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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 27, 2019

Colorado at 3 p.m.

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BUTTERFLY COINS

SPOKANE, Wash. _ Standing outside Slick Willie’s in Austin, Texas, Ron Hornbaker heard a man nearby muttering about low blood sugar. Hornbaker felt the weight of a Butterfly Coin in his pocket, and then approached the man, chatted a bit and handed him the coin and $20 to buy food. A week later, he got an alert that the coin had a new online entry, from someone else who received $100 and the coin from another person in Austin. An AP member exchange by Dan Thompson of The Spokesman-Review. SENT: 1000 words. Moved in advance.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WYOMING

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ The state would operate national parks and other federal facilities if the federal government ever shuts down again under a proposal pending in the Wyoming Legislature. Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are located in the state. SENT: 345 words.

IN BRIEF:

COLORADO CAPITOL VANDALISM _ Police are investigating the overnight vandalism of busts on display inside the Colorado Capitol building. Denver Police spokesman Jay Casillas says the damaged busts were discovered when firefighters responded to a fire alarm at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

COLORADO SPRINGS-FATAL FIRE _ One person has been found dead after a fire in a detached garage in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs police say the death is being investigated as suspicious. The victim was not immediately identified.

SPORTS:

HKN--RISE OF HAT TRICKS

DENVER _ In keeping with hockey tradition, a tip of the cap to honor Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine . They’ve each recorded a hat trick of hat tricks this season. Around the league, there have been 61 hat tricks through the first 770 games of the season — the most since 1995-96 (62), according to research by the NHL stats and information department. Leading the surge are Ovechkin of Washington and Laine of Winnipeg with three each. By Pat Graham. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos

FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER

UNDATED _ By the time NFL players reach their third and fourth years in the league, the vast majority are struggling just to hang on because of injuries or younger, faster and often cheaper rookies out for their jobs. In 2006 and 2011, the players union and the NFL tried to do something about that, adopting salary and bookkeeping rules with the potential to extend the careers of these veterans. By Eddie Pells and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,400 words. AP Photos.

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