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Authorities in Palm Bay, Fla., said they had arrested a man Wednesday they believed may have ignited wildfires that have destroyed at least 40 homes and caused nearly $10 million in damages. They did not identify the suspect.

More than half of insured Ameri-cans now take prescription medicines, mostly on a daily basis, for what are described as chronic problems, according to a study of prescription records by Medco Health Solutions. Experts say the data reflect worsening public health, better medicines, and aggressive pharmaceutical advertising.

In what was hailed as a step of progress in a crime-fighting partnership, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe authorized the extradition of 14 warlords from his country Tuesday to the US to face cocaine-trafficking charges. The accused men were flown to Florida.

National Football League Commis-sioner Roger Goodell said Tues-day that no more penalties will be assessed against the New England Patriots as the result of his talk with Matt Walsh, a former team video assistant, about evidence he provided of taping of opponents' signals, which is against NFL rules.

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