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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Emergency crews are struggling to contain wildfires burning in four states. The wind-whipped flames have scorched hundreds of square miles across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Warnings of dangerous fire conditions also have been issued for Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The fires have killed at least five people and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the state faces a few more days of dry, windy weather.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling new House Republican health care legislation a "wonderful" bill. Trump made the comment on Twitter. Health Secretary Tom Price elaborated in a letter to the chairmen of the two House committees that wrote it, saying the measures "align with the president's goal of rescuing Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act." He specifically commended GOP plans to provide millions of Americans with a refundable tax credit. Congressional conservatives have opposed such a credit, saying the government can't afford it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks has published more than 8,000 documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence. They cover a host of technical topics, including what appears to be a discussion about how to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices. WikiLeaks says the data also include details on the agency's efforts to subvert American software products and smartphones, including Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft Windows.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Energy Transfer Partners says it could be moving oil through the Dakota Access pipeline as early as next week. The Texas-based company is finishing up construction under the Lake Oahe (oh-WAH'-hee) Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That's the last section of the pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois. American Indian tribes that rely on the lake continue to fight the pipeline in court. They fear contamination from a pipeline leak.

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study is highlighting diet changes that could reduce deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. It says overeating "bad" foods such as bacon and not eating enough "good" foods contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from the three causes. "Good" foods included nuts and seeds, seafood and fruits. "Bad" foods that were overeaten included salt, processed meats and sugary drinks. The study results are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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