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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 2, 2018

Colorado at 1:05 p.m.

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POLICE SHOOTING-HOMEOWNER

AURORA, Colo. — A decorated Vietnam War veteran woke up to the sound of his front door crashing in and saw a naked intruder attack his grandson, so he acted to protect his loved ones, according to his family’s lawyer. As the man tried to choke and drown the boy in the bathroom, Richard Black and his son desperately tried to pull him off early Monday, even poking him in the eyes, before the 73-year-old grabbed his 9mm handgun and shot the intruder twice in the chest, lawyer Siddhartha H. Rathod said. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 800 words, photos.

DEMOCRATS-CORPORATE MONEY

WASHINGTON — When an audience member at a town hall asked California Sen. Kamala Harris earlier this year to reject corporate donations, her answer was decidedly non-committal. “Well, that depends,” she said. “Wrong answer,” the questioner responded, shrugging his shoulders. The groundswell of opposition to corporate PACs has developed quickly as Democrats aim to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment. When Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., started the “NO PAC Caucus” in July 2017, only two members joined his cause. Among them was Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, the party’s gubernatorial nominee in Colorado. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A police officer is hospitalized after being critically wounded in a shootout in Colorado. Colorado Springs police Chief Pete Carey says Officer Cem Duzel (Jem Duh-Zel) was among a group of officers who responded to a report of shots fired east of downtown about 2:45 a.m. Thursday. Carey says they found an armed suspect, there was an exchange of gunfire, and Duzel was wounded. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUMP PORTRAIT-COLORADO CAPITOL — President Donald Trump will soon join the Colorado Capitol’s wall of presidential portraits after all. Colorado’s Senate Republicans said Thursday they had quickly raised the $10,000 needed by a group that collects private donations for the portraits.

— BEAR IN CAR — Travelers in Colorado are being urged to lock their cars when they’re in bear country.

— PRISON INMATES-SECURITY — Colorado authorities say they decided to take 15,000 tablets from prison inmates across the state for security reasons. Mark Fairbairn, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, says he can’t elaborate on the security concerns.

SPORTS:

BBN-ROCKIES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals close out their four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies, while All-Star Miles Mikolas goes for the Cardinals. By Joe Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 11:15 a.m.

— AVALANCHE-NEMETH — The Colorado Avalanche are bringing back defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a one-year deal. Nemeth ranked first on the squad with 185 blocked shots last season. He played in a career-high 68 games and had a career-best 15 points, including three goals.

— COLTS-CALLENDER SIGNS — Rookie guard Nick Callender has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The move Thursday comes one day after veteran guard Jack Mewhort abruptly announced his retirement.

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