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COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT

DENVER — A refugee from Iraq charged with shooting a Colorado police officer last week was set for deportation before a federal appeals court ruled in 2016 that a portion of immigration law defining violent crime was too vague, according to a Department of Homeland Security official. The DHS official, who was not authorized to discuss the case on the record and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Monday that federal immigration authorities began deportation proceedings in 2015 against Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi after he violated probation terms of a felony trespassing plea. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 490 words.

COLORADO BALLOT MEASURES

DENVER — Petitions for an anti-fracking measure and an energy industry-backed property rights initiative topped the list of proposed November ballot questions submitted to Colorado's secretary of state ahead of a Monday deadline. Petitions on transportation and schools funding also were submitted by sponsors who must meet a threshold of nearly 98,500 valid voter signatures — plus geographic requirements in the case of proposed constitutional amendments — to be voted on in November. By James Anderson. SENT: 710 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — Three women believed to be the mothers of 11 children found hungry and living in a filthy makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico have been arrested, following the weekend arrests of two men, authorities said Monday. The children ranging in age from 1 to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia near the Colorado border and turned over to state child-welfare workers. SENT: 460 words, photos on national lines.

SUPREME COURT-THOMAS CLERKS

WASHINGTON — While the spotlight is on the two former clerks to Justice Anthony Kennedy whom President Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court, the influence of the court's most conservative justice, Clarence Thomas, is felt more widely throughout the Trump administration. Allison Eid, 53, a Thomas clerk at the same time Kavanaugh and Gorsuch worked for Kennedy, now holds the seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that was Gorsuch's until he joined the high court. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 830 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— COLORADO WEATHER-THE LATEST — A powerful storm that pummeled a zoo in southern Colorado with large hail, injuring at least eight people, also killed three animals.

— CHILDREN-POOL RESCUE — Three children have been hospitalized following a near drowning incident at an apartment complex pool in Colorado Springs. The three children are all under 6 years old.

— POLICE SHOOTING-WESTMINSTER — Officials have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by officers in north suburban Denver as the man drove at them while fleeing an armed robbery.

— RESERVOIR BODY — The body of a man in his early 20s has been recovered from the Harvey Gap Reservoir in western Colorado.

— LAKE DEATH-KANSAS — Authorities say a Denver man has died in Perry Lake in northeast Kansas.

SPORTS:

PIRATES-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies return home to host Pittsburgh on Monday night after going 2-5 on a road swing. The Rockies will send lefty Kyle Freeland to the mound, while the Pirates counter with righty Joe Musgrove. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

OBIT-HECKERT

ENGLEWOOD — Tom Heckert, a former personnel executive for the Denver Broncos who also served stints as general manager for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, has died following a long illness, the Broncos said. He was 51. Heckert stepped away from the Broncos after last season after being diagnosed in recent years with amyloidosis, a rare disease that causes a buildup of amyloid proteins in the heart, kidney, liver and other organs. He died Sunday night. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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