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Wildfires Blaze Through Arizona

Firefighters can't contain Wallow Fire

(Newser) - Firefighters worked through the night to protect several mountain communities from a wildfire that has been blazing uncontrolled since May 29. The 144,000-acre Wallow Fire, near the New Mexico-Arizona state line, has burned through 225 square miles of forest and brush and is the third largest fire in state... More »

Why Your New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

Skip the self-help advice, keep a journal for better chance of success

(Newser) - The New Year's ritual of resolving to lose weight, get organized, and give up smoking is not only pointless—78% of resolutions fail—but may actually do harm, psychologists say, as broken resolutions leave people feeling dispirited and powerless. In a study of 700 people, those who tried to change... More »

Defying Cops, Brothers Save Home From Fire

Amateurs' risky controlled burn lands Big Sur man in jail

(Newser) - When wildfires threatened their 55-acre family compound, two brothers in Big Sur, Calif., fought back with a risky tactic—a controlled burn. The plan saved the homes on the property they've cultivated for decades, but one of the brothers is now facing jail time for disobeying police orders, reports the... More »

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