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National News: Tropical Storm Debby; Colorado Fires; 10-yr old …

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Debby is interfering with oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico and putting officials on alert for flooding and strong winds from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the southeast Louisiana coast.
Debby has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is expected to bring up to six inches of rain along the coast, with isolated amounts of 10 inches.
The storm's track is far from certain, but the National Hurricane Center has Debby skirting the Louisiana coast and heading west toward Texas. Some strengthening is expected over the next couple of days.
A tornado touched down in southwest Florida on Saturday and forecasters warn other twisters are possible.
Debby has already forced the suspension of 8 percent of the region's oil and gas production.
Nine production platforms and one drilling rig have been evacuated. The suspended crude production amounts to about 2 percent of U.S. output, but it's not expected to impact oil prices unless the storm strengthens and forces more platforms to close.

(AP) -- About 2,300 Utah wildfire evacuees are returning to their homes in the Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain area, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Officials say the blaze no longer poses a direct threat to them.
The fire, which officials believe was started by target shooters is 30 percent contained. Full containment is expected Tuesday.
Crews also are battling a 16,500-acre brush fire on high desert near a town in central Utah.
In Colorado, firefighters have given up some ground to a wildfire that's scorched more than 118 square miles and destroyed at least 191 homes west of Fort Collins. Crews stationed near threatened homes had to retreat for their safety, and the fire's containment slipped from 60 percent to 45 percent.
Hot, dry weather and gusty winds are also fueling two new wildfires in Colorado.
A 600-acre wildfire west of Colorado Springs prompted an evacuation of a gated community and a nature center. Another blaze erupted near a tourist town and the Beaver Meadows entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say that parts of northern Nevada have been shaken by a small earthquake and its aftershocks.
A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.2 quake struck at 8:51 p.m. Friday at a depth of about seven miles. The temblor was centered about 16 miles southwest of Reno, and was felt by residents in a wide area around Reno and Carson City.
There were no reports of damage.
The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks later Friday night and early Saturday morning, including one that was magnitude 2.6.

SEATTLE (AP) -- Whiteout conditions in Mount Rainier National Park are preventing rangers from recovering the body of a colleague who died while rescuing four injured climbers near the mountain's peak.
A park spokeswoman says crews were hoping for a break in the weather Saturday but conditions got worse as the day progressed. Crews say the forecast looks better for recovery on Sunday.
A team of four rangers who had begun climbing to the spot where Nick Hall slid 2,600 feet to his death turned back to Camp Schurman. The campsite is at the 9,500-foot level.
The rangers were going to assist with a planned recovery from a helicopter, which remains on standby until the weather allows flying conditions.
Hall died Thursday after helping four climbers from Texas who fell near the 14,411-foot mountain's peak. Hall had helped put three climbers into a helicopter when he fell. The final climber descended the mountain with rangers Friday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a 10-year-old Kansas City girl who weighed just 32 pounds was found locked in a closet that reeked of urine.
Prosecutors filed charges of assault and child abuse and endangerment against the girl's 29-year-old mother Saturday in Jackson County Circuit Court. The Associated Press is not naming the mother to protect the child's identity.
Officers freed the girl from the closet after responding Friday morning to a call to a child abuse hotline. The mother was arrested later after she was found with two younger children.
The other two children appeared healthy and have been placed in protective custody. Court documents say the mother wouldn't let the 10-year-old leave the house because she knows the girl is malnourished and would "get in trouble if someone saw her."

ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario (AP) -- A roof has partially collapsed at a busy mall in Canada, prompting an evacuation and a search for anyone who might have been injured.
A portion of the roof that serves as a parking area crumbled Saturday afternoon, exposing metal and concrete supports at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake. The center had been bustling with weekend shoppers.
Joe Drazil, a Zellers store employee, says a few cars appear to have fallen through the gaping hole near escalators. He says everybody was cleared from the mall.
The collapse also triggered a gas leak and prompted emergency officials to shut off the mall's power.
Provincial police say they can't confirm whether anyone is hurt or missing.
Mayor Rick Hamilton has declared a state of emergency.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the decathlon Saturday, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials to beat the Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points.
Eaton, the 24-year-old from Bend, Ore., needed a time of 4 minutes, 16.37 seconds in the finale, the 1,500 meters, to break the mark. He finished in 4:14.48.
Eaton opened the decathlon Friday with world-best marks for the decathlon in the 100 and long jump. He stayed in striking range of Sebrle's world record of 9,026 points throughout Day 2.
On this, the 100th anniversary of the first time the decathlon was held in the Olympics, Eaton joined Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien and Rafer Johnson among the Americans to hold the world record.
Trey Hardee finished second.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The Daytime Emmys showered "General Hospital" with five trophies, including best drama, while giving Regis Philbin a fond farewell as a departing talk-show host.
The "Today" show won as best morning show and "Jeopardy!" was named best game show at the annual ceremony Saturday.
"Live with Regis and Kelly" was saluted as best entertainment talk show and for best talk-show hosts. Philbin ended his long run as co-host last November, with a replacement yet to be named to join Kelly Ripa as the series continues.
The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was telecast on the HLN channel, moving to cable for the first time after being aired on CBS the past two years. The awards are bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences.

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