• New Mexico man sentenced for arson; Set his own home on fire

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Beclabito man has been sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for setting fire to his New Mexico home that he shared with his wife and children.

  • This Aug. 5, 2015, photo provided by Friends of Verde River Greenway shows a tablet used to collect field data of salt cedar in Cottonwood, Ariz. The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading across five states. (Anna Schrenk/Friends of Verde River Greenway via AP)

    Q&A: Southwest struggles to stem fire-fueling invasive plant

    PHOENIX (AP) — The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading across five states.

  • This undated photo provided by the Zbyszewski family, shows Tom Zbyszewski at an unknown location. Zbyszewski, was one of three firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington State Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31, died when, authorities said the men's vehicle crashed and flames rolled over them before they could escape, near the north-central town of Twisp, Wash. (Courtesy Zbyszewski family via AP)

    ‘I wish it was me': Families mourn fallen firefighters

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to school to earn his master’s degree.