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MICHIGANBATTLE CREEK —
Wildfire chars 22 square milesPALMDALE — A wildfire smoldered in the high desert north of Los Angeles yesterday, spewing smoke into a nearby town as hundreds of firefighters worked to contain the two-day-old blaze. The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It was 62 percent contained yesterday afternoon and no structures were threatened, fire officials said. Some 1,300 firefighters were assigned to the fire.
US says drills not meant for N. KoreaHONOLULU — Monthlong military drills in the Pacific that conclude this weekend were intended only as training exercises to combat terrorism and piracy — and were not meant to send a message to North Korea, the commander of the drills said. Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt said the biennial 14-nation Rim of the Pacific military exercises had been planned for two years.
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