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COLORADO CRAIGSLIST KILLING
BRIGHTON, Colo. — A man who told police that he shot a Colorado teenager in the head after she hired him to kill her has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in an agreement with prosecutors. Joseph Lopez had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger. Lopez pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Monday in Adams County. KUSA-TV reports that the agreement calls for Lopez, who is 23, to serve 48 years in prison followed by 5 years on probation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex, right on cue, pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and actually go into orbit around Bennu (BEN-oo) on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body. By Marcia Dunn.
COLORADO TROOPS-AFGHANISTAN — The leaders of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division now will lead the fighting in Afghanistan.
AFGHANISTAN-SOLDIER KILLED — Fort Carson soldier dies from wounds in Afghanistan blast last week
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-MISSING HIKER— Searchers haven’t been able to find an Air Force Academy’s preparatory school student missing in Rocky Mountain National Park for over a week.
TORONTO — The Denver Nuggets visit the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 5:30 p.m. game.
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