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Battling a huge wildfire ... FEMA looking into temporary housing for Louisiana ... Searching for a serial killer



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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have at least established a foothold of control on a wildfire that's spread across 40 square miles of mountain and desert east of Los Angeles. The blaze is at least 4 percent contained but it has swallowed up many homes. Resident Shawn Brady says he's "trying to remain optimistic," despite being told that flames were ripping through his house.

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will look into lining up rental properties and also consider temporary housing units for those left homeless by flooding in southern Louisiana. An estimated 40,000 homes have been damaged by flooding, that's also killed at least 13 people. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is promising that the temporary units won't be the old FEMA trailers from Hurricane Katrina that were found to have toxic levels of formaldehyde.

DENVER (AP) — Health officials in Colorado say it's highly likely that trace amounts of toxic chemicals found in three drinking water systems came from firefighting foam used at nearby Peterson Air Force Base. The foam contained perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses.

PHOENIX (AP) — A recently released police report says 10 shell casings were found outside the Phoenix home of one of seven people believed to have been shot to death by a serial killer. Police say 32-year-old Horacio de Jesus Pena had just returned home on the night of June 3 when the attacker known as the "Serial Street Shooter" opened fire, shooting him at least five times. Police say the serial killer has been stalking two predominantly Latino neighborhoods in the city.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument will be closed on Thursday. The National Park Service says the elevator's compensating cable broke loose from the car, causing it to stop Wednesday between the 490-foot and 500-foot levels. The Park Service says 84 visitors walked down the stairs. The monument was closed over the weekend, and it was closed for nearly a week in July because of elevator problems.

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