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Volunteers help fight Washington wildfires ...Arrest in O'Donnell case... Gas prices continue to decline

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 7:51 p.m.



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TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Volunteers are being trained to help professional firefighters battle a giant complex of wildfires in north-central Washington state. The Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) Complex, where three firefighters died on Wednesday, has grown by more than 100 square miles since Friday and now covers 355 square miles. The federal government has declared an emergency.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The owner of the New Jersey home where Rosie O'Donnell's missing teenage daughter was found earlier this week has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the 17-year-old girl. Police say 25-year-old Steven Sheerer faces charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor. He was arrested Friday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging oil prices are giving drivers a break. GasBuddy.com puts the average price of a gallon of regular at $2.61 nationwide. That's more than 80 cents cheaper than a year ago. An oil analyst says most of the U.S. can expect prices to continue dropping as demand eases and refineries take care of maintenance issues and switch to cheaper winter grades of fuel.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of sailing's governing body is threatening to move all Olympic events out of Brazil's polluted Guanabara Bay and into the open Atlantic unless the water is cleaner and floating rubbish is removed for next year's Rio Games. Peter Sowrey, the top ISAF official, says one course inside the bay was closed after floating rubbish hindered racing for two days.

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — An alligator pulled from a lake in southeast Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. AL.com reports the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14. Last year, a 15-foot and 9-inch gator weighing over 1,000 pounds was caught in Meek Creek, a tributary of the Alabama River. About 115 pounds of that gator was a deer in its stomach.

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