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Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The supervisor is Colleen Slevin, followed by Catherine Tsai. Reruns of stories are available from http://www.apexchange.com, from the Service Desk (877-836-9477) or by calling the Denver bureau at 800-332-6917 or 303-825-0123. Jim Clarke (jclarke(at)ap.org) is chief of bureau. Jim Anderson (janderson(at)ap.org) is news editor.

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WINTER X-MOORE

DENVER — Caleb Moore was a Texas kid drawn to the snow, rehearsing complicated tricks on a snowmobile into a foam pit back home until they became second nature and ready for the mountains. With his younger brother following along and constantly pushing him, Moore became a rising talent in action sports. The innovative freestyle snowmobile rider, who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25. By Pat Graham.

AP Photo NY163.

COLORADO SHOOTING-REPORTER

DENVER — A Fox News Channel reporter will fight any attempt to force her to reveal her sources for a story about Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, the reporter's lawyer said in a letter made public Thursday. By Dan Elliott.

IMMIGRATION DEAL OPPONENTS

DENVER —Marty Lich is ready to bolt. It's been a couple of years since the self-described conservative considered herself a Republican, but she still often votes for GOP candidates. That's partly because of their tough stands against illegal immigration, which the retired teacher's aide blames for ruining her Southern California hometown and fears could threaten the Colorado mountain community where she now lives. But Lich and voters like her are watching with despair as more and more Republican politicians edge toward a bipartisan plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. By Nicholas Riccardi.

AP Photos WX103, WX102.

LEGISLATURE:

MEDICAID EXPANSION

DENVER — Colorado is preparing to expand health assistance for low-income adults, and Democratic lawmakers indicated Thursday that they're not going to entertain GOP attempts to put curbs on that expansion. By Kristen Wyatt.

— ABORTION BAN — Colo. lawmakers weigh abortion ban, defeat likely.

BUSINESS:

SNOW BUSINESS

DENVER — A second straight winter of weak snow has dampened early-season sales of snow sports goods, a trade group said, though there are some bright spots. By Catherine Tsai.

AP Photos COEA121-127

— ACCUVANT-JOBS — Cybersecurity firm expanding near Fort Meade.

— SPACE CONTRACTS —Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems of Louisville is partnering with Lockheed Martin to help it build the next-generation Dream Chaser spacecraft that could soon ferry American astronauts into space.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SEXTORTION CHARGES

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man has agreed to plead guilty to charges alleging that he tricked more than a dozen teenagers into stripping or performing sexual acts for him via webcam and then used recordings of those sessions to coerce them into making even more explicit videos. By Charles Wilson.

AP Photo NA101.

TRIBES-DISASTER DECLARATIONS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The response to natural disasters and other emergencies in American Indian communities is expected to improve thanks to legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. Tribes are now able to seek federal disaster aid directly from the president rather than waiting for state governors to make a declaration. By Susan Montoya Bryan.

Also:

— PHILLIPS-COURT NOMINATION — Obama nominates Wyo. attorney for appeals court.

— FLIGHT DIVERTED — JetBlue flight diverts to Denver due to passenger.

— PARKING LOT PAPERWORK — Police do paperwork outside Douglas County schools. AP Photos COBL102, COBL104, COBL101, COBL105.

— FLAMING GORGE-COMMITTEE — No more funding for Flaming Gorge task force.

— MISSING BOY — Rallies planned for missing Colo. boy's birthday.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Another AF Academy cadet charged with sex crime.

— CYCLIST DEATH-PLEA — Guilty plea in cyclist's death in Weld County.

— SCHOOL GIRL KILLED-HEARING — Supreme Court to hear media's case over hearing.

— HOT SPRINGS FIRE —A fire has damaged part of a building at Cottonwood Hot Springs near Buena Vista.

— STATE OF UNION-MURKOWSKI —U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Udall are asking their congressional colleagues to mix it up during next month's State of the Union address.

— MOM SENTENCED — Greeley mom sentenced for attempted sex assault.

— CLUB SALE —The partnership that owns the Garden of the Gods Club is putting it on the market.

— BUCKLEY CHANGE OF COMMAND —A Buckley Air Force Base office that manages personnel issues for almost 1 million Air National Guard and reserve members and Air Force retirees has a new commander.

— FAILED ROBBERIES —Colorado Springs police have arrested a man after a car thief got stuck in a field, failed to hijack a car and was sent away when he tried to rob a bank.

— SCHOOL EMBEZZLEMENT —A former financial secretary for Golden High School is accused of embezzling almost $156,000 from school funds over several years to spend on things like vacations, restaurant meals and to pay her bills.

— UNCONSCIOUS BOYS-NEGLECT —A Mesa County child care official says neighbors and friends should have reported their concerns about possible child neglect before two children died after their mother left them alone in a vehicle.

MORE SPORTS:

HKN--AVALANCHE-FLAMES

AP Photos.

Also:

— BKC--DENVER-UTSA — Denver rolls past UTSA 71-57.

— BKC--IDAHO ST-N COLORADO — Garnica nets 21, N. Colorado beats Idaho St. 78-63.

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