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May 22nd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Wildfire threatens popular Arizona tourist area

(CNN) – A fast-growing wildfire had 500 firefighters battling high winds and steep terrain Wednesday as the blaze moved toward homes and resort cabins just north of Slide Rock State Park in Arizona.

The fire, which began Tuesday afternoon and was likely caused by a person, has already grown to 4,500 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

About 3,200 residents in Coconino County were given pre-evacuation notices. About 300 structures were threatened by the blaze, none of which has been contained.

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May 22nd, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Fmr. counterterrorism official: Use of drones has gone too far

(CNN) – Former White House national counterterrorism official for the Bush and Clinton administrations is out with a new thriller "Sting of the Drone," a fictional novel that makes the argument both for and against drones in warfare.

But in the postscript, the nonfictional part of the book, Clarke writes of how he helped convince people to arm drones that had initially been used only for surveillance.

"Since 9/11, the United States has killed 2,000 people using armed drones and the killing continues," Clarke writes.

"Personally, what do I think? I think we've overdone it," Clarke said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
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May 22nd, 2014
05:02 PM ET

Did Boston Marathon bombers act alone?

(CNN) – It's a question with massive implications for national security: Did Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev act alone?

Or could they have had help, either from abroad, or inside the United States, when they set off two bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon?

In a motion filed Wednesday, prosecutors are now arguing that those bombs, which included black powder from hundreds of emptied out fireworks, were too "sophisticated" for the Tsarnaevs to have built on their own without "the training or assistance from others."
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