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Lighter winds aid firefighters...Train gunman identified...Korea talks adjourn

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

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TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are getting a bit of help from lighter winds as they battle a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington state. The Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) Complex of fires measured at 355 square miles today, about 100 miles larger than yesterday, but the flames are moving away from population centers. Fire crews are stretched so thin that officials are giving basic fire training to volunteers who have machinery like backhoes and bulldozers to help dig fire lines.

ARRAS, France (AP) — President Barack Obama has phoned three Americans who are being hailed as heroes for disarming a gunman on a high-speed train headed for Paris yesterday. The suspect is being held at anti-terror police headquarters outside Paris. Counter-terrorism investigators have identified him as a 26-year-old Moroccan (Ayoub El-Khazzani) with ties to radical Islam who was known to intelligence services in three countries.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A top official in Iraq's Anbar province says Islamic State militants have killed up to 50 soldiers in two separate ambushes. The president of the Anbar Provincial Council says the ambushes took place yesterday west of the provincial capital, Ramadi, but says he has no more details.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's presidential spokesman says the first-high-level talks in nearly a year between South Korea and North Korea have adjourned after nearly 10 hours. The two sides met in a village on the border in hopes of defusing mounting tensions that have pushed them to the brink of a possible military confrontation.

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an alligator pulled from a lake in southeastern Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. reports that the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula (yoo-FAW'-luh) on Aug. 14. But that's not as big as one that was caught last year. A 15-foot and 9-inch gator weighing more than 1,000 pounds was caught in Meek Creek, a tributary of the Alabama River. About 115 pounds of that weight was a deer in the gator's stomach.

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