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Threatening wildfires in 4 states ... Confirmation hearing for Deputy US AG ... Russian kids can't see new 'Beauty and the Beast' movie

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 6:56 a.m.

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STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Wildfires burning in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma have forced some residents to flee their homes, and several buildings have been destroyed. Two fires in the Texas Panhandle have burned more than 100 square miles, with one blaze near Amarillo threatening about 150 homes. In Colorado, a fire in rural Logan County has burned more than 45 square miles and forced the evacuation of three schools. As many as 900 homes are at risk.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy U.S. attorney general nominee Rod Rosenstein is expected to face questions about a federal investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election when he appears before lawmakers on Capitol Hill today for his confirmation hearing. Much of the questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee is likely to focus on a commitment by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week to recuse himself from any investigation involving the Trump campaign and a possible Russia connection.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China says it will take "necessary measures" to protect itself, after the U.S. sent missile launchers and other equipment to South Korea to set up a missile defense system. Washington and Seoul say the system is not meant to be a threat to Beijing or Moscow, but the move has angered China and Russia, as well as North Korea. Adm. Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, says "Continued provocative actions by North Korea" confirm the need to deploy the defense system.

BEIRUT (AP) — The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia held a surprise meeting today to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq, as Syrian government forces are making fresh gains fighting the Islamic State group. Tensions are rising in northern Syria, where Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces and Russian-allied Syrian troops are fighting their way toward the IS group's de facto capital, Raqqa.

MOSCOW (AP) — Kids in Russia won't be able to see the new Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" because it includes a gay character. Russia's Culture Ministry is banning children under age 16 following petitions by lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known for his ultraconservative views.

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