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DENVER — An Uzbek refugee found guilty of conspiring to support a terrorist group with $300 he received from a friend and making plans to join the organization himself is due to be sentenced.



DENVER — A contentious proposal to tightly restrict the location of new oil and gas wells in Colorado attracted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, election officials said Wednesday. The measure, known as Initiative 97 , is certain to ignite an expensive and high-stakes battle over how much control state and local governments can exert over one of the state's most powerful industries. Backers submitted an estimated 123,000 valid signatures, well over the 98,492 required, Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 540 words, photo.



RENO, Nev. — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it's on the brink of extinction. In the meantime, U.S. District Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco also ordered on Friday reinstatement of the proposed designation of more than 2,800 square miles (7,200 square kilometers) of critical habitat along the Sierra's eastern front. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 640 words, photo.


TAOS, N.M. — The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a filthy New Mexico compound earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of child abuse resulting in death as lesser charges were dismissed against him and other members of his extended family as the result of a deadline missed by prosecutors. The dead boy's father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj (see-DAHJ' IBN wah-HAJ'), and his partner Jany Leveille, who also is charged with the same crime, remained silent as pleas were entered on their behalf. The charges could carry life sentences in the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 530 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Does Brett Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court? It's a question that may be consuming Washington, but one that elicits a shrug from many Americans. And there's also no nationwide consensus on whether the Senate should vote on his nomination before Election Day. "If we do it before the midterms, it'll go too quickly and we'll have too many conservatives on the court, and I don't think that's a good thing," said Anna Horton, 50, of Fountain, Colorado, who prefers that lawmakers wait. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 780 words, photos.


— NEWS CREW-CRIME SCENE CRASH — A TV news crew in Colorado escaped serious injury after a motorist plowed through a crime scene.

— GUN THEFT — Federal prosecutors in Colorado say three members of a gang have been sentenced to prison time for stealing 56 guns from a suburban Denver store.

— COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-LAWSUIT — A jury ruled Colorado State University did not break the law in its dealings with a former professor who sued the institution, accusing it of retaliation after she complained of sexual harassment.

— COLORADO JOURNALIST HANDCUFFED — Body camera video of police detaining a Denver journalist photographing officers shows one officer taking her phone and another handcuffing her right after saying she would be arrested for interfering if she didn't stop.

— PANHANDLING LAWS CHALLENGED — The American Civil Liberties Union has sent letters to several small towns in northern Colorado demanding they repeal laws on panhandling that the organization sees as unconstitutional.

— COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT — A Colorado Springs police officer who was shot in the head during a confrontation with an armed suspect has been moved to a Denver-area rehabilitation hospital.

— MISSING WOMAN — A Colorado man charged in the death of his pregnant girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.

— DENVER SHOOTING-MIDDLE SCHOOL — Police have arrested a boy in a shooting that critically injured a teenage boy outside of a Denver middle school.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Sept. advanced 17.50 cents at 5.1575 a bushel; Sept. corn was up .25 cent at 3.4125 a bushel; Sept. oats gained 4.50 cents at $2.5175 bushel; while Sep. soybeans rose 2.75 cents at $8.2325 a bushel.



ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller took a friendly, subtle swipe at former teammate Aqib Talib while praising the signing of veteran cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. "I think it's great," Miller said Wednesday following the team's annual kickoff luncheon at team headquarters. "Somebody said we didn't have no dogs. I mean, we've got dogs. We've got dogs." That somebody was Talib, who told Sports Illustrated this summer he didn't believe the Broncos have been making the right personnel decisions since winning Super Bowl 50. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 280 words, photos.


DENVER — Von Miller went bonkers when Bradley Chubb fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth pick in the NFL draft. Chubb not only takes pressure off Miller, who hasn't been back to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors, but he bolsters what was already a dynamic Denver pass rush and covers a whole lot of warts in the Broncos' beleaguered secondary. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words.



COLORADO SPRINGS — USA Basketball is expanding its men's junior national team program, partnering with the NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association to bring about 80 high school players to training camps. The collaboration, a first of its kind among the organizations, will bring about 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six camps during the 2018-19 season. SENT: 300 words.


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