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ATF agents: Border weapons operation a disaster

Three federal firearms investigators told a House committee on Wednesday that they were repeatedly ordered to step aside while gun buyers in Arizona walked away with AK-47s and other high-powered weaponry headed for Mexican drug cartels in a risky U.S. law enforcement operation that went out of control.

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Lawmakers call for more fire prevention efforts

Western state lawmakers from both parties say they are worried that the federal government's firefighting efforts don't place enough emphasis on prevention, and the result is the kind of devastation taking hold in eastern Arizona, where more than 733 square miles have burned.

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