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Firefighters make gains battling Colorado blaze

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COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado sheriff said Saturday that firefighters ‘‘are getting the upper hand’’ on the most destructive wildfire in state history as crews expanded containment with no new houses lost. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa also said officials are beginning to see the grim landscape the wildfire has left behind and some areas in the blaze’s path looked ‘‘like a nuclear bomb went off.’’ The fire that exploded Tuesday outside Colorado Springs has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people who appeared ready to flee.

Florida

Officials will visit chemical blast site

DONALDSONVILLE — Federal investigators are expected in south Louisiana over the weekend at the site of an explosion that killed one worker at a chemical plant in Donaldsville, La. — the second such blast in the area in as many days. Trooper Jared Sandifer said Saturday that officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were coming to the CF Industries facility as soon as the site was deemed safe.

Pennsylvania

Bear with its head stuck in jar rescued

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JAMISON CITY — Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days. Area residents first spotted the 100-pound bear with its head in a red jar on June 3, but it eluded game wardens. The animal was attracted to the container because it appeared to have once contained cooking oil.

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