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    Chile Forest Fire Kills 16, Destroys 500 Homes

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    A fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least 16 people and destroyed 500 homes, President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. The fire began Saturday afternoon in a forested area above ramshackle housing on one of the city's many hilltops, and spread quickly as high winds rained hot ash over wooden houses and narrow streets in the city of 250,000.