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GREELEY (AP) – Three men were shot late Friday after a confrontation in an intersection and police later shot and killed the suspected gunman.The three men, who had been driving together, were wounded during a confrontation with two men in another car after both vehicles pulled over in an intersection, police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said.Police believe that one man shot all three people.When police responded, the victims gave them a description of the other car and officers were able to find it and pull it over. The passenger bailed out the right side of the car and ran down an alley as officers chased him.The man, who police believe was the gunman, turned and fired on the officers, according to Tymkowych. The officers shot back and wounded the man. He died at the scene.The driver of the car also tried to get away but he was captured.Tymkowych said police don’t know what motivated the shootings but police were investigating whether it was gang related. He said the names of the victims and the suspects were not being released as a safety precaution.

BLACK HAWK (AP) – The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission fined three Las Vegas-based Golden Gaming Inc.-owned casinos $270,000 for accounting irregularities.Mardi Gras Casino received the largest fine, $200,000, while Golden Gates Casino was fined $50,000 and Golden Gulch Casino was fined $20,000.In addition to accounting irregularities, the commission said the casinos also failed to prepare statistical reports, complete investigations and maintain surveillance tapes.”The division didn’t have a level of comfort in whether the casinos were paying their taxes properly or whether there was theft occurring,” commission spokesman Don Burmania said Thursday.A spokeswoman for Golden Gaming declined to comment.The infractions happened between January, when the casinos changed ownership, and June.”They got off on the wrong foot,” BurmaniaThe commission said the casinos agreed to follow-up measures to ensure compliance.

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Three high school students accused of leaving nasty messages about two others students on a Web page created off campus have been suspended.The Rampart High School students were suspended Friday on the grounds that the contents of the Web page, created on Myspace.com, were harassing and threatening, said Nanette Anderson, spokeswoman for Academy School District 20.Myspace.com is a commercial site that allows people to create profiles, blogs and group sites. Friends can use the site to share photos and interact online.Four girls, including one who didn’t attend Rampart, created a page with messages bad-mouthing a couple after a falling out. It was titled with a sentence including two students’ names and an obscene epithet asking for them to die.One student posted a comment that read, “If they can break my best friend’s heart then I can just as easily break their necks.”State law requires schools to act against threats on or off school grounds.School officials have taken threats by students seriously, especially since two students killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in 1999 before killing themselves.”The reaction might have been different before Columbine,” Anderson said, “but after Columbine, I think everything has to be taken seriously.”The students were suspended for several days, their parents said.

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