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MENTOR TOWNSHIP — Authorities say a Michigan wildfire that’s burned at least 1,500 acres and forced the evacuation of about 50 homes has been fully contained.
WWTV/WWUP reports the fire is burning near Mack Lake in Oscoda County’s Mentor Township, in the area of the Huron National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service says the fire was 100 percent contained by midmorning Thursday.
There have been no reports of injuries or structures being burned. Officials say rain is helping firefighting efforts.
The Oscoda County sheriff’s department says the evacuated homes include some small subdivisions and most of them are seasonal homes. An American Red Cross shelter has been set up in the nearby community of Mio.
Man accused of leaving prank hijacking note
SALT LAKE CITY — A 31-year-old man from Utah is facing a federal charge after he allegedly left an apparent prank note that included the words “hijack plane” and “kill Obama” in his co-worker’s luggage.
Jeremiah Douglas Hill, of Clinton, was charged Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of making a false alarm by intentionally circulating a false warning of a plane hijacking.
Authorities say Mr. Hill slipped the note into the luggage last summer while at Hill Air Force Base.
The note read: “1 Hijack Plane, 2 Kill Obama.” It was discovered by an airport screener as the co-worker boarded a flight from Utah to Arizona.
Investigators say Mr. Hill told them he wrote it as a joke and hoped his co-worker would see it before passing through security.
Cheaters, beware: LA honor system in peril
LOS ANGELES — For the cheaters on LA’s subway, it may be time to pay.
After more than 20 years of using what amounted to an honor system on the region’s light rail system, the board of Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to vote Thursday to begin locking the gates at its stations.
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