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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

November 29, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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CYBER EXTORTION SCHEME-COLORADO

DENVER — No money was paid and no information was lost during a ransomware cyberattack that exploited a cloud-based vulnerability in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s computer network last spring, officials said Wednesday. CDOT was one of several government agencies across the country targeted by two Iranian computer hackers in the sweeping extortion scheme, according to a grand jury indictment filed in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday. By James Anderson. SENT: 200 words.

CYBER EXTORTION SCHEME

WASHINGTON — Two Iranian computer hackers were charged Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar cybercrime and extortion scheme that targeted government agencies, cities and businesses, the Justice Department said. Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, are accused of creating ransomware known as SamSam that encrypted data on the computers of more than 200 victims, including the cities of Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 390 words, photos.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

CALIFORNIA ASSISTED DEATH-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that found the state’s assisted suicide law was unconstitutional. A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals in the city of Riverside on Tuesday said doctors who brought the case did not show they were harmed because they could choose not to help terminally ill patients die. By Brian Melley. SENT: 680 words, photos.

OHIO GOVERNORS-EXECUTIONS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s three living former governors have no trouble agreeing on the toughest burden they faced in office: deciding whether someone should live or die. And after a collective 20 years as Ohio’s governor, Richard F. Celeste, Bob Taft and Ted Strickland all wish they had spared more people from execution. By Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 950 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— GIRLFRIEND SLAIN — A Colorado man has been arrested after police say he confessed to killing his girlfriend in their suburban Denver apartment, putting her body in his vehicle and driving 500 miles (800 kilometers) to Powell, Wyoming. (With AP Photo)

— COLORADO SNOWPLOW DRIVERS — Colorado is looking for more drivers to plow roads across the state as winter weather descends.

— ENDANGERED WOLF-ESCAPE — Wildlife managers have found tracks that might have been left by an endangered Mexican wolf that escaped from a Colorado wildlife center, but the animal hasn’t been seen for two weeks.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT-EXTERNAL MANAGER — The school board of a struggling Denver-area school district will lose most of its power but will retain the power to hire and fire employees.

— OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING-CENTENNIAL — Officials in south suburban Denver have released the name of a man who was killed in a shootout with Colorado sheriff’s deputies after a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle.

— SNOWBOARDER DEATH — A Vail ski academy teacher has died in a backcountry snowboarding accident at the East Vail Chutes.

— TRAIN HITS CAR-IDS — Two sisters from Greeley were identified as the victims of a collision between a train and a car in northern Colorado.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was off .50 cent at 4.9750 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 4 cents at 3.6050 a bushel; Dec. oats advanced 20 cents at $2.8950 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 15 cents at $8.9050 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-SHELBY HARRIS

ENGLEWOOD — After the Broncos’ stirring win over the Steelers, Vance Joseph held a game ball up high and called for the man he once wanted to cut. “Shelby Harris!” Joseph hollered. “What a great week. He had a new baby girl on Friday. And a game-winning interception” in Denver’s 24-17 victory that shook up the AFC playoff picture. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 870 words, photos.

RACING ALLIES

BEAVER CREEK — The Norwegians reveled in teammate Kjetil Jansrud’s super-G win last weekend at Lake Louise. So did the Americans. Not to the same extent, obviously — “they win a lot,” downhiller Jared Goldberg cracked — but Jansrud’s speedy performance at least showed the U.S. men’s squad they’re on the right track. By Pat Graham. SENT: 810 words, photos.

WORLD CUP-US-VAN GUNDY

The challenge that Jeff Van Gundy accepted 16 months ago was a daunting one: Take a group of G League players, and turn them into a team that would be good enough to earn USA Basketball a spot in next year’s FIBA World Cup. It was harder than he imagined. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 820 words, photo.

PENGUINS-AVALANCHE

DENVER — The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Colorado Avalanche in NHL action Wednesday night. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)

BKC-PORTLAND-COLORADO

BOULDER — Portland plays Colorado at Coors Events Center on Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-MISSOURI ST-AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Missouri State plays Air Force at Clune Arena in non-conference play Wednesday night. (Game starts 7:15 p.m. MT)

BKC-NORTHERN COLORADO-DENVER

DENVER — Northern Colorado plays Denver at Magness Arena on Wednesday night. (Game starts 7 p.m. MT)

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