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Light rail collides with ambulance

DENVER – A light rail train collided with an ambulance Saturday in downtown Denver, injuring at least six people and sending a train car into a camera store, police said.Three light rail cars derailed when the ambulance and train collided near the Colorado Convention Center about 4:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Det. Virginia Lopez said. The ambulance was on its way to a call.Two paramedics and a passenger in the ambulance were injured, along with a person in a separate vehicle damaged by the collision, Lopez said. She could not confirm details of the other two victims.One light rail car crashed into the atrium of a Wolf Camera store, but no one was injured, Lopez said.Three people, including the paramedics, were taken to Denver Health Medical Center and three other people were taken to nearby St. Joseph Hospital, Denver Health spokeswoman Lynn Ercolani said. Their conditions were not released.It wasn’t immediately clear who was at fault in the accident.Norton says water disputes should be settled through talks not courtDENVER – Interior Secretary Gale Norton says Western water disputes should be settled through negotiation, not in the courtroom.Speaking in Denver at a Colorado Water Congress meeting Friday, Norton said her department seeks to promote cooperation but also spent $4 million last year to support $30 million in water projects designed to improve water delivery. She said $10 million will be available this year.”We have to resolve some long-standing conflicts today. We must since a growing and prosperous West will continue to add increased pressure on our limited water supplies,” she said after receiving the CWC’s Wayne N. Aspinall Water Leader of the Year award. Named for the late, long-term western Colorado congressman, it honors leaders who help protect Colorado’s water.In delivering the award, former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, R-Colo., praised Norton for forcing California to conform to the 1922 Colorado River Compact by cutting its use of Colorado River water by 20 percent.The seven states who are members of the pact last year resolved a 75-year-old dispute, including California’s reduction of water deliveries.Norton said the states are working on drought contingency plans that she will review in April.Two men arrested in connection with murderLAKEWOOD – Two men suspected of killing a renowned scientist and stealing ancient artifacts from his home were arrested after allegedly discussing the crime at a bar, police said.Michael James Wessel, 40, and Richard James Kasparson, 34, were being held in the Jefferson County jail Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Both men have criminal records.The men were suspected of robbing and killing Charles A. “Rep” Repenning, an internationally known paleontologist. Police found Repenning’s body in his bedroom Jan. 5, after a neighbor reported the rear door window of Repenning’s home had been removed and that his dog was running loose.Investigators have said they don’t believe the killers knew Repenning.Superintendent orders rape trial for cadetAIR FORCE ACADEMY – A senior cadet will face a court-martial on a rape charge, an academy spokesman said Friday. Benjamin Kuster is alleged to have raped a female cadet who has graduated and is now a commissioned officer.Lt. Gen. John Rosa, academy superintendent, ordered the court-martial after reviewing evidence from an Article 32 proceeding, the equivalent of a preliminary hearing in a civilian court. The hearing was held in November.


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