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School with high rate of vaccine exemptions faces state’s biggest chickenpox outbreak in over 20 years

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina school is facing the biggest chickenpox outbreak since the vaccine came out more than 20 years ago, according to the Asheville Citizen Times.

With 36 infected students by Friday, the varicella virus, more commonly known as chickenpox, is quickly spreading through the Asheville Waldorf School.

The school, which  teaches Kindergarten up through 6th grade, is also among North Carolina’s top 3 schools for the state’s highest rates of religious exemptions to vaccinations.

Out of 152 students, 110 have never gotten the chickenpox vaccine. That’s about 72 percent of the student population.

While some parents consider the itchy disease to be no big deal, doctors strongly disagree.

“People don’t think it’s a serious disease, and for the majority of people it’s not. But it’s not that way for everybody,” said Jennifer Mullendore, a doctor with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, told the Citizen Times. “Two to three out of every 1,000 children infected with chickenpox required care in a hospital.

“To me, that’s not a mild disease, and if you’re the parent of one of those children, you probably don’t think so either.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, the chickenpox used to cause 10,600 hospitalizations and 100 to 150 deaths every year.

The vaccine, given in two doses, is reported to be about 90 percent effective at preventing the disease.

Even with the vaccine, it is still possible to contract the chickenpox, but those people usually experience a milder form of the disease with fewer blisters and little to no fever, the CDC reports.

One-third of U.S. parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids this season

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34 percent of US parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a report published Monday by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

The online poll, which was administered in October, looked at 1,977 parents who had at least one child, whether parents would get their children the flu vaccine and their reasoning, among other things.

Of parents polled, 48% said they usually followed the recommendations of their child's health care provider when making choices about the flu vaccine.

However, 21% of those surveyed did not remember their health care provider making a recommendation about their child receiving the flu shot.

"To me, the biggest takeaway is that there is a group of parents who look like they have a gap in expert guidance around whether kids should get flu vaccines, specifically whether their kid should get flu vaccine," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

Parents who were making the choice to get their child vaccinated reported hearing more positive than negative comments, by a margin of about 4 to 1, whereas those who chose not to vaccinate their children heard a lot more negative commentary, Clark said.

During the last flu season, 179 children died, with hundreds hospitalized due to flu-related illnesses, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reported that 80% of the children who died were unvaccinated.

The CDC said last flu season, 57.9% of children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received flu vaccines, less than the year before. Approximately 155.3 million doses of flu vaccine were distributed to people of all ages last season.

"We don't give the flu vaccine the credit it deserves," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

"The vaccine is not perfect, none of us believe it is, but it's the best thing we have for preventing influenza, and even if it doesn't prevent the illness completely, and this is very important, it tends to make the illness milder," said Schaffner, who was not involved in the new report.

Some of the reasons parents give for not vaccinating their children include being too busy and not getting strong recommendations from their medical providers, according to Schaffner.

In the poll, the top three reasons parents cited for not getting their children vaccinated, according to Clark, were that they were concerned about side effects, that it doesn't work very well and that their currently healthy child does not need to be vaccinated.

New Jersey couple killed in fiery crash driving to their wedding

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HAMBURG, Pa. — Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

State police say 35-year-old Kathryn Schurtz and her fiance, Joseph Kearny, were driving on Interstate 78 on Wednesday when they encountered heavy traffic from an earlier crash. Police say a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and pushed the couple’s vehicle into another tractor-trailer.

Their vehicle and two trucks caught fire.

Schurtz lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City. No information is available for Kearny.

Her obituary says Schurtz “will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph.”

Her funeral will take place Tuesday.

Gas prices falling in Denver just in time for Thanksgiving travel

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DENVER -- Gas prices in the Denver metro area have fallen 7.7 cents per gallon in the last week making the average per gallon $2.62, according to the experts at Gas Buddy.

The drop in gas prices comes just in time for the busy Thanksgiving travel week where 48.5 million people are set to hit the roads - which is an increase from last year, according to AAA.

Gas prices in Denver are 25 cents lower than one month ago - but are higher in Fort Collins ($2.72 average) and Colorado Springs ($2.63 average). Gas prices are also higher than they were a year ago in Denver by nearly 13 cents.

In Colorado, the average is $2.84 per gallon, which is down 4.1 cents from last week.

