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YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

HELENA, Mont. — National Park Service officials told Yellowstone's departing superintendent that he wasn't being forced out over a disagreement with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but Dan Wenk said Thursday he still believes he is being punished by being forced to move up his retirement. Wenk, who will step down as Yellowstone's top administrator on Sept. 29 after a 43-year park service career, spoke to reporters in a farewell telephone news conference that lasted nearly two hours as he fielded questions on controlling the park's bison population, managing grizzly bears and the rise in park visitors. By Matt Volz. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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GRIZZLY BEARS-MONTANA

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife officials endorsed a plan Thursday to keep northwestern Montana's grizzly population at roughly 1,000 bears as the state seeks to bolster its case that lifting federal protections will not lead to the bruins' demise. The proposal adopted on a preliminary vote by Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners sets a target of at least 800 grizzlies across a 16,000-square mile (42,000-square kilometer) expanse just south of the U.S.-Canada border. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words, photos.

SPACE FORCE

WASHINGTON — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020. The proposal taps into the American public's long fascination with space — but with a military focus. The plan faces daunting hurdles and requires congressional approval. Military leaders and experts have questioned the wisdom of launching an expensive, bureaucratic new service branch. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 960 words, photos, video and audio.

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IN BRIEF:

— UNIVERSITY-SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING — University of Wyoming officials have agreed to ask state lawmakers for at least $19.35 million in additional funding for the 2019-2020 fiscal biennium.

— DRAINAGE DITCH BODY — Police say a man's body was found in a drainage ditch in Casper on Tuesday.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-BUTT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The forgotten member of last year's deep tight end class makes his NFL debut Saturday night, and Jake Butt is fired up to show he's just as good as O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku. Butt was considered as talented as that trio of first-rounders last year but he slipped all the way to the fifth round, where Denver grabbed him with the 145th overall pick after he tore his right ACL in Michigan's 33-32 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl following the 2016 season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photo.

VIKINGS-SIEMIAN

EAGAN, Minn. — When Trevor Siemian embarked on a Mexican vacation in the thick of NFL free agency, he was excited to relax with his fiancée during her break from law school at the University of Denver. As it turned out, he'd have a move awaiting him. "I remember thinking I better get back home and start working on how I'm going to get my stuff over to Minnesota," Siemian said after a recent practice at Minnesota Vikings training camp. By Sam Ekstrom. SENT: 550 words, photo.

DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Lefty Tyler Anderson will start Thursday night as the Rockies open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ross Stripling goes for the Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

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— ROCKIES MOVES — The Colorado Rockies reinstated lefty Chris Rusin from the 10-day disabled list after the reliever missed time with plantar fasciitis. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

— DODGERS-STRIPLING — The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Ross Stripling from the 10-day disabled list and he will start Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

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