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This article was published August 6, 2014 at 4:56 a.m.

Tom Vilsack, the U.S. agriculture secretary, told The Associated Press that the U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.

Alyse Ogletree, 26, of Denton, Texas, has donated roughly 414 gallons of breast milk to the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, shattering the previous breast-milk donation world record of about 351 gallons set by Cathie Rosado of Landisville, Pa., Guinness World Records announced.

Ryan Spring, a San Antonio fisherman, landed an 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico after reeling it in for more than seven hours and planned to donate meat from the shark to charity.

Bobby Tufts, the 5-year-old who lost his bid to stay on as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town of Dorset, said it was just time to move on after helping raise money for local charities and declaring ice cream the top of the food pyramid.

Pope Francis, who rarely strays from Italian or his native Spanish while speaking in public, dusted off his German to greet some 50,000 German-speaking young people on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Mark Spiridakos, a man accused of throwing furniture on the set of a Woody Allen movie in Providence, R.I., was arrested, charged with assault and taken to a hospital with a head injury after he ran from the set and was tackled, police said.

William Earl Cunningham, 63, of Laurel, Mont., who faces a deliberate-homicide charge for slashing the throat of 40-year-old Nathan Horn, told police they were arguing over which branch of the military was better, the Army or the Marines, Yellowstone County prosecutors said.

Sarah Espinosa, 22, of Albany, N.Y., who authorities say crashed her car into a Long Island firehouse and was found to be in possession of marijuana and a stolen ball python wrapped around her neck, was arraigned on charges that include petit larceny and reckless endangerment.

Frank Sargent, 66, a firefighter in Carlisle, Mass., was arrested and placed on administrative leave over allegations he killed 11 of his neighbor's chickens by poisoning them, with a police report stating he admitted that he poisoned the birds because their noise was keeping him and his family up at night.

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