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The commuter tunnel has been planned for 20 years.

Currently, NJ Transit and Amtrak share a two-track tunnel beneath the Hudson River. The project would add two more tracks.

TENNESSEE

Firefighters let home burn

SOUTH FULTON | A Tennessee woman said Wednesday she doesn’t blame the firefighters who watched while her house burned to the ground after her family failed to pay a $75 annual protection fee.

Paulette Cranic said the firefighters who came to the scene were just following orders. Her family had paid the fee in the past but simply forgot it recently. Mrs. Cranic, 67, said she’s just thankful no one was hurt in the fire last week that destroyed the doublewide trailer in rural northwest Tennessee.

“You can’t blame them if they have to do what the boss says to do,” Mrs. Cranic said. “I’ve had firemen call and apologize.”

Firefighters did not try to save the burning structure because Mrs. Cranic had not paid the subscription fee for fire protection. Firefighters went to the scene to keep flames from spreading to nearby property whose owners had paid. The county has no free fire service.

Her grandson, Lance Cranic, 21, who lived there with her and her husband, started the fire while burning trash in a barrel. He went inside to take a shower and upon returning saw a shed next to the house in flames. It spread despite his efforts to put it out with a garden hose.

UTAH

Wildfires frequent at Utah base

SALT LAKE CITY | A review of government records shows wildfires have burned at a Utah Army National Guard base an average of twice a year for three decades.

The worst blaze forced residents to flee more than 1,600 houses last month in the suburb of Herriman and raised questions about the danger at Camp Williams, nestled in the foothills near Salt Lake City.

Information obtained by the Associated Press from a state government database shows that firearms and explosives were responsible for more than 40 percent of the 82 wildfires reported at the sprawling base since 1973.

The wind-whipped September fire ignited by machine-gun training blackened 6 square miles of dry brush on and off the base 26 miles from downtown Salt Lake City.

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