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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.
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Bali Nine mule to get sentence reduction

Renae Lawrence
Renae Lawrence
Indonesian prison officials have recommended Bali Nine drug mule Renae Lawrence has a further two months cut from her sentence.

Lawrence, 37, is serving her 20-year sentence in Bali's Bangli Prison, where staff confirmed she had been put forward as one of the inmates to have their sentence reduced for good behaviour as a reward this Christmas.

Prison officials say the former Newcastle woman is focused on being a diligent prisoner, and applies herself to classes in handicrafts.

Earlier this year, Indonesia executed Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, other members of the nine young Australians who tried to smuggle drugs through Bali in 2005.

The other members are all serving life sentences and not eligible for sentence cuts.

It will be the 10th Christmas in prison for Martin Stephens, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Scott Rush.

At Kerobokan jail, a spokesman said Australian inmates Nicholas Langan and Edward Myatt had been recommended for 15 days and one month remission, respectively.

Langan, a north Queensland tradesman, is due for release next month, after serving a year in custody for smoking a joint of marijuana on a Bali beach.

Myatt, from Ballarat, Victoria, was jailed in 2012 for eight years, for smuggling methamphetamine.

Source: AAP, December 24, 2015

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