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National News Roundup June 10

By: AP
By: AP

WESTERN WILDFIRES
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Crews are battling a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched 5,000 acres and prompted several dozen evacuation orders.
Larimer County Sheriff's spokesman John Schulz says the fire was reported just before 6 a.m. Saturday in the Paradise Park area. He says at least 46 structures and likely many more have been evacuated, and an evacuation center has been set up at a middle school in Laporte.
Ten structures have been damaged, although authorities were unsure if they were homes or some other kind of buildings.
A sheriff's statement says two heavy air tankers, five single-engine air tankers and four helicopters are on the scene.
The fire appears to be burning on private and U.S. Forest Service land.

SEVERE WEATHER
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Record amounts of rain have dropped on the central Gulf coast, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone.
The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record of 15.29 inches set in 1934.
The rain hit a lull by Saturday night, but meteorologists said they expected more showers and thunderstorms overnight and more intense rain again on Sunday and into Monday.
The Florida Panhandle's Escambia County declared a state of emergency. Sheriff David Morgan told the Pensacola News Journal that he estimated the damage around the county at around $20 million. The sheriff's department's central booking building was among the buildings flooded.

YELLOWSTONE DEATH
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- The National Park Service says an 18-year-old woman has died after falling 400 feet in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The Park Service says she was a Yellowstone concession employee on her first day in the park. She was hiking a canyon trail with three other acquaintances when she ventured off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which gave way underneath her.
The accident occurred near Inspiration Point Thursday afternoon. Her body was retrieved Friday.

FAMILY KILLINGS
SELMA, Calif. (AP) -- A former Indian Army officer wanted in a 1996 killing in the disputed Kashmir region has killed his wife and two of their children in their California home before apparently taking his own life.
Authorities say Avtar Singh called Selma police at around 6:15 a.m. and told them that he had just killed four people.
Selma police asked for assistance from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office because Singh was known to have a military background and was wanted by authorities in India for allegedly killing a human rights lawyer.
When a sheriff's SWAT team entered the home they found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15. All four appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.
A 17-year-old boy also found in the home was suffering from severe head trauma and was described as "barely alive." The teen was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition isn't known.
Singh fled to the United States after he was accused of killing a lawyer in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city, Srinagar (SREE'-nuh-gur).

OBIT-PETE COSEY
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pete Cosey, an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died, his daughter says. He was 68.
Mariama Cosey says her father died May 30 of complications from surgery in Chicago.
Pete Cosey was born in Chicago, and later moved to Arizona, where, according to a Chicago Tribune article, he started to develop his unique sound.
In the 1960s, Cosey was a member of the studio band at Chess Records in Chicago, where he played with Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Cosey also played on many of Miles Davis' boundary-pushing recordings in the 1970s.
His daughter says Cosey considered music a language. She says that it's "one way that everyone around the world communicates."


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