Nationally, prices have dropped by over five cents a gallon in the past week. The national average is also $2.62.

You can use this interactive map to find the average gas price in your county.

Experimental treatment helps 2 out of 3 peanut allergy sufferers, study finds

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New research bodes well for young people with peanut allergies.

During the study, which included more than 500 people between the ages of 4 and 17, researchers exposed people with peanut allergies to small doses of peanut powder over a period of months.

In the end, two thirds of the kids were able to eat the equivalent of two peanuts without any symptoms.

The study results, published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine, prove that the treatment can protect some children against accidental exposure to or ingestion of a very small amount of peanuts or peanut products.

However, Dr. Brian Vickery, the study's lead author, cautioned that "it's not a cure," but could be a step in the right direction.

Nissan to oust Chairman after finding ‘significant acts of misconduct’

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Nissan is preparing to oust its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, after discovering “significant acts of misconduct” over many years by him and another top executive.

The stunning announcement about one of the global auto industry’s highest-profile leaders slammed the stocks of Nissan (NSANY) and Renault (RNSDF), two of the carmakers that Ghosn leads.

Nissan said in a statement that it had been investigating Ghosn and another board member for months, and was now cooperating with Japanese prosecutors. Japanese media reported that Ghosn was being questioned by prosecutors and could be arrested.

The company said its investigation found that Ghosn, 64, and the other board member, Greg Kelly, had been under-reporting Ghosn’s compensation. “Numerous other significant acts of misconduct have been uncovered, such as personal use of company assets,” it added.

As a result, CEO Hiroto Saikawa will propose to Nissan’s board of directors to “promptly remove Ghosn from his positions as chairman and representative director,” the company said. He will also try to have Kelly removed from the board.

Renault and Nissan shares plunge

Shares in Renault, where Ghosn is CEO, plunged as much as 13% in Paris. Renault didn’t immediately respond for a request for comment.

Nissan’s announcement came after the close of trading in its stock in Tokyo. But its shares plummeted 10% on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

“Nissan deeply apologizes for causing great concern to our shareholders and stakeholders,” the company’s statement said. “We will continue our work to identify our governance and compliance issues, and to take appropriate measures.”

Global shockwaves

Ghosn is also chairman of Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors (MMTOF). CNN wasn’t immediately able to reach Mitsubishi for comment outside of regular business hours.

Under Ghosn, the three carmakers formed an alliance that rivals Volkswagen (VKLAF) and Toyota (TM) in terms of vehicle sales. The alliance sold 10.6 million vehicles last year, more than one in nine of worldwide auto sales.

Together, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi employ more than 470,000 people in nearly 200 countries, according to the alliance’s website.

Nissan’s revelations came after Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper and broadcaster NHK reported that prosecutors were questioning Ghosn on suspicion of under-reporting his salary and may arrest him.

The prosecutors’ office didn’t respond to a request for comment outside regular office hours.

Sunshine along Front Range on Monday, Snow hits mountains on Thanksgiving

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DENVER -- We'll see lots of sunshine across Colorado on Monday which will make for a dry travel day on Interstate 70 and Interstate 25.

The highs will be around 50 degrees in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.  Mountain highs in the 20s and 30s.

Dry weather continues across the Front Range Tuesday-Friday.

Wednesday is the big travel day and it looks dry in the Mountains and Front Range.

However, snow hits the mountains on Thanksgiving afternoon.  Plan on 1-4 inches at the ski areas and I-70 corridor.

Thanksgiving is looking dry and sunny across the Front Range with highs pushing 60 degrees.

A snowstorm is possible this weekend in the mountains and across the Front Range.

The timing appears to be Saturday afternoon into Sunday and highs will drop into the 20s and 30s.

7-Day Forecast. Meteorologist Chris Tomer.

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Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Matt Makens, Christine Rapp, Chris Tomer, Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, and Jessica Lebel.

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Delta hunter who had to spend unplanned night in wilderness ‘did everything right’

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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. — A hunter from Delta was found uninjured Saturday after getting lost in San Miguel County wilderness.

The 75-year-old man was hunting in the San Borne Park area of the county. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said he is a retired Division of Wildlife officer with extensive backcountry experience.

The sheriff’s office announced the search on Twitter just before 9:15 a.m. Saturday. By 9:50 a.m., he had been found.

