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Arizona deputy shot in battle with smugglers

PHOENIX — Authorities in southern Arizona have found a deputy wounded in a shoot-out with suspected drug smugglers after a frantic hourlong desert search.

Pinal County sheriff's Lt. Tamatha Villar says the deputy suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen after being shot with an AK-47 assault rifle Friday afternoon.

Villar says the deputy was doing smuggling interdiction work and found bales of marijuana in the desert. He then encountered five suspected illegal immigrants, two armed with rifles, and was shot.

Hundreds of officers were involved in a search in the rugged desert about 50 miles south of Phoenix for the five suspects.

Pentagon won't block Oregon wind farm

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has withdrawn its objection to what promises to be the world's largest wind farm, allowing for construction to move ahead on the Shepherds Flat project in Oregon.

Senior Defense Department officials called Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Friday to say they will update the radar system near Fossil, Ore., so that its operation would not be affected by the 338 turbines that will be installed as part of the project. Both senators had lobbied fiercely for the $2 billion project, which could generate 16,000 jobs nationwide, after the Pentagon held up a permit that needs to be granted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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