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August 9, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-REFUGE

DENVER — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would prohibit opening Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Denver while the courts hear their lawsuit claiming the government did not study public safety closely enough. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HOMELESS KILLED-DENVER

DENVER — Police were trying to determine if the deaths of three homeless people in Denver are related to a stabbing in the area earlier Thursday. A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a stabbing that left the victim critically injured near a light rail station south of downtown, said Joe Montoya, division chief of investigations. A few hours later, a passer-by found the bodies of two men and a woman in the same area. Their deaths have been deemed suspicious and are being investigated as homicides. By Thomas Peipert. SENT: 250 words, photos.

With: HOMELESS KILLED-DENVER-THE LATEST

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TRUMP-SPACE FORCE

WASHINGTON — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020. The proposal taps into the American public’s long fascination with space — but with a military focus. The plan faces daunting hurdles and requires congressional approval. Military leaders and experts have questioned the wisdom of launching an expensive, bureaucratic new service branch. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 960 words, photos, video and audio.

With: SPACE FORCE-GLANCE

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — A severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert that has been the focus of investigators for the past week, the toddler’s grandfather said Thursday. New Mexico authorities, however, said they had yet to identify the remains, discovered Monday. And prosecutors said they were awaiting word on the cause of death before deciding on any charges. By Stephen R. Groves and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 990 words, photos and video.

With: COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED-THE LATEST

INDEPENDENTS-DARK MONEY

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by so-called “dark money” plans to spend $3 million this year to elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help. Unite America, formerly known as the Centrist Project, is endorsing and providing polling for independent gubernatorial and legislative candidates across the country. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DOUBLE FATAL-EL PASO COUNTY — The Colorado State Patrol has cited an El Paso County deputy sheriff with four misdemeanor counts for his role in a crash that killed two people near Colorado Springs.

— STURGIS RALLY-FATAL CRASHES — The Highway Patrol has identified victims of two fatal crashes related to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota.

— CROCS-MANUFACTURING — Colorado-based footwear company Crocs Inc. is closing company-owned manufacturing plants in Italy and Mexico by year’s end and replacing its chief financial officer.

— COLORADO BANK ROBBERIES — Law enforcement officers say a 20-year-old Colorado man charged with robbing a bank in Grand Junction in April is a suspect in four other recent bank robberies in Colorado.

— COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT — An Iraqi refugee accused of critically wounding a Colorado Springs police officer has made his first court appearance. (With AP Photos)

— COLORADO WILDFIRES — One lane of Interstate 70 in western Colorado is shut down as firefighters work to contain a wildfire that broke out near the highway.

— MARIJUANA RAIDS-COLORADO — Federal and local law enforcement agencies are raiding suspected illegal marijuana operations in the Denver area.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-BUTT

ENGLEWOOD — The forgotten member of last year’s deep tight end class makes his NFL debut Saturday night, and Jake Butt is fired up to show he’s just as good as O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku. Butt was considered as talented as that trio of first-rounders last year but he slipped all the way to the fifth round, where Denver grabbed him with the 145th overall pick after he tore his right ACL in Michigan’s 33-32 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl following the 2016 season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photo.

VIKINGS-SIEMIAN

EAGAN, Minn. — When Trevor Siemian embarked on a Mexican vacation in the thick of NFL free agency, he was excited to relax with his fiancée during her break from law school at the University of Denver. As it turned out, he’d have a move awaiting him. “I remember thinking I better get back home and start working on how I’m going to get my stuff over to Minnesota,” Siemian said after a recent practice at Minnesota Vikings training camp. By Sam Ekstrom. SENT: 550 words, photo.

DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Lefty Tyler Anderson will start Thursday night as the Rockies open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ross Stripling goes for the Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

With:

— ROCKIES MOVES — The Colorado Rockies reinstated lefty Chris Rusin from the 10-day disabled list after the reliever missed time with plantar fasciitis. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

— DODGERS-STRIPLING — The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Ross Stripling from the 10-day disabled list and he will start Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

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