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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 18, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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WEDDING CAKE CASE-COLORADO

DENVER _ Attorneys for a Colorado baker who was sanctioned by a state commission for refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition argue their case in federal court. The Masterpiece Cakeshop baker prevailed in an earlier case over a same-sex wedding cake. By Colleen Slevin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

TRUMP-SPACE COMMAND — President Trump signs an executive order soon creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space. SENT: 770 words, photos.

TRUMP-SCHOOL SAFETY — President Trump’s school safety commission called for a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. SENT: 890 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

NEXT GENERATION GPS _ The launch of a new GPS satellite has been postponed for one day because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.

POLICE-INVOLVED DEATH-COLORADO _ Police officials in Aurora say a man died as officers were trying to arrest him during a response to a domestic-violence call.

FRONTIER AIRLINES _ Frontier Airlines announced it will be offering nonstop flights from Hartford to Denver International Airport starting March 28.

DENVER AIRPORT-TSA SCANNER _Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints.

STURGIS STING-VERDICT _ A Colorado man caught during an undercover sex trafficking sting during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota has been convicted of a child sex crime.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER _ Just six days after needling his quarterback for not being aggressive enough, Broncos coach Vance Joseph found Denver’s season on the brink and his job on the line. He backed down. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 970 words, photos.

OLY--SALT LAKE-OLYMPIC REBOOT

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that the city got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Games. Two decades later, the script has flipped. The IOC is struggling to find cities willing to take on the financial and societal burden of hosting the Winter Olympics. That’s why Utah is back in the running to host again in 2030. By Brady McCombs.

BKN--MAVERICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 12 heading into Tuesday’s contest against the Dallas Mavericks. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m. MT.

BKC--MONTANA STATE-DENVER: Montana State plays Denver at Magness Arena. Game time: 7 p.m.

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