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DENVER -- The residents of the foothill town of Lyons, Colo., hit hard by flooding, have another misery piled on their already destroyed and damaged homes, businesses and roads: the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been found in the town's water system.

"We don't want you using any of the water," Lyons' town administrator, Victoria Simonsen, said during a town hall meeting.

E. coli is potentially deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure.

The finding is among the many problems compounding rescue and recovery efforts in the state, where floods across 4,500 square miles wiped out thousands of homes, torn through bridges and damaged oil-storage tanks. Seven people were killed, and three others are presumed dead.

On Saturday, the number of people still unaccounted for stood at 60 -- down from 80 on Friday.

Gun violence tour ends

WASHINGTON -- An event in Washington on Thursday was the final stop of a 100-day summer bus tour: 25 rallies in 25 states organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, involving more than 100 survivors who told their stories and showed their scars, hoping to inflame a country that they fear has gone numb.

They traveled by bus to mark six months since Newtown and the first anniversaries of gunfire at a movie theater in Aurora and a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. They went to Ohio, where a gun rights counter rally drew twice the crowd; and to Fargo, N.D., where the mayor told them guns didn't present a problem.

Then, just last week, hours before the bus arrived in Washington, a dozen people were slain at the Washington Navy Yard.

Latino outreach intensifies

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration overhaul this year. The effort has revived hope among overhaul advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation's 11 million undocumented workers and students.

The chances of a comprehensive overhaul deal passing Congress remain doubtful, advocates cautioned, and they worry that the legislative process will spill into 2014.

3 rescued in copter crash

SAN DIEGO -- Three of the five people aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea have been rescued and efforts to find the other two are continuing, the Navy said Sunday.

The three who were rescued are in stable condition, the Navy said.

The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 from North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, Calif., was operating from the guided-missile destroyer William Lawrence when it crashed.

N.D. prairie under pressure

MCKENZIE, N.D. -- While many in North Dakota have devised ways to keep the prairie surrounding the original homestead intact, some of their neighbors are charting a different path, carving up their ranches for cropland.

Wildlife advocates are concerned because a range of animals need abundant grasslands and wetlands to thrive.

Dwayne Dekrey, deputy director of North Dakota's Game and Fish Department, said federal Conservation Reserve Program holdings have dropped from 3.4 million acres in 2006 to 1.7 million acres today, and it is projected to decline to 600,000 acres by 2017.

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