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DENVER — A man accused of killing three homeless people in a Denver parking lot over a drug debt is due in court. Prosecutors may present more evidence against Maurice Butler during Friday’s preliminary hearing.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 610 words, photos.
— POLICE SHOOTING-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — A confrontation over a love triangle led to a deadly police shooting in south suburban Denver earlier this month.
— POLICE SHOOTING — An investigation is underway after police shot and killed a man west of Denver, the second officer-involved shooting in the metro area this week.
— INMATE BEATING-TRIAL — Prosecutors say a feud over a TV remote control led to a “fatal stomp-down” that killed a 64-year-old inmate at a Colorado Springs prison.
— ASPEN SKI EXPANSION — The U.S. Forest Service has authorized Aspen Skiing Co.’s proposal to develop an additional 0.3 square miles (0.8 square kilometers) of skiing terrain on Aspen Mountain.
— SNOWMOBILE FATAL — A 24-year-old northern Colorado man was killed in a weekend snowmobile crash.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was off 1.50 censt at 4.9650 a bushel; Dec. corn lost .75 cents at 3.6025 a bushel; Dec. oats declined 11 cents at $2.7850 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 3.25 cents at $8.8725 a bushel.
ENGLEWOOD — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos’ new quarterback. “I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” Keenum said. “Who knew?” It’s actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photo.
With: BRONCOS-BENGALS PREVIEW CAPSULE — DENVER (5-6) at CINCINNATI (5-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS. By The Associated Press.
CINCINNATI — A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskel’s athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk. Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice. Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals. “Nice,” Driskel said in response. “But I don’t know about that.” By Joe Kay. SENT: 850 words, photos.
TOKYO — After finding it difficult to sell the 2026 Winter Olympics, the IOC finally has two countries that are all in: Sweden and Italy. It’s Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the self-described capital of Scandinavia, up against a joint Italian bid of Milan — a global fashion capital — and the ski resort of Cortina d’ Ampezzo. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 760 words, photos.
BEAVER CREEK — There’s been a mountain of pressure on Austrian standout Marcel Hirscher for as long as he can remember: To capture that elusive Olympic gold medal. To keep his overall World Cup title streak going. To remain so dominant. Heading into this season, the weight doesn’t seem so heavy anymore. By Pat Graham. SENT: 780 words, photos.
GYM-USA GYMNASTICS-BOARD CHAIR
INDIANAPOLIS — Kathryn Carson is the new board chair at USA Gymnastics. The organization announced Carson’s election on Thursday. Carson replaces Karen Golz, who stepped down after taking over as chair of a newly appointed board in June. SENT: 230 words.
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
— ROCKIES-RUSIN — Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contract worth $1,687,500, a deal with a $400,000 raise that avoided salary arbitration.
— US-CANADA — The United States and Canada are renewing the top rivalry in women’s hockey with a three-game series in February. USA Hockey and Hockey Canada announced Thursday the only countries to win Olympic titles will play three games between Feb. 12 and 17.
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