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US wildfire '45% contained'

US fire officials have said that a deadly wildfire which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters is now 45 percent under control. The blaze in the state of Arizona has engulfed thousands of acres including large parts of the town of Yarnell.

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Heatwave in western US hits new records

A man died and another was in hospital is a serious condition as a heatwave has blistered parts of the US.

Forecasters said temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 46 C (11 F) yesterday, two degrees short of the city's all-time record.

Phoenix hit 48.3C (119F) by mid-afternoon, breaking the record for June 29 that was set in 1994. And large areas of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night.

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