shooting massacre happened on Friday when a gunman walked into an auditorium at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora and opened fire, killing twelve people and injuring 58 others in what was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. It happened during the midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the third installment in the Batman film series by movie director Christopher Nolan.

Earlier on Saturday, in his weekly radio address, Obama promised to stand by the people of Colorado during this difficult time. “Even as we come to learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings,” he said. “Such evil is senseless – beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living.”

Police have arrested 24-year-old James Eagen Holmes of Aurora as a suspect in the massacre, for which the motive is still unknown.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — Batman movie director Christopher Nolan on Saturday expressed “profound sorrow” on behalf of the cast and crew after a gunman opened fire during the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 60 others.

Nolan described the massacre as a “senseless tragedy” that has befallen the entire community in Aurora, a city which is part of the Denver Metropolitan Area. The shootings happened on early Friday morning during a midnight screening for the movie, which is the third installment in Nolan’s Batman film series.

“I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime,” Nolan said in a statement posted on the official Facebook page for the movie. “The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”

He expressed his shock on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families,” he added in the brief statement.

Christian Bale, the star of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ also expressed his shock. “Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” he said in a statement on late Saturday. “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

The massacre took place when a gunman walked into an auditorium at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora. He appeared as a silhouette to moviegoers, some of whom first assumed he was part of a stunt for the movie, but then set off two devices with smoke or some sort of irritant to distract them.

The gunman, who was outfitted in complete ballistic gear, then opened fire at the moviegoers, killing twelve people and injuring 58 others. Responding police officers arrested 24-year-old James Eagen Holmes outside the movie theater. He was carrying several weapons and reportedly identified himself to police as ‘the Joker,’ a character in the Batman series.

Friday’s massacre was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

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AURORA, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — A gunman outfitted in complete ballistic gear entered a movie theater in Colorado on early Friday and opened fire during the premiere showing of the new Batman movie, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 60 others in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

The incident began just after 12:35 a.m. local time when the suspect, identified by police as 24-year-old James Eagen Holmes, walked into an auditorium through a side door at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, a city which is part of the Denver Metropolitan Area. He appeared as a silhouette to moviegoers, some of whom first assumed he was part of a stunt for the movie.

“We believe that as part of this assault, Mr. Holmes set off two devices to distract the crowd,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oate said during a news conference. The gunmen, who initially came in with a ticket but later walked out of an emergency exit door unnoticed, then opened fire at the crowd.

Holmes is believed to have been outfitted in complete ballistic gear, including a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat and groin protector, black tactical gloves, and a gas mask. He was able to fire dozens of rounds as the moviegoers tried to escape the theater.

“First officers were on scene within a minute and a minute and half of the first 911 call,” a police spokesperson said. “Officers contacted Holmes outside of the movie theater by his car. He was arrested without incident. There were 4 guns recovered, one of which was in the theater.” The weapons included two .40-caliber Glock handguns, a Remington 870 single-barrel pump shotgun, a Smith & Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle and as many as 6,000 rounds of ammunition.

Authorities said there were 70 victims in total, of whom 10 died in the theater while two later died at area hospitals. Fifty-eight others were injured and taken by police, ambulance and private vehicles to six area hospitals. Eleven of the injured remained in a critical condition on late Friday.

After Holmes was arrested and identified, officers immediately went to his Aurora residence where booby traps were discovered. “Our investigation determined that his apartment is booby-trapped with various incendiary and chemical devices and apparent trip wires,” Oate said. “It may be resolved in hours or days, we simply don’t know how we are going to handle that.”

There were four midnight showings of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora on early Friday, all of which were sold out. It was not immediately clear how many people were inside the movie theater, but Oate said officers had interviewed close to 200 witnesses on Friday.

The motive remained unclear on late Friday, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said there was no immediate evidence of terrorism.

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DENVER, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — Wildfires fueled by high temperatures and wind gusts burned out of control in northern Colorado on Sunday, burning more than 14,000 acres (5,600 hectares) and forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. One person is unaccounted-for.

The High Park Fire, which is burning in Larimer County, approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Fort Collins, broke out at 5:54 a.m. local time Saturday morning and had scorched some 22 square miles (57 square kilometers) in just over 24 hours. The fire remains 0 percent contained, according to Larimer Sheriff’s Department spokesman John Schulz.

The fire is being fanned by temperatures rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and 15 to 20 mile (24 to 32 kilometers) per hour winds, with gusts up to 40 mile (64 kilometers) per hour. “The wind is driving the fire and at time is capable of moving at 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) per hour,” Schulz said.

Nearly 2,000 emergency notices were sent out to residents in several areas by late Sunday, but it remained unclear how many people have evacuated the affected area. “Evacuations have gone well for the most part,” the spokesman said, adding that some residents refused to leave.

