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IDAHO300 flee growing wildfire

A wildfire has destroyed six homes and forced 300 residents to evacuate an upscale lakeside community as it ballooned to 3 square miles yesterday. Flames burned through a mix of year-round residences and seasonal homes near the southern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, the state's largest lake. Fire managers have urged the rest of the small town of Bayview to leave as strong winds, rising temperatures and low humidity threatened to fan the flames further. A high school will serve as an emergency shelter for the area, 70 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.


New leader for POW-MIA

The head of the Pentagon's new agency in charge of recovering and identifying remains of U.S. war dead said he will push for more partnering with private groups that have resources and interest to help reinvigorate a troubled POW-MIA accounting mission. Michael Linnington, a recently retired three-star Army general and veteran of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, took over the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency in late June and intends reorganize it by the end of the year. Linnington said he sees promise in partnering more extensively with private groups such as History Flight, a Florida-based group that has worked with the Pentagon in discovering and recovering war remains abroad, including dozens of Marines killed in the World War II battle of Tarawa in the Pacific.

ARIZONAPrison disturbances probed

Days of unrest at a privately run prison became a nightmare scenario as inmates rioted, trashed housing units and injured guards, prompting Gov. Doug Ducey to order an investigation yesterday. Ducey told state prisons Director Charles Ryan to initiate the probe at Arizona State Prison-Kingman. The unrest began July 1 in a minimum security unit when correction officers tried to stop an inmate-on-inmate assault. A full-blown riot broke out the next day after an inmate became aggressive with a private correctional officer, according to the company that runs the prison.

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