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Teen suspected of starting Calif. wildfire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. —A 14-year-old boy has been booked on arson charges after deputies said he confessed to accidentally starting a 40-acre wildfire north of Los Angeles as he was trying to smoke marijuana.

L.A. County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says two 14-year-old boys from Saugus were detained just after the fire that briefly threatened about 50 homes was knocked down Sunday afternoon.

Parker says one of the boys was released after the other boy said he started the fire when he dropped a barbecue lighter as he was trying to light a pot pipe.

Parker says the second boy had showed up shortly after the fire started and tried to help put it out, but the two boys fled when they couldn't control it. Their names were withheld because of their age.

Two killed by car after church in Maryland

EMMITSBURG, Md. —Authorities say two people were killed and another seriously injured when a car plowed into a group gathered on the side of the road after a church service.

Cpl. Jennifer Bailey of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office says they were hit as they stood on the shoulder of a road in Emmitsburg, which is near the Pennsylvania state line.

Bailey said one woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She said a man and woman were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where the man was pronounced dead. The second woman was being treated there Sunday.

Escapees believed to be in Yellowstone

ALBUQUERQUE — The search for two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and their suspected accomplice has turned to the vast Yellowstone National Park area after one of the inmates was linked to a double homicide in New Mexico and efforts to find them intensified.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday that information that developed within the past two days indicates Tracy Province, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch may be hiding in portions of the park that span Montana and Wyoming. The agency also said investigators believe Province has separated from McCluskey and Welch.

It doesn't appear any of the three are expert campers, said Thomas Henman, supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Phoenix. Authorities believe the three might be sticking to back roads and smaller state highways.

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