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Obama's top economic aide to step down

WASHINGTON — A day after President Obama hinted at possible departures from his economic team, the White House announced late Tuesday that National Economic Council chief Larry Summers is returning to academia.

There was no word on who might replace Summers as the chief of the council, which coordinates economic policy, but there was speculation that Obama might choose a nationally recognized executive who's run a business, rather than another academic or investment banker, to help rally the private sector.

A former treasury secretary in the Clinton era, Summers, the president's top economic adviser, was thought to be on the hot seat after Obama mused aloud about his possible exit during a town hall meeting Monday.

Utah fire evacuation to last for a third night

HERRIMAN, Utah — Police in Utah told hundreds of families Tuesday they would be kept out of their homes for a third night while firefighters and the Army National Guard battled a wildfire ignited by guard members during weekend machine-gun training.

With the 6-square-mile fire just 25 percent contained and afternoon winds igniting flare-ups, police Lt. Dwayne Anjewierden told reporters it was still too dangerous to let residents in the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman return to about 450 homes closest to Camp Williams.

Three houses were destroyed and a fourth was damaged after the fire started Sunday at the Utah National Guard training base.

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