National briefs (6/25/12)

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Fires affect tourist sites

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Wildfires moved in on some of Colorado's most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, destroying nearly two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park and emptying hotels and campgrounds at the base of Pikes Peak.

A fire near Colorado Springs erupted Saturday and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. Saturday, a blaze destroyed structures near Estes Park, where many visitors stay while visiting the park. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said 22 homes and two outbuildings had been burned.

The two fires are among eight burning in Colorado a week before the Fourth of July, a key time for vacations to national parks and other destinations. A statewide ban on open campfires and private fireworks has been in place for more than a week.

Issa: No White House evidence

WASHINGTON -- House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday he has no evidence the White House was involved in what could be a Justice Department "cover-up" to contain fallout from the botched "Fast and Furious" operation.

"And I hope that they don't get involved," Mr. Issa said on "Fox News Sunday." "I hope that this stays at Justice, and I hope that Justice cooperates because, ultimately, Justice lied to the American people on Feb. 4, and they didn't make it right for 10 months."

On Sunday news shows, the California Republican repeatedly accused Justice Department officials of lying to Congress about the gun-trafficking sting operation and withholding documents from investigators.

Trains collide; 3 missing

GOODWELL, Okla. -- Three Union Pacific Railroad crewmembers were missing after two freight trains collided Sunday in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m. Sunday near Goodwell, Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. A two-person crew was aboard each train, and officials were unable to account for two engineers and a conductor. The other conductor appeared to be uninjured, and officials were interviewing him about what happened, she said.

Also in the nation ...

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, 71, is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. ... A settlement announced Sunday will bring $405 million to victims of Bernard Madoff's investment scam, the New York state attorney general said. ... Lockheed Martin said it had reached an agreement with the machinists union to end a nine-week strike of 3,600 workers at its fighter jet plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and two other sites. ... A small electrical fire underneath an X-ray machine at New York City's LaGuardia Airport caused a brief evacuation of a terminal Sunday.

-- Compiled from news services


First Published June 25, 2012 12:00 AM


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