The hunter told deputies he was “caught by darkness,” stayed put, built a fire and began hiking out of the area at dawn. Once he was located in the southeast portion of the search area, he was flown to the staging area.

“He was prepared for the backcountry and did everything right,” said San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters. His office thanked citizens and San Miguel Search and Rescue for their assistance.

Missing 75yr old hunter from Delta found uninjured. Told Deputies he was caught by darkness, stayed put and built a fire and started hiking out at dawn. Sheriff Masters said, "He was prepared for the backcountry and did everything right; great outcome." #SARmissinghunter pic.twitter.com/KJIdgBJT9H

— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) November 17, 2018

Human remains found on Larimer County farm; authorities investigating

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Authorities are investigating after human remains were found on a farm in rural Larimer County.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies received a report of a “deceased party” on the 7900 block of East Highway 34 east of Loveland. The sheriff’s office said residents of a farm found what was believed to be the remains of an unknown person on their property.

The sheriff’s office is leading the investigation. The person’s identity is not yet known. The county coroner also responded to the scene and will determine the cause of death, the sheriff’s office said through a statement released Sunday.

“The investigation has not revealed a safety concern to the public,” the statement reads.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact investigator Justin Atwood: 970-498-5143.

Icy Hudson crash leaves 8-year-old boy dead, twin sister in hospital

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 23:25

AURORA, Colo. -- "My family is shattered," said Lisa Davis outside Children's Hospital in Aurora. It's been one week since a crash around Hudson on an icy Interstate 76 left her 8-year-old grandson Skyler dead and his twin sister injured.

Davis says there was a backup from another crash when her son-in-law slid into a semi with the twins in the back. She says her granddaughter Serenity is still in the intensive care unit getting tests.

Both parents of Skyler and Serenity are UPS drivers in Fort Morgan. Their friends and coworkers have been doing what they can to lessen the burden on the family as they plan a funeral for one young child and pray for the other's recovery. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the hospital bills.

"We don't know what the expenses are going to be or what the outcome is going to be, but we know it's going to be big. So, we are deeply appreciative for the support," said Davis.

Live at 10AM: Christopher Watts to be sentenced in deaths of pregnant wife, young daughters

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 23:18

WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Christopher Watts will be sentenced on Monday morning in the deaths of his pregnant wife and young daughters.

Watts pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and the couple’s two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. The plea includes the unlawful termination of pregnancy for the death of Shanann's unborn son, Nico.

FOX31 and Channel 2 will carry the sentencing live on Facebook and the FOX31 and Channel 2 App starting at 10 a.m. on Monday. The sentencing is expected to last for several hours.

But our coverage begins with Emily Allen live at the courthouse in Greeley on the FOX31 Morning News and Channel 2 Daybreak.

According to Weld County District Court documents, his mother, Cindy Watts and her husband, Ronnie, will be allowed to make a statement at the sentencing.

"It's so hard. I am just trying to get our thoughts together," Cindy said.

Cindy previously said she did not believe her son killed his daughters. However, she said she knew Christopher was guilty of killing Shanann.

Shanann's family renounced Cindy's statements.

‘Bus driver from heaven’ rescued young children from California wildfire

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:19

PARADISE, Calif. — Kevin McKay drove the school bus along gridlocked, dark roads as pockets of fire burned all around. Nearly two dozen elementary school children were on board with him.

Smoke began to fill the bus, so McKay took the T-shirt off his back. He and two teachers on the bus tore it into pieces and doused them with water. The children held the damp pieces of cloth to their mouths and breathed through them.

He had only been on the job, driving the bus for Ponderosa Elementary School in the northern California city of Paradise, for a few months. Now, McKay was ferrying the 22 stranded children to safety as the Camp Fire scorched everything in its path. It would take five harrowing hours for them to reach safety.

The fire had broken out early on the morning of November 8, around 6:30 a.m., forcing many to evacuate Butte County.

McKay, 41, grew concerned early on. He had seen wildfires before, he said. “But the fact that it was coming down in 1,000 places, it was unheard of,” McKay told CNN in an interview Sunday in a park in Chico, a city southwest of Paradise.

He saw flames approach the school in both directions.

His son, mom and girlfriend had already evacuated to a hotel in Chico that morning. “That freed me up to focus completely on this terrifying situation,” McKay said.

Family members of most other students had already picked up their children.

But nearly two dozen students were stranded because their family members hadn’t made it to the school. McKay discussed evacuating the students with Ponderosa’s principal.

