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August 10, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

COLD CASE SLAYINGS

AURORA — A Nevada inmate previously convicted of attacking a couple with an ax handle in their bedroom is now accused of killing four people with a hammer in two attacks in suburban Denver more than 30 years ago, authorities said Friday. Law enforcement officials said DNA evidence has tied Alexander Christopher Ewing to the slayings of Patricia Louise Smith, 50, in Lakewood, and three members a family in Aurora in 1984. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 830 words, photos and video.

MINE WASTE SPILL-LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295 Navajo farmers and ranchers. Their attorney, Kate Ferlic, said Friday the lawsuit asks for about $75 million. SENT: 280 words, photo.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — At a remote New Mexico outpost near the Colorado border, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others who came to the area with him last year were by local authorities’ accounts “extremist of the Muslim belief” who trained youth to use firearms and carry out future school shootings. Yet for the 40-year-old’s father, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, the son he knew before losing touch with him in the past year was not “radical.” By Stephen R. Groves And Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BANK OF THE WEST-FOSSIL FUELS

Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.” By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Mead Gruver. SENT: 850 words.

NEWSPAPERS VS TRUMP

BOSTON — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media. “We are not the enemy of the people,” said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term “fake news” often when describing the media. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 390 words.

GRAND CANYON-RIVER CONTRACTS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial river trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees. About 19,000 people annually go on multiday commercial whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River. All start at Lees Ferry near the Arizona-Utah border, and some run 280 miles through the canyon to Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border. Permits for self-guided trips are handled through a lottery system. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 650 words.

IOWA-AVENATTI

DES MOINES, Iowa — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president on behalf of porn actress Stormy Daniels, has a message for Iowa Democrats: His foray into presidential politics is no stunt. In recent weeks, he has protested Trump in London, accepted an award in Denver and visited children in New York who had been separated from their parents at the U.S. border. By Catherine Lucey And Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MOUNTAIN LION-HOUSE CAT KILLED — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out. (With AP Photo)

— CLOWN STABBING — A man who was wearing claw-like gloves and clown-style makeup when he stabbed a man to death in Denver last year has been sentenced to 42 years in prison.

— COUNTY FAIR-SALMONELLA — Seven cases of salmonella have been identified among people who attended the Arapahoe County Fair and associated events last month.

— SCIENCE CENTER CEO — The man who has led the St. Louis Science Center for seven years is stepping down to become president and CEO of the Denver Zoo.

— ECO-TERROR-FUGITIVE ARREST — Prosecutors say a former Seattle man wanted in connection with an eco-terrorism conspiracy dating back two decades has been arrested in Cuba.

— FORESTRY COMMISSION-COLORADO WILDFIRES — Mississippi is sending 20 firefighters to help battle wildfires in Colorado.

— RIG COUNT — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has jumped by 13 this week to 1,057.

SPORTS:

DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Kenta Maeda takes the mound Friday night against Colorado. He’s held the Rockies to a .149 average in two previous starts this season. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray, who’s 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four quality starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

DODGERS-JANSEN-IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

DENVER — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat. Jansen didn’t feel right before the game Thursday against Colorado and was taken to a Denver hospital for tests. The team sent him back to Los Angeles for more evaluation. By Pat Graham. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photos. Will be expanded.

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