Three Denver Girls Tried To Join ISIS


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Three young girls in Denver tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria after steeling their parents’ money and flying to Germany.  They were nabbed at the Frankfurt, Germany airport by the FBI.

The suburban Denver women, two sisters ages 17 and 15, as well as a 16-year old friend, skipped school Friday and were reported missing after none of them returned home.  They were subsequently apprehended in Germany and returned to their families in Colorado, according to FBI spokesperson Suzie Payne.

Another United States official said the girls were headed for Turkey en route to Syria, where they would join the Islamic militia, and that investigators were reviewing the girls’ laptops among other evidence.

Yet another U.S. official called the situation “concerning” to the country, as well as the Colorado community.  “The evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls were headed to Syria,” the official said.  He added that investigators were still determining who they had as a contact in Syria or any of the outlying countries.  Investigators are also trying to figure out if there were other peers of these three girls who thought the same way.

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The three girls were detained in the Frankfurt airport before being returned to the States.  They told the authorities they were visiting Germany to see relatives but would not elaborate further.  The father of the sisters realized something was wrong with the situation when he noticed the daughters had fled with $ 2,000 and passports.

The three girls had shown no signs that they intended to travel to Syria prior to the incident.  However, one month ago, 19-year old Shannon Conley, a resident of Arvada, Colorado, was charged with conspiring to help militants in Syria.

While officials are investigating the incident, they are also working to understand why these young girls have a desire to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

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Uber Faces Regulatory Fight Over Black Cars in Denver


social media, social networks, uber, ride sharing, denverRule changes proposed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission would shut down Uber’s five-month-old operation in Denver, the company said today.

Uber supplies a mobile app that allows users to arrange for town cars to pick them up directly with the drivers, and the app sets a rate based on the distance of the ride.

The proposed rules would make it illegal for town cars to charge a distance-based rate. It would ban town-car pickups within 200 feet of a restaurant, bar or hotel, which would apply to much of Denver’s downtown area.

But according to the Public Utility Commission, which regulates car services but not taxis, the regulatory changes began prior to Uber’s launch in Denver and are intended to affect transportation companies, not Uber.

Colorado law already forbids distance pricing by requiring that a price be set in advance of the trip, according to PUC Spokesman Terry Bote. It also forbids private car pickups near restaurants, bars and hotels, he said. Bote said those laws come from the legislature, and the PUC is tasked with enforcing them.

The proposed rule changes “are not intended to put anybody out of business. These rules are for public safety, consumer protection and fairness,” Bote said.

Uber also says the law would make it illegal for it to partner with drivers at existing town-car services, which is its basic business model. Bote said he didn’t know where the company got that interpretation.

Uber, which also connects users and taxi drivers in some markets, has met with a maelstrom of opposition from officials who oversee the highly regulated industries. In many cases, including, most recently in Washington, D.C., Uber has ultimately prevailed.

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