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OFFICE PARK SHOOTING-COLORADO

WESTMINSTER — Authorities say two adults and two children have been shot in a parking lot behind a Colorado dentist's office. Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says the suspect in the shootings is at large. The Denver Post reports that the condition of the injured adults and children was not known. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday laid out the next steps it will take to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines in southwestern Colorado, including dredging contaminated sediment from streambeds and digging ditches to divert water away from tainted rocks and soil. The work is part of the EPA's interim plan to keep toxic heavy metals from flowing into rivers while the agency searches for a more permanent solution under the Superfund program. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 510 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave. The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S. Southwest swath of exceptional drought, the worst category of drought. By James Anderson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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MARIJUANA BANKING

LOS ANGELES — A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in about 30 states, but companies that grow or sell it often are locked out at banks. Their money isn't wanted because the drug is illegal under federal law and transactions tied to pot proceeds could expose financial institutions to money-laundering charges. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 840 words, photos.

POLAND-LGBT RULING

WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a businessman who refused to print posters for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement. The ruling comes as the European Union has been warning that Poland's judicial independence is under threat due to new laws that give the conservative ruling party, Law and Justice, greater power over court appointments. SENT: 350 words, photo on national lines.

STATE POLICE-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico sergeant and two former colleagues have accused State Police Chief Pete Kassetas of "malice" toward women and lewd behavior that includes mooning staff and sending an inappropriate photograph to a high-ranking female state official. A lawsuit filed this week in state court also accuses the Department of Public safety under Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, of refusing to address the chief's "discriminatory and retaliatory treatment" of employees who reported concerns about other officers' misconduct. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 550 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— ROCKY FLAT REFUGE — Court documents in a pending lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say trails at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in northern Colorado will be closed until at least Sept. 15.

— ART OR TRASH — An Aspen jury has found an artist guilty of littering outside an art museum.

— DENVER OFFICER SHOT — A police officer was shot in the leg and a suspect was gravely injured when officers responded to a reported robbery at a Denver convenience store.

— WATER PARK-UNTREATED WATER — Health officials say untreated water from an irrigation pond may have flowed into the water supply at a Denver-area water park.

— POLICE SHOOTING-COLORADO — Colorado authorities say sheriff's deputies fatally shot one woman and injured another woman after one of the women pulled a gun.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul declined 15 cents at 5.01 a bushel; Jul corn fell 13 cents at 3.63 a bushel; Jul oats was off 3 cents at $2.30 a bushel; while Jul soybeans lost 8.75 cents at $9.2725 a bushel.

SPORTS:

DE-STRESSED BRONCOS

DENVER — The angst that permeated the Denver Broncos for two straight summers of quarterback competitions is noticeably absent from team headquarters this year. Veteran Case Keenum is the unquestioned starter and that's allowed the Broncos to install their offense without having to take different skillsets into account. That certainty has had a ripple effect on the entire roster. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CHIEFS-OFFSEASON COMPLETE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs conclude their mandatory three-day minicamp, and their offseason program, with some answers and still plenty of questions gazing ahead to training camp in late July. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

ROCKIES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — When Vince Velasquez is calm and composed, he's tough to beat. Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 Thursday. Trevor Story lined Velasquez's 105th pitch — a curve — to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez's bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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