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Adviser Kudlow said to be on mend

NEW YORK -- Larry Kudlow, the prominent economic commentator who joined President Donald Trump's administration this year as Trump's top economic adviser, is recovering after suffering a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Tuesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Kudlow is expected to remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as "a standard precaution" after suffering the heart attack on Monday.

Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, had joined Trump last week in Canada for the meeting of the Group of Seven world leaders. Minutes before Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the president tweeted, "Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack."

Fear of fire shuts forest in Colorado

DENVER -- Extreme fire danger prompted officials to shut down a sprawling forest that includes some of Colorado's most stunning mountains in a region that attracts tourists from around the world, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought.

National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.

San Juan National Forest officials in southwestern Colorado closed hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of miles of back roads to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers Tuesday to cut the chances that an abandoned campfire or some other spark could start a wildfire. It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002.

The closure will remain until sufficient precipitation eases the fire danger.

The move comes as the residents of more than 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of a fire that started June 1 in the forest that has burned about 31 square miles.

Border agent hurt in Arizona gunfire

PHOENIX -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was wounded in a shooting on an Arizona ranch near the U.S.-Mexico border before dawn Tuesday in a remote area known for drug and human smuggling, the agency and the cattleman who owns the property said.

The agent was taken to a hospital after the 4:30 a.m. shooting near the community of Arivaca and several people were detained, a Border Patrol statement said, providing no information on the agent's injuries or the circumstances of the shooting.

Jim Chilton, a fifth-generation Arizona cattleman who runs the 50,000-acre ranch, said the Border Patrol sent him an email saying the agent was alone when he was wounded on the ranch and was struck in the leg and the hand.

Several bullets also struck the agent's protective vest, which probably saved his life, Chilton said.

-- Compiled by Democrat- Gazette staff from wire reports

A Section on 06/13/2018

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