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National news briefs — compiled July 21


Evacuation orders lifted

Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Southern California mountain communities near Palm Springs on Sunday, after firefighters aided by heavy rain made substantial progress against a week-old wildfire that has burned across 42 square miles and destroyed seven homes. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department lifted evacuation orders at 11 a.m. for the communities of Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Pine Cove, from which thousands had fled the advancing flames five days before. Authorities said only local residents and business people would be allowed to return.


Manhunt after boy killed

A convicted felon was on the run Sunday in wooded rural Washington after a 4-year-old boy died of a gunshot at his home. Trevor Braymiller, 25, is considered armed and dangerous, Sedro-Woolley police Chief Doug Wood said. Initial reports Sunday morning said the boy had shot himself with a gun, Wood said, but after a medical examiner looked at the boy, it was determined that was not the case.


Climber falls to his death

Search crews on Sunday recovered the body of a man who fell 200 to 300 feet while descending Capitol Peak west of Aspen, authorities said. The 35-year-old climber fell Friday, and crews located the body just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Peak rises to an elevation of 14,130 feet.


Roller coaster inspected

A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a North Texas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death. Tobias Lindnar, a project manager for Gerstlauer Amusement Rides said the company will investigate what led to Friday’s fatal accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the Texas Giant roller coaster’s safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting. The coaster is touted as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.

Compiled from wire reports.


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