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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Friday that he expects the Fed to continue gradually raising interest rates if the U.S. economic expansion remains strong. Powell added that while annual inflation has risen to near the Fed's 2 percent target rate, it doesn't seem likely to accelerate above that point. That suggests that he doesn't foresee a need for the Fed to step up its rate hikes. Next month, the Fed is widely expected to resume raising rates. Speaking to an annual conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Powell said the Fed recognizes the need to strike a careful balance between its mandates of maximizing employment and keeping price increases stable. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 909 words, photo.



DENVER — U.S. officials say the chances of a shortage in the vital Colorado River system have risen to 57 percent in 2020. A U.S. government report released Friday says the odds of a shortfall rose from 52 percent in May. Officials say less water flowed downstream this summer than expected. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.


YELLOWSTONE-BEAR ATTACK — Officials in Yellowstone National Park say they don't plan to capture or kill a bear that injured a 10-year-old boy.

CANOE DROWNING — An 84-year-old Wyoming man drowned and his daughter, a former Paralympic athlete, was injured when their canoe capsized in Oregon and they were swept over Class 5 rapids. Deschutes County sheriff's Lt. Bryan Husband told KTVZ-TV on Friday that Ronald Stevens, of Jackson, Wyoming, was pulled unconscious from the water by kayakers.

FE WARREN-LEAD TESTING — The F.E. Warren Air Force base is testing for lead after a child living on the base tested positively for high amounts of lead.

COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON — Six states have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Pat Bowlen's nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a jolt of good news for a franchise that's had little to cheer in the 30 months since winning Super Bowl 50. Peyton Manning retired. Gary Kubiak resigned. Paxton Lynch flopped. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 730 words, photos.


DENVER — Two teams in the thick of a playoff chase square off when Colorado hosts St. Louis on Friday. Righty Antonio Senzatela goes for the Rockies and righty Miles Mikolas for the Cardinals. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 6:40 p.m. Mtn.


LOS ANGELES — David Feldman staged a bare-knuckle boxing match on the undercard of a mixed martial arts show at a Yavapai Nation casino in Arizona in 2011. The promoter offered the fight on the internet as a paid streaming option, just to see if anybody would watch it. Feldman claims the pay-per-view system crashed under the demand of hundreds of thousands of buyers worldwide trying to watch two men fight with their bare fists. He didn't get paid, but that's when Feldman knew this archaic sport had a future. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 961 words, photos.


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