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October 4, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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ENDANGERED FISH-COLORADO RIVER

DENVER — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce Thursday that it will recommend reclassifying the ancient and odd-looking razorback sucker from endangered to threatened, meaning it is still at risk of extinction, but the danger is no longer immediate. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 850 words. AP Photos.

OPIOIDS-COLORADO

DENVER — The sales rep for one of America’s most prominent opioid manufacturers walked out of a Wheat Ridge pain clinic in May 2010 and couldn’t help but notice something odd. ”(M)ost patients were young and particularly healthy looking,” he wrote in a note on the visit. Reps from Purdue Pharma were hardly unfamiliar with Dr. Kevin Clemmer’s clinic. They had been there 94 times before in the previous four years — a rate of nearly twice a month — mostly to sell their blockbuster opioid painkiller, OxyContin. By John Ingold, The Colorado Sun. SENT: 2,000 words.

NEPAL-US-MOUNTAIN-SKIERS

KATHMANDU, Nepal — American extreme skiers who overcame threatening weather conditions and equipment problems to successfully ski down from the summit of the world’s fourth-highest peak returned safely from the mountain on Thursday. James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, arrived in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, looking forward to a break after becoming the first people to ski down from Mount Lhotse’s 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 440 words. AP Photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — A high-stakes partisan row quickly broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found “no hint of misconduct” and Democrats accusing the White House of slapping crippling constraints on the probe. The battling commenced as the conservative jurist’s prospects for winning Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court remained at the mercy of five undeclared senators, with an initial, critical vote looming Friday. By Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— COLORADO HELICOPTER CRASH-SAFETY — Congress has passed a measure requiring safer fuel systems in new helicopters, a response to a crash in Colorado. The Summit Daily News reports the Senate gave final approval to the provision Wednesday. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

— GIRLS KILLED-COLORADO FARM — One of five members of a doomsday group charged in the deaths of two girls in Colorado has been found incompetent to stand trial. The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports the trial of 54-year-old Ika Eden of Jamaica was postponed indefinitely.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR — A zoo in central Ohio says an 18-year-old polar bear will be arriving at the facility this fall to be introduced to twin polar bear sisters for potential breeding. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it will be welcoming a male polar bear named Lee from the Denver Zoo.

— CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW WAIT-LAWSUIT — An Iranian man living in Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials, claiming they are violating law for failing to conduct a citizenship interview.

SPORTS:

BBN-NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The NL-best Milwaukee Brewers play their first postseason game in seven years when they open their Division Series matchup against the Colorado Rockies. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:07 p.m.

BBN-BREWERS-EVEN-KEELED YELICH

MILWAUKEE — With every home run and big hit, it’s getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized. It didn’t stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so his mother could make his favorite dish when she recently visited. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 550 words. AP Photos.

NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS ROSTERS

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers are turning to young right-hander Brandon Woodruff to start Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Craig Counsell has said it will be a bullpen day for the Brewers to open their first postseason series since 2011.

HKN-WILD-AVALANCHE

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche opens its season versus the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center on Thursday. Game starts 7 p.m

— NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE — A capsule look at the Rockies-Brewers playoff series. AP Photos.

— BRONCOS-JETS PREVIEW CAPSULE — Broncos-Jets Preview Capsule.

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