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More than 400 homes are being evacuated in South Dakota and Mount Rushmore has been shut down in response to wildfires in the state's Black Hills, AP reports.

The state of play: "Critical" to "extremely critical" fire weather conditions have developed across the Dakotas and much of the Plains as strong winds combine with a dry air mass ahead of a cold front moving in from the west.

  • The wildfire west of Rapid City grew quickly and has behaved erratically due to the winds, making firefighting difficult to impossible at times.
  • At Rapid City Regional Airport on Monday afternoon, winds gusted to hurricane force, or 75 mph, while smoke obscured visibility.
  • The Rapid City Journal reports that the fire began on private property, but the cause is still under investigation.
  • No injuries have been reported, but South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) has said that "there has been losses and that is tragic."

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Eight people who were killed along with several others who were injured in a Thursday evening shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis have been identified by local law enforcement.

The big picture: The Sikh Coalition said at least four of the eight victims were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.

Pompeo, wife misused State Dept. resources, federal watchdog finds

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department's independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules when he and his wife asked department employees to perform personal tasks on more than 100 occasions, including picking up their dog and making private dinner reservations.

Why it matters: The report comes as Pompeo pours money into a new political group amid speculation about a possible 2024 presidential run.