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The remains of Creek Place Efficiencies are seen after a wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed several people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Recovery begins as rains help put out Tennessee wildfires

- Associated Press

After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal crises.

Fire erupts on the side of The Spur on Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. In Gatlinburg, smoke and fire caused the mandatory evacuation of downtown and surrounding areas, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Raging wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee

- Associated Press

Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and were believed to have wiped out an entire resort of more than 100 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters.

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Slow progress despite efforts to fix Orange Lake pollution

- Associated Press

The surface of Orange Lake is often as smooth as a mirror, disrupted only by the occasional boater's wake or a duck skidding to a watery landing. But the calm is deceptive. The lake is polluted and, despite attempts to fix it, there isn't much to show for the effort.

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. For the seventh time in five years, the Panthers and Seahawks will meet on Sunday night, Dec. 4, 2016 each with a different sense of urgency heading into the final month of the regular season. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack, File)

Kuechly to miss Seahawks game with concussion

- Associated Press

The banged-up Carolina Panthers will be without star linebacker Luke Kuechly and two other key defenders Sunday while their playoff hopes hang by a thread.

Tribal leaders press feds on drilling plan in New Mexico

- Associated Press

Leaders from several American Indian communities want federal land managers to consider the cultural significance of a large swath of land surrounding Chaco Cultural National Historic Park as they plan for more oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico.

EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

- Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

Associated Press

Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond, according to a newspaper report.