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September 26, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,932 words, photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version has also moved.

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— BC-US--Guns-Bump Stocks, a chunky text-style sidebar about what has happened related to bump stocks — and what hasn’t — since the Las Vegas strip shooting. By Lisa Marie Pane. 430 words.

— BC-US--Guns-Bump Stocks-Glance, a list detailing notable events in the U.S. involving bump stocks. 240 words.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ

BOULDER — Friends and colleagues describe Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez as a well-liked, intensively private advocate for needy families and domestic violence survivors. By Garance Burke, Alana Durkin Richer and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,536 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-JUDGE

WASHINGTON — For the Brett Kavanaugh pal who’s been named as a witness by a woman accusing the Supreme Court nominee of a decades-old sexual assault, his memory is now drawing a blank. By Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Brian Witte. SENT: 1,044 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations by a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a panel spokesman said Wednesday, in yet another potential blow to his prospects for Senate confirmation. As in the allegations by his two previous accusers, the latest incidents are alleged to have occurred decades ago. In a three-page sworn declaration, Julie Swetnick of Washington, D.C., says she witnessed Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.” Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, posted the declaration on Twitter and provided it to the committee. By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,170 words, photo.

NOT REAL NEWS-KAVANAUGH ACCUSER

A foundation run by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros did not award a fellowship or grant to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The false assertion confused Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, with a Massachusetts woman of the same name. The claim circulated widely on blogs, online news sites and social media after The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday that Ramirez, who lives in Colorado, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dorm party in the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 249 words.

KAVANAUGH-FORD AFFIDAVITS

WASHINGTON — As two parents watched their children play. At a restaurant with a friend. As a neighbor walked her dog. In all three otherwise everyday scenes, Christine Blasey Ford described to others about being sexually assaulted many years earlier by a future federal judge, according to sworn affidavits her lawyers said Wednesday they submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A fourth from her husband says that during a 2012 couples therapy session, Ford named her attacker as Brett Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh July 9 to the Supreme Court. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,073 words, photos.

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PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Rockies will send RHP German Marquez (13-10, 3.91 ERA) and his blazing fastball to the mound Wednesday night for the third game of a four-game series against the Phillies. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.

PAC-12 AFTER DARK

Pac-12 After Dark brings drama, even in the daylight. Those late West Coast games are here to stay, however, despite criticism that they are a challenge for the league, its teams and the fans. By Anne M. Peterson.

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