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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

September 24, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Republicans mounted a combative, coordinated drive Monday to salvage Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination as they fought to keep a second woman’s allegation of long-ago sexual misconduct from derailing his confirmation. President Donald Trump leapt to his defense, the Senate’s top Republican accused Democrats of a “smear campaign” and an emotional Kavanaugh declared, “I’m not going anywhere.” In the run-up to an appearance by Kavanaugh and his main accuser at a dramatic Senate hearing, the Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance with his nomination dangling precariously. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video and audio.

With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

TEACHER-SEX CRIMES

AURORA — A suburban Denver school district will pay $11.5 million to students who were sexually assaulted by a middle school teacher. Abbe Smith, a spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District, told The Aurora Sentinel on Monday the settlement was evenly split five ways, with each victim receiving $2.3 million. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

POLITICAL ICE CREAM

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Bernie Sanders’ home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates in the midterm elections who they call progressive. Vermont’s Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, known for their clever marketing and quirky flavors, are working with political action committee MoveOn to create ice cream flavors that reflect the values of each of the candidates. They are seeking the public’s help in naming the flavors. After picking winners, Cohen says he will make about 40 pints of each flavor by hand in his kitchen to be raffled off to support the candidates. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER FOR HIRE-PLEA — A 64-year-old Colorado woman has pleaded guilty to her role in her brother’s shooting death.

— SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES — A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of public participation opportunities in oil and gas lease sales in Western states that were largely eliminated by the Trump administration to speed up sales.

— ELK KILLED-ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Federal officials are investigating the killing of two large bull elk by suspected poachers at Rocky Mountain National Park.

— FLOOD DEATH — Kentucky authorities say a Colorado woman died when her vehicle was swept away in floodwaters.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. rose 5.25 cents at 5.27 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 3.25 cents at 3.6050 a bushel; Dec. oats gained 6.25 cents at $2.5925 bushel; while Nov. soybeans was off 6.25 cents at $8.41 a bushel.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Colorado opens its final homestand with LHP Tyler Anderson (6-9) scheduled to face Philadelphia and Zach Eflin (11-7) on Monday. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

With: ROCKIES-STORY — Colorado Rockies All-Star Trevor Story returned to the starting lineup after missing a week with inflammation in his right elbow. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

MEDIA DAY-NUGGETS

DENVER — The debates have been so lively inside the Denver Nuggets locker room recently that coach Michael Malone wanders in to make sure everything’s all right. Just the enthusiasm of guard Isaiah Thomas bubbling to the surface. He’s turning up the intensity with his booming voice in what’s been a rather quiet room. Think he’s chatty now, wait until he’s fully cleared after undergoing hip surgery in March. That’s when he will do his real talking — with his play. By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BRONCOS BUNGLE

ENGLEWOOD — Things got so bad at Baltimore for the Denver Broncos that left tackle Garett Bolles had more tackles than Von Miller. Three times, Bolles was beaten by Terrell Suggs and rather than give up another sack, he simply tackled the Ravens’ ageless pass rusher who still managed 1½ sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in a 27-14 win over the Broncos (2-1). By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BRONCOS-RAVENS FOLO

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens have been perfect inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season, scoring 12 touchdowns on a dozen trips in the red zone. Denver still hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet. Baltimore (2-1) went 3 for 3 in the red zone Sunday and came away with a 27-14 victory. Joe Flacco threw a 12-yard touchdown pass, Alex Collins scored on a 6-yard run and Javorius Allen pounded in from the 1. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 720 words, photos.

UCLA-DEFENSIVE LINE

LOS ANGELES — UCLA did not play a game last week, but the winless Bruins did not treat it as a bye. “We called it our improvement week,” defensive lineman Tyler Manoa said Monday. For Manoa and other UCLA defenders seeing regular playing time as freshmen, they hope the development will carry over from the practice field to the win column when they visit Colorado on Friday night. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 720 words.

RUSSIAN DOPING-WADA

The leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency insisted he cares about athletes but admonished them nonetheless during a fierce, sometimes-personal defense of the decision to bring Russia’s suspended drug-fighting operation back online. “My question to athletes is: What, in practice, is the alternative action to all the statements you have made?” WADA president Craig Reedie said Monday in a conference call with reporters, acknowledging the avalanche of protest directed his way in wake of the decision. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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