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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 22, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MASS SHOOTING THREAT

PROVO, Utah _ A 27-year-old Colorado man who authorities say posted a social media message threatening to kill women because he couldn’t get a girlfriend would avoid any additional jail time if a judge on Thursday accepts the terms of a sentence the suspect and prosecutors agreed to as a part of plea deal.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MASS SHOOTING THREAT

DENVER _ Only hours before women marched through many U.S. cities in January, Christopher Cleary set off a manhunt when he posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection. Cleary, 27, called himself a virgin who never had a girlfriend, stoking fears of another deadly rampage by a man blaming women for his problems. When police tracked his cellphone and arrested the Colorado resident at a McDonald’s restaurant in Provo, Utah, Cleary said he had been upset and wasn’t thinking clearly. By Michael Kunzelman, Maryclaire Dale and Colleen Slevin. SENT: 1,650 words, photos. (An abridged version of 950 words also is available)

COAL-CLIMATE CHANGE

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration’s decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from the Bureau of Land Management comes after a judge ruled last month the administration had failed to consider the environmental effects of resuming coal sales from public lands. SENT: 530 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-HICKENLOOPER GUNS _ Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper says gun owners should have to be licensed and pass a safety test to own firearms.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-PUEBLO _ Prosecutors say two Pueblo police officers were justified when they shot and killed a man who pointed a BB gun at them during a confrontation last year.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam.

_ PHARMACIST-DRUG SENTENCING _ A Colorado pharmacist who pleaded guilty to illegally selling prescription painkillers has been sentenced to six months in prison and must pay $55,000 toward state programs helping crime victims and addicts.

_ SKIERS CITED _ One of four people charged for skiing out of bounds and needing rescue in western Wyoming has pleaded guilty and apologized. Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Richards has agreed to pay $6,000 in fines, fees and restitution.

_ INTERSTATE 70-ROCK SLIDE _ Periodic closures possible along I-70 after rock slide

_ DINOSAUR FOSSILS-CONSTRUCTION SITE _ Construction workers have unearthed fossils in a Denver suburb that experts say could be from a rare horned dinosaur.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July was off 6 cents at 4.7275 a bushel; July corn was up .25 cent at 3.9450 a bushel; July oats rose 1.25 cents at $3.1025 bushel; while July soybeans gained 6.50 cents at $8.2850 a bushel.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH _ The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates continue a three-game series on Wednesday at PNC Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game started at 5:05 p.m. MT)

USOC-CONGRESS

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee believes the federation can reform with or without guidance from Congress. Speaking at an Aspen Institute event Wednesday in Washington, CEO Sarah Hirshland said she has delivered a proposal that would put the USOC on the hook to deliver an annual report, as a way of measuring itself more frequently against its own reform-minded goals. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 410 words, photo.

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