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COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

DENVER — Prosecutors charged a Colorado man with murder Monday in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, a crime that left loved ones searching for answers. The charges against Christopher Watts, 33, come a week after a friend reported Shanann Watts, 34, and the girls missing from their home in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver. By James Anderson and Kathleen Foody. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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COLORADO FAMILY KILLED-THE LATEST

WESTERN SMOKE-UNHEALTHY AIR

SEATTLE — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts warned that it could become more common as the American West faces larger and more destructive wildfires because of heat and drought blamed on climate change. By Sally Ho and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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SAGE GROUSE-BURNED HABITAT

RENO, Nev. — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of two hunting units in Humboldt and Elko counties. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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FOUR-WHEELING FATAL — A 35-year-old man died and two others were injured when their SUV plunged 17-feet off a small cliff while they were four-wheeling in southern Colorado.

MINE WASTE SPILL — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it won't release public comments on its interim cleanup plan for southwestern Colorado mines until it has reached a final decision on the plan.

MAROON PEAK FALL — A 56-year-old Texas man has been rescued from Colorado's Maroon Peak after he who fell 100 feet (30.5 meters) into a gully. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Keith Brewer, of Austin. Brewer's condition was not immediately released, but one sheriff's official said he had broken ribs.

OKLAHOMA-TRANSGENDER STUDENT THREATS — Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot accused of threatening on Facebook to harm a 12-year-old transgender girl for using the girls bathroom at her Oklahoma school.

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FBN--BRONCOS-WATSON IR

ENGLEWOOD — Menelik Watson's time in Denver is over. The Broncos placed Watson on IR Monday with a chest injury and intend to release him once he's healthy. That means the Broncos will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photo.

FBC-COLORADO STATE-BOBO

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State coach Mike Bobo remains hospitalized while doctors try to figure out why he has numbness in his feet and his coaching staff prepares for the Rams' opener against Hawaii this weekend. SENT: 300 words.

BBO-THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

UNDATED — The St. Louis Cardinals finished July with a 7 ½-game deficit in the NL Central. They were still in the race for a wild card, but after trading outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay, they didn't seem like a team that was on the verge of making a serious run at the postseason. Then the Cardinals began playing some of their best baseball of the year. St. Louis is 14-4 this month and are just four games behind the division-leading Cubs. Philadelphia (68-56) and Colorado (68-56) lead the race for the National League wild cards. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 660 words. AP Photos.

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