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DENVER — A former Colorado civil rights commissioner whose remarks on religion were the basis of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple insisted Wednesday she has no religious bias and wouldn’t have said anything if she’d known how her remarks would be used. Diann Rice acknowledged she made remarks cited by the high court when it ruled Monday in favor of Jack Phillips, a suburban Denver baker. But she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that she made the comments after Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission already had ruled against Phillips and for Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. By P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 440 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES — After two of the world’s most celebrated rock climbers twice set astonishingly fast records on the biggest wall in Yosemite National Park in a week, they did it again Wednesday, breaking a mark compared with track’s four-minute mile. Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell scaled El Capitan’s 3,000-foot (915-meter) sheer granite wall in 1 hour, 58 minutes and seven seconds, Honnold said. By Brian Melley. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
— SHOOTING-CRASH-THE LATEST — Police in northern Colorado say a driver who crashed into a car after being shot says two people tried to rob him while he was parked.
— BEAR ATTACK — Colorado wildlife officers are looking for a bear that trampled a family’s tent, injuring one of the people inside.
— COLORADO WILDFIRES — Warm, drier and windy weather has fueled a 1,000-acre increase in a wildfire burning in southwest Colorado, and fire officials expect more of the same weather conditions and additional fire growth on Wednesday.
— INTERSTATE WIDENING-FEDERAL FUNDING — A plan to widen a section of Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Denver has received a federal funding boost of $65 million.
— PASTOR-CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT — A 23-year-old Colorado Springs minister has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a plea agreement that allows him to avoid a prison sentence.
— DEPUTY SHOT — A man who killed a western Colorado sheriff’s deputy while trying to evade arrest has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.
— FATAL CHILD ABUSE — A northern Colorado man accused of causing the death of his infant son has pleaded guilty to child abuse.
— HOUSE FIRE-BODY FOUND — Authorities have released the name of an elderly man who was found dead in a burning home in southern Colorado.
— HEARTLAND EXPRESSWAY — Federal officials have awarded an $18.3 million grant for work on the Heartland Expressway project in the Nebraska Panhandle.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul rose 9.75 cents at 5.1975 a bushel; Jul corn was off 5.50 cents at 3.7825 a bushel; Jul oats fell 3.25 cents at $2.4075 a bushel; while Jul soybeans lost 7 cents at $9.9425 a bushel.
ENGLEWOOD — Isaiah McKenzie knows he let a big opportunity slip right through his fingers last season. Six muffed punts. The Denver Broncos returner knows he can’t hide from that glaring figure. All he can do is learn, which is why McKenzie went back and watched every mistake again and again. He’s hoping to win back trust and receive another chance after fumbling it away. By Pat Graham. SENT: 760 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — The Rockies try for their second straight win over the Reds. Jon Gray (5-6) faces Sal Romano (3-6). By Joe Kay. (Game started at 5:10 p.m. MT)
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
— USA BASKETBALL-LONGSTAFF — Josh Longstaff, coach of Erie in the NBA G League and a former assistant with Oklahoma City and New York, will be an assistant coach for the U.S. Basketball World Cup qualifying team.
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