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Firefighters try to protect mountain town

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. —Firefighters launched an aggressive ground and air assault Sunday against a wind-fanned wildfire that erupted in the San Gabriel Mountains and threatened a popular resort community.

Crews spent the day cutting fire lines while battling erratic winds. Helicopters and air tankers, which were briefly grounded due to the weather, dropped water and retardant on the blaze, which doubled overnight to 3,500 acres.

Flames advanced within a quarter-mile of the mountain resort community. By Sunday afternoon, firefighters were cautiously optimistic about keeping the fire at bay.

Treasure hunt halted as possible prank

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —Patty Henken's quest for buried treasure came to a halt after learning the cryptic note pointing her to the supposed location of the stash may have been a hoax from the grave by a prolific prankster. The note was signed by someone calling himself Chauncey Wolcott.

An Iowa woman contacted the Springfield newspaper after reading news accounts of the hunt last week. She says Wolcott's real name was John "Jay" Slaven and that he used to work at the newspaper. She says not only was Slaven a prankster, but he also lived at the property where the dig took place.

Henken tore up the now-vacant lot after finding a note in a chair she bought at auction. At the lot, she found only bricks and old bottles.

Abducted baby again taken from mother

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —A newborn boy abducted by a woman posing as an immigration agent was again taken from his mother after a brief reunion, this time by state officials who said the baby and his three siblings would be safest with foster parents.

Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, said the children were taken from their mother, Maria Gurrolla, "purely for safety reasons," though he would not detail why they were in danger.

Johnson, who said he could not discuss details of the situation for privacy reasons, said a judge would review the case next week to determine when the children can go home.

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