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The Associated Press is reporting that at least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded at a shooting at the Aurora Mall near Denver, Colorado early on Friday morning, during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." A suspect is currently in custody.

Police chief Dan Oates told the Associated Press that a gunman appeared in front of one of the Century 16 movie theaters in the suburban mall 10 miles southeast of Denver. He also said that "witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire." Police were first contacted around 12:30 a.m. on Friday during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

There was no immediate word of a motive. Witnesses say there was initial confusion when the shooting started during the action movie.

Colorado based television station 9news is running live coverage of the scene in Aurora.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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