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Evacuees of Boulder wildfire allowed home

BOULDER, Colo. —Crews held a wildfire near Boulder at bay Friday, allowing some 2,000 evacuees to return home with a warning to be prepared to flee again.

Winds picked up again Friday with gusts of up to 30 mph, and residents have been warned to keep an eye on the weather and how it might affect the fire. Without power or phones, officials would have a hard time warning anyone who stayed if the fire threatened their neighborhood again. An area where at least 169 homes have burned was still off limits.

Susan DiPrima returned to her two-story log house with a view of the city with a spring in her step.

"It's here! It's still here!" the retiree said with elation as she entered her house with an Associated Press reporter. Less than half a mile from her home below Sugarloaf Mountain, the ground was scorched and trees were blackened and ashy. She had been told earlier that her home had survived.

Wyoming law forbids regulation of gases

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —The governor of the state with the most greenhouse gas emissions per person is telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that state law forbids regulation of greenhouse gases.

The EPA has told 13 states, including Kansas, to toughen up their rules to regulate greenhouse gases by Jan. 2. For states that miss the deadline, the EPA says it is proposing to step in and regulate those emissions instead. The EPA has opened the proposal for comment.

Wyoming isn't among the 13 states. Even so, Gov. Dave Freudenthal wrote the EPA Thursday saying Wyoming law prevents the state from regulating greenhouse gases.

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