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September 26, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version has also moved.

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— BC-GUNS-BUMP STOCKS — A chunky text-style sidebar about what has happened related to bump stocks — and what hasn’t — since the Las Vegas strip shooting. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 430 words.

— BC-GUNS-BUMP STOCKS-GLANCE — A list detailing notable events in the U.S. involving bump stocks. SENT: 240 words.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ

BOULDER — Friends and colleagues describe Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez as a well-liked, intensively private advocate for needy families and domestic violence survivors. By Garance Burke, Alana Durkin Richer and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,530 words, photos. (An abridged version has also moved)

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-JUDGE

WASHINGTON — For the Brett Kavanaugh pal who’s been named as a witness by a woman accusing the Supreme Court nominee of a decades-old sexual assault, his memory is now drawing a blank. By Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Brian Witte. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a showdown hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the senators who will judge him confronted a third set of lurid allegations Wednesday accusing him of sexual misconduct as a young man. Kavanaugh heatedly denied them all, while Democrats complained about a rush to approval and President Donald Trump said the accusations added up to no more than “a con job.” Trump praised Kavanaugh anew at a news conference Wednesday, but in answer to a question he said he could consider changing his mind on the nomination if testimony by Kavanaugh-accuser Christine Blasey Ford is totally convincing. He said of the allegations by her and others, “If I thought he was guilty of something like this ... yeah, sure.” By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video and audio.

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NOT REAL NEWS-KAVANAUGH ACCUSER

A foundation run by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros did not award a fellowship or grant to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The false assertion confused Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, with a Massachusetts woman of the same name. The claim circulated widely on blogs, online news sites and social media after The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday that Ramirez, who lives in Colorado, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dorm party in the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 250 words.

KAVANAUGH-FORD AFFIDAVITS

WASHINGTON — As two parents watched their children play. At a restaurant with a friend. As a neighbor walked her dog. In all three otherwise everyday scenes, Christine Blasey Ford described to others about being sexually assaulted many years earlier by a future federal judge, according to sworn affidavits her lawyers said Wednesday they submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A fourth from her husband says that during a 2012 couples therapy session, Ford named her attacker as Brett Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh July 9 to the Supreme Court. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. fell 3.25 cents at 5.1750 a bushel; Dec. corn was off .75 cent at 3.63 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.50 cents at $2.5850 bushel; while Nov. soybeans was rose 4.25 cents at $8.50 a bushel.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Rockies will send RHP German Marquez (13-10, 3.91 ERA) and his blazing fastball to the mound Wednesday night for the third game of a four-game series against the Phillies. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-PUNTERS

ENGLEWOOD — Marquette King has not lived up to the lofty expectations the Denver Broncos had of the athletic punter working at altitude, so now he’s got some competition. The Broncos signed rookie punter Colby Wadman from UC Davis to their practice squad in hopes of snapping King out of his funk. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 400 words.

PAC-12 AFTER DARK

Pac-12 After Dark brings drama, even in the daylight. Those late West Coast games are here to stay, however, despite criticism that they are a challenge for the league, its teams and the fans. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 890 words, photos.

NBA-NEW MONEY

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Miami guard Tyler Johnson has already seen what his new-and-much-improved paychecks from the Heat will look like this season. Frankly, he’s still stunned. “It’s surreal,” Johnson said. Virtually every player in the NBA is a millionaire. But a handful like Johnson, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon are seeing their salaries rise to a different stratosphere this season, enormous raises that may come with an enormous rise in expectations. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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