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DENVER (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Philadelphia man convicted of providing support to a terrorist group will not serve additional time in prison. District Court Judge John Kane ruled Wednesday that Uzbekistan native Bakhtiyor Jumaev will receive credit for the more than six years he has spent behind bars. Prosecutors say Jumaev intended that the $300 he gave to another Uzbekistan native support the Islamic Jihad Union. Jurors in May found Jumaev guilty of material support of the group.

DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration is easing rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 coal-fired power plants across the U.S. after utilities objected to regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes will save utilities roughly $30 million annually. Most of the savings come from extending by 18 months the deadline for utilities to close ash dumps that don't meet water protection standards.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's governor has ordered state regulators to accelerate the cleanup of inactive oil and gas wells whose owners have walked away. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday Colorado has about 260 such wells. They're called "orphaned wells" because no owner can be found, or the owner is unwilling or unable to deal with them. Hickenlooper says the number is expected to increase.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is objecting to a GOP rider in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting two birds under the Endangered Species Act. The Defense Department says Wednesday the rider blocking the endangered-species listing for the sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken "is not necessary to protect military testing and training." The birds have become flashpoints in a battle over whether they warrant federal protection that hinders mining and logging.

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