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Colorado wildfire is 50 percent contained...Report: US begins screening of Pacific refugees ... House intel hearings begin Monday

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado, may have been caused by a human being. Some 250 firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft are fighting the 62-acre blaze, which is 50 percent contained. Crews plan to monitor the perimeter of the fire overnight and focus on protecting structures. They hope for full containment on Monday. Evacuation orders for residents of 426 homes remain in place.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Asylum seekers say U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States. The officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru. President Donald Trump has agreed to honor an Obama administration deal to accept up to 1,250 refugees refused entry into Australia, but has said they will be subjected to "extreme vetting."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee will begin hearings Monday into Russia's role in cyber breaches at the Democratic National Committee, as well as President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor authorized a wiretap of Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, are slated to testify.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell's wife says Alzheimer's disease is robbing the 80-year-old singer of his ability to play guitar. But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine. Campbell was diagnosed with the brain-ravaging disease in 2011 and went on a world tour afterward. The singer known for such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy and" ''Wichita Lineman" was moved to a long-term care facility in 2014.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber has resigned just six months after taking the job. Uber confirmed Jeff Jones' resignation and, in a brief statement Sunday, wished him the best. Jones' departure comes days after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company will hire a chief operating officer who can help write its "next chapter." Jones had left Target, where he was chief marketing officer, to join Uber in September.

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