At least 19 structures, including homes and outbuildings, have been destroyed or damaged by the raging wildfires, and several others continue to be at risk. “In addition to the main priority of public and firefighter safety, there was some success in structure protection today, including one residence that was on fire and was saved by firefighters,” Schulz said.

There were no reports of casualties as of Sunday evening, but at least one resident is believed to be missing and may have been killed. “Right now we have a single person that we still can’t account for in a location that we believe [is where] someone could have burned,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told a news conference.

Eight 20-person crews and other firefighters were continuing to battle the fire on Sunday, but little progress was made. They were being assisted by more than a dozen aircraft, and more equipment was being called in. “More resources have been ordered including more hand crews, more engines, and more aircraft,” Schulz said. “Requests for aircraft are also being made to the military.”

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DENVER, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — An elderly married couple has been found dead at their home while a third adult remains missing as a large wildfire continues to burn near Denver in Colorado, officials said on late Tuesday.

The Lower North Fork Fire is believed to have initially started as a controlled burn set by the Colorado State Forest Service last week on land belonging to the Denver Water Board in a mountainous area just southwest of Denver. But it sprang back to life on Monday afternoon, reaching 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) within hours.

Fueled by high winds, the fire had burned 4,500 acres (1,821 hectares) by Tuesday evening, according to a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “We have confirmed that 23 homes have been damaged by the fire,” the spokesperson said. “We are currently confirming addresses before notifying the owners of the homes.”

Officials also recovered the bodies of an elderly married couple at their house inside the fire perimeter. One body was discovered inside the home, the other was found outside, the sheriff’s office said. The victims were identified as 77-year-old Samuel Lucas and 76-year-old Linda Lucas.

At least one person is believed to be missing in the affected area. “The Sheriff’s Office has also been notified of an additional unaccounted for adult female associated with the fire,” the spokesperson said, giving no details about her identity. “We do know that she does live within the fire perimeter.”

Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, who is acting governor of the state as Governor John Hickenlooper is on a trade mission to Mexico, on Tuesday also authorized the deployment of the National Guard to provide firefighting assistance. “We are concerned first and foremost with the safety of people and property in the fire zone,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are also with those families who have already lost their homes.”

In an executive order, Garcia ordered all state departments and agencies to take ‘whatever actions may be required and requested’ by the Director of the Division of Emergency Management or the Colorado State Forest Service, including provision of appropriate staff and equipment as necessary. The order also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan.

As a result of the order, the Colorado Army National Guard launched two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters on Tuesday to help battle the Lower North Fork Fire, which remains at 0 percent containment. Each helicopter is equipped with a 500-gallon (1,900 liters) bucket to drop water on the fire.

In addition, a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker), a Heavy Tanker dropping retardant and two helicopters from Buckley Air Force Base are also battling the wildfire. Approximately 200 firefighters were on scene on Tuesday, but authorities expect this number will reach more than 450 on Wednesday.

“Throughout the day we have seen continued and increased erratic fire behavior,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said. “Due to this behavior a pre-evacuation notice was sent to 6,500 homes. Those home that were notified included homes located in City View, Hilldale Pines, Deer Creek Mesa, White Deer Valley, Homewood Park, Murphy Gulch, S. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Jennings Rd., and Watson Gulch.”

Wednesday’s weather forecast is calling for winds that are about 8 to 14 miles (12.8 to 22.5 kilometers) per hour with a higher temperature of more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius). “Today’s fire strategy will focus on moving from primarily point protection to establishing containment,” the sheriff’s department said on early Wednesday morning.

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DENVER, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — Two Colorado men have been arrested for allegedly taking their friend’s dead body out for drinks and later using his bank card at a local strip club, officials said on Friday.

Robert Jeffrey Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, in late August took the body of their dead roommate, Jeffrey Jarrett, and placed him in a car. They then took him to a bar and drove him around before using his ATM card at local strip club in Glendale, Colorado, the Denver Post reported.

Being friends since college students at Colorado State University, Jarrett, a father and real estate professional, had offered Young to stay at his southeast Denver home until he could find a job to get back on his feet, a relative of Jarrett told the media outlet.

On August 27, Young arrived late at night and found Jarrett unresponsive but, rather than making an emergency call to authorities and/or his relatives, he drove the body to a restaurant where Rubinson had been working.

They later returned to Jarrett’s home, placed him in Rubinson’s car, drove him out to Teddy T’s bar and grill restaurant, as the pair drank on Jarrett’s tab. They later stopped at Sam No. 3 before dropping off the body at his home, the news report said.

However, the pair kept Jarrett’s bank card, went out to eat at Mexican restaurant Viva Burrito and used around $400 dollars at Shotgun Willie’s, a local strip club. At around 4 a.m. local time, Young and Rubinson flagged down the police and told an officer that Jarrett might be dead at his home.

According to Denver Detective Ranjan Ford, the pair was obviously aware that Jarrett was dead while all three of them were at Teddy T’s bar and grill. Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson, meanwhile, described the crime as bizarre and unfortunate.
Both Young and Rubinson were charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft, and criminal impersonation, the Denver Post reported. They have since been freed on bond.