‘It felt like Armageddon’

Abbie Davis, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher at Ponderosa, and Mary Ludwig, 50, who teaches second-grade, evacuated with McKay and the students.

Ludwig recalled the “the sky was really menacing.”

“It was very scary. It felt like Armageddon,” she said Sunday.

“It just kind of looked like we’d be headed into Mordor,” McKay recalled, referring to the realm of the evil lord Sauron in the “Lord the Rings” books and films.

As they drove away from the school on roads thick with smoke, the bus became stuck in the gridlock of vehicles trying to leave Paradise. Should they abandon the bus, they wondered?

Davis and Ludwig walked the bus aisle comforting students.

As the smoke intensified, young lungs filled up. One student said they felt tired. Davis saw other kids dozing off.

The adults had to improvise. There was only one water bottle on the bus. McKay took off his shirt. They tore it up and doused the strips of cloth with water, so the students could use them to breathe properly, they recalled.

“That seemed to help,” McKay said.

During the journey, McKay and the teachers also created their own emergency plan: Pair little kids with the big kids. Take roll. Get phone numbers. Review how to operate the emergency exits, first aid kit and the fire extinguisher.

‘Paradise is lost’

Fourth-grader Charlotte Merz, 10, said she tried to stay calm and recalled “going to my happy place” on the journey.

The smoke made it hard to see. “It was so crazy, and there were fires left and right, everywhere you looked,” she said.

McKay said: “That’s when we realized — it’s a silly statement, but Paradise is lost.”

Rescuing another teacher

At one point, a car sideswiped them, McKay recalled. It sounded like someone was punching the bus, Davis said. They saw other traffic collisions.

Along the way, they picked up a passenger. She was a preschool teacher from an elementary school in the nearby city of Biggs whose car had broken down.

Davis said she thought she was going to die several times along the journey. At one point, they prayed, Ludwig said.

Hours later, parents and children were reunited. McKay said Davis’ husband hugged him so hard, he “damned near lifted me off the ground.”

The Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, killing 76 people and leaving more than 1,200 people still unaccounted for. The blaze had seared more than 149,000 acres as of Sunday morning, and was 60% contained.

Recounting their escape on Sunday, McKay was modest. Safety is an important part of a bus driver’s role, he said, and he must have paid attention to those classes.

But Davis and Ludwig said McKay was a true hero.

“We had the bus driver from heaven,” Ludwig said.

Man who died in Littleton apartment fire was Vietnam veteran, family says

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:06

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Michael Mitchell died in a fire at the Windemere Senior Living Complex in Littleton Saturday. It was his 70th birthday.

Mitchell's family said he was a Vietnam War veteran. He cherished spending time with his six grandchildren.

"He was a happy guy that always found the good in bad situations," his daughter said.

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Thirteen people were taken to the hospital after the fire. It is unknown if Mitchell was one of the 13. Three people were in serious condition and 10 were in stable condition at mid-morning Saturday.

South Metro Fire Rescue said most of the injuries were related to smoke inhalation.

Fire crews conducted an air quality test at the complex on Sunday. Now, Windemere managers are waiting for the ‘all clear’ of the air test results to safely allow residents back inside. They say it could be late Monday or Tuesday.

The fire is separate from one that happened at a retirement community in the southeast metro area just a few hours earlier; a woman was killed and two people were injured at the Heather Gardens in Aurora.

Aurora theater victim’s father: Christopher Watts’ sentencing not necessarily closure for victims’ family

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 21:39

DENVER - On Monday morning, Christopher Watts -- the man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters -- will learn his fate in court in Greeley.

Shanann Watts' family will be in court as well and will face their loved ones' killer.

There are few people who personally know the pain of losing a loved one in such a sudden and sinister manner, but Tom Sullivan is one of them.

His son, Alex, was shot and killed in the Aurora theater shooting about six years ago.

“It's a lifelong emotional roller-coaster of trying to mend a broken heart and trying to find some way to fill the soul that is leaking out of you every day,” Sullivan told FOX31.

There's not a day -- much less an hour-- that goes by that Sullivan doesn't think of Alex.

“Sometimes, I’ll say something and I feel myself getting emotional. And it’s like, jeez -- I should be able to talk without getting emotional, but it’s like, no, no. It’s OK," he said.

