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Wildfire kills 19 firefighters, 200 homes destroyedSubmitted: 07/01/2013
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YARNELL, ARIZONA - A wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona also destroyed an estimated 200 homes in a central Arizona community.

Dry grass near the communities of Yarnell and Glen Isla fed the fast-moving blaze, which was whipped up by wind and raced through the homes.

Nineteen firefighters died fighting the blaze.

Most people had evacuated from the town of 700, and no injuries or other deaths were reported.

The Red Cross has opened two shelters in the area at Yavapai College in Prescott and at the Wickenburg High School gym.

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Racine man held in fatal hit-and-run, bail jumpingSubmitted: 12/26/2014

RACINE - A 31-year-old Racine man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

Charges filed Friday against Bradley Hayek allege he was at the wheel of a car that struck a man Thursday night in Racine and fled the scene. The victim, 45-year-old Robert Castaneda, died at a nearby emergency room.

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Court rules landlord not liable in dog attackSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a landlord can't be held liable as the owner of his tenants' dogs for multiple injuries they inflicted on a woman.

According to court documents, George Kontos allowed his daughter and her family to live on his Winnebago County property with their dogs. In June 2010 the dogs attacked Julie Augsburger.

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Northwoods aiport gets new snow removal gearSubmitted: 12/26/2014

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ANTIGO - The Langlade County Airport can keep up with snow removal better this year. The airport used a grant to buy a new snow removal machine.

The new machine has several attachments like a plow, blower, and loader. The airport needed to get rid of outdated equipment to buy the new piece.

"It's a big difference. We got rid of three older pieces of equipment. The newest one was from 1982," says airport manager, Josh Walker. "We got rid of a tractor, a plow, and an older in-loader. We upgraded with one unit with several attachments."

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Program helps those just diagnosed with breast cancerSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - People just diagnosed with breast cancer can need someone to talk to.

A University of Wisconsin program gets them support and comfort from others who have been in their shoes.

The Patient Survivor Advocate Program connects those at the front end of treatment with those who have been through it.

A special bond develops between those in the grant-funded program.

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Wausau man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 treeSubmitted: 12/25/2014

WAUSAU - Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree in 1974 when two of his boys went off to war, vowing not to take it down until all six children came home for Christmas.

The same tree is still standing in his living room, needles intact. Olson, 89, calls his 40-year-old tree ``supernatural.''

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Rhinelander Lions Club gives free dinners Christmas Day Submitted: 12/25/2014

RHINELANDER - A local Lions Club hosted a free Christmas dinner Thursday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club has been putting on the dinner for about 30 years. The club starts preparing the dinner in November with help from Trigs.

"They deliver their stuff to us on Christmas Eve here," said Christmas Not Alone Co-Chairman Thomas O'Rourke. "They bake their turkeys for us in their bakery. That's a big help because this year we baked 30 20lbs turkeys."

More than 180 people ate at the Rhinelander Armory Thursday. They also delivered more than 117 meals to people who couldn't leave their house.

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Free Christmas dinner held at White Lake Community CenterSubmitted: 12/25/2014

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WHITE LAKE - A group of volunteers in White Lake wanted to make sure everyone got a Christmas dinner.

They held a free community dinner Thursday afternoon.

They've been preparing for the meal for a couple of months.

This is the second year the dinner has been held.

The group also does other fundraising throughout the year.

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