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Movie review: Animated “The Star” is a hit-and-miss affair

By: Jane Horwitz

Two stars. Rated PG. 86 minutes. An animated fable about the first Christmas, “The Star” reimagines the Nativity story from the perspective of an animal – actually, an entire menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the...

Notorious Mafia “boss of bosses” Toto Riina dead at 87

By: The Associated Press

Gianni Schicchi, Associated Press fileIn this Jan. 16, 1996 file photo, Mafia ”boss of bosses” Salvatore ”Toto” Riina, center, enters handcuffed into Bologna’s bunker-courtroom, escorted by Carabinieri, Italian paramiliary police, in Bologna, Italy. Italian media is reporting that Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina has died while serving multiple...

Menendez avoids “political grave,” but cloud still looms

By: The Associated Press

By Michael Catalini, The Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez exited his federal bribery trial after a mistrial Thursday with an eye on a 2018 re-election effort, but with him neither acquitted nor convicted, the cloud from the investigation remains. The mistrial gave Democrats...

The House just passed its big tax bill. Here’s what is in it.

By: Heather Long

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wis., won a major victory as the House passed the tax bill Thursday, the central piece of the Republican plan to boost the U.S. economy. No Democrats voted for the bill. Ryan could lose 22 GOP votes, but in...

Jared Kushner is accused of withholding information

By: Karoun Demirjian, Carol D. Leonnig

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, received and forwarded emails about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” during last year’s campaign that he kept from Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to lawmakers demanding that he produce the missing records. Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democratic...

Gabe Landeskog’s hat trick lifts Avalanche to victory over Capitals

By: Mike Chambers

Things are different. There’s a different vibe at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche plays an entertaining brand of hockey at home, and the Nathan MacKinnon-centered line with wingers Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are a treat to watch. On Thursday against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the MacKinnon line combined...

Ben Roethlisberger throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

By: Will Graves

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory on Thursday night. Running the no-huddle offense extensively for the first time all season, Roethlisberger completed 30 of 45 passes to...

One dead, one wounded in northeast Denver shooting

By: Kieran Nicholson

Two people were shot Thursday in northeast Denver and were taken to a hospital, where one died. The shooting happened in the 5100 block of East Thrill Place, according to the Denver Police Department. The area is just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Dahlia and Holly streets. Police did...

Denver Pioneers run past Johnson & Wales at Magness Arena

By: The Associated Press

DENVER — Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo combined for 37 points as Denver doubled NAIA’s Johnson & Wales (CO) point total in the second half to run away with a 91-59 win on Thursday night. Denver (1-2), leading 31-29 at the break, came out inspired in the second half. Amigo...

Hillary Clinton says Colorado is “state that is really about the future”

By: Jesse Paul

Hillary Clinton, in a Denver appearance Thursday night, called Colorado a “state that is really about the future,” urging Democrats — and women in particular — to keep up their activism and push back against the political polarization that dominated last year’s presidential election. Clinton also raised a red flag about...

Staff pick: “Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta

By: Noelle Phillips

Provided photo“Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta (Scribner)Eve Fletcher is an attractive, 46-year-old divorcee who has just sent her only child, a son, off to college. Now she is ready to date again. But the dating market has changed since she last sought a partner. Fletcher finds herself fascinated with a...

Regional books: “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore,” and more

By: Sandra Dallas

Provided photo“Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” by Matthew Sullivan (Scribner, June 2017) “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” By Matthew Sullivan The Tattered Cover in LoDo is the setting for the debut novel of former Tattered bookseller Matthew Sullivan.  He’s renamed the store the Bright Ideas Bookstore, but the...

Seen: Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show

By: Joanne Davidson

There were so many things that made the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show special that it’s hard to know where to begin. For starters, Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Jamie Foxx flew in for the event that raised $2.6 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and were...

Patriots strengthen team bond while practicing in Colorado

By: Pat Graham

AIR FORCE ACADEMY — The New England Patriots spent some time after practice bird watching. A swooping falcon tends to get a team to gawk. This has been far from an ordinary week for the Patriots (7-2), who are training at the Air Force Academy (elevation 6,621 feet) to acclimatize...

PHOTOS: Families celebrate National Adoption Day in Denver

By: Helen H. Richardson

National Adoption Day is being celebrated in many of Colorado’s Judicial Districts throughout November, with judges and magistrates across Colorado finalizing the adoptions of 159 foster children into permanent families. Colorado is currently home to an additional 276 children waiting for permanent families. Denver Juvenile Court Judges Donna Schmalberger and...