Sullivan is talking about this now because another family, Shanann Watts’, is fraught with that familiar heartbreak.

However, they won't have to agonize through a weeks-long trial as Sullivan did.

Christopher Watts pleaded guilty to three murder charges for the deaths of Shanann and daughters Celeste and Bella. Along with other felony counts, he faces the possibility of multiple life sentences.

His criminal case is quickly closing, but for Shanann Watts’ family, that doesn’t necessarily mean closure.

“That whole part when people say, ‘I just want to get over this…’ well, my response to that is: You're not going to get over this,” Sullivan said.

It's Tom Sullivan's life lesson for Shanann's family and others who have have had a loved one killed.

Watts' sentencing beings at 10 a.m. Monday. FOX31 and Channel 2 will have full coverage on air and online.

Dolphin found shot to death on California beach

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 21:22

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – A dolphin died from an apparent bullet wound earlier this month on Manhattan Beach in Southern California, authorities said Friday.

The dead dolphin was found on Manhattan Beach on Nov. 8, 2018. (Credit: Marine Animal Rescue)

The dolphin was found on Nov. 8 after officials responded to reports of a dolphin washing up in the surf and had one bullet hole, Peter Wallerstein, of the Marine Animal Rescue, said.

“There is no excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals,” the Marine Animal Rescue said on its Facebook page.

Dozens of people left comments expressing shock and sadness.

“There are no words… I only hope this sick person is caught and realizes what a horrific thing they have done to such an innocent and intelligent mammal (sic) who have been documented countless times saving humans,” wrote Pam Fisher.

A $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot the dolphin.

No other information was available.

North Carolina man’s runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 20:22

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. – Greg Phillpotts said his runny nose tormented him for five years. Last year, his family’s Thanksgiving feast was ruined when fluid suddenly poured from one nostril and into the food, WTVD reports.

“I was preparing a meal and standing in the kitchen, and it just added itself to the ingredients — it screwed up the whole dinner,” the North Carolina father said. While he had surgery to correct the issue in September, he spoke recently with WTVD about his rare condition.

Phillpotts had been living in New York until two years ago when he moved south to Johnston County after his wife retired.

He thought it was just allergies or even just a runny nose. It turned out to be something he needed surgery for. It’s all next at 11 #ABC11 @MountSinaiNYC pic.twitter.com/Z5ZsU5s3G2

— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) November 16, 2018

For years, Phillpotts blamed the nagging condition on allergies and told WCBS in September that doctors in North Carolina had diagnosed him with pneumonia and bronchitis.

After years of stuffing tissues in his nose, one February night left him determined to figure out what was happening to his body. Phillpotts said a cough kept him up for an entire night and scared him enough to find yet another doctor.

This time, he got the right diagnosis.

In September, Dr. Alfred Iloreta at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital determined that Phillpotts nose had actually been leaking cerebrospinal fluid.

“It’s the leakage of fluid that surrounds the brain to cushion it primarily to protect it from shock or trauma or anything like that,” Dr. Iloreta told WTVD.

Left untreated, the constant leakage can result in a dangerous infection, Iloreta said.

A minimally invasive skull surgery was all it took to fix the leakage. Doctors used a flap of Phillpotts’ skin from another part of his body as a patch.

After five years of torture, Phillpotts was overjoyed.

“You ever been so congested you can’t breathe, and all of a sudden you can breathe again?” he asked. “You know what a relief that was?”

Denver dad dies of hypothermia, daughter makes it her mission to donate warm clothes to homeless

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 20:19

DENVER -- Volunteers hung clothes on trees around Civic Center Park Sunday as part of an annual event to give out warm clothes to people experiencing homelessness.

Nicole Uriona has been running the event for four years. Her dad, Craig Uriona, lived on the streets for 13 years. In 2016, he passed away from hypothermia during cold night on the street. Nicole now dedicates the event to him and hopes these donations can prevent other homeless people from meeting a similar fate.

"Anything we can do to help people stay warm... that’s why we do this every year," said Nicole.

On Sunday, volunteers hung clothes on trees and homeless people sorted through the gear, finding coats, hats, scarves, gloves and pants in their sizes.

"It's absolutely fabulous. I am so grateful. It warms my heart considerably," said Elaine, a donation recipient.

"It’s humbling, it’s nice. It’s cool to see them go about their business and not feel pressure and hopefully it helps them stay warm at night," said Nicole.