Young is scheduled to appear in court on September 27, and Rubinson on October 4. Neither of them are being charged for the death of Jarrett, which is still to be determined through a toxicology test.

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DETROIT (BNO NEWS) — Two fighter jets intercepted a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Sunday after two or three passengers were observed behaving suspiciously, officials said. It is believed some sort of sexual activity may have been involved.

The incident involved Frontier Airlines Flight 623 from Denver to Detroit, where it landed at around 3.30 p.m. local time. “Two passengers were observed behaving suspiciously [..], spending an extraordinarily long time in the lavatory,” a spokesperson for the airline said. “Authorities were contacted.”

According to witnesses, two men and a woman seated in the same row repeatedly went to the plane’s bathroom and spent a long amount of time there. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the people were “making out” in the bathroom, and that some sort of sexual activity may have been involved.

Because of the suspicious behavior, the pilot of the plane declared an emergency and fighter jets were scrambled to follow the plane until it landed safely in Detroit. Police armed with machine guns boarded the plane after it landed and directed to a pad a distance from the concourse.

“The policeman said everybody remain seated. Everyone remains seated. If you get out of your seats you will be taken care of quickly,” Marilyn Dietrick, one of the passengers, told WXYZ-TV. “They had us put our hands up on the seats and heads down.”

The three passengers involved in the incident were quickly removed from the aircraft and taken into custody, officials said. They were later released with no charges filed, but officials refused to say what the passengers were doing in the bathroom.

The scare took place on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes before crashing two of them into the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth, United Flight 93, crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

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UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) — United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a ‘clean energy revolution’ to transform the global economy.

Ban, during a visit to the United States, underlined the importance of clean energy to put the world on a cleaner, safer, more equitable path, adding that those countries that move quickly into developing clean energy will be the economic powerhouses of the 21st century.

Ban spoke during a round table in Denver, Colorado on sustainable energy for all, stating that clean energy would allow citizens to also enjoy cleaner air, better health, greater market competitiveness, and enhanced security.

In addition, the Secretary-General said the UN system is advocating three energy targets which will help address the “energy poverty” which exists in much of the developing world by enhancing equity, revitalize the global economy and help protect the world’s ecosystems.

“These targets are challenging, but they can be met,” said Ban, who added that tackling energy poverty is vital to efforts to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals. The targets would also ensure universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the renewable energy share in the overall global energy mix.

“If we are to achieve these goals, we need nothing short of a clean energy revolution,” Ban said. “What we need most is strong, sustained political leadership to drive this clean energy revolution forward at the speed and scale necessary.”

On Thursday, Ban met with various leaders of the energy industry, including those involved in wind, solar and natural gas, to discuss sustainable energy for both the developed and developing world.

The Secretary-General also toured the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, the country’s only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

During his visit at the laboratory, Ban noted the urgency to develop new, clean ways of generating and using energy as the impact of climate change increases and becomes more evident. Furthermore, the urgency will only be greater, he underlined, as demand for energy continues to increase.

“The sustainable development agenda is the agenda for the 21st century,” Ban said Wednesday night at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. “Both science and economics tell us that we need to change course – and soon,” he added, noting that for most of the last century, the world mined its way to growth and burned its way to prosperity.

“Those days are over,” he continued. “Climate change is showing that the old model is more than obsolete, it is dangerous. We need a revolution in thinking and in action. Making this happen will take major changes – in our lifestyles, our economic models and our social and political life.”

“Above all, we need to connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages and food,” he said. According to the UN, only 3 percent of current global energy investment could finance access to modern energy for all.

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SEGUNDO, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) — A number of homes were damaged on late Monday evening when a moderate earthquake rocked southern Colorado, seismologists and officials said. There were no casualties.

The 5.3-magnitude earthquake at 11.46 p.m. local time (0546 GMT Tuesday) was centered about 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Segundo, a small unincorporated community in Las Animas County. It struck about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS estimated that several dozen people living in the area may have felt ‘very strong’ shaking, while more than 700 people were estimated to having perceived strong shaking. In addition, the USGS estimated that some 27,000 people may have felt light to moderate shaking.

A dispatcher for the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office said a number of homes in Segundo had been damaged, but said there were no injuries. She also said there had been a rockslide on Highway 12.

Monday’s earthquake in Colorado was the largest in the state since a 5.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Denver on August 9, 1967. There was also an event in May 1973 which registered as 5.7 on the Richter scale, but the USGS said this was caused by an explosion and not an earthquake.

According to the USGS, Colorado is considered a region of minor earthquake activity, although there are many uncertainties because of the very short time period for which historical data is available. The northwestern and southwestern corners, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south-central section of the state, have had no activity in historic times. Eastern Colorado is nearly aseismic.

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