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SCHOOL GIRL KILLED

Colorado teen who killed girl sentenced to life

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A judge says Colorado teenager who killed and dismembered a 10-year-old girl in the Denver area last year must spend the rest of his life in prison.

District Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg on Tuesday after an emotional two-day hearing.

Sigg pleaded guilty to the October 2012 slaying of Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster.

The girl was abducted while walking to school, and human remains identified as hers were found five days later in a park. More of her remains were hidden in a crawl space in the home of Sigg's mother, where Sigg lived.

The kidnapping sent residents into a panic before Sigg turned himself in. Sigg also acknowledged attacking a 22-year-old jogger at a nearby park in May 2012.

Sigg didn't face the death penalty because he was 17 when Jessica was killed.

POLL-GOVERNOR'S RACE

Poll: Hickenlooper keeps lead over GOP opponents

DENVER (AP) — A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper leading all GOP challengers by a handful of points, but 49 percent of Colorado voters don't think he deserves re-election.

The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University poll released Tuesday also put Hickenlooper's approval at 48 percent.

Hickenlooper leads former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo 46 percent to 41 percent after being statistically tied with him in August. Hickenlooper also has similar leads over the other Republican candidates — Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Sen. Greg Brophy, and former state Sen. Mike Kopp.

The poll also showed 55 percent of voters disapprove of new gun restrictions, but overwhelming favor universal background checks.

The poll of 1,206 registered voters was taken from Nov. 15-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

OLY-SKI-VONN-CRASHES

Vonn crashes while prepping for return to racing

DENVER (AP) — Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Tuesday that Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colo., on a sled.

Kelly says he is not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee.

He adds: "We have no reason to believe it's anything significant right now."

The four-time overall World Cup champion tore her ACL and MCL in a crash at the world championships in February. She has been aiming to return to Word Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek, Colo.

The Sochi Games are in February.

POULTRY PLANT CLOSING

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. closing Ala poultry plant

BOAZ, Ala. (AP) — The Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is closing a poultry plant that employs more than 1,000 people in northeast Alabama.

A secretary for Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says the company announced Tuesday that it will close a chicken processing plant in the Marshall County town.

Executives told workers about the decision in a meeting at the plant, but a company spokesman didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

Poultry is a major regional industry, and Pilgrim's Pride is one of the largest employers.

The move comes less than three months after Pilgrim's said it was spending $25 million to expand in south Alabama. The company is building a feed mill in Pinckard, and refurbishing a processing plant in Enterprise.

Pilgrim's Pride employs about 37,500 people in 12 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

CHIEFS-BRONCOS-RATINGS

Broncos' win over Chiefs draws big TV ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Broncos' win over the previously undefeated Chiefs drew the largest television audience for a prime-time November game in 17 years.

Denver's 27-17 victory averaged 26.9 million viewers Sunday on NBC. The network said Tuesday that was up 48 percent from last season's Week 11 "Sunday Night Football" game between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

It was the most for a November prime-time NFL game since 31.5 million people watched the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys beat Brett Favre and the Packers on "Monday Night Football" on ABC in 1996, when the population was smaller.

BRONCOS-MOORE

Broncos place Moore on IR; sign veteran Huff

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Broncos placed safety Rahim Moore on recallable injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran Michael Huff to take his place.

Moore underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding in a muscle in his left leg Monday. By placing him on recallable IR, the Broncos can bring Moore back to practice in six weeks and onto the active roster if they're playing in eight weeks, which would be the week of the AFC title game in January.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said, "obviously it hurts to lose Rahim, he'd been playing so well."

Huff was the seventh pick of the 2006 draft by the Raiders. He signed as a free agent with Baltimore last offseason but played sparingly in seven games this year before the Ravens released him.