She said the event continues to grow every year thanks to donations from strangers and help from friends and family.

If you're interested in getting involved, visit Take This and Keep Warm's website or contact Nicole at TakeThisAndKeepWarm@gmail.com.

Sammy Sosa named in lawsuit over holiday rental in Aspen

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:56

ASPEN, Colo. — An Aspen company has sued former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, alleging his company backed out of a contract to rent a house in the ski resort town for $9,500 a day last winter.

The Aspen Daily News reported Saturday the suit by a company called MWTK Snowbunny Lane seeks $161,500 from Sosa and his company, Riverhead Homes LLC of Miami.

The newspaper says neither Sosa nor a Riverhead representative could be reached for comment.

The suit says Riverhead agreed to pay a $100,000 deposit to rent the seven-bedroom, six-bath home from Dec. 22, 2017, until Jan. 8. The suit claims Riverhead delayed making the payment and the owner opted to rent to someone else.

The suit was filed in August naming Riverhead Homes. Sosa was added as a defendant on Nov. 5.

Dry, mild start to Thanksgiving week in Colorado

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:23

DENVER -- Sunshine made a return to the Front Range Sunday, quickly melting away snowfall and ice from Saturday's storm system. A dry and mild weather pattern is here to stay for the next several days.

Monday will be calm in Denver with partly cloudy skies, dry conditions and high temperatures in the upper 40s.

Temperatures will warm to the 50s on Tuesday and will stay mild through Friday in Denver. The Front Range and Eastern Colorado are expected to stay dry through Friday with snowfall in the mountains on Thursday and Friday.

Thanksgiving Day in Denver will have a high temperature of 57 degrees and partly cloudy skies.

Denver's next storm system will move in next weekend. As of right now, it is too far out to know exact timing and totals, but the Pinpoint Weather Team will keep you updated.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Matt Makens, Christine Rapp, Chris Tomer, Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, and Jessica Lebel.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Brandon McManus’ field goal as time expires lifts Broncos over Chargers 23-22

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:11
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CARSON, Calif. — Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to give the Denver Broncos a 23-22 win and snap the Los Angeles Chargers’ six-game winning streak.

Denver got the ball at its own 8 with 1:51 remaining, and Case Keenum orchestrated a seven-play, 76-yard drive. Keenum, who was 19 of 32 for 205 yards, completed five passes for 86 yards during the drive, including a 30-yarder to Courtland Sutton to the Denver 16. Keenum then spiked the ball and McManus kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

Phillip Lindsay had 11 carries for 79 yards and Sutton had three receptions for 78 yards. Denver (4-6) had lost six of seven coming into the game.

Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns. The 15-year veteran, who completed 28 of 43 passes, also became the sixth quarterback in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 10 games to start a season.

RELATED: Our play-by-play recap of the Broncos win over the Chargers

It was not one of the cleanest games for Rivers or the Chargers, though. Rivers threw two interceptions and Los Angeles committed 14 penalties, including 10 in the first half. Mike Badgley, who made three field goals, also missed an extra point that ended up looming large.

Melvin Gordon had 158 yards from scrimmage (89 rushing, 69 receiving) and Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (7-3).

A pair of first-quarter field goals by Badgley put the Chargers ahead early. Less than three minutes into the second quarter, Lindsay got a seam on blocks by right guard Billy Turner and center Connor McGovern and went 41 yards to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead.

Lindsay’s touchdown was set up the play before when the Broncos successfully executed a fake punt with punter Colby Waldman throwing a 12-yard pass to fullback Andy Janovich for a first down. It was the second straight week the Chargers allowed a fake punt.

Rivers eluded the blitz and threw a 4-yard pass to a wide open Allen to put Los Angeles on top 13-6 at halftime. The Chargers then scored on their opening drive of the second half when Rivers threw a 6-yard TD to Antonio Gates.

The Chargers appeared to be driving for another score when Denver seized momentum. Von Miller got his first interception in a regular-season game since 2012 when he picked off Rivers on a screen pass and returned it 40 yards to the Chargers’ 18. Three plays later, Royce Freeman ran it in from three yards out.

The Broncos then took a 20-19 lead on their next drive when Lindsay had a 2-yard TD on a direct snap.

Badgley’s field goal would give the lead back to the Chargers until the final drive.