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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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AROUND COLORADO:

WESTERN WILDFIRES

COLORADO SPRINGS — Firefighters went from one smoldering pile to another in a search for bodies in the nearly 350 homes burned to the ground by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, while crews on the front lines made progress Friday against the flames that continued to threaten the state's second-largest city. The remains of one person were found at the address of a home where two people had not been heard from, and authorities said they were more reports of burglaries and break-ins in the evacuation areas. By P. Solomon Banda and Thomas Peipert. AP Photos.

OBAMA

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama surveys damage from raging wildfires and thanks first responders in Colorado, he also will be trying to show voters in one of the nation's most tightly contested political swing states that he is a compassionate leader who can command in a crisis. Though Obama will spend just three hours Friday on the ground in Colorado, his cross-country dash underscores the enormous power of incumbency in an election year. The president has resources at his disposal that Republican challenger Mitt Romney simply can't compete with, from the ability to fly Air Force One anywhere in the country on short notice to the authority to dole out federal funds to help disaster-stricken states recover. By Julie Pace.

AP Photos MDJL101, COCC106, GFX206, COCC105.

WESTERN WILDFIRES-RESOURCES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flames eat through the second story of a home in Colorado as a car sits in the driveway. In the background, an entire neighborhood glows orange as it goes up in flames. A wall of fire consumes the front of a home as a lone firefighter shoots futilely blasts it with water. By Susan Montoya Bryan And John Miller.

AP Photos COEA301, COCOL103.

DEADLY WILDFIRE-REVIEW

DENVER — A Colorado legislative panel will begin its review into a March wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver that killed three people and damaged two dozen houses. Lawmakers created the panel because the wildfire grew out of a state prescribed burn. Friday is the first of several meetings to look at events surrounding the wildfire. By Ivan Moreno.

With:

— COLORADO WILDFIRES — The number homes destroyed by the High Park Fire in northern Colorado has risen to 259.

— COLORADO WILDFIRES-HOMES — Colorado Springs officials say they will release a list of homes destroyed or damaged by the 26-square-mile Waldo Canyon Fire.

— WESTERN WILDFIRES-TANKER PLANES — All eight Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires will be operating out of a Colorado air base Saturday.

Also:

— LOVELAND RESCUES — 2 drown, 1 safe in Loveland boat accident.

— PUBLIC BALLOTS — Colo. Supreme Court rules ballots can be inspected.

— TAX ENDING — Colorado tax on energy purchases ending.

— BEAR DISSECTED — Colorado high school students dissect bear.

— RAPE LIES — Woman gets jail time for lying about rape suspect.

— BROOMFIELD POLICE SHOOTING — Man killed by Broomfield police after pointing gun.

— BOULDER-XCEL — PUC rejects limits on Boulder power programs.

SPORTS:

PADRES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Jeff Francis will take the mound for the Colorado Rockies against San Diego on Friday night. Former Rockies hurler Jason Marquis will pitch for the Padres. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.

AP Photos.

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AP, Denver

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