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ELECTION SECURITY-CYBER GAMES

DENVER —Colorado, whose election systems are ranked among the nation's safest, held a cyber-security and disaster exercise Thursday for dozens of state, county and federal elections officials to reinforce the state's preparedness for, and public confidence in, November's midterm elections. Participants included Department of Homeland Security cyber experts working with county elections clerks to confront a rapid-fire sequence of scenarios. In a brief appearance, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen praised Colorado as a national leader in safeguarding elections. By James Anderson. SENT: 723 words, photos.

COLORADO FISH RESCUE

DURANGO, Colo. — A unique type of trout thought to be extinct has been rescued from southwestern Colorado streams where ash from a wildfire threatened their survival, state officials said. Nearly 60 Colorado River cutthroat trout were taken to a hatchery in Durango where they can be bred and then reintroduced into streams they once inhabited, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Tuesday. SENT: 252 words.

RIO GRANDE TRAIL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hikers have embarked on a 500-mile (805-kilometer) expedition that will traverse New Mexico. The mission: Chart out the best route and identify what challenges might lay ahead as the state moves closer to establishing the Rio Grande Trail. Following in the footsteps of other states, New Mexico is looking to capitalize on its vistas, mild weather and culture with the creation of a long-distance trail along one of North America's longest rivers. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 724 words.

IN BRIEF:

CYBER THREATS-STALKING — A Minnesota man accused of harassing women by posting their photos online alongside pornographic images resembling the victims has pleaded guilty to federal stalking charges.

HOMELESS KILLED-DENVER — Denver police say they have arrested a man suspected of killing three homeless people who were found shot to death in a parking lot.

PTA EMBEZZLEMENT — A woman accused of embezzling more than $25,000 from parent-teacher organizations is scheduled to be tried in November.

NIKE MERCHANDISE-PROTEST-KAEPERNICK — A Colorado Springs store is trying to permanently get rid of its Nike inventory in light of the company's recent ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality.

SPORTS:

BBN--FIRST PLACE ROCKIES

DENVER — The first-place Colorado Rockies have a chance to do something they've never done before — win an NL West title. They haven't even been in first place this far into the season since 1995. What awaits, though, could go a long way to deciding their postseason fate. The Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games starting Friday and then the Arizona Diamondbacks — two divisional teams within close range. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words. Photos.

OLY--MEDAL AND TORCH COLLECTION

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The collector of the world's most thorough cache of Olympic torches, medals and other valuable keepsakes insists he does not play favorites. They are all his babies. Still, when pressed, Gordy Crawford brings up a gold medal from the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Not long ago, a family from Norway put it up for auction. The price tag soared into six figures. There was only one other bidder. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 930 words. AP Photos.

FBC-PAC-12-THIS WEEK

UNDATED — A few things to watch in Week 2 of the Pac-12 Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 17 Southern California at No. 10 Stanford. The conference season kicks off with a marquee game between AP Top 25 teams. The Cardinal opened the season with a lopsided win over San Diego State despite a quiet game from Bryce Love. The 2017 Heisman Trophy runner-up was held to 29 yards on 18 carries, so the Cardinal took to the air in the 31-10 victory . This is a game you won't want to miss. SENT: 440 words. AP Photos.

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