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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 4, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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BOULDER — Human rights and advocacy groups from Latin America and U.S. border states press for access to an FBI DNA database to help identify the remains of hundreds of migrants reported missing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The FBI has cited legal restrictions in limiting its cooperation. The appeals are being made at an Inter American Commission on Human Rights hearing in Boulder.


DENVER — Prosecutors are expected to discuss their evidence against a 23-year-old man accused of opening fire on a family outside a suburban Denver dental office, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding his mother and brother. Jeremy Webster is due in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing that could reveal more detail about the charges filed against him. Police have said the shooting was an act of road rage.



DENVER — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, wildlife officials said Thursday, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended reclassifying the ancient and odd-looking razorback sucker from endangered to threatened, meaning it is still at risk of extinction, but the danger is no longer immediate. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 860 words, photos.


GRAND JUNCTION — One of five members of a doomsday group charged in the deaths of two girls in Colorado has been found incompetent to stand trial. The trial of Ika Eden of Jamaica was postponed indefinitely, the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports. Eden, 54, also was found incompetent to serve as her own defense attorney during a recent hearing, San Miguel County officials said. SENT: 220 words.


DENVER — The sales rep for one of America’s most prominent opioid manufacturers walked out of a Wheat Ridge pain clinic in May 2010 and couldn’t help but notice something odd. ”(M)ost patients were young and particularly healthy looking,” he wrote in a note on the visit. Reps from Purdue Pharma were hardly unfamiliar with Dr. Kevin Clemmer’s clinic. They had been there 94 times before in the previous four years — a rate of nearly twice a month — mostly to sell their blockbuster opioid painkiller, OxyContin, The Colorado Sun reported Thursday. By John Ingold, The Colorado Sun. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 2,140 words, photo.


KATHMANDU, Nepal — American extreme skiers who overcame threatening weather conditions and equipment problems to successfully ski down from the summit of the world’s fourth-highest peak returned safely from the mountain on Thursday. James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, arrived in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, looking forward to a break after becoming the first people to ski down from Mount Lhotse’s 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 460 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — A pair of undeclared Republican senators accepted a confidential new FBI report into sex-abuse allegations against Brett Kavanaugh Thursday as “thorough,” bolstering GOP hopes for confirmation as the Senate plunged toward showdown votes on President Donald Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee. One of the senators hinted he was open to supporting Kavanaugh as party leaders pushed for winning results in a preliminary vote on Friday and a final Senate roll call by this weekend in the long, emotional battle over Trump’s nomination. By Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video and audio.


TOLLESON, Ariz. — An Arizona company voluntarily recalled more than 6.5 million pounds (2.9 kilograms) of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials announced Thursday. An investigation found the products, including ground beef and beef patties likely came from JBS Tolleson Inc., a meat packing plant west of Phoenix. The raw beef was packed between July 26 and Sept. 7 and shipped to retailers nationwide, including Walmart, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. SENT: 290 words.


PHOENIX — The impact of remnants from Tropical Storm Rosa was still rippling across Arizona Thursday as a collision on a washed out highway near the Grand Canyon left one person dead and, hundreds of miles away, the potential of a breach at a dam remained at risk of inundating a small Native American village near the U.S.-Mexico border. While the water level at a lake swollen by runoff from heavy rain had receded somewhat, the damaged earthen dam could still fail to shield the village of Ali Chuk on the Tohono O’odham Nation, tribal officials said in a statement late Wednesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.



— COLORADO HELICOPTER CRASH-SAFETY — Congress has passed a measure requiring safer fuel systems in new helicopters, a response to a crash in Colorado.

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-INVESTIGATION — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against the Colorado State trooper who shot and killed a Texas woman armed with a shotgun near Alamosa in August.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR — A zoo in central Ohio says an 18-year-old polar bear will be arriving at the facility this fall to be introduced to twin polar bear sisters for potential breeding.

— DENVER POWER OUTAGE — Nearly 11,000 customers in Denver were without power after a large piece of debris blew into a substation and damaged electrical equipment.

— CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW WAIT-LAWSUIT — An Iranian man living in Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials, claiming they are violating law for failing to conduct a citizenship interview.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. rose 2.75 cents at 5.18 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 2.75 cents at 3.6750 a bushel; Dec. oats advanced 13 cents at $2.88 bushel; while Nov. soybeans fell 2.25 cents at $8.5925 a bushel.



MILWAUKEE — The NL-best Milwaukee Brewers play their first postseason game in seven years when they open their Division Series matchup against the Colorado Rockies. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. (Game started at 3:07 p.m. MT)


— NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE — A capsule look at the Rockies-Brewers playoff series. (With AP Photos)

— NLDS-BREWERS-STEARNS — Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns and his wife have expanded their roster at home just in time for the postseason. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.


MILWAUKEE — With every home run and big hit, it’s getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized. It didn’t stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so his mother could make his favorite dish when she recently visited. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 590 words, photos.


MILWAUKEE — Young right-hander Brandon Woodruff not only made the Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff roster, but he’s starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ playoff roster announced before the series opener on Thursday features an 11-man pitching staff that includes rookie right-handers Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. Like Woodruff, they are promising starters who have been pitching out of the bullpen. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 560 words, photos.


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche opens its season versus the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center on Thursday. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Von Miller acknowledges he’s no draft guru and is far from any kind of expert when it comes to quarterbacks. Well, except for sacking them, of course. But the Denver Broncos star linebacker knew there was something special about Sam Darnold long before the New York Jets made him the No. 3 overall pick. By Dennis WaszaK Jr. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.



ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller concurs with his coaches that he needs to make more plays, not that he needs to play more. The Broncos (2-2) haven’t had a takeaway since the season opener, and the fulcrum of Denver’s defense said the solution is simple: “I’ve got to get some sacks.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 880 words, photos.


Some things to watch in Week 6 of the Pac-12 Conference football season. SENT: 370 words, photo.


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