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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

China to Boost Penalties for Sex With Girls Under 14

Chinese state media say China is planning harsher penalties for men who have sex with girls under 14, following public outrage over high-profile offenders including teachers.

Under the new law, all such cases would be considered rape because another criminal charge that served as a loophole for some offenders would be eliminated.

The state-run China News Service said Monday the crime of "prostitution with underage girls" would be removed from China's penal code under the revision being considered by lawmakers. 

If the bill is approved, any sex with girls under 14 would be considered rape and subject to harsher penalties, including death.

The current penalty for prostitution with underage girls is 5 to 15 years in jail.

Members of the public and legal scholars have long called for the change.

Source: Associated Press, August 25, 2015

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