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MEXICO BORDER KILLINGS FATHER

Father who lost wife, sons says life 'turned upside down'

A U.S. citizen who lost his wife and two of his sons when they were ambushed by gunmen in Mexico says his life has been upended and he's leaving the country with the rest of his family, ABC News reported.

David Langford tells ABC's "World News Tonight" Sunday that "my whole life has turned upside down. Not only have I lost a wife and two children, but I'm having to move the rest of my family with really no place to go at this point."

Langford's wife, Dawna, and two of his sons, Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, 2, were among the nine women and children killed in the ambush Monday in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Langford said his son Devin, 13, was a hero because after the shootings he hid his siblings in the forest and walked 14 miles to a hamlet to get help.

AIR FORCE-NIGHT FLYING

F-35 pilots at a Utah base to resume night flying this week

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — Starting this week, pilots at Utah's Hill Air Force Base will start their recurrent local night flying schedule.

Base officials say northern Utah residents will notice increased jet activity during the evening hours as F-35 pilots practice night-time combat skills from Nov. 12-22.

Night operations are limited, with pilots flying at night just enough to meet certain proficiency requirements required by the Air Force.

Most of the night flying is scheduled to wrap up by 10:30 p.m.

Hill's two fighter wings — the active-duty 388th and reserve 419th — now have three fighter squadrons with more than 70 jets.

The base is south of Ogden.

MAN KILLED-EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

Man dies while making a homemade explosive device in Utah

NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) — Authorities in Utah say man has died while making a homemade explosive device at a Washington County home.

County sheriff's officials say incident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The man's name is being withheld until authorities can notify his family.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home in the town of New Harmony, which is near St. George.

They say the explosion occurred in a garage of the residence and no other explosive devices were found.

Although the dead man was previously known to law enforcement, detectives say they haven't discovered any evidence to indicate an intended target for the device.

MEXICO BORDER KILLINGS FAMILIES

Utah man helps mom, family flee Mexico after deadly attack

PHOENIX (AP) — A Utah man who helped get his mother and other family members safely out of northern Mexico after nine people were killed in an apparent ambush says they'll likely never return.

Mike Hafen says his mother and some other family members had lived in one of the hamlets in Mexico's Sonora state for 47 years and left with the bare minimum in possessions.

Hafen says many of his family and friends think they'll never go back to Mexico.

He says it's just not safe with the drug cartels and it's getting worse.

More than 100 people left their rural community Saturday in an 18-vehicle caravan after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities say were hit men from drug cartels.

WEBER COUNTY-JAIL DEATH

Meth overdose ruled cause of Weber County Jail inmate death

(Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net)

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The state medical examiner has determined the cause of death of a Weber County Jail inmate was a methamphetamine overdose.

The Standard-Examiner reports that incident reports filed by county corrections officers and nurses detail the symptomatic decline of arrestee Eric Gavin and the efforts made to save his life after he collapsed from a drug overdose.

The 39-year-old Gavin was picked up on a parole violation allegation and was in the jail for about four hours on June 12.

He later died at an Ogden hospital.

Gavin's death occurred amid heightened concerns at jails throughout Utah about higher numbers of arrestees arriving with substance abuse or mental health problems.

The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is studying how jails are dealing with substance abuse cases.

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ROCKIES SNOWPACK

Early season snowfall boosts snowpack across the Rockies

(Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com)

DENVER (AP) — The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

The highest snowpack levels are in northern Colorado, with some areas reporting three times the normal snowpack for early November and ski resorts opening earlier than usual.

The Denver Post reports that the snowpack statewide is 212% of average, though parts of southwestern Colorado are below average.

Even with the snow, most of Colorado and Utah and part of Wyoming is experiencing dry or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monito r.

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