Defense Dept. to pay for Utah homes lost to fire

SALT LAKE CITY — The Department of Defense is paying homeowners for losses from a wildfire that started at a Utah Army National Guard base and swept into a Salt Lake City suburb, a military official said Friday.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service set up shop at Herriman's city hall Friday, five days after machine gun fire at Camp Williams sparked the blaze.

Claims from about 200 people were being paid "on the spot," and more claims were being filed, said Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Hank McIntire.

"This kind of government response is unprecedented," McIntire said Friday. "It's not what people typically expect from the government. We're glad to break that stereotype."

Mo. highway reopens after fertilizer spill

CAMERON, Mo. —A portion of a northwest Missouri highway has reopened after being closed several hours because of a fertilizer spill.

I-35 was shut down near Cameron on Friday after about 20,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate spilled from a tanker truck in a parking lot just off the interstate.

Police were concerned the volatile fertilizer might ignite, so they cleared out the area, including businesses, within half a mile of the spill.

The highway closure forced traffic to wind through the small northwest Missouri community of Cameron, about an hour north of Kansas City. Some minor accidents were reported.