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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say a fire that burned 23 homes and more than 65 square miles in southern Colorado was human-caused. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder says he thinks the fire could have been started by a discarded cigarette or a spark thrown by a passing vehicle. Lightning has been ruled out as a cause. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the fire is believed to have started near Interstate 25 in southern El Paso County on Tuesday. It was fueled by gusty winds for two days.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A former police officer in southern Colorado has been sentenced to more than a year in jail after pleading guilty to attempted sexual assault. Former Pueblo Police Cpl. Benjamin Candelaria also pleaded guilty to official misconduct and must register as a sex offender. Prosecutors dismissed a felony sexual assault charge as part of a plea agreement with the 48-year-old.

DENVER (AP) - Four people charged in a fatal shooting during a botched marijuana robbery in Denver have been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences. The Denver District Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Binns was sentenced Friday to 48 years in prison. Binns pleaded guilty in March to second degree murder and a crime of violence. Prosecutors say Binns arranged to meet 50-year-old Charles Polzin in November 2016 to buy a large amount of marijuana and shot Polzin.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Organizers of a river cleanup say they called off the project due to new requirements in a Colorado city intended to protect volunteers from along the shores. The Coloradoan reports that Fort Collins officials this spring began requiring more training for volunteers participating in cleanup events. City officials say the requirements are limited. They say homeless camps along the Poudre River sometimes leave behind glass, human waste or needles that could be harmful to volunteers.

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